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Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos star in The Killing, a new AMC drama based on a Danish miniseries. Chris Large/AMC hide caption

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Music Articles

The Vagrants: A Hot '60s Band, For Exactly Four Years

The Vagrants, one of New York City's most popular bands in the 1960s, recorded only 30 minutes' worth of music. Rock historian Ed Ward explains what happened to the band and why its music is worth hearing today.

The Vagrants: A Hot '60s Band, For Exactly Four Years

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Book Reviews

The Joy Of The Mundane In 'Emily, Alone'

In his new novel, Emily, Alone, Stewart O'Nan explores the topics of widowhood and old age — but the book never feels stale, says Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan. Instead, it is a charming, quiet meditation on getting older.

The Joy Of The Mundane In 'Emily, Alone'

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Timothy Olyphant plays Raylan Givens, a present-day U.S. marshal with Wild West inclinations on the FX series Justified. Mark Seliger/FX hide caption

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Timothy Olyphant: 'Justified' In Laying Down The Law

Actor Timothy Olyphant stars in the FX series Justified as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a present-day lawman with Wild West instincts. Olyphant also starred in HBO's Deadwood as sheriff Seth Bullock.

Timothy Olyphant: 'Justified' In Laying Down The Law

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Music Articles

'Middle Brother': Hand-Clapping Foot-Stompers

Middle Brother is a trio formed by members of other bands: Deer Tick, Dawes and Delta Spirit. Critic Ken Tucker says the group's new self-titled album reaches across decades of rock, folk and country music.

'Middle Brother': Hand-Clapping Foot-Stompers

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Movie Interviews

Wahlberg, Russell Enter Ring With 'The Fighter'

Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell talk about creating a movie based on the real-life boxer Micky Ward, who won a welterweight championship in 2000 after several years away from the boxing ring.

Wahlberg, Russell Enter Ring With 'The Fighter'

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Remembrances

Elizabeth Taylor's Legacy: AIDS Activist, Movie Star

Fresh Air's critic-at-large John Powers was raised to dislike Elizabeth Taylor. But he soon fell for her charms. He remembers the legendary actress who was a siren on-screen — and a committed supporter of HIV/AIDS research.

Elizabeth Taylor's Legacy: AIDS Activist, Movie Star

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Fresh Food

How Western Diets Are Making The World Sick

Physician Kevin Patterson has treated patients in the Arctic, in Kandahar and on remote Pacific Islands. He says that Western ideas and the effects of urbanization are making people everywhere in the world both fatter and sicker.

How Western Diets Are Making The World Sick

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If It Ain't Broke ... The word "broke" comes from an old use of the word break, meaning "impoverished," says linguist Geoff Nunberg. "It suggests an abiding association between destitution and destruction." iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Opinion

'We're Broke': Empty Bank Accounts, Empty Meaning?

Linguist Geoff Nunberg says everyone's using the phrase "we're broke" these days to justify cuts in government programs and services. But what does "we're broke" actually mean? The answer, says Nunberg, is trickier than you might think.

'We're Broke': Empty Bank Accounts, Empty Meaning?

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Big Love, the HBO drama starring Ginnifer Goodwin (left), Bill Paxton, Chloe Sevigny and Jeanne Tripplehorn, came to an end March 20 after five seasons. HBO hide caption

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'Big Love's Creators Deconstruct The Show's Finale

Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer, who wrote and produced the HBO drama, explain the show's surprise ending — and why it's going to be hard for them to let their fictive polygamous family go after five seasons. (Warning: major spoilers)

'Big Love's Creators Deconstruct The Show's Finale

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Win Win questions just how far small-town lawyer and high school wrestling coach Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti, left) will go to ensure a winning team. He has taken in a client's grandson (Alex Shaffer) — a talented but troubled teen. Kimberly Wright/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Movies

'Win-Win': A Go-For-It Movie With Dissonant Notes

Tom McCarthy's new comedy stars Paul Giamatti as a suburban lawyer who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach. Critic David Edelstein says the film is "a symphony of marvelous voices" reminiscent of Little Miss Sunshine.

'Win-Win': A Go-For-It Movie With Dissonant Notes

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