Fresh Air Weekend: Benedict Cumberbatch, 'American Sniper' Review And 'Teenage Brain' Cumberbatch portrays the eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game; John Powers reviews American Sniper; neuroscientist Frances Jensen discusses why teens should protect their brains.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Benedict Cumberbatch, 'American Sniper' Review And 'Teenage Brain'

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Fresh Air Weekend: Benedict Cumberbatch, 'American Sniper' Review And 'Teenage Brain'

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Research into how the human brain develops helps explain why teens have trouble controlling impulses.

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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:

Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal: The actor gained critical acclaim — and a big following — for his role in Sherlock. Now he's up for an Oscar for his portrayal of eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War: The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains: New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

You can listen to the original interviews here:

Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains