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Director Joan Micklin Silver.

Joan Micklin Silver directed the upcoming HBO special "A Private Matter." It's the story of Sherri Chessen Finkbine, host of the children's T-V show Romper Room, and her decision to have an illegal abortion in 1962. Publicity about her choice led to intense public condemnation. In the HBO special, "Miss Sherri" is played by Sissy Spacek, and her husband is played by Aidan Quinn. Among Silver's other directing credits are several films, including "Crossing Delancey," and several HBO specials. ("A Private Matter" airs Saturday, June 20th at 8 P.M.)

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Other segments from the episode on June 17, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 17, 1992: Interview with Joan Micklin Silver; Review of Marty Ehrlich's album "Side by Side"; Interview with Greg Tate; Review of Batva Goor's book "The Saturday…

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