Tuesday

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The Confused Policies of Medicare's Drug Plan

The new Medicare prescription drug plan is complex, confusing, and irrational, according to health policy expert Jonathan Oberlander. A month after the rollout of the new Medicare prescription drug plan, many seniors are finding it difficult to get the drugs they need.

The Confused Policies of Medicare's Drug Plan

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Ideas to Reform the Medicare Drug Plan

Dr. Christine Cassel says physicians and their patients are still adapting to the federal plan to use Medicare to pay for prescription drugs. In Medicare Matters, Cassel analyzes today's Medicare system — and makes an argument for reforming it.

Ideas to Reform the Medicare Drug Plan

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Monday

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Religion

'How to Read the Bible' Through History

The modern Bible is the product of translations and interpretations that span centuries. But a true understanding of its meaning should take into account its origins in Jewish culture, according to biblical scholar Marc Zvi Brettler, author of How to Read the Bible.

'How to Read the Bible' Through History

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Movies

Screens and Stars Glow at Sundance

This year's Sundance Film Festival has been a haven for stars -- and those who would like to be stars. Critic-at-large John Powers discusses the festival's scene -- and its movies. Among the standouts: Wrist Cutters: A Love Story and Old Joy.

Screens and Stars Glow at Sundance

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Friday

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Music

Dusty Springfield, on DVD and in Print

With writer Penny Valentine, Vicki Wickham is the author of Dancing with Demons: The Authorized Biography of Dusty Springfield. Wickham was Springfield's close friend and manager for over a decade of the enigmatic British singer's career.

Dusty Springfield, on DVD and in Print

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Performing Arts

Gliding Off the Dance Floor: Fayard Nicholas

Fayard Nicholas was part of the famous acrobatic dancing team the Nicholas Brothers. He died earlier this week at the age of 91. Fayard's brother and tap partner Harold Nicholas recalls their career together.

Gliding Off the Dance Floor: Fayard Nicholas

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Thursday

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Economy

The President's (Former) Economy Guru

Economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin stepped down last fall as director of the Congressional Budget Office. He had been appointed to a four-year term that was to have ended in February of 2007. Previously, Holtz-Eakin served as President Bush's chief economist.

The President's (Former) Economy Guru

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Wednesday

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Interviews

'Tell Them I Didn't Cry': A Reporter's Memoir of Iraq

While reporting on the torture scandal at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Jackie Spinner was nearly kidnapped. Shaken by the experience, the Washington Post journalist returned to work, spending a total of nine months in Iraq.

'Tell Them I Didn't Cry': A Reporter's Memoir of Iraq

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Interviews

Isobel Coleman on the State of the Middle East

Coleman is a senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank. She's an expert on economic development, Afghanistan and women's initiatives in the Middle East.

Isobel Coleman on the State of the Middle East

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Tuesday

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Movies

Soderbergh's 'Bubble' Changes the Rules

The new low-budget film from director Steven Soderbergh promises to shake things up in the movie industry. Bubble opens in theaters on Friday, Jan. 27, the same day it is broadcast in HDTV. Four days later, it comes out on DVD.

Soderbergh's 'Bubble' Changes the Rules

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Monday

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Author Interviews

Bush, the CIA and America: 'State of War'

In December, New York Times and Eric Lichtblau broke the news that the Bush administration had authorized a domestic eavesdropping program. Risen's new book is State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.

Bush, the CIA and America: 'State of War'

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Friday

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Movies

The 'Hustle & Flow' of Brewer and Howard

The film Hustle & Flow follows the story of a Memphis pimp who dreams of becoming a rapper. Relative newcomer Craig Brewer wrote and directed the film, which won the 2005 Audience Award at Sundance. Brewer and star Terrence Howard discuss the gritty movie.

The 'Hustle & Flow' of Brewer and Howard

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Thursday

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Movies

Good Morning Pakistan: Albert Brooks on the Move

Albert Brooks has a new movie: Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World. In it, the plays himself -- and he is sent to India and Pakistan by the State Department to find out what makes Muslims laugh.

Good Morning Pakistan: Albert Brooks on the Move

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Interviews

A Prickly TV Topic: a Priest's Life

The idea that priests, like all men, are not perfect might seem like a tame one. But NBC's effort to translate the premise into a TV series has brought protests that the show is anti-Christian. Jack Kenny is the creator and executive producer of The Book of Daniel.

A Prickly TV Topic: a Priest's Life

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Wednesday

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Music Articles

Giants of Soul: A New Approach

For his latest release, producer and troubadour Joe Henry worked with giants in soul music, from Allen Toussaint to Mavis Staples. It was quite a departure for Henry, whose songs include "Richard Pryor Addresses a Tearful Nation."

Giants of Soul: A New Approach

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