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Fresh Air Weekend: Dave Grohl; Will Smith

Dave Grohl performs onstage during the taping of the 2021 "Vax Live" fundraising concert at the in Inglewood, Calif.
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Dave Grohl performs onstage during the taping of the 2021 "Vax Live" fundraising concert at the in Inglewood, Calif.

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:

Dave Grohl retraces his life-affirming path from Nirvana to Foo Fighters: After Nirvana ended, Grohl wasn't sure he wanted to continue making music. But, he says, "I realized that music was the one thing that had healed me my entire life." His memoir is The Storyteller.

Rugged masculinity takes a dark turn in 'The Power of the Dog': Jane Campion's Western plays out like a tightly wound psychological thriller, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as one of the scariest characters you're likely to meet this year.

Will Smith says he crafted a joyful image to cover the pain of the past: As a child, Smith watched helplessly as his father beat his mother. The experience shaped him: "The mental anguish that I had to overcome was a big part of me growing into the person I am today."

You can listen to the original interviews and review here:

Dave Grohl retraces his life-affirming path from Nirvana to Foo Fighters

Rugged masculinity takes a dark turn in 'The Power of the Dog'

Will Smith says he crafted a joyful image to cover the pain of the past

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