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Mike Judge: Mining Comic Joy From Workplace Pain

Extract, the latest film from the writer and director of Office Space and the creator of Beavis and Butt-head, is another exploration of stupidity in the American workplace.

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The Fury Of Revelation: Mel Gibson plays a police detective out to solve the murder of his only daughter — and unearthing corporate cover-ups and government conspiracies in the process. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Mad Mel, Approaching The 'Edge Of Darkness' Again

The star seems as angry as ever in Edge of Darkness, a film about a Boston police detective out to uncover the truth behind his daughter's death. Gibson delivers a quality performance — in a film that's in love with its own rage.

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John Heilemann (left) and Mark Halperin are the authors of Game Change. Heilemann is a writer for New York magazine. Halperin is editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time magazine. hide caption

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Goodell's most recent book, Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future, considers the perils of coal dependency in America. Eric Etheridge hide caption

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'As the World Burns': The Politics Of Climate Change

In Wednesday's State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to fighting climate change. But journalist Jeff Goodell says that with the oil and coal lobbies working against him, it may not be so easy.

'As the World Burns': The Politics Of Climate Change

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Cap And Trade And The New Carbon Economy

Investigative journalist Mark Schapiro discusses the cap and trade system — which limits carbon emissions — and why financial institutions love it. Schapiro is the editorial director for the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Cap And Trade And The New Carbon Economy

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Thomas Ricks is a veteran journalist and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a bipartisan think tank that studies national security issues. Alex Wong/Getty hide caption

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Music Reviews

Ella Fitzgerald: A Trove Of Club Treasures

Twelve Nights in Hollywood is a four-disc box set of 73 unreleased Ella Fitzgerald live recordings, made during her 1961 engagement at Los Angeles' Crescendo Club. Music critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the compilation for Fresh Air.

Ella Fitzgerald: A Trove Of Club Treasures

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Book Reviews

Through The Looking Glass: Alice In Fact And Fiction

Alice, from Alice In Wonderland, is one of literature's most beloved heroines for restless girl readers and feminist scholars. The new book Alice I Have Been tells the story of Alice Liddell, the child muse for Lewis Carroll's character.

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Author Interviews

Gregory Koger, Explaining The American Filibuster

His new book, Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate, looks at the rise of the filibuster in the American legislative process and its effect on policymaking.

Gregory Koger, Explaining The American Filibuster

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Garry Wills other books include "Negro President": Jefferson and the Slave Power and a multi-volume biography of Saint Augustine. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Changing A Nation: The Power Of The A-Bomb

Historian Garry Wills' new book Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State explores the ways the atomic bomb has transformed the country.

Changing A Nation: The Power Of The A-Bomb

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Jonah Lehrer has written two books about the brain: How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist, in which he argues that Marcel Proust was decades ahead of science when it comes to understanding how the brain works. Nina Subin hide caption

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'How We Decide' And The Paralysis Of Analysis

Writer Jonah Lehrer has overcome a lifetime of indecisiveness to write a book about it. How We Decide uses cutting-edge neuroscience to explore how we make decisions and what we can do to make them better.

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Heart Of The Matter: Actor Brendan Fraser (with Diego Velazquez) plays John Crowley, whose American dream shatters when his children are diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease. CBS Films hide caption

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'Extraordinary Measures': The Least A Father Can Do

On a mission to save his two dying children, a desperate father recruits a cantankerous scientist to discover a method, and means, for a cure. Critic David Edelstein says the film is more than a formulaic weepie — but still an effective tearjerker.

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Pop Culture

A Sensitive Subject: Harry Reid's Language On Race

Condescending? Or merely clueless? Linguist Geoff Nunberg parses the Senate majority leader's comments about the president's skin color and diction — and how the media have responded.

A Sensitive Subject: Harry Reid's Language On Race

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Television

'Burn Notice': A Refreshingly Retro Spy Caper

The series Burn Notice returns tonight on cable's USA network, and critic John Powers says it's worth checking out, if you haven't. It's a jaunty, self-consciously retro spying-and-caper series that's content merely to be good, without striving to be Meaningful.

'Burn Notice': A Refreshingly Retro Spy Caper

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Patti Smith's new memoir, Just Kids, tells the story of her creative bond and friendship with famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Getty hide caption

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