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Fresh Air Weekend: Actor Mahershala Ali; James Baldwin; Director Raoul Peck

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Tower'; 'Lincoln In The Bardo'; Author Bharati Mukherjee

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Fresh Air Weekend: Director Jim Jarmusch; 'The Salesman'; 'Modern Death'

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Fresh Air Weekend: Silicon Valley Survivalists; An LSD Memoir; 'Manchester' Director

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Fresh Air Weekend: School Segregation; A Return To Prayer; Actress Rachel Bloom

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Fresh Air Weekend: Jeff Bridges; Netflix' 'Unfortunate Events'; Sportscaster Joe Buck

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Lin-Manuel Miranda performs on Hamilton's opening night in August 2015. "It was an enormous challenge to do that show every night," he says. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Lin-Manuel Miranda; 'La La Land' Director Damien Chazelle

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Fresh Air Weekend: Our Critics Pick The Best Film, TV, Music And Books Of 2016

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Fresh Air Weekend: Director Mike Mills; Actor Billy Eichner

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Nicole Maines is one of 11 transgender individuals profiled in the HBO documentary The Trans List, which premieres Monday. In 2014, Maines became the first transgender youth to win a discrimination lawsuit. Her case was against a school district, because her middle school wouldn't let her use the girls' bathroom. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders/HBO hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Nicole Maines; Sober For The Holidays; Novelist Maria Semple

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Times' Editor Dean Baquet; Megyn Kelly; The Best Books Of 2016

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Carrie Fisher appears as Princess Leia in the first Star Wars film. "I like Princess Leia," Fisher tells Fresh Air. "I like how she handles things; I like how she treats people." Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Carrie Fisher; Michael Chabon's 'Moonglow'; Activist Cleve Jones

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Zadie Smith has written several novels, including On Beauty, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2005. Dominique Nabokov/Penguin Press hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist Zadie Smith; 'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah

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Fresh Air Weekend: Francis Ford Coppola; Casey Affleck

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For Stephen Colbert, taking over as host of The Late Show was not a hard decision. "I love a live audience," he says. "I love the grind of every day and I love the people I work with." Scott Kowalchyk/CBS hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Stephen Colbert; Leonard Cohen's New Album; Donald Glover

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