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History

Get On The Bus: 50 Years Of 'Freedom Rides'

Wednesday markets the 50th anniversary of the start of the Freedom Rides, when an integrated group of Civil Rights activists rode together by bus through the deep South challenging integration. Historian Raymond Arsenault recounts their journey in Freedom Riders.

Get On The Bus: 50 Years Of 'Freedom Rides'

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Music Articles

Roy Orbison: A 'Monument' To A Pop Legend

Roy Orbison didn't really find his identity until he signed with a small Nashville label, Monument, in 1959. Ed Ward looks at the 17 singles that put him, and the Monument label, on the map.

Roy Orbison: A 'Monument' To A Pop Legend

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Education

Education Expert Turning Her Back On No Child Left Behind?

Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch explains why she was once an early advocate of No Child Left Behind, school vouchers and charter schools — and what changed her mind.

Ravitch: Standardized Testing Undermines Teaching

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Television

Bullwinkle DVD: Take A Trip In The Wayback Machine

For the first time, the complete adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends are available on DVD. TV critic David Bianculli says even 50 years later, the humor in the original episodes still "hits it out of the park."

Bullwinkle DVD: Take A Trip In The Wayback Machine

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Emmylou Harris: An Invigorating, Inviting 'Hard Bargain'

The singer-songwriter's new album, Hard Bargain, includes a new song about her days with country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons and a tribute to her late friend, singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle.

Emmylou Harris: An Invigorating, Inviting 'Hard Bargain'

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Late author David Foster Wallace's unfinished book The Pale King is the sequel to his 1996 novel, Infinite Jest. Giovanni Giovannetti/Effigie hide caption

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Bernie Madoff leaving U.S. District Court in Manhattan after a bail hearing in New York, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. The former executive chairman of NASDAQ was sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009 for his role in a massive Ponzi scheme. Kathy Willens/AP Photo hide caption

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Bat bugs typically feed on bats. But when no bats are available, these parasitic creatures will happily feed on humans, too. Graham Snodgrass/AFPMB/Flickr hide caption

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Animals

Where To Find The World's Most 'Wicked Bugs'

Parasitic tapeworms, the world's largest hornet and a bug with overly aggressive mating habits are all featured in science writer Amy Stewart's book Wicked Bugs, which examines more than 100 of the strangest entomological creatures on the planet.

Where To Find The World's Most 'Wicked Bugs'

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Emery Brown is a professor of computational neuroscience and health sciences and technology, with a joint appointment at MIT and Harvard University. He is also a professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. MIT hide caption

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Remembering Hazel Dickens: A Feminist Bluegrass Voice

Folksinger Hazel Dickens, a pioneer for women in bluegrass music, died Friday. She was 75. Fresh Air remembers the feminist role model with excerpts from a 1987 interview.

Remembering Hazel Dickens: A Feminist Bluegrass Voice

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Author Interviews

An Oncologist's Pulitzer-Winning Cancer Biography

Oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee chronicles how our understanding of cancer has evolved in his new book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

An Oncologist's Pulitzer-Winning Cancer Biography

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Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin plays Jeanne Marwan, a math instructor who goes on a grim scavenger hunt to piece together her mother's life, in director Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of the play Incendies by Quebec writer Wajdi Mouawad. Sabrik Hakeem/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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In the late 1990s, both Marinovich and Silva traveled to the Middle East to photograph the ongoing clashes in the region. Silva captured this image of a young Palestinian boy throwing a tire in the West Bank town of A-Ram in March 1997. Joao Silva/AP hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Herzog Enters 'The Cave Of Forgotten Dreams'

German filmmaker Werner Herzog was one of the few people permitted to enter a cave in France containing the oldest recorded cave paintings. What he saw — and what he imagined — is the subject of a new documentary, The Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

Herzog Enters 'The Cave Of Forgotten Dreams'

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Chile's Atacama Desert — the driest place on Earth, and home to both sophisticated observatories and the sober memories of a military regime's abuses — is both subject and setting in Nostalgia for the Light. Icarus Films hide caption

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Music Articles

How The Bristol Sessions Changed Country Music

In 1927 and '28, Ralph Peer, a talent scout for the Victor Talking Machine Company, set up recording sessions in a town straddling the Tennessee-Virginia border. The resulting sessions, rock critic Ed Ward says, laid the framework for all of country music.

How The Bristol Sessions Changed Country Music

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Book Reviews

An Old Romance Blooms Anew In 'Love Of My Youth'

In Mary Gordon's luscious, wistful new novel, two former lovers meet in Rome after not having seen each other for almost 40 years. Book critic Maureen Corrigan praises the book's "undeniable appeal."

An Old Romance Blooms Anew In 'Love Of My Youth'

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Ernie Kovacs died after he lost control of his car on Santa Monica Boulevard on January 13, 1962. AP Photo hide caption

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