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Fresh Air Weekend: The Story Behind 'The Rider'; The Work Of Rodgers And Hammerstein

Brady Jandreau recreates his own struggle to recover from a serious rodeo accident in <em>The Rider. </em>
Brady Jandreau recreates his own struggle to recover from a serious rodeo accident in <em>The Rider. </em>

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:

A Devastating Fall Couldn't Keep This Rodeo 'Rider' Off Wild Horses: A harrowing accident left Brady Jandreau with a skull and brain injury — but he refused to quit riding. He plays himself in director Chloé Zhao's slightly fictionalized retelling of his story.

Meg Wolitzer Traces The Arc Of The Feminist Movement In 'The Female Persuasion': Wolitzer's new novel centers on a legendary feminist and the young woman whose life she transforms. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls The Female Persuasion an absorbing and compelling work.

How Rodgers And Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway: Todd Purdum's new book, Something Wonderful, is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind such hit shows as Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

You can listen to the original interviews here:

A Devastating Fall Couldn't Keep This Rodeo 'Rider' Off Wild Horses

Meg Wolitzer Traces The Arc Of The Feminist Movement In 'The Female Persuasion'

How Rodgers And Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway

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