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Harvey Pekar, pictured here in a self-portrait, told Terry Gross in 2005: "I just tried to live on two different levels. I knew I couldn't make money at the stuff I liked doing so I took a job that was not challenging. When it was slow at work, I used to sneak off in the corner and read." Harvey Pekar and Dean Haspiel 2005. Art by Dean Haspiel hide caption

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Remembrances

Remembering Harvey Pekar In All Of His 'Splendor'

Fresh Air remembers the comic book writer with highlights from 2003 and 2005 interviews. Pekar, who died Monday, was the author of the series American Splendor, which captured the angst of a man struggling with the daily ups and downs of life.

Remembering Harvey Pekar In All Of His 'Splendor'

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While You Were Sleeping: Leonardo DiCaprio plunges into people's minds while they sleep in order to extract corporate secrets in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi flick Inception. Warner Bros hide caption

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Movies

'Inception' A Masterpiece? Only In Someone's Dream

Christoper Nolan's new sci-fi flick stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a man trying to extract and plant information in people's heads while they dream. Critic David Edelstein says the movie is "lumbering and humorous and pretentious, with a drag of a hero."

'Inception' A Masterpiece? Only In Someone's Dream

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Futurama's clueless starship commander Zapp Brannigan is just one of the many cartoon characters voiced by Billy West over the years. Matt Groening/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Kitty, a pet lion in Floyd County, Ky., was purchased at a flea market when he was a 5-pound cub. When he was photographed in 2006, above, Kitty weighed more than 400 pounds. Zachary Cantrell/AP hide caption

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Author Interviews

Raising Lions, Tigers And Bears In Suburbia (Oh My!)

Sometimes, a dog or a cat just won't do. In Forbidden Creatures, writer Peter Laufer enters the world of animal smuggling and exotic pets. He explains who's breeding pets for home consumers — and how raising certain species can go horribly wrong.

Raising Lions, Tigers And Bears In Suburbia (Oh My!)

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The website Wikileaks contains a vast collection of secret documents culled from governments and organizations worldwide. The site has no official headquarters. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Taking Care of Business spans most of Freddie King's career. Bear Family Records hide caption

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The funk and soul band led by Robert Randolph (center) also includes bassist Danyel Morgan (left) and drummer Marcus Randolph. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A self-portrait by Rembrandt, valued at $36 million, was taken from the Swedish National Museum in 2000. Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team, went undercover — as an authenticator for an Eastern European mob group — to recover it. Swedish National Museum hide caption

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Miller played Sally, a waitress who became a Broadway sensation, in the 1929 film Sally. Warner Bros. hide caption

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Guess Who's Coming To Dinner Annette Bening (left) and Julianne Moore star as a couple dealing with their two teenagers -- as well as their anonymous sperm donor, played by Mark Ruffalo. Suzanne Tenner/Focus Features hide caption

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Cholodenko's 'Kids' Flick: More Than Just All Right

Lisa Cholodenko's film about two teenagers trying to track down their moms' anonymous sperm donor is a "stupendous" situational comedy, says critic David Edelstein, who praises the film for shaking up our way of looking at the mainstream family. (Recommended)

Cholodenko's 'Kids' Flick: More Than Just All Right

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Julianne Moore (left) and Annette Bening play a couple struggling with their teenagers in The Kids Are All Right. Suzanne Tannen/Focus Features hide caption

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Energy

Generating Changes In The Electrical Power Grid

Journalist Joel Achenbach describes how our nation's electricity grid is based on 1960s technology that wastes power and discourages the use of renewable energy.

Generating Changes In The Electrical Power Grid

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Stephanie Finch was a member of the band The Mission Express, fronted by her husband Chuck Prophet. Bellesound Records hide caption

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Music Articles

Stephanie Finch: The Power Of Simplicity

Until now, Finch has been primarily known for the backup singing she's done in the band The Mission Express. But rock critic Ken Tucker says Finch's new album, Cry Tomorrow, is a fully formed, mature piece of work.

Stephanie Finch: The Power Of Simplicity

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Born Louis Szekely, the comedian adopted the moniker "C.K" in grade school in an effort to help people pronounce his name correctly. FX hide caption

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Billy Collins was the poet laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. Steven Kovich hide caption

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Billy Collins: A Poet's Affection For Emily Dickinson

The former U.S. poet laureate explains his admiration for Emily Dickinson -- and shares some of his favorite Dickinson poems. Collins says her words have a "sheer, untouchable originality."

Billy Collins: A Poet's Affection For Emily Dickinson

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Two of the three members of Carolina Chocolate Drops are classically trained: Rhiannon Giddens (left) studied opera at the Oberlin Conservatory and Justin Robinson (center) studied classical violin. Dom Flemons (right) studied guitar and slam poetry. Julie Roberts hide caption

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