Monday

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Interviews

Writer Aram Roston, Parsing Ahmad Chalabi's Past

Secularist Shiite politican Ahmad Chalabi was for years part of an opposition group dedicated to overthrowing former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. He's also the subject of the new book The Man Who Pushed America to War.

Writer Aram Roston, Parsing Ahmad Chalabi's Past

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Friday

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Music Articles

Marian McPartland, Pioneering Jazz Legend

The fact that she is a British-born white woman hasn't stopped jazz pianist Marian McPartland from playing for nearly 50 years in a world that is largely male and black. Now about to turn 90, McPartland has a new CD called 'Twilight World.'

Marian McPartland, Pioneering Jazz Legend

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Arts & Life

Audience is Loser in Haneke's Unfunny 'Games'

In Michael Haneke's new film, a wealthy American family opens the door of their secluded vacation home to two strangers — who proceed to torture them in a series of sadistic games. David Edelstein has a review.

Audience is Loser in Haneke's Unfunny 'Games'

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Thursday

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Wednesday

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For Comedian, Humor Eases 'Toughest Journey'

Comedian Robert Schimmel has suffered tragedies, including the death of his child and his own battle with cancer. But throughout it all, Schimmel managed to find strength in humor. His recent memoir is Cancer on $5 a Day.

For Comedian, Humor Eases 'Toughest Journey'

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Music Articles

From Toumani Diabate, Ancient 'Variations'

Fresh Air's world-music critic reviews The Mande Variations, the new CD from Malian kora player Toumani Diabate. Diabate says he descends from 71 generations of griots, or traditional song-storytellers.

From Toumani Diabate, Ancient 'Variations'

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Tuesday

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Examining the Origins of America's 'Founding Faith'

Was America meant to be a Christian nation? Steven Waldman, founder of Beliefnet.com, debunks myths about religion in the lives the Founding Fathers, and in the early history of America in his new book, Founding Faith.

Examining the Origins of America's 'Founding Faith'

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Monday

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Music Articles

Musical Diplomacy: A Concert in North Korea

On February 26, conductor Lorin Maazel led the New York Philharmonic in an unprecedented concert in Pyongyang, North Korea. It was the first time a major American orchestra performed in the communist country. The concert was broadcast nationwide.

Musical Diplomacy: A Concert in North Korea

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Friday

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Francis Collins: A Scientist's Case for God

Scientist Francis Collins makes a case for the existence of God in his book The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Collins, an evangelical Christian, headed the National Human Genome Research Project.

Francis Collins: A Scientist's Case for God

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Thursday

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David Simon, Unspooling 'The Wire'

David Simon, creator and executive producer of HBO's series The Wire, joins Fresh Air to talk about his career and the genesis of the show. Simon writes many of the episodes — and some story lines come from his former job as a police reporter for the Baltimore Sun.

David Simon, Unspooling 'The Wire'

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Music Articles

'Mental Weather': Moody, Variable, Promising

Celebrated soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom — a pioneer, among other things, in the use of electronics in live jazz — has an inventively formatted new recording. Fresh Air's jazz critic has a listen.

'Mental Weather': Moody, Variable, Promising

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Wednesday

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Book Reviews

Liebling Collected in 'World War II Writings'

The Library of America has published World War II Writings, a new collection of stories by A.J. Liebling. The volume, edited by Pete Hamill, includes three books, two dozen New Yorker pieces, maps and a chronology.

Liebling Collected in 'World War II Writings'

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Tuesday

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Chris Cooper Gives 'Married Life' a Whirl

The actor won an Academy Award for his performance in Spike Jonze's Adaptation. His latest project is Married Life, about a 1940s philanderer who still loves his wife — enough, in fact, to kill her rather than divorce and disappoint her.

Chris Cooper Gives 'Married Life' a Whirl

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