Fresh Air Weekend: The A&P, Alice Waters, Music

Clockwise from left to right: Alice Waters; the cover of John Doe's album Keeper; historical image of an A&P store in Somerset, Ohio. i i

Clockwise from left to right: Alice Waters; the cover of John Doe's album Keeper; historical image of an A&P store in Somerset, Ohio. Platton/courtesy of the author; courtesy of the artist; Library of Congress hide caption

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Clockwise from left to right: Alice Waters; the cover of John Doe's album Keeper; historical image of an A&P store in Somerset, Ohio.

Clockwise from left to right: Alice Waters; the cover of John Doe's album Keeper; historical image of an A&P store in Somerset, Ohio.

Platton/courtesy of the author; courtesy of the artist; Library of Congress

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:

How The A&P Changed The Way We Shop: The A&P changed the way Americans do their grocery shopping, but it did so at a cost — thousands of mom-and-pop corner stores closed as the chain grew. Economic historian Marc Levinson chronicles the rise and fall of the grocery giant in The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America.

Alice Waters: 40 Years Of Sustainable Food: Waters founded her Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse, long before "organic" or "locally grown" entered the vernacular. In 40 Years at Chez Panisse, Waters looks back on the sustainable food movement and the momentum it has built in recent years.

John Doe's New Album Is A Contemplative Keeper: Doe is probably still best known as co-founder of the punk-rock band X more than 30 years ago. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Doe's new solo album Keeper is less conflicted and more contemplative than his earlier works.

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