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'Margaret': The Tortured Journey Of A Girl, On Screen

David Edelstein says the extended cut of Kenneth Lonergan's second film is "as close to a masterpiece as any American film in a decade." Never widely screened, the film, starring Anna Paquin, is out now on DVD. (Recommended)
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Sigourney Weaver: No Damsel In Distress

The actress stars in the new TV drama Political Animals as Elaine Barrish, a former first lady and current secretary of state. She spoke to Morning Edition's Renee Montagne about the new show and the kind of female characters she tends to get cast as.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 13

The Addams Family, drawing in the dark, and the masks we wear.

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Three Secrets To Crispy Pickles, And A 'Lost Recipe' Found

Expert canner Marisa McClellan helps a listener re-create her grandma's pickle recipe, and offers three tips on how to keep homemade pickles crisp by cutting off the ends and adding alum or a tannin.
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Fresh Air Celebrates Woody Guthrie At 100

The legendary folksinger wrote hundreds of political songs, children's tunes and ballads, including "This Land Is Your Land," "Pastures of Plenty" and "Pretty Boy Floyd." Many of his tracks appear on a new CD box set released by Smithsonian Folkways.
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A Dancer Rises And Falls And Rises Again (Originally broadcast February 10, 2012)

Alicia Graf Mack thought her dancing days were over when an autoimmune disorder forced her to hang up her toe shoes. But now she's back, dancing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and determined to make the most of her time on the stage.

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The 'Political Animals' Running Washington, D.C.

Greg Berlanti's new series on the USA Network stars Sigourney Weaver as the secretary of state and former first lady. Critic John Powers says he suspects that "even a Martian" would realize Weaver's character is based on Hillary Clinton — and that's not a bad thing.
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Watch This: Lisa Kudrow Recommends Golden Oldies

The former Friends star and creator of Showtime's Web Therapy recommends some classics — both well-loved and forgotten — as well as a YouTube video that beautifully mixes the old with the new.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 12

A tale of two theater festivals and the city that could accommodate both.

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Revisiting Shakespeare's Sonnets With Peter O'Toole

Peter O'Toole announced his retirement from show business on Tuesday. The actor is best known for the title role in Lawrence of Arabia 50 years ago. Melissa Block spoke to O'Toole in 2007 and offers this look back.

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