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Fresh Air for April 15, 2011

Director Sidney Lumet, the award-winning director of Network, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and 12 Angry Men, died on April 9 at age 86. AP hide caption

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Sidney Lumet: A Director Who Gave Actors His All

Sidney Lumet: A Director Who Gave Actors His All

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Robin Wright plays Mary Surratt with a sense of "essential decency," says movie critic David Edelstein. Wright stars in Robert Redford's movie about the real-life trial of the woman who ran the Washington boarding house where John Wilkes Booth regularly stayed. Claudette Barius/Claudette Barius/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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'The Conspirator': A Trying Trial For Lincoln's Foes

'The Conspirator': A Trying Trial For Lincoln's Foes

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Fresh Air for April 14, 2011

Actress Michelle Williams was recently nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Blue Valentine. In Meek's Cutoff, she plays a bold settler named Emily Tetherow. Matt Sayles/AP Photo hide caption

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Going West: The Making Of 'Meek's Cutoff'

Going West: The Making Of 'Meek's Cutoff'

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Fresh Air for April 13, 2011

"I was worried about being the mouthpiece for anyone and being politicized personally," Tina Fey says about playing Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. "It ended up being a lot of fun, but it did permanently politicize me in a way." Platon/HGB USA hide caption

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Tina Fey Reveals All (And Then Some) In 'Bossypants'

Tina Fey Reveals All (And Then Some) In 'Bossypants'

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Fresh Air for April 12, 2011

Fresh Air for April 11, 2011

"We use purified drinking water to flush our toilets and water our lawns. That doesn't make any sense," says Charles Fishman. "In an era of scarcity, we won't need to limit whether we have water to boil pasta or take a bath. But we will think differently about a whole portfolio of water. There will be different kinds of waters for different uses. And water itself will get smart." iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The Worldwide 'Thirst' For Clean Drinking Water

The Worldwide 'Thirst' For Clean Drinking Water

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