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The Best Of Fresh Air 2011

Fresh Air Weekend: The Critics' Best Of 2011 Lists

Fresh Air's David Bianculli, David Edelstein, Maureen Corrigan and Ken Tucker share their favorite TV, movies, books and music of 2011.

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Michael Shannon plays federal agent Nelson Van Alden on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. "I think inside of Van Alden is a child — that arrested child — that never really got to develop its own identity," he says.

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