Friday

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Cecile de France plays Marie Lelay, a woman who publishes a book after nearly dying. She makes an unexpected connection with Matt Damon's George Lonegan, a psychic trying to stop communicating with the dead. Ken Regan/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Movie Reviews

A 'Hereafter' Where Matt Damon Sees Dead People

Clint Eastwood's latest film is a supernatural drama about a factory worker with the ability to communicate with the dead. Critic David Edelstein says the film is too contrived to tell us anything enlightening about how to live in the shadow of death.

A 'Hereafter' Where Matt Damon Sees Dead People

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Thursday

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Nemesis is Philip Roth's 31st work. He has received the Pulitzer Prize, two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards and three PEN/Faulkner Awards. Courtesy of Philip Roth hide caption

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Vijay Iyer is on faculty at New York University, The New School and the School for Improvisational Music. Jimmy Katz hide caption

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Wednesday

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Fox News host Glenn Beck addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 20. Historian Sean Wilentz says "there are polls that Tea Party members respect Beck more so than anyone else, even Sarah Palin, and that they consider [Beck] not as an entertainer — as they describe Rush Limbaugh — but as an educator. ... People are believing that he is really trustworthy." Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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Politics

Glenn Beck: Drawing On 1950s Extremism?

In the Oct. 18 issue of The New Yorker, historian Sean Wilentz argues that the rhetoric expressed by both Glenn Beck and the Tea Party is nothing new -- and is rooted in an extremist ideology that has been around since the Cold War.

Glenn Beck: Drawing On 1950s Extremism?

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Australian soprano Joan Sutherland poses in her dressing room at the Metropolitan Opera after making her Met debut on Nov. 26, 1961, in New York. AP Photo hide caption

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Tuesday

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The flag of Hezbollah features a fist holding an AK-47. The gun has become a symbol worldwide, says author C.J. Chivers. Stringer/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Interviews

The AK-47: 'The Gun' That Changed The Battlefield

The AK-47 was created by the Soviets after World War II and changed the way war is fought. Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent C.J. Chivers explains how the gun became the weapon of choice for insurgents, terrorists and child soldiers.

The AK-47: 'The Gun' That Changed The Battlefield

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Narratives Of Grief Fill Krauss' 'Great House'

Novelist Nicole Krauss artfully weaves disparate stories of love and loss into a devastating examination of the weight of memory on those left behind. Four narrators are connected by an antique desk separated from its original owner during the Holocaust.

Narratives Of Grief Fill Krauss' 'Great House'

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Monday

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Solomon Burke performs at the 39th Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in this 2005 file photo. The soul singer died on Sunday. He was 70. Martial Trezzini /AP Photo hide caption

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Music Articles

Fresh Air Remembers Soul Singer Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke, the Grammy Award-winning  singer who wrote the hit track "Everyone Needs Somebody to Love," died Sunday at 70. Fresh Air remembers the "King of Rock and Soul" with excerpts from a 1986 interview.

Fresh Air Remembers Soul Singer Solomon Burke

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Music Articles

Cynthia Lennon Reflects On Life With John

Saturday would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. Fresh Air remembers the legendary musician by excerpting interviews conducted with those who knew him, including a 1985 discussion with his first wife, Cynthia Lennon.

Cynthia Lennon Reflects On Life With John

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Former Beatle John Lennon, giving the peace sign, and his wife, Yoko Ono, arrive for a hearing on their deportation case at U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service office in lower Manhattan, May 12, 1972. AP Photo hide caption

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It's All Politics

'Citizens United' Ruling Opened Floodgates On Groups' Ad Spending

As campaign finance experts tell Fresh Air's Terry Gross, the Supreme Court's lifting of restrictions has led many interest groups to dramatically increase the number of ads they're airing.

'Citizens United' Ruling Opened Floodgates On Groups' Ad Spending

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Wednesday

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Justin Timberlake's No. 1 singles include "SexyBack," "My Love" and "What Goes Around.../...Comes Around." Peggy Sirota hide caption

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Sarah Blasko led the Sydney-based band Acquiesce throughout the 1990s. Chris Morris hide caption

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Andy Griffith and Don Knotts laugh on the set of The Andy Griffith Show, one of the many classic programs celebrating a golden anniversary this year. AP Photo hide caption

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Television

If A TV Show Turns 50 And No One Notices...

David Bianculli laments the silence that greeted the golden anniversaries of classic shows such as My Three Sons and The Andy Griffith Show -- and wonders why TV doesn't have an equivalent to Turner Classic Movies.

If A TV Show Turns 50 And No One Notices...

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Tuesday

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Book Reviews

'Bovary' Translation Does 'Le Mot Juste' Justice

Gustave Flaubert was an apostle of le mot juste — using exactly the right word. Lydia Davis elegantly translates his masterpiece, Madame Bovary, in the same spirit. Davis' words lure readers back into Emma Bovary's sexy, scandalous and tragic tale.

'Bovary' Translation Does 'Le Mot Juste' Justice

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In July 2009, Time magazine held an online poll asking who America's most trusted newscaster was; Jon Stewart won with 44 percent of the vote. Comedy Central hide caption

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Jon Stewart: The Most Trusted Name In Fake News

In an interview with Terry Gross, taped in front of a live audience in New York City, the Daily Show host deconstructs his upcoming "Rally to Restore Sanity" on the National Mall and explains how The Daily Show comes up with material.

Jon Stewart: The Most Trusted Name In Fake News

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