Fresh Air Weekend: Jimmy Fallon; Thelonious Monk; Daniel Mendelsohn's 'Odyssey' Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon says he has a tendency to smile "too much." Kevin Whitehead discusses Monk's enduring music. Mendelsohn talks about experiencing Homer's epic with his aging father.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Jimmy Fallon; Thelonious Monk; Daniel Mendelsohn's 'Odyssey'

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Fresh Air Weekend: Jimmy Fallon; Thelonious Monk; Daniel Mendelsohn's 'Odyssey'

Fresh Air Weekend: Jimmy Fallon; Thelonious Monk; Daniel Mendelsohn's 'Odyssey'

Fresh Air Weekend: Jimmy Fallon; Thelonious Monk; Daniel Mendelsohn's 'Odyssey'

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"I'm meant to make people happy. That's my job," says Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC hide caption

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"I'm meant to make people happy. That's my job," says Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.

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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:

Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much: "There was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, 'Jimmy smiles too much,' " Fallon says. "I think I would smile even when I was getting yelled at."

On The Centennial Of His Birth, A Look Back At Thelonious Monk's Jazz Legacy: The jazz legend would have turned 100 today. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Monk's music is "universally beloved, by jazz musicians across the stylistic spectrum who might agree about little else."

A Scholar And His Octogenarian Dad Take On Homer's 'Odyssey': A few years ago, scholar Daniel Mendelsohn's dad made an unusual request: He wanted to take his son's seminar on Homer's Odyssey. Mendelsohn looks back on that experience in his new memoir.

You can listen to the original interviews here:

Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

On The Centennial Of His Birth, A Look Back At Thelonious Monk's Jazz Legacy

A Scholar And His Octogenarian Dad Take On Homer's 'Odyssey'

Correction Oct. 16, 2017

A previous headline mistakenly gave Daniel Mendelsohn's first name as David.