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Movie Interviews

Russell Says At Last, He's Making The Films He 'Was Meant To Make'

David O. Russell, director of American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, first spoke with Terry Gross back in 1994. On Thursday, he tells her that after 20 years, he's finally met his aspirations.

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At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make

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Saturday

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Actor John Krasinski spent 2 1/2 years in New York trying to get his acting career off the ground. After landing a few commercials and some "off- off- off-Broadway" plays, he was about to call it quits. But his mother encouraged him to stick it out a little while longer, and three weeks later, he landed the role of Jim on The Office. Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: John Krasinski; Lydia Loveless' 'Real'; The Aging Electrical Grid

Actor John Krasinski discusses The Office and his "lottery-ticket life." Ken Tucker reviews Lydia Loveless' latest solo album. Gretchen Bakke says America's current power grid is aging and unstable.

Fresh Air Weekend: John Krasinski; Lydia Loveless' 'Real'; The Aging Electrical Grid

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Friday

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Author Interviews

Feminist Gloria Steinem Finds Herself Free Of The 'Demands Of Gender'

As she approached 60, the co-founder of Ms. magazine says, she entered a new phase in life, one in which "you can do what you want." Originally broadcast Oct. 26, 2015.

Feminist Gloria Steinem Finds Herself Free Of The 'Demands Of Gender'

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Movie Reviews

When Barack Met Michelle: 'Southside With You' Recreates The Obamas' First Date

Richard Tanne's new film is a dramatization of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date in 1989. Critic David Edelstein says the movie's mix of politics and romance has a "naive kind of charm."

When Barack Met Michelle: 'Southside With You' Recreates The Obamas' First Date

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Thursday

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Law

Investigation Into Private Prisons Reveals Crowding, Under-Staffing And Inmate Deaths

Seth Freed Wessler reported on substandard medical care in privately-run prisons in the federal corrections system for The Nation, which may have led the Justice Department to phase out their use.

Investigation Into Private Prisons Reveals Crowding, Under-Staffing And Inmate Deaths

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Music Reviews

New Releases Capture 'Inimitable' Tenor Saxophonist In His Neglected '70s Prime

As one of the very first bebop tenor saxophonists, Teddy Edwards mixed awesome technique with irresistibly slinky phrases. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two reissues, Inimitable and Feelin's.

New Releases Capture 'Inimitable' Tenor Saxophonist In His Neglected '70s Prime

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