Riz Ahmed; Best Books Of 2020; Rock Photographer Bob Gruen : NPR

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The Fresh Air Weekend features some of the best interviews and reviews of the past few weeks, as well as new program elements specially designed for weekends. Our weekend show focuses on interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians and often includes excerpts from live concerts in the studio. In this week:

MC and actor Riz Ahmed play a new role in “Sound Of Metal”: Ahmed plays a drummer who loses his hearing in the Sound of Metal. To prepare for the role, he immersed himself in the deaf culture – an experience that changed his attitude towards communication.

Maureen Corrigan’s 10 books that will connect you in a socially distant year: Sealed in our little zoom boxes, masked when we are in contact with others, it is easy to feel disconnected from the world during the pandemic. These 10 books can help break through loneliness.

Cameras, chaos and cognac: how Bob Gruen photographed the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll: Gruen has photographed countless rock stars, including the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Tina Turner and John Lennon. “For me, rock ‘n’ roll is all about freedom,” he says.

You can listen to the original interviews and check them out here:

MC and actor Riz Ahmed play a new role in “Sound Of Metal”

Maureen Corrigan’s 10 books that will connect you in a socially distant year

Cameras, chaos and cognac: how Bob Gruen photographed the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll

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