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Fresh Air for November 30, 2012

When you're out with friends, put your cell phone away, advises New York Times advice columnist Philip Galanes. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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'Times' Advice Guru Answers Your Social Q's

'Times' Advice Guru Answers Your Social Q's

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Tracey Thorn, famous for her work in Everything but the Girl, has a new solo album of seasonal tunes called Tinsel and Lights. Edward Bishop/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tracey Thorn: 'Secular Carols' For The Holidays

Tracey Thorn: 'Secular Carols' For The Holidays

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Fresh Air for November 29, 2012

Denzel Washington stars in Flight, the latest film from writer-producer-director Robert Zemeckis. Robert Zuckerman/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'Flight' Takes On Questions Of Accountability

'Flight' Takes On Questions Of Accountability

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Joe Hill Louis, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas appear on a new multi-disc compilation of electric blues, Plug It In! Turn It Up! Bear Family Records hide caption

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Turning Up The Volume On The Electric Blues

Turning Up The Volume On The Electric Blues

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Fresh Air for November 28, 2012

After a week of recent fighting between Israel and Hamas, an Israeli soldier stands on top of a mobile artillery unit in a position near the Israel Gaza border. Ariel Schalit/Getty Images hide caption

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The Middle East: A Web Of 'Topsy-Turvy' Alliances

The Middle East: A Web Of 'Topsy-Turvy' Alliances

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Musicians and friends Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale team up on a new album of country duets called Buddy and Jim. Michael Wilson photo/Paul Moore design/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Buddy And Jim': Friends In Life And Songwriting

'Buddy And Jim': Friends In Life And Songwriting

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Fresh Air for November 27, 2012

On her new album, opera star Cecilia Bartoli tackles the work of Baroque composer Agostino Steffani. Uli Weber/Decca hide caption

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Cecilia Bartoli's New 'Mission' Unearths Baroque Gems

Cecilia Bartoli's New 'Mission' Unearths Baroque Gems

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Fresh Air for November 26, 2012

Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, won this year's Man Booker Prize. Francesco Guidicini/ hide caption

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Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

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Burning Bridge personnel, left to right: Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Wang Guowei (erhu), Sun Li (pipa), Ken Filiano (string bass), Andrew Drury (drum set), Joseph Daley (tuba), Steve Swell (trombone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn). Scott Friedlander/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Kao Hwang: From The Blues To China And Back

Jason Kao Hwang: From The Blues To China And Back

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