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Fresh Air Weekend: Coppola, The Muppets

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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:

The Muppet Fans Who Made 'The Muppets' Movie The filmmakers behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall have teamed up to create the first Muppet movie in over a decade. "We set out to make a Muppet movie that harkened back to the late 70s [and] early 80s Muppets that we grew up with," says Jason Segel.

The History Of Hillbilly Boogie's Earliest Days Boogie-woogie was a piano style that began sometime in the early 20th century — and, by the 1930s, became a huge pop-music fad. Rock historian Ed Ward explains how the genre re-emerged in country music after WWII, when it was an important precursor to rock 'n' roll.

Francis Ford Coppola Reflects On His Film Career: The director shares stories from his early film making career and from some of his most famous movies, including The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. He spoke at the Toronto International Film Festival to the festival's co-director.

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