Fresh Air Weekend: WWII Filmmakers, Kevin Young And Solitary Confinement

Saturday, March 08, 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:

During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty: A new book looks at how the military and Hollywood directors teamed up during the war. The films they made helped show Americans what was at stake, and served as evidence during the Nuremberg Trials.

Kevin Young On Blues, Poetry And 'Laughing To Keep From Crying': The poet describes his new book โ€” about the death of his father and the birth of his son โ€” as having a blues sensibility. "There are moments of humor even in the sorrow," he says.

How 4 Inmates Launched A Statewide Hunger Strike From Solitary: The California convicts overcame the extreme isolation of their imprisonment to organize a 30,000-prisoner-strong movement. Their goal? To end long-term incarceration in solitary confinement.

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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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