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Listen: Renee Fleming on ‘A Capitol Fourth’ and the Legacy of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’

Plus: Netflix's 'Recovery Boys' debuts, how Ben Foster survived 'Leave No Trace,' Dave Berg sizes up late night in a time of Trump

WASHINGTON — Renee Fleming, currently starring in the Broadway revival of “Carousel,” will perform one of the classics from the show, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” during PBS’s “A Capitol Fourth” on Wednesday night.

In the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, Fleming plays Nettie Fowler, and sings the song to comfort and console her cousin Julie, whose husband has just taken his own life.

But over the years, the song has become an American standard, often sung at major national events. “The words are about resiliency and hope,” Fleming tells Variety’s PopPolitics on SiriusXM, in a special Independence Day show.

Fleming also sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in 2002 at the event marking the first anniversary of 9/11 and later in 2009 at an inaugural concert for Barack Obama.

At the Capitol Fourth concert, she will be paying tribute to men and women in uniform.

The concert, hosted by John Stamos, also will feature the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett, Chita Rivera, Luke Combs, and CeCe Winans, among others.

“I would love for viewers to remember all that we have in common, all that we share and the traditions that keep us together, and also who we are as Americans, what our values are,” Fleming says of the event, which is on the grounds of the Capitol but purposefully apolitical. “I’m all for building bridges at this point. I think it’s time.”

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Ben Foster talks about the new movie “Leave No Trace,” in which he plays a military veteran who has chosen to live in an urban wilderness park along with his 13-year-old daughter, but struggles to live that solitary life. Foster says that the movie says a lot about alienation in a world of constant connection.

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‘Recovery Boys’: The Other Side of the Opioid Crisis

Elaine McMillion Sheldon’s “Heroin(e),” about a group of women trying to address the opioid crisis in their West Virginia community, won an Oscar nomination this year. Her next project, Netflix’s “Recovery Boys,” traces the stories of a group of young male addicts struggling to recover in a program called Jacob’s Ladder. The movie shows how challenging it is to stay sober. She talks about the making of the project, along with the founder of Jacob’s Ladder, Kevin Blankenship, along with a counselor, Joey and two of those who are in recovery, Ryan and Rush.

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PopPolitics, hosted by Variety’s Ted Johnson, airs from 2-3 p.m. E.T./11-noon P.T. on SiriusXM’s political channel POTUS. It also is available on demand.

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