Fresh Air Weekend: New Muhammad Ali Biography; Roz Chast Draws A Guide To NYC Biographer Jonathan Eig says Ali had "the spirit of a rebel." Linguist Geoff Nunberg reflects on the vanished styles and language of the hippie era. Cartoonist Roz Chast draws a "love letter" to NYC.
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Fresh Air Weekend: New Muhammad Ali Biography; Roz Chast Draws A Guide To NYC

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Fresh Air Weekend: New Muhammad Ali Biography; Roz Chast Draws A Guide To NYC

Fresh Air Weekend: New Muhammad Ali Biography; Roz Chast Draws A Guide To NYC

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On May 27, 1963, Ali (known then as Cassius Clay) held up five fingers in a prediction of how many rounds it would take him to win against British boxer Henry Cooper. In June 1963, he fulfilled his prediction and was declared the bout winner after five rounds. Kent Gavin/Getty Images hide caption

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On May 27, 1963, Ali (known then as Cassius Clay) held up five fingers in a prediction of how many rounds it would take him to win against British boxer Henry Cooper. In June 1963, he fulfilled his prediction and was declared the bout winner after five rounds.

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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:

New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention: "I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed, but ... he had the spirit of a rebel."

50 Years After The Summer Of Love, Hippie Counterculture Is Relegated To Kitsch: Looking back on the vanished styles and language of the hippie movement, linguist Geoff Nunberg says, "The most persistent single pejorative term to come out of the era is 'hippie' itself."

Cartoonist Roz Chast Draws A 'Love Letter' To New York City, Cockroaches And All: The New Yorker cartoonist channels her affection for the city into a new tongue-in-cheek guidebook, Going Into Town. "It's just fun," Chast says of New York. "Everything seems to suggest stories."

You can listen to the original interviews here:

New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention

50 Years After The Summer Of Love, Hippie Counterculture Is Relegated To Kitsch

Cartoonist Roz Chast Draws A 'Love Letter' To New York City, Cockroaches And All