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Teddy Pendergrass was nominated for four Grammys and won the award for best male R&B vocal performance for "Joy" in 1989. Hulton Archive/Getty hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Disarming Baghdad: The Most Dangerous Army Job?

Ever wonder what it's like to defuse bombs for a living? In their film The Hurt Locker (out now on DVD), director Kathryn Bigelow and journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Boal paint a vivid picture of a dangerous pursuit — and of the men who are drawn to it.

Disarming Baghdad: The Most Dangerous Army Job?

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First-time actress Katie Jarvis plays 15-year-old Mia, a confused and troubled teen. Critic David Edelstein says casting a nonactor can sometimes be just a stunt — but director Andrea Arnold hit the jackpot with Jarvis. IFC/IFC hide caption

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Television

David Bianculli: The Latest From The Late-Night Wars

Fresh Air's guest host and TV critic recaps the best of last night's salvos from the talk-show wars — which are getting fiercer with every passing hour.

David Bianculli: The Latest From The Late-Night Wars

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Aram Roston won an Emmy Award in 2005 as a producer of NBC Nightly News. He's also served as a correspondent at CNN, a police reporter in New York City, and contributor at The Huffington Post. The Nation hide caption

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Author Interviews

How Americans Help Fund The Taliban

As President Obama gears up for a military buildup in Afghanistan, a House subcommittee is looking into U.S. taxpayer money ending up in the hands of Taliban insurgents. Aram Roston's 2009 article for The Nation helped trigger that investigation.

How Americans Help Fund The Taliban

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Conan O'Brien (left) says he is not willing to move The Tonight Show back by a half-hour to make way for Jay Leno's show. Kevin Winter/Getty hide caption

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David Bianculli On The Battle Of The Late Night Titans

Late-night television is at war ... with itself. The Tonight Show's Conan O'Brien has drawn a line at 11:35 p.m. and says that he won't cross it — not for Jay Leno and not for NBC. He refuses to move Tonight by a half-hour to make way for Leno's show.

David Bianculli On The Battle Of The Late Night Titans

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T-Bone Burnett tells Terry Gross that he's long past the point where he wants to try to control everything that goes into a recording. Frazer Harrison/Getty hide caption

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Veteran journalist Jonathan Cohn has reported on politics and domestic policy for The New York Times, The Washington Post and Slate. Eyvind Claxton hide caption

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T. Christian Miller was an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times and has won numerous awards for his environmental and international reporting. Lars Klove/ProPublica hide caption

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Author Interviews

Wounded In Wars, Civilians Face Care Battle At Home

Public-interest watchdog T. Christian Miller talks about the challenges military-contractor employees face in getting medical treatment after returning from conflict zones like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wounded In Wars, Civilians Face Care Battle At Home

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In addition to Stronger With Each Tear, Mary J. Blige recently recorded music for the movie soundtrack to Precious. Kevin Winter/Getty hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Patton Oswalt And Robert Siegel: Serious Funny Men

Writer-director Robert Siegel and comic actor Patton Oswalt discuss their film Big Fan, their strange encounters at comic-book conventions and the unavoidable influence of Martin Scorsese.

Patton Oswalt And Robert Siegel: Serious Funny Men

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Guitarist Bill Frisell and his trio soundtracks Buster Keaton's Go West and two more films on a new DVD. Hulton Archive / Getty Images hide caption

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Music Reviews

Jazz For The Eyes And Ears: Bill Frisell And More

There's so much good jazz coming out on DVD now (old stuff, new stuff, TV concerts and documentaries) that it's more than anyone can follow. But Kevin Whitehead says that a few recent releases really caught his eye and ear.

Jazz For The Eyes And Ears: Bill Frisell And More

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French Twist: As Nick Twisp, Michael Cera (with Portia Doubleday, right) confronts the usual teen sexual insecurities. He just has a Gallic alter-ego to help. Chuy Chavez/Dimension Films hide caption

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Singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, who died on Christmas Day 2009, had close friendships with many in the music industry and other creative fields — including Jem Cohen, a New York City filmmaker and well-known photographer. Cohen made this portrait of Chesnutt, and produced his album North Star Deserter. Jem Cohen hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Lucas Looks Back On Movie-Making

George Lucas talks about his early days making movies with Spielberg and Coppola, his latest book George Lucas' Blockbusting,, and the technological innovations that revolutionized the movie-biz.

Lucas Looks Back On Movie-Making

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Remembrances

In Memoriam: Memphis Soul Prince Willie Mitchell

Music producer Willie Mitchell helped define the sound of soul through his work with Al Green, Ann Peebles and Otis Clay. He produced Green's seductive classics "Tired of Being Alone" and "Call Me" as well as Peebles' hit "I Can't Stand the Rain."

In Memoriam: Memphis Soul Prince Willie Mitchell

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Wadada Leo Smith's trumpet is raw but lyrical, full of big gestures but intimate somehow. Scott Groller hide caption

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