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Chiwetel Ejiofor: The accidental filmmaker

Chiwetel Ejiofor (R) wrote, directed and stars in (with Maxwell Simba)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (R) wrote, directed and stars in (with Maxwell Simba) "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind."

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On today's show:

The 'Wind' Beneath His Wings

(Starts at 7:45)

The moment Chiwetel Ejiofor read the book, "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind," the actor wanted to share this true story of a 13-year-boy in Malawi who builds a windmill to save his village from famine. But Ejiofor didn't quite realize he'd end up writing the screenplay, directing and starring in the film. But that's what happened. Ejiofor spoke with John Horn at the Sundance Film Festival about how and why he was so compelled to bring this tale to the screen.

RIP, André Previn

(starts at :45)

The prolific composer, conductor and pianist — and one-time music director of the L.A. Philharmonic — has died at the age of 89. New York Times classical music editor Zachary Woolfe recaps Previn's career with John Horn.


(Starts at 18:45)

In March of 1968, students from five high schools in East L.A. walked out of their classrooms in protest of the unequal education that they were receiving. This weekend, students from Van Nuys High School will portray that historical event, in an oratorio they wrote with artists from the Los Angeles Master Chorale. KPCC’s Carla Javier has a preview.