Fresh Air Weekend: 'Moonlight' Creators; Mary Oliver's 'Upstream'; 'Black Mirror' Playwright Tarell McCraney and director Barry Jenkins discuss their new film Moonlight. Maureen Corrigan reviews Mary Oliver's Upstream. Charlie Brooker dramatizes tech nightmares in Black Mirror.
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Moonlight' Creators; Mary Oliver's 'Upstream'; 'Black Mirror'

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Moonlight' Creators; Mary Oliver's 'Upstream'; 'Black Mirror'

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Moonlight' Creators; Mary Oliver's 'Upstream'; 'Black Mirror'

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Juan (played by Mahershala Ali) teaches Chiron (Jaden Piner) how to swim in Moonlight. The film is told with different actors playing Chiron at different stages of his life. David Bornfriend/A24 Films hide caption

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Juan (played by Mahershala Ali) teaches Chiron (Jaden Piner) how to swim in Moonlight. The film is told with different actors playing Chiron at different stages of his life.

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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:

For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past: Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their own childhood experiences in making Moonlight, a film about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project.

Mary Oliver Issues A Full-Throated Spiritual Autobiography In 'Upstream': Oliver's latest collection of essays reflect the author's passion for nature and literature. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Upstream presents a portrait of a visionary poet — and a "tough old broad."

'Black Mirror' Creator Dramatizes Our Worst Nightmares About Technology: The 3rd season of the dystopian series created by Charlie Brooker is soon available on Netflix. Inspired by shows like The Twilight Zone, it's about the unintended consequences of the digital age.

You can listen to the original interviews here:

For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Mary Oliver Issues A Full-Throated Spiritual Autobiography In 'Upstream'

Black Mirror' Creator Dramatizes Our Worst Nightmares About Technology