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Terry Gross interviews Dean Norris, who plays DEA Agent Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad (my favorite character on the show). Gross plays clips from pivotal moments that reflect Norris’ character arc throughout the show’s past four (and current fifth) seasons. Norris discusses his earlier roles and his career, but the majority of the interview revolves around his reflection and analysis of the gritty yet sensitive drug enforcement officer he plays on Breaking Bad. In a show where moral boundaries are blurred and principles are compromised, Hank is the one character who is unselfish and seeks to do the right thing. Gross, a prolific interviewer, conducts a compelling interview with a member of an excellent ensemble cast in one of television’s great current shows.

To listen: http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=158196312&m=158205980

To read some highlights: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/06/158196312/dean-norris-on-playing-good-in-breaking-bad

Breaking Bad airs on AMC on Sunday nights; see http://www.amctv.com/shows/breaking-bad for more info.

See also: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903747/ for more info on Breaking Bad.

Photo from: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/06/158196312/dean-norris-on-playing-good-in-breaking-bad by Ben Leuner/AMC.

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