Thursday

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Interviews

Apatow and Rogen: From 'Virgin' to 'Knocked Up'

Judd Apatow worked on the cult-favorite TV comedy Freaks and Geeks, but you'll know him as writer-director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Now he's back with Knocked Up; we talk to Apatow and to Knocked Up star Seth Rogen.

Apatow and Rogen: From 'Virgin' to 'Knocked Up'

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Music Articles

Amy LaVere, Throwing 'Anchors & Anvils'

Anchors & Anvils is the jazzy, torchy, after-a-breakup second album by singer, actress and stand-up bassist Amy LaVere. Jim Dickinson, who's worked with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Replacements, produced the disc.

Amy LaVere, Throwing 'Anchors & Anvils'

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Book Reviews

Arnold Rampersad, Revisiting Ralph Ellison

Arnold Rampersad's new biography re-examines the life of Ralph Ellison, the influential cultural critic and author of Invisible Man, and offers insights about why Ellison never produced a second masterpiece.

Arnold Rampersad, Revisiting Ralph Ellison

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Wednesday

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In Iraq, Activist Struggles as Women's Rights Shrink

Yanar Mohammed advocates for women's rights in Iraq. It's an uphill fight: From the 1950s to the '70s, Iraqi women could legally work, study, marry and divorce, and wear what they wanted, but the new constitution denies women the civil and social rights guaranteed to men.

In Iraq, Activist Struggles as Women's Rights Shrink

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Monday

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Navy Doc's Memoir: 'On Call in Hell'

Navy surgeon Richard Jadick earned a Bronze Star for his service during the battle of Fallujah, treating the wounded during the worst street fighting Americans had faced since Vietnam. His memoir is On Call in Hell. (This interview as first broadcast on March 7, 2007.)

Navy Doc's Memoir: 'On Call in Hell'

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Friday

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DNA Analysis Illuminates the History of Man

The latest techniques in DNA analysis have opened a window on the history of human evolution. Nicholas Wade, a science reporter for The New York Times, chronicles this new avenue of science in his book Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors.

DNA Analysis Illuminates the History of Man

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Dick Dale and the Birth of Surf Rock

Dick Dale is the man known as "the King of the Surf Guitar." He launched surf rock in 1960 with his band, the Deltones. Four of Dale's early albums are being re-released by Sundazed Music: King of the Surf Guitar, Checkered Flag, Mr. Eliminator and Summer Surf.

Dick Dale and the Birth of Surf Rock

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David Talbot on the Kennedys' 'Hidden History'

Writer and editor David Talbot founded the online journal Salon.com; he was editor-in-chief from 1995 to 2005, and still serves as board chairman of Salon Media Group. He's written a book about Robert and John F. Kennedy called Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.

David Talbot on the Kennedys' 'Hidden History'

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Kevin Costner, Dancing With Death Again

Actor-director Kevin Costner won the Oscar for Dances With Wolves, but he made his first movie splash as a corpse in The Big Chill. In his latest film, Mr. Brooks, he plays a loving family man who's also a serial killer.

Kevin Costner, Dancing With Death Again

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Wednesday

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Marcus Stern: On the Trail of Congressional Corruption

Journalist Marcus Stern and his colleagues at the San Diego Union-Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for uncovering the bribery scandal involving former U.S. Congressman Duke Cunningham.

Marcus Stern: On the Trail of Congressional Corruption

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Arts & Life

'Bug' Out: Friedkin's Latest Scratches Thriller Itch

Bug, the new psychological thriller from Exorcist director William Friedkin, got its start as a paranoia-driven stage play by actor-writer Tracy Letts. The film version features Ashley Judd as well as Michael Shannon, who starred in the Off-Broadway production.

'Bug' Out: Friedkin's Latest Scratches Thriller Itch

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Tuesday

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Listen Up, Hockey Puck: It's Don Rickles

Comic Don Rickles is known for insulting his audiences on stage, but he doesn't consider himself an insult comic. His heyday was in the '50s and '60s, on TV and in Vegas. Frank Sinatra, an early fan, helped get him noticed. Now Rickles has written a memoir, Rickles' Book.

Listen Up, Hockey Puck: It's Don Rickles

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Putting 'Planet Earth' in One 5-Disc Package

Documentary producer Huw Cordey helped create the staggeringly ambitious BBC series Planet Earth. The series was five years in the making and was shot in 62 countries on every continent. It was broadcast in the United States on The Discovery Channel, and is now available on DVD.

Putting 'Planet Earth' in One 5-Disc Package

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Monday

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'Fresh Air' Celebrates 20 Years on NPR

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but somehow Fresh Air has just reached its 20th anniversary as a daily national show. To celebrate, our producers have picked memorable moments that they want to revisit — from Sacha Baron Cohen to the Dalai Lama's brother.

'Fresh Air' Celebrates 20 Years on NPR

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Arts & Life

'Shrek the Third': Crack Comedy, and Plenty of Gas

Shrek the Third isn't a great hand-hold movie (action for the kiddies, pop-culture cleverness for the folks), but it's a flat-out triumph of comedy writing, and its slob-happy world view still has appeal.

'Shrek the Third': Crack Comedy, and Plenty of Gas

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