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Fresh Air Weekend: Iraq, Guthrie, 'Margaret'

Brian Castner commanded two Explosive Ordnance Disposal units in Iraq, where his team disabled roadside IEDs. Also, filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan on his film Margaret and Fresh Air celebrates Woody Guthrie's birthday.
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Aaron Paul: Playing A Meth Dealer On 'Breaking Bad'

Student-turned-drug dealer Jesse Pinkman was supposed to die in the first season of the AMC drama. But the writers decided the chemistry between high school teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) was too good to let go.
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A Small Town's Post Office, And Its 'Squire'

One of the many rural post offices facing federal cuts sits inside the Wood & Swink General Store in rural Evinston, Fla. The store has been in Freddie Wood's family for more than 100 years — and it's barely changed in that time.
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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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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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'Margaret:' Inside The 'Fall' Of A Teenager

Kenneth Lonergan's critically acclaimed film Margaret stars Anna Paquin as Lisa, a Manhattan teenager who tries to make sense of a bus accident she may have caused — one that resulted in a woman's death.
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After Troops Leave, What Happens To Afghanistan?

New Yorker reporter Dexter Filkins just returned from his latest reporting trip to Afghanistan. "The United States is leaving: mission not accomplished," he writes.
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'The Life That Follows' Disarming IEDs In Iraq

Brian Castner commanded two Explosive Ordnance Disposal units in Iraq, where his team disabled roadside IEDs and investigated the aftermath of roadside car bombings. He returned home a completely different man, which he details in his memoir, The Long Walk.

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