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Fresh Air Weekend: George Takei, 'The Honorable Woman,' Dom Flemons

Saturday, August 02, 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 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei': George Takei is famous for his role as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek. Now a new documentary, To Be Takei, delves into his personal story — including growing up in Japanese internment camps, and coming out.

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding: The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She's a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.

Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots: Prospect Hill is Flemons' first album since leaving Carolina Chocolate Drops. By coincidence, the multi-instrumentalist recorded the album the day legendary banjo player Pete Seeger passed away.

You can listen to the original interviews here:

From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei'

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding

Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

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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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