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Susan Crawford says that in cities like Seoul and Stockholm, high-speed, high-capacity networks are taken for granted. "It really is astonishing what's going on in America," she says. "We're falling way behind in the pack of developed nations when it comes to high-speed Internet access, capacity and prices." iStockphoto hide caption

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Music Reviews

Before He Joined Congress, A South African Janitor's Disco Past

Penny Penny put down his broom and picked up a mic for his 1994 debut, now reissued.

Before He Joined Congress, A South African Janitor's Disco Past

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"The term 'vegan leather' makes me think that you peeled a carrot and took the skin and made a jacket out of it," says Tim Gunn, pictured above at the Under the Gunn finale fashion show. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption

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The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of having a child. iStockphoto hide caption

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Author Interviews

Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

Kids can be magical and maddening. The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of raising a child.

Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

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Borgen's heroine is Birgitte Nyborg, superbly played by Sidse Babett Knudsen. Pilou Asbaek plays Don Draper-ish spin doctor Kasper Juul. MHz Networks hide caption

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'Borgen' Is Denmark's 'West Wing' (But Even Better)

Critic John Powers says that Borgen, a Danish TV series about a woman who unexpectedly becomes Denmark's prime minister is "irresistibly bingeable." The third and final season has just been released on DVD.

'Borgen' Is Denmark's 'West Wing' (But Even Better)

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Remembrances

Philip Seymour Hoffman On Acting: An 'Exhausting' And 'Satisfying' Art

We listen back to interviews with Hoffman from 1999 and 2008, when he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross that carrying the emotional life of a character could be "burdensome." He was found dead on Sunday at age 46.

Philip Seymour Hoffman On Acting: An 'Exhausting' And 'Satisfying' Art

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Ann Patchett is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. Her other books include Truth & Beauty, The Magician's Assistant and Run. Heidi Ross/Courtesy of Harper hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Ann Patchett, Ray Didinger And A Country Dilemma

Patchett reflects on her first marriage, the sports writer looks at the myth of the "dumb" football player and Ken Tucker considers the challenge of keeping country music commercially viable.

Fresh Air Weekend: Ann Patchett, Ray Didinger And A Country Dilemma

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Billie Jean King, seen here in 1977, learned to play tennis on the public courts near her Long Beach, Calif., home. Kathy Willens/AP/Press Association Images hide caption

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Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

On Sixteen Sunsets, the soprano saxophonist varies and honors melody like Billie Holiday.

Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

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Jonathan Steele, owner of Bluegrass Kitchen, fills a jug with bottled water from a tank he installed in the back of his Charleston restaurant. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Don't Pigeonhole Me, Bro: New Country Albums On The Borderline

Both Jon Pardi and Jason Eady have to confront the dilemma of all young country musicians: how to navigate the pop current that keeps country music commercially viable while connecting to a past that fewer and fewer listeners are aware of.

Don't Pigeonhole Me, Bro: New Country Albums On The Borderline

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Pete Seeger Remembers Guthrie, Hopping Trains And Sharing Songs

Seeger believed songs were a way of binding people to a cause. He talks about fellow folk music icon Woody Guthrie and jumping railroad cars in an archival interview from 1985.

Pete Seeger Remembers Guthrie, Hopping Trains And Sharing Songs

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Entrepreneurs Looking For 'Windfall' Cash In On Climate Change

A new book explores the ways melting Arctic ice yield new shipping channels, new oil and gas resources — and potential profits. Journalist McKenzie Funk delves into the "booming business of global warming" in Windfall.

Entrepreneurs Looking For 'Windfall' Cash In On Climate Change

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Book Reviews

On This Spanish Slave Ship, Nothing Was As It Seemed

In The Empire of Necessity, historian Greg Grandin tells the story of a slave revolt at sea. The 1805 event inspired Herman Melville's Benito Cereno, and Grandin's account of the human horror is a work of power and precision.

On This Spanish Slave Ship, Nothing Was As It Seemed

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