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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'America's Test Kitchen,' 'Short Term 12' And Demian Bichir

This week, America's Test Kitchen experts give pointers on grilling peaches, tofu and burgers; film critic David Edelstein recommends Short Term 12; and actor Demian Bichir explains how The Bridge aims to give equal treatment to both sides of the border.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'America's Test Kitchen,' 'Short Term 12' And Demian Bichir

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Late Night TV Week On Fresh Air

Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the co-founder of and drummer for the hip-hop band The Roots, has been a musician since he was a teen. In Mo' Meta Blues, he explains how his musician father groomed him for a life in show business from an early age.

Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

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Thursday

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Jimmy Fallon says he spends almost 12 hours each day at the Late Night offices, which makes the rest of his life difficult. "If I want to play video games now, I have to schedule it," he tells Terry Gross. Virginia Sherwood/NBC hide caption

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In Short Term 12 — named for the youth facility where it's primarily set — John Gallagher Jr. and Brie Larson play young counselors not too far removed from their own adolescent struggles. Cinedigm hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Reaching Across What's Broken, 'Short Term' Fix Or No

After college, director Destin Daniel Cretton took a job at a short-term care facility for at-risk teenagers. His time there became the basis for Short Term 12, a film that took two awards at this year's South by Southwest Festival. (Recommended)

Reaching Across What's Broken, 'Short Term' Fix Or No

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Tuesday

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Late Night TV Week On Fresh Air

Jay Leno: 'Tonight' Was About 'Trying To Get Johnny To Laugh'

In a 1996 interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, Leno recalled his rocky Tonight Show debut: "I got heckled my first show ... but luckily I had worked a lot of clubs so I could deal with it, and Johnny [Carson] seemed to like that."

Jay Leno: 'Tonight' Was About 'Trying To Get Johnny To Laugh'

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Late Night TV Week On Fresh Air

Letterman And 'Tonight' Vet Go Behind The Scenes Of Late Night

Fresh Air kicks off its late night TV theme week with a 1981 David Letterman interview, in which the host describes how late night TV changed the comedy business, and a 1988 interview with one-time Tonight Show executive producer Fred de Cordova.

Letterman And 'Tonight' Vet Go Behind The Scenes Of Late Night

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Saturday

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Martin Freeman (from left), Paddy Considine, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Eddie Marsan star as five old high school friends who reunite to finish an epic pub crawl in The World's End, directed by Edgar Wright. Laurie Sparham/Focus Features hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'World's End,' Robin Thicke And The 'Sports Gene'

Five friends reunite for an epic pub crawl in the latest from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. Thicke's album "Blurred Lines" reveals he's an earnest nostalgist. And David Epstein explores the science behind athletic skill.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'World's End,' Robin Thicke And The 'Sports Gene'

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Friday

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Music

Fresh Air Remembers 'Piano Jazz' Host Marian McPartland

For more than 30 years, the jazz pianist hosted one of public radio's most beloved shows. She died of natural causes on Tuesday at the age of 95. McPartland spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1987.

Fresh Air Remembers 'Piano Jazz' Host Marian McPartland

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Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard

Leonard was known for crisp dialogue and memorable villains. "The bad guys are the fun guys," he said in a 1983 interview. "The only people I have trouble with are the so-called normal types." He died Tuesday at the age of 87.

Fresh Air Remembers Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard

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Nick Frost (from left), Eddie Marsan, Simon Pegg, Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman play a group of friends who reunite for a pub crawl challenge in The World's End. Laurie Sparham/Focus Features hide caption

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Boozy Bromance 'World's End' Rises Above Its Lowbrow Tactics

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's latest collaboration follows five friends who reunite for an epic tour of 12 suburban English pubs. Critic David Edelstein calls the sci-fi comedy "the year's most uproarious movie."

Boozy Bromance 'World's End' Rises Above Its Lowbrow Tactics

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Movie Interviews

An Epic Pub Crawl Gone Wrong Culminates In 'World's End'

Five old high school friends reunite to finish a pub crawl they started 20 years earlier in the latest from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright — the creators of the zombie send-up Shaun of the Dead and action comedy Hot Fuzz.

An Epic Pub Crawl Gone Wrong Culminates In 'World's End'

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Robin Thicke: Smirky But Sincere On 'Blurred Lines'

Listen and look past his roué image, and the chart-topper is revealed as an earnest nostalgist.

Robin Thicke: Smirky But Sincere On 'Blurred Lines'

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Mexican detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) teams up with his American counterpart, Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger), to solve a murder in FX's The Bridge. Byron Cohen/FX Network hide caption

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Television

'Bridge' Actor Demian Bichir On Portraying Border Life

In the new FX series, Bichir plays a Mexican detective who teams up with an El Paso cop to solve a series of murders. He tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies that The Bridge aims to give equal treatment to both sides of the border.

'Bridge' Actor Demian Bichir On Portraying Border Life

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