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Movie Interviews

'Life Of Pi' Star On The 'Duet' Of Acting

Actor Irrfan Khan talks about his role in the new movie Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee and based on the best-selling novel of the same name. Khan also starred in Slumdog Millionaire, The Namesake and A Mighty Heart.

'Life Of Pi' Star On The 'Duet' Of Acting

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Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Andrew Solomon, Tony Dokoupil

Andrew Solomon's new book is about families with children who are profoundly different or likely to be stigmatized. Writer Tony Dokoupil discusses what's next now that voters in two states have approved recreational marijuana use.

Fresh Air Weekend: Andrew Solomon, Tony Dokoupil

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Author Interviews

'When God Talks Back' To The Evangelical Community

Anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann studies the personal relationships evangelicals develop with God. In her book When God Talks Back, she explains how relationships with God are often cemented through the power of prayer. The book has just come out in paperback.

'When God Talks Back' To The Evangelical Community

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Movies

In 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Lawrence Is Golden

David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper as a bipolar high school teacher trying to put his life back together. But critic David Edelstein says it's the performance of co-star Jennifer Lawrence that makes the film a hot ticket.

In 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Lawrence Is Golden

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Tony Kushner based his screenplay for Lincoln in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of the president, Team of Rivals — but he read many other histories and biographies, in addition to Lincoln's own writings. DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Books

Doris Kearns Goodwin On Lincoln And His 'Team Of Rivals'

In Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin explains how the 16th president brought into his cabinet three powerful men who politically opposed him. She spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2005.

Doris Kearns Goodwin On Lincoln And His 'Team Of Rivals'

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The HBO documentary Crossfire Hurricane, about The Rolling Stones, prompts critic John Powers to reflect on the band's five decades of fame. HBO Films hide caption

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The New British Empire: Pop-Culture Powerhouses

James Bond and The Rolling Stones both turn 50 this year. As critic John Powers points out, both may have been born in response to a dying British Empire, but their evolving legacies have reflected the times through which these brands have lived.

The New British Empire: Pop-Culture Powerhouses

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Susannah Cahalan is a reporter and book reviewer at the New York Post. Julie Stapen/Free Press hide caption

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Jamey Johnson's new album pays tribute to songwriter Hank Cochran. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Articles

An Unlikely Tribute: Jamey Johnson Covers Hank Cochran

The country-music star has enlisted the help of Merle Haggard, Elvis Costello and others to salute the man behind songs like "Make the World Go Away."

An Unlikely Tribute: Jamey Johnson Covers Hank Cochran

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Book Reviews

Ian McEwan's 'Sweet Tooth' Leaves A Sour Taste

The novelist's latest novel, earns the ire of critic Maureen Corrigan, who usually numbers among McEwan's fans but finds herself dismayed by this book's attitudes toward women.

Ian McEwan's 'Sweet Tooth' Leaves A Sour Taste

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On Election Day, residents in Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Above, marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center in Los Angeles. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Oliver Sacks is a physician, author and professor of neurology at NYU School of Medicine. He also frequently contributes to The New Yorker. His new book is called Hallucinations. Elena Seibert/Knopf hide caption

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David M. Kennedy is the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control, and professor of criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

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Cody ChesnuTT is the best sort of egomaniac: On Landing on a Hundred, he's preachy but delightful. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cody ChesnuTT Contains A Universe On 'Hundred'

ChesnuTT is the best sort of egomaniac: On Landing on a Hundred, he's preachy but delightful.

Cody ChesnuTT Contains A Universe On 'Hundred'

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Daniel Craig stars as the quintessential MI6 agent, James Bond, in Skyfall. The Bond franchise is 50 years old this year. Francois Duhamel/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Author Interviews

'Crushing Eastern Europe' Behind The 'Iron Curtain'

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum describes the tactics the Soviets used after World War II to take over and transform much of Eastern Europe. Her book Iron Curtain was recently nominated for the National Book Award.

'Crushing Eastern Europe' Behind The 'Iron Curtain'

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Samuel Yirga plays Ethiopian standards with a voracious talent that helps him savor each musical flavor. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Articles

Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

Yirga finds his way into Ethiopian standards, displays his flair for jazz over solo and ensemble pieces, and performs effortless homages to vintage soul. He holds everything together with voracious talent that helps him savor each musical flavor.

Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

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