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A Transformative Year For Don Draper, Jon Hamm

The plot shakeups at the beginning of this season's Mad Men have left Jon Hamm's character Don Draper a broken man. Hamm talks about Draper's evolution, details how he auditioned for the role and talks about his newest movie, Ben Affleck's crime thriller The Town.

A Transformative Year For Don Draper, Jon Hamm

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Edwin Newman, pictured above at his New York office in March 1976, died on Aug. 13 at the age of 91. Jerry Mosey/AP hide caption

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Author Interviews

Scott Spencer: Turning Orderly Lives Into Chaos

Many of Spencer's novels feature a turning point — a dreadful, unplanned act committed by one of the characters. In his latest book, Man in the Woods, a carpenter accidentally kills a man, which leads him to question himself and his relationship with God.

Scott Spencer: Turning Orderly Lives Into Chaos

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Clostridium difficile causes severe diarrhea and can frequently return, even when treated with antibiotics. The human body is home to trillions of bacteria. Janice Carr/CDC Public Health Image Library hide caption

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Justice Stephen Breyer has a degree in philosophy from Stanford University. He received his law degree from Harvard University. Steve Petteway hide caption

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Ricky Skaggs has received 14 Grammy Awards and was named the Country Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year in 1982. Erick Anderson hide caption

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On Their Own: Zhang Qin and her brother, Zhang Yang, aren't allowed to live with their parents in urban Guangzhou — and so must depend on each other in a rural village in Sichuan province. Zeitgeist Films hide caption

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Every year, as many as 1 billion colds are caught in the U.S., says science writer Jennifer Ackerman. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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In the 1920s, Harlem's African-American population exploded — with nearly 200,000 African Americans inhabiting a neighborhood where there had been virtually no blacks 15 years earlier. Above, a Harlem street in 1942. National Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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From The Ashes: Acting, says Joaquin Phoenix, is like being a puppet. And even when he's not in front of the camera, he tells documentarian Casey Affleck, he's still (and always) playing a character named "Joaquin Phoenix." Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Jonathan Franzen is also the author of The Corrections: A Novel, and The Discomfort Zone, a memoir. He is pictured above at The New Yorker Festival Fiction Night in New York City in 2009. Joe Kohen/Getty Images hide caption

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Franzen On The Book, The Backlash, His Background

Jonathan Franzen's new novel Freedom has been called "a masterpiece" by Time Magazine and has received rave reviews from critics. Franzen talks about the runaway success of his previous novel The Corrections, and the strong reaction elicited by Freedom.

Franzen On The Book, The Backlash, His Background

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Painter Will Cotton, known for his lush, dreamlike candy landscapes, was the art director for Katy Perry's "California Gurls" music video. He also created the cover art for the album. Will Cotton / EMI Music hide caption

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Music Reviews

Katy Perry: A 'Teenage Dream,' An Artistic Musician

Perry has released what is commonly considered the pop hit of the summer, a song called "California Gurls." Perry has a new album, Teenage Dream, which rock critic Ken Tucker says is just one part of what he calls "the Katy Perry art project."

Katy Perry: A 'Teenage Dream,' An Artistic Musician

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Adult bedbugs grow to 4-5 mm in length and are just 1.5-3 mm wide. They're reddish-brown and oval-shaped. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Robert Schimmel performs during the 2007 South Beach Comedy Festival at the Lincoln Theatre in Miami Beach, Fla. The comedian died Friday at the age of 60. Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images hide caption

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Journalist Lawrence Wright sits with several of the people he interviewed for The Looming Tower, his history of al-Qaeda. Photo courtesy of Lawrence Wright hide caption

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Recently, people have invoked sensitivities to oppose the building of an Islamic center near ground zero (above) and to urge Glenn Beck to move his rally at the Lincoln Memorial — which took place on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Seth Wenig/AP Photo hide caption

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Dolly Parton has long been known as "The Queen of Country Music." Brendan Hoffman/Stringer/Getty Images Entertainment hide caption

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Country singer Charlie Rich was known as "The Silver Fox" because of his silver hair. Associated Press hide caption

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Music Articles

Charlie Rich: The Silver Fox With A Big Country Sound

Rich, who sang "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl," joined Fresh Air host Terry Gross in 1992 for a conversation about his eclectic musical choices, his rise to fame in the 1970s and his chart-toppers. Rich died in 1995.

Charlie Rich: The Silver Fox With A Big Country Sound

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Doc Watson: An Old-Time Folk Musician With Soul

In 1988, the legendary flatpicker and singer of traditional folk tunes spoke to Terry Gross about starting his musical career, touring with his son Merle and playing banjo during the folk revival of the late 1950s and '60s.

Doc Watson: An Old-Time Folk Musician With Soul

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From left: Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson of Carolina Chocolate Drops have just released their latest album, Genuine Negro Jig. Julie Roberts hide caption

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Geoff Nunberg says that pop singers such as The Beatles and Elvis Costello may have visited wordplay from time to time -- but country music lives there. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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