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Money & Politics

How SuperPACs Are 'Gaming' The 2012 Campaign

Journalist Joe Hagan says the upcoming election will be "the ugliest campaign ever." He details how superPACs have changed the election game, bringing an unprecedented flood of outside money to fund opposition research and negative ads.

How SuperPACs Are 'Gaming' The 2012 Campaign

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Music Articles

Leonard Cohen's 'Old Ideas' Inspire Confidence

Now in his late 70s, the singer-songwriter has just released a new album, his first collection of new material in eight years, titled Old Ideas. Rock critic Ken Tucker says these Cohen songs work as both pop music and as prayers.

Leonard Cohen's 'Old Ideas' Inspire Confidence

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Book Reviews

'An Available Man': Love After Loss

Hilma Wolitzer's finely observed comedy of manners follows the romantic misadventures of recently widowed 62-year-old Edward Schuyler as he re-enters the dating pool with a splash.

'An Available Man': Love After Loss

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Saturday

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Glocks, David Milch, The Smiths

In his book Glock: The Rise of America's Gun, Paul Barrett traces how the sleek, high-capacity Austrian weapon found its way across the U.S. Also, TV writer David Milch talks about his new HBO series Luck. And rock historian Ed Ward looks back at The Smiths.

Fresh Air Weekend: Glocks, David Milch, The Smiths

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Music Articles

Etta James: The 1994 Fresh Air Interview

Etta James, the legendary vocalist who is perhaps best known for her version of the song "At Last," has died. She was 73. Fresh Air remembers the singer with excerpts from a 1994 interview about her lengthy career.

Etta James: The 1994 Fresh Air Interview

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HBO's 'Luck': A Winning TV Show, Set At The Track

HBO's newest series Luck is set in and around the world of horse racing. TV critic David Bianculli says the series, which stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, is loaded with thoroughbred talent.

HBO's 'Luck': A Winning TV Show, Set At The Track

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Thursday

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Author Interviews

Was The Stimulus Package 'Money Well Spent'?

Did the economic stimulus program amount to a costly failure, or save the U.S. from a depression? ProPublica investigative reporter Michael Grabell's new book explains how the 2009 stimulus package was passed and what happened to taxpayers' money.

Was The Stimulus Package 'Money Well Spent'?

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Jimmy Owens Navigates Monk's 'Brilliant Corners'

Owens mostly dresses Thelonious Monk's tunes for uptown wear — Monk the Harlem jam-session swinger.

Jimmy Owens Navigates Monk's 'Brilliant Corners'

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In 'Albert Nobbs,' Glenn Close Does More Than Pass

Both Close and co-star Janet McTeer have received Academy Award nominations for their roles in the period drama. Set in Dublin before World War I, it centers on a woman who finds more freedom by living life as a man.

In 'Albert Nobbs,' Glenn Close Does More Than Pass

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Wednesday

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Luck, the new HBO drama created by David Milch, is about the inside world of horse racing. Gusmano Cesaretti /HBO hide caption

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Television

David Milch: Trying His 'Luck' With Horse Racing

The new HBO drama Luck examines the inside world of horse racing through the lives of thoroughbred breeders, owners, jockeys and gamblers. Series creator David Milch spent much of his childhood at the track and has struggled in the past with a gambling addiction.

David Milch: Trying His 'Luck' With Horse Racing

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Music Articles

Long Live The Smiths' 'Complete Works'

The band didn't have many big hits, but it helped define the music of its generation. With the release of The Smiths' complete works, rock historian Ed Ward look back and tries to figure out what made the group so important.

Long Live The Smiths' 'Complete Works'

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When Kiefer Sutherland ended his series of very long, very intense days as Jack Bauer on the Fox series 24, few people, including Sutherland himself, expected him to be starring in another TV series right away. Fox hide caption

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Tuesday

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Author Interviews

How The Glock Became America's Weapon Of Choice

In his book Glock: The Rise of America's Gun, Paul Barrett traces how the sleek, high-capacity Austrian weapon found its way into Hollywood films and rap lyrics, not to mention two-thirds of all U.S. police departments.

How The Glock Became America's Weapon Of Choice

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Monday

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Author Interviews

The Inquisition: A Model For Modern Interrogators

The Inquisition revolutionized record-keeping and surveillance techniques that are still used today, says Cullen Murphy. His new book God's Jury draws parallels between some of the interrogation techniques used in previous centuries with the ones used today.

The Inquisition: A Model For Modern Interrogators

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Saturday

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Uncomfortably Numb: For Brandon (Michael Fassbender), the endless pursuit of sex doesn't involve any particular pleasure — only a driving obsession. Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Fassbender, Mushrooms

Actor Michael Fassbender talks about playing a sex addict in Shame and mushroom expert Nicholas Money explores the cultural and scientific history of fungal organisms. Also, reviews from critics Milo Miles and John Powers.

Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Fassbender, Mushrooms

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Remembering Bandleader And Producer Johnny Otis

Bandleader and producer Johnny Otis, who launched and then nurtured the careers of many of R&B's greatest singers, died Tuesday at his home near Los Angeles. He was 90. Fresh Air remembers Otis with excerpts from a 1989 interview.

Remembering Bandleader And Producer Johnny Otis

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Bare-Knuckle Politics: The battle-hardened Roman general Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes) runs for office at the urging of his mother (Vanessa Redgrave) — but it turns out he's no booster of majority rule. Larry D. Horricks/The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Movies

'Coriolanus': A People's Hero Turns On His Own

Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut adapts Shakespeare's Coriolanus, about a Roman general with his eye on political office. Critic David Edelstein says that in Fiennes' hands, the modern-day update makes for thrilling moviegoing.

'Coriolanus': A People's Hero Turns On His Own

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