Tuesday

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Movies

Steve Coogan: From a Partridge to 'Cock and Bull'

Comedian, writer, producer and actor Steve Coogan is an icon of British comedy. A trained actor, Coogan has emerged from playing his recurring media-buffoon character Alan Partridge to the title role in Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story.

Steve Coogan: From a Partridge to 'Cock and Bull'

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Friday

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Movies

A Threat, Hidden in Plain Sight

Imagine what would go through your mind if your mailbox suddenly became a stream of video, secretly filmed movies that feature you and your family -- and possibly presage a deadly threat. That's the predicament of Cache, starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche.

A Threat, Hidden in Plain Sight

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Thursday

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Race

Get On the Bus: The Freedom Riders of 1961

In 1961, the Freedom Riders set out for the Deep South to defy Jim Crow laws and call for change. Their efforts transformed the civil rights movement. Raymond Arsenault is the author of 'Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice'.

Get On the Bus: The Freedom Riders of 1961

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Book Reviews

Life and Idealism: 'The Last of Her Kind'

The latest novel from Sigrid Nunez, The Last of Her Kind, tracks a woman's life from her college days in the late 1960s to the present. As she describes her own life, the narrator, Georgette, also details the legacy of fierce idealism — and violence.

Life and Idealism: 'The Last of Her Kind'

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Wednesday

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The DVD Room

Prized 'Tales of Hoffmann' Opera on DVD

The 1951 film version of the Offenbach opera The Tales of Hoffmann, now on DVD, is recognized as a masterpiece of darkly fantastical storytelling from the British team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Prized 'Tales of Hoffmann' Opera on DVD

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Bremer's Tale: The Top American in Iraq

Two big surprises awaited Paul Bremer when he arrived in Iraq: that the country's chaos made it ripe for insurgency; and that the U.S. government would withhold additional troops. Bremer became the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in May of 2003.

Bremer's Tale: The Top American in Iraq

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Monday

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America: 'Forever Free,' but Not Yet Whole

In the period after the Civil War, former slaves were made promises of equality and citizenship by the federal government. Historian Eric Foner analyzes the fate of those promises in Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction.

America: 'Forever Free,' but Not Yet Whole

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Music Articles

Lesser-Known Sax Players Get Their Due

Blue Note has recently reissued recordings that feature three so-called "second-tier" saxophonists: The Complete Blue Note 45 Sessions by Ike Quebec; Tex Book Tenor by Booker Ervin; Let Me Tell You 'Bout It by Leo Parker.

Lesser-Known Sax Players Get Their Due

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Wednesday

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