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Fresh Air Weekend: James Franco; 2017's Word Of The Year; Guillermo Del Toro
Franco tackles a Hollywood story "unlike any other" in The Disaster Artist. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says "tribalism" is his word of the year. Del Toro talks about his new film, The Shape Of Water.
'I, Tonya' Offers A Sympathetic Second Act To A Disgraced Figure Skater
In January 1994, skater Nancy Kerrigan was struck on the leg with a police-style baton by a man linked to skating rival Tonya Harding. A new dark comedy reconsiders the case against Harding.
The 'Racial Cleansing' That Drove 1,100 Black Residents Out Of Forsyth County, Ga.
In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Author Patrick Phillips revisits the incident in his book, Blood at the Root. Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2016.
Will The Mueller Investigation Unearth A Crime? Legal Reporter Says It's Complicated
"There is not going to be a neat ending," New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin says of the investigation into Russian meddling. A central issue is whether a sitting president can be criminally indicted.
Israeli Film 'Foxtrot' Is A Bruisingly Powerful Look At A War Without End
Foxtrot centers on an Israeli couple reeling from the death of their soldier son. Critic Justin Chang says the title is "a clever if heavy-handed metaphor for a nation mired in its own stasis."
James Franco Tackles A Hollywood Story 'Unlike Any Other' In 'Disaster Artist'
Franco's new film is a behind-the-scenes take on the making of the 2003 cult classic The Room. "It was made for $6 million," he says. "It looks like it was made for about $60."
As Fissures Between Political Camps Grow, 'Tribalism' Emerges As The Word Of 2017
"The meme of the moment is to say that American politics has become 'tribal,'" linguist Geoff Nunberg says. One sign of the division is the fact that no one can agree on how to use the word.
Director Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Shape Of Water' Centers On 'Love Beyond Words'
"I wanted to make a completely honest, heart-on-sleeve, non-ironic melodrama," del Toro says. Set in 1962, his new film features a fairy tale romance between a creature and a mute woman.
'Cartoon County' Looks Back At The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics
Vanity Fair editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years.
'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.
Zippy And Delightful, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Spotlights An Unlikely Comic
Amazon's new series centers on a spurned 1950s housewife who has a knack for stand-up comedy. Critic John Powers says Rachel Brosnahan delivers a "genuinely funny performance" in the title role.
Do Politics Matter In Poetry? New Biography Explores The Case Of Ezra Pound
A central figure in 20th century poetry, Pound was also an outspoken fascist. In The Bughouse, Daniel Swift investigates whether or not the poet's politics and madness matter to his work.
Fresh Air Weekend: Patton Oswalt; 'The Shape Of Water'; 'President Show' Stars
Oswalt says falling in love again was like "getting hit by lightning twice." Justin Chang reviews Guillermo del Toro's new film. Anthony Atamanuik and Peter Grosz discuss The President Show.
Newly Reissued 'Astaire Story' Suffers From A Couple Of Missteps
In 1952, record producer Norman Granz brought six jazz stars into the studio to back a singer from outside their circle: Hollywood song and dance man Fred Astaire.
Delusions Of Grandeur Take Center Stage In James Franco's 'Disaster Artist'
Critic David Edlestein says Franco sends audiences into hysterics as the director and star of a new biopic about Tommy Wiseau, an oddball filmmaker with vision and drive — but very little talent.