Fresh Air Weekend: The Life And Music Of Janis Joplin; Kathryn Hahn Holly George-Warren's new biography highlights Joplin's hard work. Justin Chang reviews The Lighthouse. Hahn, the star of HBO's Mrs. Fletcher, says the best part of her career came post-kids.
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Fresh Air Weekend: The Life And Music Of Janis Joplin; Kathryn Hahn

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Fresh Air Weekend: The Life And Music Of Janis Joplin; Kathryn Hahn

Fresh Air Weekend: The Life And Music Of Janis Joplin; Kathryn Hahn

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Biographer Holly George-Warren describes rock star Janis Joplin (shown here in 1969) as an introspective person who didn't always like her own thoughts. Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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Biographer Holly George-Warren describes rock star Janis Joplin (shown here in 1969) as an introspective person who didn't always like her own thoughts.

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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:

New Janis Joplin Biography Reveals The Hard Work Behind The Heart: Onstage, Joplin oozed confidence, sexuality and exuberance, but biographer Holly George-Warren describes the singer as a bookworm who worked hard to create her "blues feelin' mama" musical persona.

'The Lighthouse': A Brashly Funny Thriller, Soaked In Rain, Rum And Testosterone: Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson play 19th-century seamen stationed at a remote lighthouse. Shot in black and white, it's an exquisitely old-fashioned study of souls in isolation.

Actor Kathryn Hahn Says The Best Part Of Her Career Came Post-Kids: Hahn says the "complicated and messy roles" she craved came later in her career. In HBO's Mrs. Fletcher, she plays a divorced woman experiencing a sexual reawakening after her son leaves for college.

You can listen to the original interviews and review here:

New Janis Joplin Biography Reveals The Hard Work Behind The Heart

'The Lighthouse': A Brashly Funny Thriller, Soaked In Rain, Rum And Testosterone

Actor Kathryn Hahn Says The Best Part Of Her Career Came Post-Kids