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Anthony Shadid covered the Middle East for nearly two decades for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Associated Press. Courtesy of The New York Times hide caption

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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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Michelle Williams: The Fresh Air Interview

Michelle Williams plays settler Emily Tetherow in Kelly Reichardt's frontier drama Meek's Cutoff. Williams joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross for a discussion about the film, her career and her role in Blue Valentine.

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Linda Cardellini plays a vet who returns from overseas with no way to make sense of where she was and what it meant in director Liza Johnson's new drama Return. Dada Films hide caption

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Republican congressional candidate and Maine Senate President Kevin Raye speaks during the Kennebec County Super Caucus in Augusta, Maine, on Feb. 4. Joel Page/AP hide caption

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Sondheim, shown here in 1974, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Sunday in the Park with George. He has also received eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy awards and a Kennedy Center Honor. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Nathan Englander grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family. He now splits his time between New York and Madison, Wis. Juliana Sohn hide caption

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Nathan Englander: Assimilating Thoughts Into Stories

In What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, Nathan Englander writes about his own faith — and what it means to be Jewish — in stories that explore religious tension, Israeli-American relations and the Holocaust.

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J. Edgar Hoover was the first director of the FBI. He introduced fingerprinting and forensic techniques to the crime-fighting agency, and pushed for stronger federal laws to punish criminals who strayed across state lines. He also kept secret files on more than 20,000 Americans he deemed "subversive." Anonymous/Library of Congress hide caption

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Viola Davis earned her first Oscar nomination with a small but memorable role in Doubt; she also has won a pair of Tony Awards for her work on Broadway. Chris Pizzello/AP hide caption

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Viola Davis: The Fresh Air Interview

The actress earned her second Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of a maid in the 1960s-era film The Help. She talks to Fresh Air about why she thinks the character is anything but the cliche some have claimed.

Viola Davis: The Fresh Air Interview
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Bret McKenzie (left) wrote five of the songs in The Muppets, including the Oscar-nominated "Man or Muppet" and the opening number, "Life's a Happy Song." Andrew Macpherson/Disney hide caption

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Bret McKenzie: A Manly Muppet And A Muppet Of A Man

McKenzie, half of the New Zealand musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, wrote five songs in the recent Muppets movie. "Man or Muppet" is nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards.

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Jemaine Clement (left) and Bret McKenzie: Witty musical parodists play witless musicians in Flight of the Conchords. HBO hide caption

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'Conchords': Musical Comedy from Clueless Kiwis

In 2007, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie joined Terry Gross for a discussion about their folk-parody band Flight of the Conchords.

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Meryl Streep stars as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady. The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Ameena Matthews, a violence interrupter with the Chicago organization CeaseFire, mediates disputes to prevent gang violence from escalating. Aaron Wickenden/Kartemquin Films hide caption

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'The Interrupters': Keeping Peace On The Streets

Ameena Matthews is a former gang member who now works to stop retaliatory gang violence in some of Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods. She is one of the subjects of a new documentary called The Interrupters.

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Mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano stars as Mallory Kane, a highly trained covert operative, in a twisty, tautly wrought thriller. Claudette Barius/Relativity Media hide caption

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'Safe House' And 'Haywire': Watch Them Back-To-Back

The flashy Denzel Washington thriller Safe House will probably gross in a few hours what Steven Soderbergh's Haywire has made in several weeks. But if you like action films, you should watch these two together, says critic David Edelstein.

'Safe House,' 'Haywire': Watch Them Back To Back
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One year ago, Wael Ghonim spoke with reporters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, as protests there continued. Khaled Desouki /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chuck Prophet's 'Beautiful' Homage To San Francisco

Prophet has described his new album, Temple Beautiful, as a "love letter to San Francisco." Rock critic Ken Tucker says you don't have to be a Bay Area native to enjoy Prophet's melodies.

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Donald Hall: A Poet's View 'Out The Window'

The 83-year-old former poet laureate reflects on how life has changed as he's grown older. "My body causes me trouble when I cross the room, but when I am sitting down writing, I am in my heaven — my old heaven," he says.

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Writers for Sid Caesar include Mel Brooks (front, lower right corner) and Neil Simon (back row, upper left corner). Courtesy of Michael Hirsh hide caption

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The Risks And Rewards Of Practicing Yoga

Yoga can be extremely beneficial, but it also can be quite dangerous. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Broad examines the pleasures and pitfalls of the practice in his latest book, The Science of Yoga.

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Matt Wilson: Trios, Quartets And 'Don Knotts'

Like a comedian, the drummer knows something about offhand dexterity and split-second timing.

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