Friday

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Books

Robert Schimmel, Laughing Through A Cancer Fight

Comedy Central named him one of its 100 best comics, but life hasn't been all laughs for Robert Schimmel. Still, it was his sense of humor that kept him sane when cancer killed his sitcom deal — and threatened to kill him.

Robert Schimmel, Laughing Through A Cancer Fight

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Arts & Life

Fresh Episodes, New Series: A Weekend-TV Sampler

What's new on TV? A slew of new television episodes and series are premiering this weekend. David Bianculli reviews a sampling, including Friday Night Lights, The L Word, Big Love, Flight of the Conchords and the premiere of The United States of Tara.

Fresh Episodes, New Series: A Weekend-TV Sampler

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Thursday

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Economy

Cars In Crisis? A View From The Detroit Auto Show

Paul Eisenstein reports from the Detroit Auto Show on the state of the auto industry. Eisenstein has covered cars for over 30 years; he currently reports for the independent news service The Detroit Bureau.

Cars In Crisis? A View From The Detroit Auto Show

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Wednesday

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Music Articles

Jeb Loy Nichols Mixes It Up In 'Parish Bar'

Jeb Loy Nichols has recorded a half-dozen albums since the late 1990s and before that, fronted the band The Fellow Travelers. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Nichols' new album, called Parish Bar, coheres as one of his more adventurous musical experiments.

Jeb Loy Nichols Mixes It Up In 'Parish Bar'

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Tuesday

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Economy

Healthcare: The Key To Economic Stimulus?

Macroeconomist Dean Baker sees opportunity in the current economic crisis. In a recent editorial for The Guardian, Baker recommended that President-elect Barack Obama boost the economy by spending on national health insurance.

Healthcare: The Key To Economic Stimulus?

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Monday

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Interviews

Former 'Post' Editor Details The 'Rules Of The Game'

After 44 years as a newspaper man, former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. makes his debut as a fiction writer. His new novel, Rules Of The Game, features an investigative reporter on the beat of a hotly contested presidential election.

Former 'Post' Editor Details The 'Rules Of The Game'

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Media

'Christian Science Monitor' Shifts Focus To Web

John Yemma, editor of The Christian Science Monitor, discusses the paper's new publication model: It's moving the daily operation to the Web and converting its print paper to a weekly.

'Christian Science Monitor' Shifts Focus To Web

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Friday

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On Television

New Clocks, New Challenges As '24' Returns

The seventh season of 24 premieres this Sunday. Critic David Bianculli assesses the four-hour, two-night return of counterterrorist Jack Bauer — who's got some new allies, and some new enemies.

New Clocks, New Challenges As '24' Returns

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Thursday

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Environment

'National Geographic' Mines 'The Real Price Of Gold'

The price of gold has risen 235 percent in the past eight years, but as journalist Brook Larmer and photographer Randy Olson report in this month's National Geographic, the environmental and human costs related to the mineral have never been higher.

'National Geographic' Mines 'The Real Price Of Gold'

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Wednesday

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Music Articles

Screening The 'Homefront': War Musicals On DVD

The Homefront Collection, a new DVD set from Warner Home Video, showcases three World War II-era Hollywood musicals: This Is the Army, Thank Your Lucky Stars and Hollywood Canteen.

Screening The 'Homefront': War Musicals On DVD

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Tuesday

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Remembrances

Donald Westlake: Hard-Boiled To The End

The award-winning mystery writer died from a heart attack on Dec. 31 at the age of 75. Westlake wrote more than 100 novels and numerous screenplays, including the Academy Award-nominated screenplay for The Grifters.

Donald Westlake: Hard-Boiled To The End

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Book Reviews

Lingering Love And Loss In 'Lark & Termite'

Maureen Corrigan reviews Jayne Anne Phillips' Lark & Termite, a novel that weaves together the story of an American soldier fighting (and dying) in Korea in 1950, with that of his family struggling with their loss nine years later.

Lingering Love And Loss In 'Lark & Termite'

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Monday

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Books

Temple Grandin On 'The Best Life For Animals'

In her new book, Animals Make Us Human, Temple Grandin examines common notions of animal happiness and concludes that dogs, cats, horses, cows and zoo animals — among other creatures — possess an emotional system akin to that of humans.

Temple Grandin On 'The Best Life For Animals'

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Music Articles

'All You Need': Pop-Music History Comes to DVD

All You Need Is Love, Tony Palmer's 17-part history of popular music, distilled more than 1,000 hours of footage into just under 15 hours of indelible TV. Now it's been released as a 5-DVD set. Fresh Air's rock historian has a review.

'All You Need': Pop-Music History Comes to DVD

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