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Rescue 911 Forces You to Ask the Question: What is Real and What is Staged?

Television critic David Bianculli reviews an episode of "Rescue 911," the CBS series that sends a film crew out on emergency police calls. Their most famous piece of tape yet is the call from Charles Stuart in Boston to say he and his pregnant wife had been shot by a black assailant (this turned out to be a cover up for Stuart, who apparently murdered his wife and shot himself). Bits of the tape have been shown on newscasts, but this is its first full airing on the show.

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Other segments from the episode on February 26, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 26, 1990: Interview with Thomas McGuane; Review of Barbara Denerlein's album "Straight Ahead!"; Interview with Danny Elfman; Review of the television shoe "Rescue…

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