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Fresh Air Weekend: Stephen King, Daft Punk And Cannes

A native of Maine, Stephen King has used the state as the backdrop for many of his novels and short stories. In <em>Joyland</em>, however, he sets his scene in North Carolina.
A native of Maine, Stephen King has used the state as the backdrop for many of his novels and short stories. In <em>Joyland</em>, however, he sets his scene in North Carolina.

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:

Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared: "The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. The book, set in a North Carolina amusement park in 1973, is part horror novel and part supernatural thriller. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.


Daft Punk: Accessing Electronic Music's Humanity
: Random Access Memories finds the French duo changing its music-making process in an effort to make its songs sound more human. To that end, Daft Punk enlists guest stars such as Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

From Boos To Bravos: A Recap Of Cannes: Fresh Air's critic-at-large John Powers returns from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival with tales of the good, the bad, and the parties. He says Blue Is the Warmest Color was "the film of the festival" while Only God Forgives was the biggest disappointment.

You can listen to the original interviews here:

  • Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared
  • Daft Punk: Accessing Electronic Music's Humanity
  • From Boos To Bravos: A Recap of Cannes
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