Fresh Air Weekend: Ethan Hawke; Lenny Kravitz Hawke plays 19th-century abolitionist John Brown in Showtime's The Good Lord Bird. Justin Chang reviews The Forty-Year-Old Version. Kravitz looks back on his early years in the memoir Let Love Rule.

Fresh Air Weekend: Ethan Hawke; Lenny Kravitz

Fresh Air Weekend: Ethan Hawke; Lenny Kravitz

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Ethan Hawke plays abolitionist John Brown in The Good Lord Bird, a new Showtime series based on the novel by James McBride. Showtime hide caption

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Ethan Hawke plays abolitionist John Brown in The Good Lord Bird, a new Showtime series based on the novel by James McBride.

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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:

Ethan Hawke On Playing John Brown, Early Fame, And Making A Friend Of Fear: Hawke plays the 19th-century abolitionist in the new Showtime series, The Good Lord Bird. He explains why early success isn't always a blessing, and describes the anxiety he's faced later in life.

'The Forty-Year-Old Version' Is Fast, Funny, Multi-Faceted And No Small Feat: Radha Blank plays a fictionalized version of herself — a struggling artist from Harlem, who was hailed years earlier as a promising playwright. The film is gorgeously shot in black-and-white.

Lenny Kravitz On Race, Being On The Road, And Ruff Ruff The Magic Dog: Kravitz's new memoir, Let Love Rule, follows his childhood and early career. Still touring in his 50s, Kravitz says, "I'm going to continue doing this as long as I can."

You can listen to the original interviews and review here:

Ethan Hawke On Playing John Brown, Early Fame, And Making A Friend Of Fear

'The Forty-Year-Old Version' Is Fast, Funny, Multi-Faceted And No Small Feat

Lenny Kravitz On Race, Being On The Road, And Ruff Ruff The Magic Dog