Wednesday

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Health

Bioethics And The Obama Administration

Bioethicist Arthur Caplan discusses the health care challenges facing the Obama administration. A professor of Bioethics at The University of Pennsylvania, Caplan was recently named one of the ten most influential people in science by Discover Magazine.

Bioethics And The Obama Administration

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Best Books of 2008

Maureen Corrigan's Best Books Of 2008

You know you have a terrific book in your hands when you encounter language or elegantly presented research that startles you into fresh awareness; you know it when the atmosphere of a novel doesn't leave you for days, or years.

Maureen Corrigan's Best Books Of 2008

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Tuesday

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Books

The Poetic 'Shadow' Of Memory, Mortality

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and essayist William Stanley Merwin was known in the 1960s as an anti-war poet. Now an environmental activist, Merwin has published a new book of poems, The Shadow of Sirius, which addresses themes of memory and mortality.

The Poetic 'Shadow' Of Memory, Mortality

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Monday

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Movies

In 'The Visitor,' Richard Jenkins Takes A Lead Turn

After appearing in supporting roles in more than 50 films, actor Richard Jenkins takes the lead in The Visitor, Tom McCarthy's film about a solitary economics professor whose world opens up when he discovers an apartment he rented in New York is already occupied.

In 'The Visitor,' Richard Jenkins Takes A Lead Turn

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Fresh Food

A Culinary History Of 'Milk Through The Ages'

Food historian Anne Mendelson examines how varieties of animal milk have been processed and consumed since antiquity in her new book, Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk through the Ages.

A Culinary History Of 'Milk Through The Ages'

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Friday

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Pop Culture

Channel Changes: Jay Leno And 'Boston Legal'

TV critic David Bianculli shares his thoughts on the final episode of Boston Legal — and the announcement this week that Jay Leno will begin a new nightly prime-time talk show on NBC next year.

Channel Changes: Jay Leno And 'Boston Legal'

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Remembrances

'Hill Street Blues' Actor Robert Prosky, 1930-2008

The veteran actor Robert Prosky was perhaps best known for his role as the big-hearted desk sergeant Stan Jablonski on Hill Street Blues. He died Monday at the age of 77.

'Hill Street Blues' Actor Robert Prosky, 1930-2008

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Revealing Virtue In The Anti-Absolutism of 'Doubt'

The film version of John Patrick Shanley play is a heavy slab of dramaturgy: It's dark, somber, yet unbelievably intense. Even on screen, it has the compressed quality of great theater.

Revealing Virtue In The Anti-Absolutism of 'Doubt'

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Thursday

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Music Articles

'The Construction of Boston,' Caught On Disc

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new CD of Scott Wheeler's opera, based on a hymn to Boston by the New York poet Kenneth Koch. The disc captures a live performance by the Boston Cecilia choral society.

'The Construction of Boston,' Caught On Disc

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Wednesday

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Tuesday

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Movies

Jia Zhangke: Capturing China's Transformation

Critic John Powers says the beautifully shot films of Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke register what's getting lost in China's transformation — and why Jia is one of the most eminent directors of our time.

Jia Zhangke: Capturing China's Transformation

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Monday

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Food

'Tastings' Columnists On What To Drink Now

Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, the husband-and-wife team behind The Wall Street Journal's weekly wine column Tastings, join Terry Gross to talk grapes, glassware and more — all with an eye on the bottom line.

'Tastings' Columnists On What To Drink Now

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Best Books of 2008

Best Books For A Transformative New Year

This holiday season, as we stand at the brink of a new administration, there's a thrill of history in the air. These books will help anyone, whatever his or her politics, understand what the nation has come though to reach this moment.

Best Books For A Transformative New Year

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Friday

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Music Articles

Moody And Jones' Jazz Reunion Is A 'Delight'

On their first recording together in more than 50 years, saxophonist James Moody and pianist Hank Jones show that the elder statesmen of jazz can still play beautifully. Our Delight displays the golden virtues of jazz with warmth and grace.

Moody And Jones' Jazz Reunion Is A 'Delight'

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Arts & Life

For Anderson, The Art Of The Good — And The Bad

Actor and comedian Anthony Anderson has played characters on both sides of the law. He's gone from a ruthless gangbanger on The Shield to a traumatized cop on K-Ville. Now he stars as a detective on Law & Order.

For Anderson, The Art Of The Good — And The Bad

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Thursday

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World

Behind The Terror: The Role Of Organized Crime

How does organized crime influence terrorism? Investigative journalist David Kaplan discusses the relationship between terrorism and criminal syndicates, and how that relationship may have played out in the recent attacks on Mumbai.

Behind The Terror: The Role Of Organized Crime

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