Friday

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Interviews

Down to 'The Wire' for Crime Drama

Writer and producer Ed Burns draws on his experience as a former Baltimore detective to create the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, now in its fifth and final season. It's a crime drama with a central theme of surveillance technology used to capture drug dealers.

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Movies

'Diving' into a Personal Story

The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, a French film by Julian Schnabel (Basquiat and Before Night Falls), is based on a memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby, an Elle magazine editor who suffered a stroke. Afterward, a therapist taught him to communicate by blinking his left eye.

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Wednesday

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Music Articles

Sharon Jones Is 'Nobody's Baby'

Jones and her band The Dap-Kings have been recording and touring together since 2005. On their third album, 100 Days, 100 Nights, they sound better than ever. Jones recently took a break to dish on her band and a few of her high-profile collaborators.

Sharon Jones Is 'Nobody's Baby'

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Tuesday

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Peter Gleick Reports on a Looming Water Crisis

A MacArthur Fellow and co-founder of the Pacific Institute, Peter Gleick runs one of the nation's leading water-conservation assessment centers. The institute's biennial report, The World's Water, surveys global water trends and issues.

Peter Gleick Reports on a Looming Water Crisis

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Tamara Jenkins, Laughing with 'The Savages'

In Tamara Jenkins' new film, two 40-something siblings learn to deal with their elderly father's dementia. The film — it's a comedy — stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney. Jenkins' previous film work includes The Slums of Beverly Hills.

Tamara Jenkins, Laughing with 'The Savages'

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Monday

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Mark Schapiro, Exposing a Toxic U.S. Policy

Investigative reporter Mark Schapiro explains in a new book that toxic chemicals exist in many of the products we handle every day — agents that can cause cancer, genetic damage and birth defects lacing everything from our gadgets to our toys to our beauty products.

Mark Schapiro, Exposing a Toxic U.S. Policy

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Book Reviews

Stewart O'Nan Makes a Splash with 'Lobster'

Writer Stewart O'Nan has nearly 20 books to his credit, but his name isn't too well known beyond a community of loyal readers. Book critic Maureen Corrigan O'Nan's Last Night at the Lobster may change all that.

Stewart O'Nan Makes a Splash with 'Lobster'

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Friday

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Movies

Simon Wrote Songs for Classic Film

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon, along with partner Art Garfunkel, wrote most of the songs used in The Graduate, including The Sounds of Silence, Mrs. Robinson and Scarborough Fair. They won a Grammy for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture.

Simon Wrote Songs for Classic Film

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Music Articles

'Rock en Espanol' with Sandy and Los Straitjackets

Celebrate Thanksgiving with rock 'n' roll hits from the 1950s and '60s — sung in Spanish. Rock en Espanol, from Big Sandy and Los Straitjackets, pays tribute to Mexican cover versions of American and British hits.

'Rock en Espanol' with Sandy and Los Straitjackets

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Wednesday

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Tuesday

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Thomas Ricks on Key Threats in Today's Iraq

Washington Post correspondent Thomas Ricks has recently returned from Iraq — where senior military commanders now say that the key threat facing the U.S.effort isn't terrorists, it's the intransigence of the Shia-dominated government.

Thomas Ricks on Key Threats in Today's Iraq

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Christopher Plummer: A Veteran Plays a Veteran

Christopher Plummer — Baron von Trapp in the film of The Sound of Music — was a regular on many of TV's earliest shows. Now, in the new independent film Man in the Chair, he's playing an old-school curmudgeon who worked on a legendary film.

Christopher Plummer: A Veteran Plays a Veteran

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Monday

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Philip Winslow's Intimate Account of West Bank Life

Philip C. Winslow has worked for the Christian Science Monitor and ABC radio, but he hasn't always been a journalist: His new memoir detailsthe time he spent working with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the West Bank. It was during the second Palestinian intifada.

Philip Winslow's Intimate Account of West Bank Life

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Todd Haynes, Exploring Six Degrees of Dylan

The latest experiment in the eclectic career of filmmaker Todd Haynes: I'm Not There, a kind of fantasia on the various public personas of Bob Dylan. Six different actors — including Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Cate Blanchett — play the famously protean singer.

Todd Haynes, Exploring Six Degrees of Dylan

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