Fresh Air Weekend: 'Tower'; 'Lincoln In The Bardo'; Author Bharati Mukherjee Keith Maitland's new documentary recreates the 1966 University of Texas campus shooting. Maureen Corrigan reviews George Saunders' first novel. Fresh Air remembers writer Bharati Mukherjee.
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Tower'; 'Lincoln In The Bardo'; Author Bharati Mukherjee

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Tower uses archival film, new interviews and animation to re-create the mass shooting that occurred at the University of Texas, Austin, in 1966. Courtesy of Kino Lorbrer hide caption

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Tower uses archival film, new interviews and animation to re-create the mass shooting that occurred at the University of Texas, Austin, in 1966.

Courtesy of Kino Lorbrer

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:

'Tower' Pays Tribute To A 1966 Campus Shooting That Was 'Pushed Aside': Fourteen people were killed by a sniper at the University of Texas on Aug. 1, 1966. But director Keith Maitland says people were "encouraged to move forward and not linger in the terrible tragedy."

George Saunders Re-Imagines A President's Grief With 'Lincoln In The Bardo': The acclaimed short-story writer sets his first novel in the cemetery where 11-year-old Willie Lincoln was buried. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Lincoln in the Bardo "searing, inventive and bizarre."

Remembering Bharati Mukherjee, An Indian-Born American Writer: Mukherjee, who died Saturday in Manhattan, grew up in India, Switzerland and England. Her work explores the thoughts and experiences of immigrants from many countries. Originally broadcast in 2002.

You can listen to the original interviews here:

'Tower' Pays Tribute To A 1966 Campus Shooting That Was 'Pushed Aside'

George Saunders Re-Imagines A President's Grief With 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

Remembering Bharati Mukherjee, An Indian-Born American Writer