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Fresh Air Weekend: Drones, Homes & Dave Brubeck

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Fresh Air Weekend: Maya Rudolph, William Shatner

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Being Flynn,' Barry Blitt

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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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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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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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Fresh Air Weekend: Meryl Streep, Yoga

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