Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist John Le Carré And Director Mike White Le Carré looks back on his career in espionage, and White discusses his new film, Brad's Status, about a father who starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist John Le Carré And Director Mike White

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Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist John Le Carré And Director Mike White

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Mike White's other writing credits include The Emoji Movie and several episodes of Freaks and Geeks and Dawson's Creek. Jonathan Wenk/Amazon Studios hide caption

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Mike White's other writing credits include The Emoji Movie and several episodes of Freaks and Geeks and Dawson's Creek.

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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:

Novelist John Le Carré Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying: The 85-year-old novelist worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he says of those years. His new novel is called A Legacy of Spies.

Director Mike White Unpacks The Impulse To Compare In 'Brad's Status': In White's new film, a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it's a universal situation, "but it's definitely a waste of time and energy."

You can listen to the original interviews here:

Novelist John Le Carré Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying

Director Mike White Unpacks The Impulse To Compare In 'Brad's Status'