Fresh Air Weekend: Graham Yost, Review Of Courtney Barnett, 'American Crime' Graham Yost stays true to writer Elmore Leonard while making the FX show Justified; Ken Tucker reviews Barnett's first full album; creator John Ridley and actor Benito Martinez discuss American Crime.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Graham Yost, Review Of Courtney Barnett, 'American Crime'

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Timothy Olyphant plays Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on FX's Justified, which is based on a novella by Elmore Leonard. The show's creator, Graham Yost, says the only "tussle" the writers had with Leonard happened during the pilot, over which hat Raylan should wear. Prashant Gupta/FX hide caption

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Timothy Olyphant plays Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on FX's Justified, which is based on a novella by Elmore Leonard. The show's creator, Graham Yost, says the only "tussle" the writers had with Leonard happened during the pilot, over which hat Raylan should wear.

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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:

'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard: The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him."

Courtney Barnett Makes Ennui Vivid On Debut Album: Barnett is an Australian singer-songwriter in her late 20s who's just released her first full album. It's called Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Rock critic Ken Tucker says she somehow manages to infuse it with a freshness rare in any songwriter, let alone one this young.

'American Crime': A Series Packed With 'Emotional Honesty' About Race: The show revolves around a murder case in which nearly all the characters are part victim and part aggressor. Creator John Ridley and actor Benito Martinez explain.

You can listen to the original interviews here:

'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard

Courtney Barnett Makes Ennui Vivid On Debut Album

'American Crime': A Series Packed With 'Emotional Honesty' About Race