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Music

Blues-Rock Virtuoso Lonnie Mack Rambles On

Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward considers the legacy of Lonnie Mack, who sings soulfully and plays a mean guitar.

Blues-Rock Virtuoso Lonnie Mack Rambles On

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Health

Mapping The Mysteries Of The Brain's Two Halves

The quest to understand what makes us us has long been one of humankind's great pursuits. Neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga has made progress: He's the author of Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique.

Mapping The Mysteries Of The Brain's Two Halves

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Books

Navigating The Science (And Sociology) Of 'Traffic'

Traffic congestion is the bane of any commuter's morning ride to work. Tom Vanderbilt, the author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do, talks about the behavior that leads to gridlock — and other vehicular annoyances.

Navigating The Science (And Sociology) Of 'Traffic'

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Performing Arts

'Romeo & Juliet' Gets An Update — From 1935

Shakespeare's tragedy — and Prokofiev's ballet — are plenty familiar, but critic Lloyd Schwartz says Mark Morris's new staging isn't: It's based on a forgotten manuscript recently discovered in Russia, and it's truer to Prokofiev's original intent.

'Romeo & Juliet' Gets An Update — From 1935

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Pop Culture

Comic Robert Smigel, Master Of 'Triumph'

Triumph the Comic Insult Dog's bark may be worse than his bite: The canine puppet has been mocking Hollywood celebrities for over a decade now. Robert Smigel, Triumph's creator, talks about the furry late-night fixture and his other comedy projects.

Comic Robert Smigel, Master Of 'Triumph'

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Election 2008: Issues

Holtz-Eakin: The Man Behind McCain's Economic Plan

To win this coming election, presidential candidate John McCain must prove that he is as strong on the economy as he is on military and foreign affairs. His senior economic adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, discusses McCain's approach to economic policy.

Holtz-Eakin: The Man Behind McCain's Economic Plan

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Election 2008: Issues

Jason Furman, Shaping Obama's Economic Agenda

Jason Furman has been given the task of formulating Barack Obama's economic policy. He's the presidential hopeful's top economic adviser, and he will talk about where Obama stands on the most pressing economic issues.

Jason Furman, Shaping Obama's Economic Agenda

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Movies

A Band Of 'Brothers' And A Barrel Of Laughs

The team behind the car-racing comedy Talladega Nights is taking another lap. Director Adam McKay and actors Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly talk about their new film, Step Brothers, and the laughs they had making it.

A Band Of 'Brothers' And A Barrel Of Laughs

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Poetry

Soldier-Poet Brian Turner, Framing War In Verse

For soldier Brian Turner, words have the impact of bullets. His poems provide a first- person account of war; The New York Times praised their "attention to both the terrors and the beauty he found among Iraq's ruins."

Soldier-Poet Brian Turner, Framing War In Verse

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Your Health

Carol Levine, Championing The Caregiver's Cause

Health care advocate Carol Levine has looked out for the interests of the housebound both at work and at home. For 17 years, she cared for her husband, who had been seriously injured in a car accident. He died recently, and Levine is left coping with a renewed sense of loss.

Carol Levine, Championing The Caregiver's Cause

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Movies

Nolan, Bale: 'Batman' Franchise's New Dynamic Duo

The Dark Knight is the most successful film of the summer. Director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale can take much of the credit: They've revived a flagging franchise, offering a fresher, darker look at a legend.

Nolan, Bale: 'Batman' Franchise's New Dynamic Duo

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Arts & Life

Matt Weiner's 'Mad Men,' A Dazzling Product

Two Golden Globe wins, 16 Emmy nominations, and a new season on its way: The AMC television drama Mad Men seems on its way to making itself a household name. Celebrating its success is creator Matt Weiner.

Matt Weiner's 'Mad Men,' A Dazzling Product

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Remembrances

Remembering Sweetheart Songstress Jo Stafford

Jo Stafford was a favorite entertainer of soldiers during World War II. Stafford and her husband, pianist Paul Weston, also performed a bad cabaret act as their alter egos, Jonathan and Darlene Edwards. Stafford died of congestive heart failure Wednesday. She was 90.

Remembering Sweetheart Songstress Jo Stafford

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Remembrances

Celebrating A Dutch Mystery Writer's Varied Life

Mystery novelist Janwillem Van de Wetering was once a motorcycle gang member in South Africa, an aspiring monk in Kyoto, Japan and a policeman in Amsterdam. The Dutch author of The Hollow-Eyed Angel, The Blond Baboon and The Maine Massacre died July 4 at the age of 77.

Celebrating A Dutch Mystery Writer's Varied Life

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