MC & Actor Riz Ahmed : Fresh Air Ahmed plays a drummer who loses his hearing in 'Sound of Metal. ' To prepare for the role, he immersed himself in deaf culture — an experience that changed the way he thought about communication and listening. We talk about that film, the formative experience of being racially profiled in an airport, and his breakthrough song "Post 9/11 Blues."

Also, Ken Tucker shares his favorite albums of the year.
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MC & Actor Riz Ahmed

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MC & Actor Riz Ahmed

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Ahmed plays a drummer who loses his hearing in 'Sound of Metal. ' To prepare for the role, he immersed himself in deaf culture — an experience that changed the way he thought about communication and listening. We talk about that film, the formative experience of being racially profiled in an airport, and his breakthrough song "Post 9/11 Blues."

Also, Ken Tucker shares his favorite albums of the year.