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Rosewater is Jon Stewart's directorial debut. He filmed much of the movie in...
Stewart talks about his debut film Rosewater; Mendelsund discusses how he designs book covers; Ed Ward reviews Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes.

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:

Jon Stewart's Debut Film Shows 'Humor Survives' In The Bleakest Conditions: Rosewater is based on Maziar Bahari's experience of being tortured in an Iranian prison. "His humor sustained him," the Daily Show host says. "And I found that incredibly empowering."

The Jacket Designer's Challenge: To Capture A Book By Its Cover: Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of book covers, including two new ones of his own: Cover and What We See When We Read. He talks about his process and why "dead authors get the best" covers.

Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes' Formed A Legend: During a hiatus, some tapes surfaced of new songs Bob Dylan been writing: the infamous Basement Tapes. These songs have been collected in a box set.You can listen to the original interviews here:

Jon Stewart's Debut Film Shows 'Humor Survives' In The Bleakest Conditions

The Jacket Designer's Challenge: To Capture A Book By Its Cover

Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes' Formed A Legend

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The film is based on du Pont's fraught relationship with two Olympic wrestlers. Wealth isn't enough — his identity hinges on winning. It's a fascinating case study, but as drama, it's one sick joke.

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The Boston jazz guitarist tackles the Rite of Spring and Quartet for the End of Time on a pair of new CDs.

Boston jazz guitarist Eric Hofbauer's quintet has two new CDs out, playing 20th-century classics. One is the year's second jazz version of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, following the Bad Plus' trio version. The other is Olivier Messiaen's very unjazzy Quartet for the End of Time. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead likes them a lot.

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