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The gurney used to restrain condemned prisoners during the lethal injection process is shown in the Texas death house in Huntsville, Texas. Pat Sullivan/AP Photo hide caption

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For Two Decades, Defending Death Row Inmates

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I'm On Fire Willie Nillie
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Generique [From Lift To The Scaffold] Miles Davis
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Marimba Fantastique, for marimba Tom Collier
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The first Upstairs, Downstairs miniseries covered the years from 1903 to 1909. Four additional miniseries followed, covering World War I and the 1920s. The updated version of Upstairs Downstairs includes only one original cast member, Jean Marsh — who plays Rose Buck. Jane Hilton/BBC/Masterpiece hide caption

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'Upstairs, Downstairs' Returns To 165 Eaton Place

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Falling Down Sound The Octopus Project

Rated X-tra-naughty: Natalie Portman, Danny McBride, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel star in a medieval sword-and-sorcery spoof that strays often into beyond-kinky territory — and plays it so resolutely straight that the profane seems downright divine. Frank Connor/Universal Pictures hide caption

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'Your Highness': Low Comedy's Crowning Glory?

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JET POLKA DIE KNODEL
A Playlist for An Extreme Occasion Todd Sickafoose

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