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Spacey And Fincher Make A 'House Of Cards'

Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Oscar-winning director David Fincher team up for a new Netflix original series that premieres Friday. House of Cards follows a Machiavellian politician as he schemes to take down the president of the United States.

Spacey And Fincher Make A 'House Of Cards'

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Music Articles

A 'Special Edition' Box Set Of Jack DeJohnette And Band

A new four-CD set highlighting the music of the jazz keyboardist and drummer contains two discs that are gems and another two that have their moments.

A 'Special Edition' Box Set Of Jack DeJohnette And Band

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Wednesday

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William H. Macy Is 'Shameless' On Showtime

As the alcoholic paterfamilias Frank Gallagher on the Showtime series Shameless, the actor enjoys portraying a man with a dark side. But he says it's Frank's better qualities that make him sustainable as a character.

William H. Macy Is 'Shameless' On Showtime

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Paloma Faith's 'Fall To Grace' Is A Keeper

A British singer with classic R&B and pop influences, Faith draws comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Adele. If she keeps doing what she's doing, she's going to have lots of fans following her every musical and social cue.

Paloma Faith's 'Fall To Grace' Is A Keeper

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'House Of Cards' Is Built To Last

Two new dramas fueled by intrigue premiere this week: The Americans on FX and House of Cards on Netflix. While The Americans has its moments, House of Cards is the show that's going to make television history.

'House Of Cards' Is Built To Last

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Tuesday

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'The Insurgents': Petraeus And A New Kind Of War

In a new book about Gen. David Petraeus, author and journalist Fred Kaplan looks at how theories of counterinsurgency have shaped U.S. military policy in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

'The Insurgents': Petraeus And A New Kind Of War

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Monday

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'Anything That Moves': Civilians And The Vietnam War

In a new book, Nick Turse says the pressure on U.S. forces to produce a body count during the Vietnam War led to mass civilian deaths. "The idea," he says, "was that the Vietnamese, they weren't really people."

'Anything That Moves': Civilians And The Vietnam War

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Remembrances

Remembering Journalist Stanley Karnow

The veteran journalist died on Sunday at age 87. He was famous for his reporting on the Vietnam War, and in 1989 he spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about another war: The Spanish-American War and U.S. involvement in the Philippines.

Remembering Journalist Stanley Karnow

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Book Reviews

Jane Austen's 'Pride And Prejudice' At 200

As the classic novel celebrates its bicentennial, Paula Byrne's The Real Jane Austen examines some of the key objects in Austen's life and how they reveal a much more cosmopolitan awareness of the world than is commonly credited to her.

Jane Austen's 'Pride And Prejudice' At 200

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Friday

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Alec Baldwin Bids Goodbye To Jack Donaghy

As 30 Rock wraps up its seven-season run on NBC, the star talks about why he chose to take on the role of Jack Donaghy in the first place and about looking to NBC bigwig Lorne Michaels for inspiration in creating the character.

Alec Baldwin Bids Goodbye To Jack Donaghy

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Tracy Morgan: '30 Rock' Let Him Be Himself

As the series prepares for its finale, the comedian talks about how Tina Fey created the character of Tracy Jordan specifically for Morgan and how she allowed him "to fly over the cuckoo nest once a week."

Tracy Morgan: '30 Rock' Let Him Be Himself

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"I was worried about being the mouthpiece for anyone and being politicized personally," Tina Fey says about playing Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. "It ended up being a lot of fun, but it did permanently politicize me in a way." Platon/HGB USA hide caption

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Tina Fey: '30 Rock' Star And Creator Moves On

The writer, actress and comedian has helmed the hit NBC show — which will have its series finale on January 31 — for seven seasons, during which time she's had two kids, been in a few movies and written a memoir called Bossypants.

Tina Fey: '30 Rock' Star And Creator Moves On

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Thursday

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'Going Clear': A New Book Delves Into Scientology

Lawrence Wright's Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief looks at the world of the controversial church and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986.

'Going Clear': A New Book Delves Into Scientology

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Wednesday

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Jimmy Kimmel: Making Late Night A Family Affair

This month, the late-night talk-show host sets up camp in the 11:35 p.m. slot, which puts him head-to-head with Jay Leno and Kimmel's idol, David Letterman. Kimmel has put a personal mark on his show by bringing in his family to help him make it happen.

Jimmy Kimmel: Making Late Night A Family Affair

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Around the Nation

'We Have No Choice': A Story Of The Texas Sonogram Law

Journalist Carolyn Jones wrote about her experience with the law for The Texas Observer after having an abortion last year. The state requires that a woman seeking an abortion receive a sonogram at least 24 hours before the procedure.

'We Have No Choice': A Story Of The Texas Sonogram Law

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Involved For Life: Pregnancy Centers In Texas

Carolyn Cline, the executive director and CEO of Involved for Life (IFL), a ministry partner of First Baptist Dallas, helps run a pregnancy center that discourages women from getting abortions and offers help during unplanned pregnancies.

Involved For Life: Pregnancy Centers In Texas

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'Double V': The Fight For Civil Rights In The U.S. Military

In his new book, The Double V, Rawn James Jr. argues that to understand race in America one must understand the history of African-Americans in the military. While the turning point came between the world wars, the struggle began with the American Revolution.

'Double V': The Fight For Civil Rights In The U.S. Military

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Kevin Bacon, Seeking A TV 'Following'

The actor stars in a new Fox series about a former FBI agent asked to help apprehend a serial killer he once put behind bars. The series is well done, but the violence in it is alarming — especially for network television.

Kevin Bacon, Seeking A TV 'Following'

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