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Fresh Air Weekend: Bryan Cranston, 'Redeployment' And A New Yorker Cartoonist

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation: While Breaking Bad fans were watching him portray Walt in the series' final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself โ€” playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way.

'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs: In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It: Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. His memoir is called How About Never โ€” Is Never Good For You?

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"If you want to understand a political conflict, it helps to understand the culture in which that conflict is taking place," says host Terry Gross. Fresh Air is one of the most popular programs on public radio, breaking the "talk show" mold, and Gross is known for her fearless and insightful interviews with prominent figures in American arts, politics, and popular culture. "When there is a crisis in a foreign country, we sometimes call up that country's leading novelist or filmmaker to get the cultural perspective." Fresh Air features daily reports and reviews from critics and commentators on music, books, movies, and other cultural phenomena that invade the national psyche.

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