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A Conversation with Documentarian Barbara Kopple

NPR's Scott Simon talks to documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Her work includes the Academy Award winning Harlan County, USA and American Dream. She's made films on subjects ranging from Woodstock and the Hamptons to biographies of Woody Allen, Mike Tyson and Gregory Peck. She's about to receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute's documentary festival.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.