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- Fresh Air Weekend: Singer Cecile McLorin Salvant; 'The Danish Girl'; Sam Phillips
- Richard Carpenter Weighs In On How To Craft The Perfect Pop Song
- 'Better Call Saul' And 'The Great American Dream Machine' Shine As DVD Box Sets
- For Iris DeMent, Music Is The Calling That Forces Her Into The Spotlight
- High Glamour Infuses A Forbidden Love Affair In 'Carol'
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Fresh Air Weekend: Singer Cecile McLorin Salvant; 'The Danish Girl'; Sam Phillips
Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant says she likes the "husky lows" of jazz. Justin Chang reviews The Danish Girl. Peter Guralnick profiles the founder of the Sun Records label in his book, Sam Phillips.
Richard Carpenter Weighs In On How To Craft The Perfect Pop Song
In the '70s, Richard Carpenter and his sister, Karen, made up the pop duo the Carpenters. On Dec. 5, PBS will begin airing Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2009.
'Better Call Saul' And 'The Great American Dream Machine' Shine As DVD Box Sets
TV critic David Bianculli shares his enthusiasm for two newly released DVD box sets: season one of Better Call Saul and a four-DVD set of the 1970s PBS variety show, The Great American Dream Machine.
For Iris DeMent, Music Is The Calling That Forces Her Into The Spotlight
DeMent describes herself as extremely shy, but says that "when the songs started coming to me, I felt I didn't have the option to hide and avoid" the stage. Originally broadcast Oct. 21, 2015.
High Glamour Infuses A Forbidden Love Affair In 'Carol'
Todd Haynes' new film chronicles a lesbian affair between a middle-aged married woman and a young store clerk. Critic David Edelstein says Carol captures the thrill of a once-forbidden subculture.
Broadway Composer John Kander Reflects On A Career Of 'Hidden Treasures'
Kander and his partner, Fred Ebb, wrote the songs for a number of musicals, including Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. His new double album is John Kander: Hidden Treasures.
ISIS Is Trying To Create A Doomsday Bomb, But Is The Key Ingredient A Myth?
New York Times reporter C.J. Chivers discusses efforts by ISIS to weaponize a mysterious substance known as red mercury. "It's never been seen," he says. "It essentially is an urban legend."
Gaitskill Spins A Swirling Tale Of Love, Delusion And Horses In 'The Mare'
Mary Gaitskill's new novel chronicles the complex relationship between a poor black girl from Brooklyn and her middle-aged white benefactors. Maureen Corrigan calls The Mare a "raw, beautiful story."
The Man And The Mistakes That 'Invented Rock 'n' Roll'
In his new book, Sam Phillips, music writer Peter Guralnick profiles the founder of the Sun Records label. Guralnick says Phillips rejected perfection in favor of spontaneity and individuality.
Fresh Air Weekend: 'Good Dinosaur'; Amazon's 'High Castle'; 'Brooklyn'
Peter Sohn talks about his inspiration for The Good Dinosaur. David Bianculli reviews the drama series, The Man in the High Castle. Director John Crowley and actress Saoirse Ronan discuss Brooklyn.
'Mockingjay — Part 2' Ends The 'Hunger Games' Series With A Potent Anti-War Message
Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss in the final film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' dystopian Hunger Games novels. Critic David Edelstein says that the saga ends "less with a bang than a whimper."
Outlaw Willie Nelson Opens Up In Two Classic 'Fresh Air' Interviews
The singer has written 2,500 songs and has won seven Grammys. He is now the recipient of the Gershwin Prize for American Popular Song. Originally broadcast on July 16, 1996 and May 25, 2006.
Laurie Anderson Reflects On Life And Loss In 'Heart Of A Dog'
Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson talks to Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her late dog, Lolabelle, her mother's death and the accident that nearly killed her. Anderson's new film is Heart of a Dog.
Photographer Abbas Chronicles 'What People Do In The Name Of God'
Abbas became interested in religion while covering the Iranian Revolution. "I could see that the waves of passion [that were] raised by the Revolution were not going to stop at the borders," he says.
In 'Good Dinosaur,' Director Peter Sohn Helps An Herbivore Conquer His Fears
Arlo the dinosaur is scared of a lot things, and that's something Sohn says he can relate to. "That test has been with me my whole life — trying to find ways to get through these little fears."