Friday

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Books

A Brain Scientist With A 'Stroke Of Insight'

Jill Bolte Taylor was in her late 30s when a blood vessel exploded in her brain. The irony? Taylor is a neurological researcher. She's made a complete recovery since — and says the experience provided wisdom and insight.

A Brain Scientist With A 'Stroke Of Insight'

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Movies

In 'Summer Hours,' A Handsome View Of The Tomb

Masterpieces make their own rules — and David Edelstein says it's hard to think of a work comparable to Olivier Assayas's hauntingly beautiful film, about cultural tides and the people carried on them.

In 'Summer Hours,' A Handsome View Of The Tomb

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Thursday

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Economy

'Fool's Gold': The Banking World's Responsibility

Journalist Gillian Tett warned about the problems in the financial industry long before many of her colleagues. In her new book, Fool's Gold, Tett examines the role J.P. Morgan played in creating and marketing risky and complex financial products.

'Fool's Gold': The Banking World's Responsibility

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Book Reviews

A Wise Guy Mystery Writer Makes Good

Reed Farrel Coleman holds down a job as a commercial truck driver. But that doesn't stop him from writing mysteries in his free time. His Moe Prager series has won a slew of major awards.

A Wise Guy Mystery Writer Makes Good

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Wednesday

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Books

Leaves Of Grass And The Kingdom Of God

Erik Reece grew up the grandson of a fundamentalist preacher, but he left his church in search of a less punitive religion. He describes his struggle with religion in his new book, An American Gospel.

Leaves Of Grass And The Kingdom Of God

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Health

Mind Over (Food) Matter: Combating 'Overeating'

Former FDA commissioner David Kessler says that sugar, fat and salt can hijack our brains. In his new book, The End of Overeating, he describes the way the food industry works with the advertizing industry to create the cravings that are so hard to resist.

Mind Over (Food) Matter: Combating 'Overeating'

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Tuesday

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Books

The Harder They Fall: The Last Days Of Bear Stearns

Journalist Kate Kelly attracted international attention for her three-part series on the collapse of investment bank Bear Stearns. The story ran on the front pages of The Wall Street Journal in May 2008; now she's written a book on the subject.

The Harder They Fall: The Last Days Of Bear Stearns

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Music Articles

Power-Pop Through Tinted Windows

A power-pop supergroup, Tinted Windows consists of one member each from the bands Fountains of Wayne, Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick and Hanson. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the band's debut album pays off on its pop-rock promise.

Power-Pop Through Tinted Windows

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Monday

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The Impact of War

Reducing Suicide Rates In The Military

Army Major General Mark Graham lost two sons who were serving in the military — one to a roadside bomb in Iraq, and one to suicide. He now works to reduce the number of suicides in the military.

Reducing Suicide Rates In The Military

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Friday

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Author Interviews

Pullman Porters, Creating A Black Middle Class

In his book Rising from the Rails, journalist Larry Tye examines the social history of the African-American men who provided service to railroad passengers traveling in George Pullman's sleeping cars.

Pullman Porters, Creating A Black Middle Class

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Movies

The 'Star Trek' Franchise Moves Forward

The first generation of Star Trek actors is old or gone, so Paramount, eager to relaunch their franchise, tapped director J.J. Abrams for a new incarnation. David Edelstein reviews the film.

The 'Star Trek' Franchise Moves Forward

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Thursday

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Arts & Life

Amy Poehler's World Of Local Government

Up until last year Amy Poehler was a member of the cast on Saturday Night Live, famous for her impersonation of Hillary Clinton. She now stars in the NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation.

Amy Poehler's World Of Local Government

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Wednesday

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Movies

Kirby Dick: In The Political Closet, Dark Shadows

In Outrage, the Oscar-nominated director looks into the hidden lives of some of America's most powerful policymakers — closeted gay legislators and executives with voting records that activists decry as virulently anti-gay. He says it's a film about hypocrisy.

Kirby Dick: In The Political Closet, Dark Shadows

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U.S.

Dan Gurley, From RNC Staffer to LGBT Activist

Once, Dan Gurley oversaw anti-gay campaigns for the Republican National Committee. Now he works for Equality North Carolina, a statewide group dedicated to securing equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Dan Gurley, From RNC Staffer to LGBT Activist

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U.S.

Camilla Taylor: In Iowa, A Same-Sex Marriage Win

Camilla Taylor, lawyer for the gay-rights group Lambda Legal, was lead lawyer on Varnum v. Brien — the case that led to an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage there.

Camilla Taylor: In Iowa, A Same-Sex Marriage Win

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Tuesday

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Books

Ayelet Waldman's Memoir Of A 'Bad Mother'

Four years ago, novelist Ayelet Waldman sparked a controversy — and wound up on Oprah to defend herself — when she wrote in an essay that she loved her husband more than her children.

Ayelet Waldman's Memoir Of A 'Bad Mother'

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Music Articles

Bob Dylan Takes His Latest Look At 'Life'

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Together Through Life, Dylan's 33rd solo album. Throughout the disc, Dylan sings in cobwebbed moans, growling croons and spoken-word chants.

Bob Dylan Takes His Latest Look At 'Life'

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Monday

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Science

The Fascinating World Of The Dung Beetle

Under piles of manure lies the beetle world of sex and violence. University of Montana professor Douglas Emlen, an expert on the dung beetle, is particularly interested in the insects' weaponry.

The Fascinating World Of The Dung Beetle

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