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Fresh Air for August 17, 2010

Sgt. Roman Diaz served with the Bravo Company platoon from the 101st Airborne's 502nd Infantry Regiment, known as the "Black Heart Brigade." Potomac Books hide caption

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A Mother's 'Minefields' When A Child Deploys

A Mother's 'Minefields' When A Child Deploys

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In this 2005 file photo, jazz singer Abbey Lincoln performs during a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert in New York City. The songwriter, actor and singer died Saturday at the age of 80. Jeff Christensen/AP Photo hide caption

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Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Singer Abbey Lincoln

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Singer Abbey Lincoln

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Fresh Air for August 16, 2010

In Fixing My Gaze, Sue Barry explains how she gained the ability to see the world in 3-D in her late 40s. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Do You See What I See? A Scientist's Journey Into 3-D

Do You See What I See? A Scientist's Journey Into 3-D

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Dr. John, the legendary New Orleans musician, turns 70 this year. James Demaria Productions hide caption

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Dr. John: Righteous Anger, Graced By Wit

Dr. John: Righteous Anger, Graced By Wit

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Laura Linney plays a suburban mom who discovers she has cancer in The Big C. "She's the reason to watch," says critic David Bianculli. Jordin Althaus/Showtime hide caption

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Clunky Characters, Cancer Characterize 'Big C'

Clunky Characters, Cancer Characterize 'Big C'

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Fresh Air for August 13, 2010

Siskel and Ebert popularized the famous "thumbs up / thumbs down" movie reviews -- and were credited with popularizing several films, including Hoop Dreams and My Dinner with Andre based on their reviews. Buena Vista Entertainment/AP Photo hide caption

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Siskel and Ebert's 'At The Movies' Takes Final Bow

Siskel and Ebert's 'At The Movies' Takes Final Bow

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Arcade Fire's new album, The Suburbs, has the ambition of a rock opera. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Arcade Fire: Turning An Ear Toward 'The Suburbs'

Arcade Fire: Turning An Ear Toward 'The Suburbs'

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Fresh Air for August 12, 2010

Firefighters walk near flames towering from an oil pipeline explosion in northern China's Liaoning province on July 17. Anonymous/AP Photo hide caption

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Peter Maass: 'The Violent Twilight Of Oil' Looms

Peter Maass: 'The Violent Twilight Of Oil' Looms

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Arresting Developments: Michael Cera plays Scott Pilgrim, a down-and-out bass player who falls hard for the mysterious, magnetic Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) -- and then has to fight for her. Double Negative/Universal Pictures hide caption

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'Scott Pilgrim': Taking On The World, An Ex At A Time

'Scott Pilgrim': Taking On The World, An Ex At A Time

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Fresh Air for August 11, 2010

As many as 100,000 people were crammed into tenement-style dwellings in New York's Lower East Side in the latter half of the 19th century. The overcrowded, poorly ventilated tenements became ovens during New York's 1896 heat wave, which killed nearly 1,500 people. Above, the yard of a tenement at Park Avene and 107th Street, circa 1900. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs hide caption

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The Heat Wave Of 1896 And The Rise Of Roosevelt

The Heat Wave Of 1896 And The Rise Of Roosevelt

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Tony Judt died August 7, 2010 due to complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 62. NYU/AP Photo hide caption

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Fresh Air Remembers Historian Tony Judt

Fresh Air Remembers Historian Tony Judt

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