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Best Of: Director Antoine Fuqua / Opera Singer Ryan Speedo Green

Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western, 'The Magnificent Seven,' centers on a band of men who have volunteered to save a village from a greedy mine owner. He says it's a "simple story of [being] in service of others." John Powers reviews the new ABC thriller 'Designated Survivor,' starring Kiefer Sutherland. Ryan Speedo Green grew up in a trailer park and did time in juvenile detention before discovering he had a unique singing voice. He now performs at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

Best Of: Director Antoine Fuqua / Opera Singer Ryan Speedo Green

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Mary Karr On 'The Art Of Memoir'

Mary Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting 1,200 pages because "there was something untrue about them." Her book, 'The Art of Memoir,' is now out in paperback. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'The Magnificent Seven.'

Mary Karr On 'The Art Of Memoir'

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'Narcos' Executive Producer Eric Newman

Before making 'Narcos,' Eric Newman spent years researching drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's story. He says, "For us ... it was very important to show the most balanced look at the [drug] war we possibly could." Also, we remember 'LA Confidential' film director Curtis Hanson in an excerpt of his 1997 interview.

'Narcos' Executive Producer Eric Newman

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'Magnificent Seven' Director Antoine Fuqua

Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western, 'The Magnificent Seven,' centers on a band of men who have volunteered to save a village from a greedy mine owner. He says it's a "simple story of [being] in service of others." John Powers reviews the new ABC thriller 'Designated Survivor,' starring Kiefer Sutherland.

'Magnificent Seven' Director Antoine Fuqua

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Opera Singer Ryan Speedo Green

Ryan Speedo Green grew up in a trailer park and did time in juvenile detention before discovering he had a unique singing voice. He now performs at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Also, we remember late playwright Edward Albee in an excerpt of his 1984 interview.

Opera Singer Ryan Speedo Green

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The Handsome Family

Married couple Rennie and Brett Sparks have been writing songs together for 21 years. Their latest album, 'Unseen,' is based on their experiences living in the desert in the southwest. Their best-known song, 'Far From Any Road,' was the theme song for the first season of the HBO series 'True Detective.'

The Handsome Family

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Best Of: Roast Comic Jeff Ross / Soccer Champion Abby Wambach

Jeff Ross says he learned to "dish it out and take it" as a kid in Newark, N.J. He says that ideally a celebrity roast is "like a party where everybody goes and has a good time." David Edelstein reviews 'Snowden,' a film by Oliver Stone. Abby Wambach scored 184 goals, more than any other man or woman in the history of international soccer. Still, she knew that someday that identity would end — and "what then?" Her new memoir is 'Forward.'

Best Of: Roast Comic Jeff Ross / Soccer Champion Abby Wambach

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Writer Mat Johnson On Being Biracial In America

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His novel 'Loving Day' is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion. [Originally broadcast June 2015] David Edelstein reviews Oliver Stone's film 'Snowden.'

Writer Mat Johnson On Being Biracial In America

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The 'Racial Cleansing' Of Forsyth County, GA

In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out, says 'Blood at the Root' author Patrick Phillips. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews an album from Jim Black's trio.

The 'Racial Cleansing' Of Forsyth County, GA

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Champion Soccer Player Abby Wambach

Wambach scored 184 goals, more than any other man or woman in the history of international soccer. Still, she knew that someday that identity would end — and "what then?" Her new memoir is 'Forward.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Loner,' a novel by Teddy Wayne.

Champion Soccer Player Abby Wambach

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