Tuesday

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Movies

Bill Maher And Larry Charles, Getting 'Religulous'

The new documentary Religulous offers a satirical — and critical — look at the world's religions. Directed by Larry Charles, the film features Bill Maher posing undercover as a man seeking spiritual guidance from various religious groups.

Bill Maher And Larry Charles, Getting 'Religulous'

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Religion

Steven Waldman Tackles Religion, Politics And Palin

Ex-journalist and Belief.net co-founder Steven Waldman talks about Bill Maher's new film Religulous, and about how faith is figuring in this political season — notably in the candidacy of vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin.

Steven Waldman Tackles Religion, Politics And Palin

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Monday

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Digital Life

Our Digital Lives, Monitored By A Hidden 'Numerati'

Many people generate an immense amounts of digital data during a single day — often without a second thought. But Stephen Baker, a senior writer at BusinessWeek, warns that the information generated is being monitored by a group of entrepreneurial mathematicians.

Our Digital Lives, Monitored By A Hidden 'Numerati'

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Movies

Michael Cera, Making The Perfect 'Playlist'

Once known as the awkward kid on the cult TV hit Arrested Development, he's become a bona fide movie star with roles in the hit comedies Juno and Superbad. Next up for him: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, another music-fueled teen love story.

Michael Cera, Making The Perfect 'Playlist'

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Remembrances

Newman Reflects On An Acting (And Active) Life

Oscar Award-winning actor Paul Newman died on Sept. 26 of complications from lung cancer. In this 2003 interview, the star of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Cool Hand Luke discusses his early work — both as an actor and as a salesman.

Newman Reflects On An Acting (And Active) Life

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Friday

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Music Articles

Nick Cave: A Dark, Intricate Songwriter

Australian singer Nick Cave and and his band, the Bad Seeds, are best known for angry, twisted, ballad-like lyrics. Their 2008 album, Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, was inspired, in part, by the Biblical story of Lazarus. It is Cave's 14th studio album.

Nick Cave: A Dark, Intricate Songwriter

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Pop Culture

Cranston Cooks Up Emmy Gold In 'Breaking Bad'

Actor Bryan Cranston recently won the Emmy for outstanding actor in a drama series for his performance in the AMC's Breaking Bad. Cranston plays a high-school chemistry teacher who begins producing crystal meth after being diagnosed with cancer.

Cranston Cooks Up Emmy Gold In 'Breaking Bad'

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Movies

Spike Lee's Epic Canvas, Painted With Broad Strokes

Miracle At St. Anna, based on James McBride's novel, follows four soldiers of the all-black 92nd Infantry Division after they're cut off by Axis forces in the Tuscan countryside during World War II.

Spike Lee's Epic Canvas, Painted With Broad Strokes

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Thursday

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Books

Hooman Majd, Considering The Iranian 'Paradox'

When President Ahmadinejad of Iran spoke at the UN this week, his translator was Hooman Majd. But Majd isn't a professional translator. He's a writer, and his new book is called The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran.

Hooman Majd, Considering The Iranian 'Paradox'

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Arts & Life

Sinatra, The Singing Veteran Of 'Brooklyn'

In the 1947 film, It Happened In Brooklyn, Frank Sinatra plays a soldier who returns after four years at war and decides to pursue a singing career. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the recently-released DVD version of the film.

Sinatra, The Singing Veteran Of 'Brooklyn'

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Wednesday

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Music Articles

'Rambling Boy': Haden's Musical Homecoming

Bassist Charlie Haden is known as a great jazz musician, but his lineage is all country: Growing up, he performed alongside his brothers and sister in the Haden Family Band, a country group led by parents, Carl and Virginia.

'Rambling Boy': Haden's Musical Homecoming

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On Television

'Dexter' Returns, And The Suspense Is Murderous

TV's most charming serial killer is back for a third season on Showtime. With new murders, new dangers and new characters, TV critic David Bianculli says the new season is a real thrill.

'Dexter' Returns, And The Suspense Is Murderous

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Tuesday

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Economy

The Wall Street Bailout: A Conflict Of Interest?

With the markets in flux and a massive government rescue package in the works, New York Times columnist Gretchen Morgenson looks into potential conflicts of interest in the nearly $700 billion deal.

The Wall Street Bailout: A Conflict Of Interest?

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Monday

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Pop Culture

The Art Of The Sell: 'Mad Men' Cashes In On Emmys

On Sept. 21, the AMC series Mad Men became the first basic cable program to win an Emmy Award for outstanding drama. Executive producer Matthew Weiner and actors Jon Hamm and John Slattery discuss the madness of Madison Avenue circa 1960.

The Art Of The Sell: 'Mad Men' Cashes In On Emmys

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Pop Culture

At The Emmys: Basic Cable Has A Big Night

NBC's 30 Rock cleaned up the major comedy prizes, but the big drama awards went to basic-cable breakouts like AMC's Mad Men and FX's Damages. TV critic David Bianculli recaps the evening.

At The Emmys: Basic Cable Has A Big Night

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Remembrances

A Novelist's Hard-boiled Take On Big Sky Country

Crime novelist James Crumley's detective tales were filled with sex, drugs, violence and profanity, and inspired comparisons to Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, among others. Crumley died Sept. 17 in Missoula, Mont. He was 68.

A Novelist's Hard-boiled Take On Big Sky Country

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Friday

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Arts & Life

'Pushing Daisies,' Alive With Fantasy, Mystery

In the ABC series, Pushing Daises, co-executive producers Barry Sonnenfeld and Bryan Fuller combine romance, fantasy and mystery to tell the story of a man who can bring the dead back to life. The first season of the show is now out on DVD.

'Pushing Daisies,' Alive With Fantasy, Mystery

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Movies

Growing Up Southern In 'Towelhead', 'Hound Dog'

Film critic David Edelstein reviews two new coming-of-age movies: Towelhead, which features a young Arab-American girl who is sent to live with her father in Texas, and Hound Dog, about a troubled girl who takes comfort in the music of Elvis Presley.

Growing Up Southern In 'Towelhead', 'Hound Dog'

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Thursday

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Iraq

Jane Mayer: The Dangers Of Extraordinary Rendition

The War on Terror was meant to prevent another terrorist attack on the United States, but author Jane Mayer says that policies like extraordinary rendition have compromised American values.

Jane Mayer: The Dangers Of Extraordinary Rendition

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Canadian Citizen Imprisoned By U.S. Speaks Out

Maher Arar, a telecommunications engineer with dual Canadian and Syrian citizenship, was detained during a stop-over in JFK Airport in 2002 and deported to a Syrian prison, where he was locked up and beaten for almost a year.

Canadian Citizen Imprisoned By U.S. Speaks Out

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Wednesday

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Was 'Adult Supervision' Needed On Wall Street?

The bankruptcy of financial services giant Lehman Brothers and the 500-point drop in the stock market on Sept. 15 have sent shock waves through the financial community. Law professor Michael Greenberger discusses the potential ramifications of the recent turmoil.

Was 'Adult Supervision' Needed On Wall Street?

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Music Articles

After 37 Years, Zwerling Closer To 'Pop Heaven'

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Hold Up The Sky, Andy Zwerling's first album in 37 years. Zwerling's previous album, a retrospective called Somewhere Near Pop Heaven, became a surprise hit in Croatia in 2003.

After 37 Years, Zwerling Closer To 'Pop Heaven'

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