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The Emotion Comes At You In 'Waves'

Taylor Russell co-stars in
Taylor Russell co-stars in "Waves," written and directed by Trey Edward Shults.

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On today's show:

Searching For Hope After A Tragedy

(Starts at 7:45)

The new movie, “Waves,” was written and directed by Trey Edward Shults (“It Comes at Night”) and stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Sterling K. Brown, Taylor Russell and Lucas Hedges. The story centers around an African-American family living in Florida that’s coping with a tragic incident. John Horn spoke with Shults and Russell about the film’s difficult subject matter and innovative use of  cinematography.

Taylor Swift Won't Back Down

(Starts at :45)

John talks with Jem Aswad of Variety about an ongoing conflict for the world's biggest pop star: "In the latest salvo in a rapidly evolving media battle that has evolved over the past 15 hours, Taylor Swift refuted Big Machine Records’ claim that the company did not try to block her from using material from her early albums, which are owned by the label, in forthcoming television specials. Swift had leveled those claims against the company Thursday night, stating she was being denied the use of her Big Machine era songs in the forthcoming American Music Awards and a Netflix documentary; Big Machine denied those claims in a general but not specific sense in a statement early Friday. Big Machine also claimed that Swift owes the company 'millions of dollars and multiple assets,' which the singer refuted by claiming Big Machine owes her nearly $8 million in unpaid royalties."

All Roads Lead To The Desert

(Starts at 18:45)

Josh Homme is probably most recognizable as the frontman of the rock band, Queens of the Stone Age. The group rose to international fame with its 2002 hit record, “Songs for the Deaf.” But Homme has always pursued collaborations outside his band. He’s worked with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, British singer PJ Harvey, and even Elton John. Homme’s latest, “Desert Sessions Volumes 11 & 12,” is a throwback to his communal instincts and a musical tradition he started in Joshua Tree more than 20 years ago.