Robert De Niro (left) plays Jonathan Flynn, the father of writer Nick Flynn (played by Paul Dano) who shows up at his son's workplace: a homeless shelter. David Lee/Focus Features hide caption

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'Being Flynn': When Dad Needs To Take Shelter

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A map of neurons of the mouse retina, reconstructed automatically by artificial intelligence from electron microscopic images. A. Zlateski based on data from K. Briggman, M. Helmstaedter, and W. Denk/MIT/Seung hide caption

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The Man Working To Reverse-Engineer Your Brain

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After the earthquake, workers were sent inside Reactor 1 at the Fukushima plant to release some of the pressure building up inside the reactors. Frontline hide caption

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One Year Later, 'Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown'

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A woman walks past a banner placed around the perimeter of the Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg on World AIDS Day. The university used the banner to raise public awareness about AIDS and the devastating toll the disease has had in South Africa. Paul Botes/AP Photo hide caption

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'Tinderbox': How The West Fueled The AIDS Epidemic

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The cast of The Muppets includes (left to right) Floyd Pepper, Fozzie Bear, Lew Zealand, Janice, Swedish Chef, Camilla The Chicken, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Gonzo, Scooter and Beaker. Scott Garfield/Disney hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Catherine Russell, Bret McKenzie

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Leonardo DiCaprio plays J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar, a biopic written by Dustin Lance Black. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Dustin Lance Black: Telling The Story Of 'J. Edgar'

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Barney Rosset paid $3,000 for Grove Press in 1951. Then he used the company to help tear down American obscenity laws of the 1950s and '60s. Jim Cooper/AP hide caption

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Barney Rosset: A Crusader Against Censorship Laws

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The barber shop run by Anthony Bravo Esparza — whom everyone knows as "Dreamer" — is a fixture at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System's West Los Angeles Campus. Paula Berger hide caption

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Man Gives U.S. Vets Two Things: Haircuts, And Hope

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How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online

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Catherine Russell: The Fresh Air In-Studio Concert

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'New Yorker' Cartoonist Imagines Washington At 7

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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 Very Manly Muppet [Extended Cut]

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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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Fresh Air Weekend: Viola Davis, Nathan Englander

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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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Fresh Air Remembers War Reporter Anthony Shadid

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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

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