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Fresh Air Weekend: 'All the Beauty and the Bloodshed'; Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau

Activists hold a banner reading "Take down the Sackler name" in front of the Pyramid of the Louvre museum in Paris on July 1, 2019.
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Activists hold a banner reading "Take down the Sackler name" in front of the Pyramid of the Louvre museum in Paris on July 1, 2019.

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:

'All the Beauty and the Bloodshed' chronicles Nan Goldin's career of art and activism: Filmmaker Laura Poitras and Goldin discuss their Oscar-nominated documentary about efforts to remove the Sackler family name from prominent museums amid the opioid epidemic.

A showbiz striver gets one more moment in the spotlight in 'Up With the Sun': Author Thomas Mallon's sweeping new historical novel captures a slice of gay life in mid-to-late 20th century America as it reimagines the life — and violent death — of B-list actor Dick Kallman.

Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau shares his love of The Beatles on a new album: One of the most acclaimed jazz pianists of his generation, Mehldau sits down at the piano, for music and conversation. His album, Your Mother Should Know, interprets songs by The Beatles.

You can listen to the original interviews and review here:

'All the Beauty and the Bloodshed' chronicles Nan Goldin's career of art and activism

A showbiz striver gets one more moment in the spotlight in 'Up With the Sun'

Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau shares his love of The Beatles on a new album

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