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Thirty Years Of Love And Loss In 'A Happy Marriage'

Rafael Yglesias' novel is inspired by his wife, Margaret, who died in 2004. A Happy Marriage spans their three-decade relationship, from their courtship to her battle with cancer.

Thirty Years Of Love And Loss In 'A Happy Marriage'

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Movies

A World In Crisis, And Only Love Can Save The Day

Straightforward and kid-friendly, Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo isn't the animation master's most complicated film. But in some ways, the film's simplicity offers a clearer look at the director's greatness. Movie critic David Edelstein explains.

A World In Crisis, And Only Love Can Save The Day

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Friday

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The 'Young Men With Capital' Who Started Woodstock

Forty years ago, Joel Rosenman and John Roberts were in their 20s when they came into a large inheritance. They decided to take the money and promote a rock concert in upstate New York — an event that later became known as Woodstock.

The 'Young Men With Capital' Who Started Woodstock

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On Television

'Mad Men' Returns, With A British Invasion

When last we saw the ad men and women of AMC's Mad Men, the firm had just been bought by a British company and the Cuban missile crisis was underway. Critic David Bianculli offers a sneak peak at what additional drama the new season might hold.

'Mad Men' Returns, With A British Invasion

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Thursday

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Books

Wal-Mart And The 'Brave New World Of Business'

Historian Nelson Lichtenstein discusses the impact of Wal-Mart on both the American and the global economy in his new book, The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business.

Wal-Mart And The 'Brave New World Of Business'

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Wednesday

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Interviews

Putting Puppies Behind Bars? (No, It's A Good Thing!)

There may be no unlikelier a name for a nonprofit than Puppies Behind Bars. But it's not what you think: The program teams puppies with prison inmates, who train the puppies to become bomb-sniffing dogs — or service dogs for wounded vets.

Putting Puppies Behind Bars? (No, It's A Good Thing!)

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Tuesday

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Afghanistan

Journalist Reports On 'Life, Death And The Taliban'

Charles Sennott has been reporting on the Taliban since 1995. He recently returned to Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he revisited the people and places he got to know through his reporting.

Journalist Reports On 'Life, Death And The Taliban'

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Commentary

Of 'Public' Options And 'Government' Plans

With a national health-care conversation in high gear, linguist Geoff Nunberg notes that "government" (as in "government-run plan") wasn't always such a dirty word. From "G-men" to "government bureaucrats," on this edition of Fresh Air.

Of 'Public' Options And 'Government' Plans

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Monday

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Friday

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Interviews

Julia Child: An American, Forever In Paris

For generations of Americans, chef Julia Child was a fearless guide through the complexities of French cooking — on the page, and on her eight TV shows. Fresh Air revisits an interview with Child from 1989.

Julia Child: An American, Forever In Paris

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Remembrances

'Waterfront' Screenwriter Budd Schulberg

Screenwriter Budd Schulberg, who wrote the screenplay for On the Waterfront, died Aug. 5 at age 95. Fresh Air remembers him with an interview he gave in 1990 — plus excerpts of chats with Elia Kazan and Eva Marie Saint.

'Waterfront' Screenwriter Budd Schulberg

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Thursday

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Movie Interviews

'Cold Souls' Star On Being Paul Giamatti

In his latest film, Paul Giamatti plays himself, or a version of himself: A neurotic actor who has his soul frozen to relieve him of his crippling anxiety. He joins Fresh Air to talk about life, art and blurring the lines between.

'Cold Souls' Star On Being Paul Giamatti

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Country

George Strait: Country Pop Stardom With 'Twang'

Country singer George Strait is surpassed only by Elvis Presley and The Beatles in the number of platinum-selling albums he's had. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews his new album, Twang.

George Strait: Country Pop Stardom With 'Twang'

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Book Reviews

'Best Friends Forever': Smart, Sassy Chick Lit

Jennifer Weiner's latest novel, Best Friends Forever, is much sharper than its dopey title would suggest. With a nod to Thelma and Louise, Weiner's Addie and Valerie rekindle a friendship that fizzled decades ago.

'Best Friends Forever': Smart, Sassy Chick Lit

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Wednesday

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Arts & Life

Human Trafficking Revealed In 'The Snakehead'

In 1993, a freighter with 300 terrified, half-starved Chinese immigrants went aground off the shore of Queens, New York. Author Patrick Radden Keefe chronicles the incident in his new book The Snakehead.

Human Trafficking Revealed In 'The Snakehead'

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Afghanistan

Journalist Reports On The Situation In Afghanistan

Washington Post military correspondent Ann Scott Tyson was recently embedded with Marines in Afghanistan fighting in Helmand Province, a stronghold of the Taliban.

Journalist Reports On The Situation In Afghanistan

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Tuesday

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Economy

Ben Bernanke And The 'Great Panic'

Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel's new book, In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic, examines the expanding powers of the Federal Reserve in the face of the current economic crisis.

Ben Bernanke And The 'Great Panic'

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Book Reviews

'Fordlandia': An Automaker's Failed Jungle Utopia

When Henry Ford bought up a Connecticut-sized chunk of land in the Amazon River basin in 1927, he wasn't just planning to build his own vertically-integrated rubber plantation — he also envisioned the small-town America of his youth, reborn in the jungle.

'Fordlandia': An Automaker's Failed Jungle Utopia

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