Friday

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Books

Christopher Plummer, A Legend In Spite of Himself

The renowned actor has graced the screen since TV's earliest days, though he's best known for playing Baron von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Plummer's memoir, In Spite of Myself, will be released next week.

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Movies

'Changeling': Against The Odds, A Mother's Fight

Clint Eastwood's film recounts the based-on-a-true-story tale of a Los Angeles woman's struggle to find her missing son — after police return the wrong child to her. David Edelstein has a review.

'Changeling': Against The Odds, A Mother's Fight

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Thursday

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Politics

Cynthia Gorney: Parsing The Politics Of Abortion

Sarah Palin is a staunch pro-lifer; Colorado voters may soon decide that life begins at conception. Author, journalist and academic Cynthia Gorney says the abortion wars are still going strong in this election cycle.

Cynthia Gorney: Parsing The Politics Of Abortion

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Remembrances

Mystery Novels, With A Southwestern Flair

Author Tony Hillerman died Oct. 26 at the age of 83. He was best known for his mystery novels, which evoked the Najavo culture of the American Southwest. In this 1988 interview, Hillerman discusses writing and his attraction to Native American culture.

Mystery Novels, With A Southwestern Flair

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Music Articles

'Tell-Tale Signs' Exposes Bob Dylan Bootlegs

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Tell-Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol 8. It is the latest in Columbia Records' officially-released collection of previously unreleased or alternate tracks by Bob Dylan.

'Tell-Tale Signs' Exposes Bob Dylan Bootlegs

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Wednesday

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Politics

'Socialist' Charge Draws On Old Fears

The McCain campaign's charge that Barack Obama has socialist leanings has put the spotlight on a word relatively uncommon to modern American elections. Linguist Geoff Nunberg explains how the "S" word was used in the past — and why it's come up now.

'Socialist' Charge Draws On Old Fears

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Tuesday

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Politics

A Narrative Problem: The Many Faces Of McCain

Journalist Robert Draper examines the connection between a presidential candidate's narrative and his ability to win voters' confidence in his recent New York Times Magazine article, "The Making (and Remaking) of McCain."

A Narrative Problem: The Many Faces Of McCain

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Monday

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Books

A Journalist's Take On 'An Ordinary Day' In Iraq

Iranian-American journalist Farnaz Fassihi was stationed in the Middle East from 2002 until 2006, where she covered the Iraq war and the daily struggles of the Iraqi people. She recounts her experiences in her memoir, Waiting for an Ordinary Day.

A Journalist's Take On 'An Ordinary Day' In Iraq

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Friday

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Books

Mayer Reveals 'Dark Side' Of War On Terror

The New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer discusses The Dark Side, her nonfiction account of the Bush administration's anti-terror policies. Mayer has been nominated for a 2008 National Book Award for the work.

Mayer Reveals 'Dark Side' Of War On Terror

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Books

In A 'Republic of Suffering', Death's Unifying Effect

In This Republic Of Suffering, historian Drew Gilpin Faust reveals that the rate of death during the American Civil war was six times that of World War II — a fact which created a shared sense of suffering that helped the nation reunite after the war was over.

In A 'Republic of Suffering', Death's Unifying Effect

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Thursday

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Interviews

Charlie Kaufman On Being — And Directing

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaption) is known for his disjointed narratives and quirky characters. Now he brings that off-beat sensibility to his directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York.

Charlie Kaufman On Being — And Directing

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Movies

The Many Facets Of 'Changeling' Eastwood

Once best known as a star of action and Western films, actor (and former mayor of Carmel, California) Clint Eastwood is also acclaimed for his work behind the camera. His latest directorial effort is Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie.

The Many Facets Of 'Changeling' Eastwood

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Wednesday

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Pop Culture

Steve Martin On Being 'Born Standing Up'

He went from performing in an empty San Francisco coffee house to hosting the Oscars. In his memoir Born Standing Up, out now in paperback, comedian Steve Martin talks about his early days as a stand-up comic — and why he quit.

Steve Martin On Being 'Born Standing Up'

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Tuesday

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Economy

Krugman On The Financial Crisis And Public Spending

Nobel laureate Paul Krugman believes that increased public spending — akin to the efforts of the New Deal during the Great Depression — is the best way to escape the financial crisis and regain American global leadership.

Krugman On The Financial Crisis And Public Spending

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Monday

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Movies

A 'Boogie Man' With A Legacy Of Complicated Moves

Stefan Forbes' documentary looks at the life and controversial career of Lee Atwater, the political operative who ran George H.W. Bush's 1988 campaign — and introduced the nation to Willie Horton.

A 'Boogie Man' With A Legacy Of Complicated Moves

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