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Fresh Air Weekend: Chris O'Dowd, The Nazi War On Modern Art And Cannes

Max Beckmann's biblical and political triptych <em>Departure</em> (right) hangs on the same wall as Adolf Ziegler's <em>Four Elements</em><em> </em>triptych, which Hitler owned. Both pieces are part of the Neue Galerie's "Degenerate Art" exhibit.
Max Beckmann's biblical and political triptych <em>Departure</em> (right) hangs on the same wall as Adolf Ziegler's <em>Four Elements</em><em> </em>triptych, which Hitler owned. Both pieces are part of the Neue Galerie's "Degenerate Art" exhibit.

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:

From The Screen To Broadway: Chris O'Dowd Takes On 'Of Mice And Men': The Irish actor was introduced to a large American audience through the film Bridesmaids. He's now playing Lenny in the revival of the theatrical adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic.

'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art: In 1937, two Nazi art shows aimed to teach the public to despise modernist art and show them what art should be. An exhibit at New York's Neue Galerie reunites works from both landmark shows.

Highlights From The Cannes Film Festival: The festival concluded Saturday. Fresh Air critic John Powers discusses the winners and the films that generated the biggest responses — both positive and negative.

You can listen to the original interviews here:

  • From The Screen To Broadway: Chris O'Dowd Takes On 'Of Mice And Men'
  • 'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art
  • Highlights From The Cannes Film Festival
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    Corrected: June 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM MDT
    The original photo caption incorrectly attributed Four Elements to artist Max Beckmann. The triptych is the work of Adolf Ziegler.