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52:30

'Armageddon Time' director explores how the world is ruined by 'well-meaning people'

James Gray's new film was inspired by his childhood in Queens in the 1980s. Though his grandparents had fled antisemitism in Ukraine, his family didn't recognize their own biases against Black people.

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21:54

The 'Fresh Air' interview with 'Looney Tunes' animator Chuck Jones

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck have recently been revived in the podcast, "Bugs and Daffy's Thanksgiving Adventure." We mark the occasion by listening to our 1989 interview with Jones, who died in 2022.

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43:26

Mel Brooks says his only regret as a comedian is the jokes he didn't tell

Brooks wrote countless edgy jokes over the years, but he doesn't regret any of them. He calls comedy his "delicious refuge" from the world. His memoir is All About Me! Originally broadcast in 2021.

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07:41

'She Said' follows the journalists who set the #MeToo movement in motion

It's been five years since New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey first wrote about Harvey Weinstein's history of sexual assault allegations and helped ignite the #MeToo movement. Now there's a new movie called "She Said," based on their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation and their subsequent book about their investigation. The movie stars Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan and opens this week in theaters.

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52:30

'Weird Al' Yankovic wants to 'bring sexy back' to the accordion

The music "biopic" parody Weird stars Daniel Radcliffe in an over-the-top version of Al Yankovic's life. In the film, making up words to songs that already exist is considered the work of a visionary, playing the accordion is akin to being a guitar hero and Yankovic is asked to be the next James Bond.

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52:30

Steven Spielberg was a fearful kid who found solace in storytelling

Steven Spielberg's new film "The Fabelmans" is a semi-autobiographical film based on his childhood and teenage years, and tells the story, in a fictionalized way, of how he fell in love with movies, and became a filmmaker.

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08:42

See how a young Steven Spielberg fell in love with film in 'The Fabelmans'

Our film critic Justin Chang has this review of "The Fabelmans," which begins its theatrical run on Friday.

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42:56

Filmmaker says Emmett Till's mother deserves her rightful place in history

Chinonye Chukwu's new film, Till, works to afford Mamie her "rightful place in history" by telling the story through his mother's point of view. Though Emmett's murder is central to the narrative, Chukwu purposefully chose not to portray it on-screen.

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52:30

Venture into the 'Fresh Air' crypt for a Halloween horror fest

In addition to Steven King and Jordan Peele, we talk with Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins about how he humanized Hannibal Lecter, the oh-so-sophisticated cannibal of The Silence of the Lambs. And Carrie star Sissy Spacek remembers sneaking into the theaters in New York City to watch audiences jump at the sight of her hand stretching up from the grave at the end of that film. Plus, we hear from actor Mercedes McCambridge, who voiced the devil in The Exorcist; George Romero, who directed Night of the Living Dead; and Kathy Bates, who starred in the 1990 film Misery.

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07:22

A director critically reexamines his 1980s childhood in 'Armageddon Time'

Armageddon Time, which opens in theaters this week, is based on events from James Gray's 1980s childhood in Flushing, Queens, and features performances by Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong and Anthony Hopkins.

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44:08

Fresh Air's Halloween special, with horror masters Stephen King and Jordan Peele

King talks about what terrified him as a child — and what frightens him as an adult. Peele talks about the fears that inspire his filmmaking. Originally broadcast in 1992, 2013 and 2017.

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08:22

A farmer gets dumped by his best friend in 'The Banshees of Inisherin'

Film critic Justin Chang reviews the new comic thriller "The Banshees of Inisherin" by writer-director Martin McDonagh and starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

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07:37

Horror fans will want to poke around in Guillermo del Toro's 'Cabinet of Curiosities'

The special effects are a lot more special than the stories in the Oscar-winning director's new Netflix anthology series. Still, most of the shows in this first, eight-episode run are worth watching.

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07:37

In 'Tár,' a brilliant but manipulative conductor orchestrates everyone around her

Our film critic Justin Chang says that "Tar," which opens this week in theaters, is one of the most exciting new American movies he's seen this year.

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43:53

'Fresh Air' remembers country superstar Loretta Lynn

Lynn, who died Oct. 4, grew up in poverty in eastern Kentucky and went on to have 16 No. 1 hits. Her life story was portrayed in the 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter. Originally broadcast in 2010.

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10:00

Viola Davis is 'The Woman King' in an epic story inspired by true events

Justin Chang is the film critic for the LA Times. He reviewed "The Woman King" starring Viola Davis.

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08:29

Ken Burns connects the past and the present in 'The U.S. and the Holocaust'

Ken Burns' new three-part documentary, The U.S. and the Holocaust, explores what everyday Americans knew — or didn't know — about what the Nazis were doing in Europe.

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08:29

'Three Thousand Years of Longing' will leave you charmed — and a little worn out

Film critic Justin Chang reviews the new fantasy films "Three Thousand Years Of Longing," starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba.

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08:32

Elegant film 'Three Minutes' shows Polish town before it was erased by the Holocaust

Bianca Stigter's documentary, Three Minutes: A Lengthening, brings the past to life with an almost archaeological gaze.

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09:43

New release is a reminder of Judy Garland's artistry and vocal prowess

On the occasion of what would have been Garland's 100th birthday, Warner Bros. has been re-issuing her films on Blu-Ray; classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the most recent release.

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