Fresh Air Weekend: Racism In Policing; Pete Davidson And Judd Apatow Journalist Jamiles Lartey calls policing an "avatar of American racism." Justin Chang reviews Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods. Davidson and Apatow talk about their new film, The King of Staten Island.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Racism In Policing; Pete Davidson And Judd Apatow

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Fresh Air Weekend: Racism In Policing; Pete Davidson And Judd Apatow

Fresh Air Weekend: Racism In Policing; Pete Davidson And Judd Apatow

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Protesters hold a portrait of George Floyd at a demonstration against police brutality in New York City. Policing "wasn't always this big. It wasn't always this bureaucratic," journalist Jamiles Lartey says. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Protesters hold a portrait of George Floyd at a demonstration against police brutality in New York City. Policing "wasn't always this big. It wasn't always this bureaucratic," journalist Jamiles Lartey says.

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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:

Policing Is An 'Avatar Of American Racism,' Marshall Project Journalist Says: The conversations since George Floyd's death have felt different, journalist Jamiles Lartey says: There's less of the "few bad apples" argument and much more of the "What is wrong with this system?"

Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' Is A Platoon Picture, Heist Thriller And History Lesson: Decades after the war, four black veterans return to Vietnam to recover a stash of buried gold. The timely film is a critique of the U.S.' long, shameful history of devaluing its black soldiers.

For Pete Davidson And Judd Apatow, 'Comedy Is A Beautiful Escape': Davidson plays a fictionalized version of himself in The King of Staten Island, a film about a young man grieving the loss of his firefighter dad. Director Apatow calls the movie a "hopeful story."

You can listen to the original interviews and review here:

Policing Is An 'Avatar Of American Racism,' Marshall Project Journalist Says

Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' Is A Platoon Picture, Heist Thriller And History Lesson

For Pete Davidson And Judd Apatow, 'Comedy Is A Beautiful Escape'