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Music Articles

Still Setting Standards: Don Byron At 50

Bronx-born jazz clarinetist and composer Don Byron recently celebrated his 50th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, we listen back to previous interviews and performances featuring the performer.

Still Setting Standards: Don Byron At 50

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Interviews

'Alex & Me': The Hidden World Of Animal Minds

Although his brain was no bigger than a walnut, Alex the African gray parrot could do more than speak and understand — he could also count, identify colors and, according to his owner Irene Pepperberg, develop an emotional relationship.

'Alex & Me': The Hidden World Of Animal Minds

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Interviews

Danny Boyle, From 'Trainspotting' to 'Slumdog'

British director Danny Boyle's newest film, Slumdog Millionaire, tells the story of an orphan boy who wins the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Boyle's previous credits include Trainspotting and 28 Days Later.

Danny Boyle, From 'Trainspotting' to 'Slumdog'

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Books

Italian Crime Novels Make An International Splash

Once renowned for its artists, Italy seemed to vanish from the world stage in the '80s and '90s. But two new novels, Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio and Sicilian Tragedee, show Italian culture enjoying an international comeback.

Italian Crime Novels Make An International Splash

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Politics

The 'Flexible Aggression' Of The McCain Campaign

David Kirkpatrick, a Washington correspondent for The New York Times, profiled McCain in a series of articles. He shares his thoughts on the McCain campaign and on the future of the Republican Party.

The 'Flexible Aggression' Of The McCain Campaign

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Friday

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Remembrances

Studs Terkel: 'Hard Times' And Other Histories

Legendary Chicago broadcaster Studs Terkel dedicated his life to capturing the stories of ordinary Americans. He died Oct. 31 at the age of 96; Fresh Air remembers him with a 1985 interview.

Studs Terkel: 'Hard Times' And Other Histories

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Pop Culture

'Law & Order' Moves Back To Wednesdays

Dick Wolf created the longest-running drama on network TV, Law & Order. NBC is moving the procedural back to Wednesday's 'Crime Time' after it opened to a poor showing on Friday nights this year.

'Law & Order' Moves Back To Wednesdays

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Remembrances

John Leonard, Author And Culture Critic, Dies At 69

Leonard was considered one of the best literary critics in America; he was an early champion of future Nobel Prize winners Toni Morrison and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Leonard died Wednesday from complications with lung cancer.

John Leonard, Author And Culture Critic, Dies At 69

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Thursday

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Politics

'Obama's Challenge': A Transformative Opportunity

Robert Kuttner has reported on elections for more than 30 years. His new book, Obama's Challenge, looks at the Herculean obstacles the president-elect faces — and what it will take to tackle them.

'Obama's Challenge': A Transformative Opportunity

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Wednesday

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Politics

The Future Of The Conservative Movement

Former Republican Congressman Mickey Edwards argues that the conservative movement has strayed from its founding principles. His book, Reclaiming Conservatism, offers a critique of the movement's current incarnation — and a blueprint for its future success.

The Future Of The Conservative Movement

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Tuesday

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Author Interviews

An Exploration Of 'The Migraine Brain'

Neurologist Carolyn Bernstein, co-author (with journalist Elaine McArdle) of The Migraine Brain, estimates that 30 million Americans suffer from migraines — and that most sufferers don't realize they have the condition.

An Exploration Of 'The Migraine Brain'

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Music Articles

Dion Pays Homage To Guitar-Rock Giants

With his band the Belmonts, singer-songwriter Dion rose to fame as a '60s teen idol, topping charts with hits like "The Wanderer" and "I Wonder Why." The latest album in his long career is Heroes: Giants Of Early Guitar Rock.

Dion Pays Homage To Guitar-Rock Giants

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Monday

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Pop Culture

Tina Fey: Sarah Palin And 'Saturday Night' Satire

Tina Fey's impersonation of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin helped draw record audiences to Saturday Night Live this fall. Now, the former head writer for SNL opens up about politics, satire and her Emmy Award-winning sitcom, 30 Rock.

Tina Fey: Sarah Palin And 'Saturday Night' Satire

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Music Articles

Motown Year By Year: Hip-O Select Surveys '66

In Volume 6 of its Complete Motown Singles series, the Hip-O Select label surveys the Motown magicians making noise in 1966: the Isley Brothers, the Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and others. Fresh Air's rock historian has a review.

Motown Year By Year: Hip-O Select Surveys '66

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