Weekend All Things Considered

Saturdays and Sundays 5 - 6 p.m.
Arun Rath

The biggest stories of the day, thoughtful commentaries, insightful features on the quirky and the mainstream in arts and life, music and entertainment, all brought alive through sound.

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Author Interviews
4:24 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

'As You Wish': Take A Peek At The Making Of 'The Princess Bride'

Cary Elwes stars as Westley, a farm boy who falls in love with Buttercup (Robin Wright), in 1987's The Princess Bride.
Courtesy of The Princess Bride, Ltd.

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 12:46 pm

Cult classic The Princess Bride is a movie with a bit of everything: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles ... and, yes, a tiny bit of kissing.

The film gave us countless quotable lines, from "Mawidge is what bwings us together today," to, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." And then there's the exchange after Princess Buttercup pushes a mysterious masked man down a hill:

"As — you — wiiiiish."

"Oh, my sweet Westley! What have I done?"

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4:23 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Behind The Motorcycles In 'Easy Rider,' A Long-Obscured Story

Peter Fonda rides the "Captain America" chopper in Easy Rider.
Columbia The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 5:33 pm

On Oct. 18, the Calabasas, Calif.-based auction house Profiles In History will auction off what it says is the last authentic motorcycle used in the filming of 1969's Easy Rider, and what some consider the most famous motorcycle in the world.

Peter Fonda, who played Wyatt in the Dennis Hopper-directed film, rode the so-called "Captain America" bike, named for its distinctive American flag color scheme and known for its sharply-angled long front end.

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Music Interviews
8:42 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn On Teaming Up, Finally

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn's new self-titled album, their first as a duo, is out Oct. 7.
Jim McGuire Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 5:42 pm

As eclectic an instrument as the banjo may be in 2014, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn could fairly be called its superstars. Fleck has taken the instrument into unusual territory like funk, jazz and classical, while Washburn prefers to stay in the more traditional clawhammer style.

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Movie Interviews
8:40 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Affleck: 'Gone Girl' Was Freeing, And 'Batman' Will Be No 'Daredevil'

In Gone Girl, Ben Affleck stars as a husband under scrutiny following his wife's disappearance.
Merrick Morton Twentieth Century Fox

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 8:16 pm

In Gone Girl, Ben Affleck's character might be a murderer — or he may be an innocent guy in a bad situation. In the new movie, based on the novel, he plays a man who finds himself at the center of a media circus after his wife disappears and suspicion falls on him.

Affleck, who directed, produced and starred in the Academy Award-winning film Argo, and will be taking on the role of Batman in 2016, has had a prolific 30-year career in acting. But he saysGone Girl demanded something new.

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Author Interviews
8:39 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

One Military Family, Two Lost Sons: One To Combat, One To Suicide

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 7:51 pm

Over 5,000 Americans have died fighting in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, over the past 12 years, more than 2,000 soldiers have committed suicide.

One military family experienced both of those horrors — losing one son in combat and one to suicide. Journalist Yochi Dreazen's new book, The Invisible Front: Love And Loss In An Era of Endless War, tells the true story of the Graham family and two events that would forever change the very fabric of their world.

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10:45 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Meeting Country Music's Superstars: Behind Each Portrait, A Story

Raeanne Rubenstein first photographed Johnny Cash at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. "It was just the most amazing experience," she says.
Raeanne Rubenstein

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 5:29 pm

Raeanne Rubenstein has captured a host of iconic images. Her celebrity portraits include John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Muhammad Ali, Rodney Dangerfield and Andy Warhol.

Among her body of work, several images stand out with a twang. The Nashville-based photographer has an extensive portfolio of country legends: Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash and other superstar singers.

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Music Interviews
5:20 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Ryan Adams Rips It Up, Starts Again

Ryan Adams' self-titled 14th album comes out Sept. 9.
Alice Baxley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 4:45 pm

Any artist who releases 16 records in 15 years could be forgiven for becoming a bit jaded. But the process behind Ryan Adams' new self-titled album feels almost like a love story, in which one of the more prolific songwriters of the last two decades finds a new passion for his craft.

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Arts and Entertainment
4:20 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

How Dolph Lundgren Went From Chemical Engineer To Action Star

Dolph Lundgren's performance in Rocky IV as Ivan Drago — ” the "blond beast with flatiron hair and perfect muscles," as one critic wrote — ” made a big impression on American audiences
United Artists Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 2:17 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Before he was Ivan Drago, He-Man or an "Expendable," Dolph Lundgren was just another 6-foot-5-inch Swedish male model with a black belt in karate and a degree in chemical engineering.

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Author Interviews
2:37 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers'

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 7:30 am

Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker with child protective services in New York City, where she worked with teenagers and families in crisis. She was, at times, responsible for removing children from their homes and placing them with foster families. The foster parents would often have children of their own.

"I was always wondering: What would it be like for those kids to have these new kids come and leave and come and leave and not want to attach to them?" she tells Tess Vigeland, guest host of NPR's weekends on All Things Considered.

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