Arts

Fresh Air Weekend
12:58 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Fresh Air Weekend: David Alan Grier, Sacha Baron Cohen

In Porgy and Bess, David Alan Grier plays the drug dealer Sporting Life, a role closely associated with Sammy Davis Jr. and Cab Calloway.
Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 10:02 am

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:


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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Folk Singer Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Plays Not My Job

Jesse Fischler Courtesy of the artist

Will Oldham is among the most celebrated singer-songwriters in the country, but chances are you haven't heard of him. That's because he doesn't record under his own name, but under a series of pseudonyms — his latest, and most well known, is Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

Oldham sings mostly sad songs, with a truly tragic song thrown in every now and again for good measure. And we were thinking: Who's the singer he's least like? We settled on Doris Day. We'll ask Oldham three questions about the sweet-faced, sweet-voiced singer of the '50s and '60s.

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PG-13: Risky Reads
3:15 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

The End Is Near, And It's No Walk 'On The Beach'

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 6:29 pm

Myla Goldberg's books include The False Friend and Bee Season.

Growing up, I had pretty much the same interests as any other early '80s kid: I loved The Muppets and Schoolhouse Rock, and I was obsessed with mutually assured nuclear destruction.

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Monkey See
3:03 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

'Route 66': A Country-Crisscrossing Series Comes To Home Video

Shout! Factory

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 4:24 pm

When you've seen a lot of movies where Toronto plays the part of New York, you come to appreciate location shooting. And on today's All Things Considered, you'll hear from the star of one of television's more ambitious series when it comes to location shooting: Route 66, which followed two guys around the country in a cool Corvette as they looked for a place to settle.

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The Salt
2:44 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

The Beverages That Beguile Us, Through A Whole New Lens

Beer
William LeGoullon

What happens when you give an artist who is also a former bartender access to a camera mounted with a microscope?

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