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Fresh Air Weekend: Jada Pinkett Smith; Keegan-Michael Key

Jada Pinkett Smith is an actor, singer-songwriter, talk show host and producer. Her new memoir is called <em>Worthy.</em>
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Jada Pinkett Smith is an actor, singer-songwriter, talk show host and producer. Her new memoir is called Worthy.

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:

For Jada Pinkett Smith, it's all lessons, not regrets: In a new memoir, Worthy, Pinkett Smith writes about her marriage to Will Smith, about how she charted a course from Baltimore to Hollywood, and about her close friendship with rapper Tupac Shakur.

'Blackouts' is an ingenious deathbed conversation between two friends: More than a decade after his debut, We the Animals, Justin Torres returns with a novel that centers on a deathbed conversation between two friends about the distortions and erasures of queer history.

Keegan-Michael Key breaks down how he sets up a joke: The Key & Peele and Schmigadoon! star explains why he loves sketch comedy — watching it, performing it and writing about it. His book, with writing partner Elle Key, is The History of Sketch Comedy.

You can listen to the original interviews and review here:

For Jada Pinkett Smith, it's all lessons, not regrets

'Blackouts' is an ingenious deathbed conversation between two friends

Keegan-Michael Key breaks down how he sets up a joke

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