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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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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam: Please join us to talk about what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

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