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William Friedkin: "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir"

Not many films have changed the American cinematic landscape. But “The French Connection” can make that claim. The 1971 classic, with its handheld documentary style and legendary car chase, became the standard for on-screen authenticity. Its director, William Friedkin, is still going strong at age 77. Though his career stalled for a time after making “The Exorcist,” he’s enjoying a late renaissance. His 2011 horror-thriller “Killer Joe” garnered some of the best reviews of his five-decade career. And now he's enjoying a second calling: directing opera. Diane talks with Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin about his life and career.

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Excerpt from "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir" by William Friedkin. Copyright 2013 by William Friedkin. Reprinted here by permission of Harper. All rights reserved.


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
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Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.


Tesla Surprise: It's A Profit

The company posted a profit of nearly $22 million for the third quarter, the first quarterly profit since 2013. Tesla attributes the good results in part to new stores.

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