Hear actor and director Denzel Washington and book critic Maureen Corrigan on this edition of Fresh Air.
Denzel Washington directs and acts in the new film The Great Debaters, inspired by the true story of Wiley College's winning debate team of the early 1930s. The film also stars Forest Whitaker. Washington made his directorial debut with the film Antwone Fisher. He won an Academy Award for acting in the films Training Day and Glory. His other films include Mo' Better Blues, Cry Freedom, John Q, Man on Fire, Devil in a Blue Dress, and Malcolm X.
Then, Maureen Corrigan reviews The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved by Judith Freeman. [Broadcast Date: January 2, 2008]