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I Pledge Allegiance To Linguistic Obfuscation

Linguist Geoff Nunberg says what makes the pledge important isn't the meaning of the words — it's the way we've managed to keep the words from meaning much of anything at all.

I Pledge Allegiance To Linguistic Obfuscation

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After working as a journalist covering two wars and Philadelphia politics, author Michael Schaffer has turned his attention to the American pet-obsession. Ryan Donnel/Henry Holt And Company hide caption

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Author Interviews

Fido Takes A Bite Out Of American Pocketbooks

In One Nation Under Dog, journalist Michael Schaffer argues that the $43 billion industry that's grown around our obsession with our pets is more a reflection of the society we live in than anything else.

Fido Takes A Bite Out Of American Pocketbooks

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The sitcom South Park debuted on Aug. 13, 1997. It is Comedy Central's highest-rated and longest-running show. South Park has received a Peabody Award as well as four Emmy Awards. Courtesy of Comedy Central hide caption

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Television

South Park Celebrates 14 Years Of Fart Jokes

The bawdy, crudely animated sitcom South Park is about to celebrate its 200th episode. Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone go behind the scenes of some of their favorite episodes and explain how they come up with the weekly parodies.

South Park Celebrates 14 Years Of Fart Jokes

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Joanna Newsom's previous albums include The Milk-Eyed Mender and Ys. Annabel Mehran hide caption

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The Talking Cure: After a breakdown, the neurotic hero of Noah Baumbach's Greenberg (Ben Stiller) reaches out to old friends (and a new one or two) in the effort to right himself. Wilson Webb/Focus Features hide caption

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Book Reviews

Pride And Sensibility: Jane Austen's Literary Ambition

Jane's Fame, Claire Harman's book about the author of Emma and Sense and Sensibility, reveals the gap between her legacy — modest, indifferent to fame and devoted to her characters — and her ambition.

Pride And Sensibility: Jane Austen's Literary Ambition

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Music Interviews

Remembering Alex Chilton: An Underground 'Big Star'

Chilton, who died Wednesday from a heart attack, was the lead singer of the '60s teenage band the Box Tops and the '70s power pop group Big Star. He joined Fresh Air for two interviews, first in 1991 and again in 2000. Today, we remember the cult musician.

Remembering Alex Chilton: An Underground 'Big Star'

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Fanning's Currie is the central character in The Runaways, based on the singer's memoir. Stewart's Jett turns out to be more of a bystander — though the two do have one desultory love scene. River Road Entertainment hide caption

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Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White, a high-school teacher turned meth dealer, in the AMC drama Breaking Bad. Ben Luener/AMC hide caption

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Actor Bryan Cranston, 'Breaking' With Type

Best known as the dad on Fox TV's Malcolm in the Middle, Cranston talks with Terry Gross about his latest role — a meth-cooking high-school chemistry teacher in AMC's Breaking Bad.

Actor Bryan Cranston, 'Breaking' With Type

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This short-horned chameleon in Madagascar stars in "Reptiles & Amphibians," one of the 11 segments of the Discovery Channel natural history series Life. It premieres simultaneously on TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, Planet Green and Discovery Health Channel at 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday, March 21. Inaki Relanzon/naturepl.com/Discovery Channel/BBC hide caption

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Music Articles

Alex Chilton: Remembering A 'Star'-Crossed Singer

Musician Alex Chilton died yesterday. He was the lead singer of the Memphis band Big Star. To remember the underground legend, Ed Ward reviews Keep an Eye on the Sky, a four-disc collection of recordings, demos and outtakes.

Alex Chilton: Remembering A 'Star'-Crossed Singer

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