Friday

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Movies

Hardcore Turns Hilariously Awkward In 'Humpday'

Seattle director Lynn Shelton's fabulously squirmy film Humpday centers on two seemingly straight men who decide to have sex with each other as part of an amateur porn video competition.

Hardcore Turns Hilariously Awkward In 'Humpday'

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Thursday

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Tracking The Overhaul

The Politics, Power Players Of Health Care Reform

The New Republic senior editor Jonathan Cohn discusses power players of health care reform, including the insurance lobby, the pharmaceutical lobby, the American Medical Association and Congress.

The Politics, Power Players Of Health Care Reform

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Movies

'Beaches Of Agnes' Fetes An Aging Queen Of Tides

John Powers reviews a luminous cinematic memoir by the 81-year-old French director Agnes Varda. Like all Varda's films, The Beaches of Agnes brims with its creator's independence and vivacity. (Recommended)

'Beaches Of Agnes' Fetes An Aging Queen Of Tides

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Wednesday

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Arts & Life

'Michael And Michael' Put Issues On The Table

Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter are creators and stars of Michael and Michael Have Issues — a series about two neurotic sketch-comedy writers who can't stand each other.

'Michael And Michael' Put Issues On The Table

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Music Articles

A Treasure Trove From A Harmonica Master

Walter Jacobs, aka "Little Walter," was a harmonica virtuoso whose life was consumed by blues music. A new five-disc Hip-O Select re-release of Walter's complete recordings for the record label Chess is on shelves now.

A Treasure Trove From A Harmonica Master

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Tuesday

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Interviews

Investigative Journalist Probes CIA Secrets

Investigative journalist Jane Mayer discusses a secret CIA counterterrorism program that was reportedly concealed from Congress under direct orders from then Vice President Dick Cheney.

Investigative Journalist Probes CIA Secrets

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Around the Nation

Covering Iran Without A Press Pass

New York Times journalist Roger Cohen gives an eyewitness account of the attacks against demonstrators in the wake of the June election. Cohen stayed in Tehran, even after the Iranian government revoked all foreign press passes.

Covering Iran Without A Press Pass

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Monday

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Books

Hemingway's 'Feast' On The Move Into New Edition

In time for the 110th anniversary of the author's birth, Ernest Hemingway's posthumous memoir, A Moveable Feast, has been restored — or rather, as Maureen Corrigan would have it, "remixed."

Hemingway's 'Feast' On The Move Into New Edition

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Pop Culture

Barrymore Enters "The Monastery Of Edie"

Drew Barrymore took on the role of "Little Edie" Beale in HBO's April 2009 dramatization of the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens. Practically born to the stage herself, Barrymore plays a woman pining for the spotlight. The movie is out on DVD July 14.

Barrymore Enters "The Monastery Of Edie"

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Music Articles

'Live' With The Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album from the prolific composer and pianist Fred Hersch. It's called Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra, Live at the Jazz Standard.

'Live' With The Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra

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Movies

Dolce & Guevara: 'Bruno's Guerrilla-Comic Assault

Sacha Baron Cohen's latest jaunt — as a flamboyantly gay Austrian fashionista — is funnier and riskier than Borat. Sure, he's a cheap-shot artist, but he's one who's often got a righteous point.

Dolce & Guevara: 'Bruno's Guerrilla-Comic Assault

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Thursday

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Books

Novelist Joseph O'Neill Revisits 'Netherland'

Recently issued in paperback, Joseph O'Neill's novel Netherland emerged to immediate acclaim in 2008, and many critics — including Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan — placed it on a footing with The Great Gatsby.

Novelist Joseph O'Neill Revisits 'Netherland'

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Music Articles

A Wolfman Sings His 'Songs Of Desire'

Hombre Lobo is the first studio album in five years by the act known as Eels. Frontman Mark Oliver Everett — better known to his fans as "E" — turns in what he calls "12 songs of desire."

A Wolfman Sings His 'Songs Of Desire'

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Tuesday

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News

Alaska Reacts To Sarah Palin's Resignation

Journalist Michael Carey — former editorial page editor and current columnist for the Anchorage Daily News — discusses Alaska's reaction to Sarah Palin's announcement that she will step down as governor of the state.

Alaska Reacts To Sarah Palin's Resignation

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Pop Culture

For 'Hung' Team, Offbeat TV Is A Growth Industry

Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin are the writers behind HBO's series Hung, about a hapless schoolteacher — with one substantial asset — who finds an unorthodox way to make ends meet.

For 'Hung' Team, Offbeat TV Is A Growth Industry

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Monday

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Around the Nation

Robert McNamara On Doubts, And Vietnam

Former defense secretary Robert McNamara died Monday. In a 1995 interview with Terry Gross, McNamara reflects on Vietnam and admits his serious doubts about US policy and the decision-making that escalated the war.

Robert McNamara On Doubts, And Vietnam

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Arts & Life

Errol Morris: On McNamara And The 'Fog Of War'

Errol Morris' Academy Award-Winning documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, offers fresh insight into the man many consider to be the architect of the Vietnam conflict.

Errol Morris: On McNamara And The 'Fog Of War'

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DVD Reviews

'Playing Shakespeare' The Way The Pros Do It

Playing Shakespeare, a 1984 series in which actors dissect some of the Bard's most famous works, shows how crucial an understanding of Shakespeare's language and versification are to conveying the meaning — and power — of his scenes.

'Playing Shakespeare' The Way The Pros Do It

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