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Fresh Air Weekend: Novelist Zadie Smith; Comic Maria Bamford

"History is something we participate in together," says author Zadie Smith. "We are all involved in history, and all have something to gain from understanding what happened – exactly what happened." Her new novel, <em>The Fraud, </em>is based on real events.
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"History is something we participate in together," says author Zadie Smith. "We are all involved in history, and all have something to gain from understanding what happened – exactly what happened." Her new novel, The Fraud, is based on real events.

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:

In 'The Fraud,' Zadie Smith seeks to 'do absolute justice to the truth': The historical fiction novel centers on a real-life Victorian Era trial. Smith says she doesn't look back on the past with a sense of superiority: In her view, human life is "a continued struggle."

Part fairy tale, part horror, 'The Changeling' is a drama that mostly satisfies: LaKeith Stanfield plays a young man who achieves his dreams and goals — only to have them descend into nightmares. While the ending of this Apple TV+ series underwlems, the acting keeps you watching.

Comic Maria Bamford is down to 'Join Your Cult': Bamford has been part of five different 12-step programs, including groups for overeaters and sex and love addicts. In her new memoir, she jokes about anxiety, depression and the desire to fit in.

You can listen to the original interviews and review here:

In 'The Fraud,' Zadie Smith seeks to 'do absolute justice to the truth'

Part fairy tale, part horror, 'The Changeling' is a drama that mostly satisfies

Comic Maria Bamford is down to 'Join Your Cult'

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