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Richard M. Nixon, then seeking the Republican presidential nomination, addresses an audience in Oregon in May 1968. AP hide caption

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Traders gather on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Henry Ray Abrams/AP hide caption

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Zach Galifianakis stars as Bobby, a psychiatric patient and mentor to 16-year-old Craig (Keir Gilchrist) in It's Kind of a Funny Story. K.C. Bailey hide caption

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Steve Buscemi plays politician-gangster Nucky Thompson in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Abbot Genser/HBO hide caption

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Television

Down On The 'Boardwalk' With Terence Winter

HBO's Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City in the 1920s, is about organized crime in the era of Prohibition. Series creator Terence Winter, an Emmy Award-winning writer for The Sopranos, details his enduring fascination with New Jersey gangsters.

Down On The 'Boardwalk' With Terence Winter

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Sheldon Cooper — a character played by Jim Parsons in CBS's The Big Bang Theory has an IQ of 187 and several advanced degrees but often has trouble with social interactions with other people. CBS hide caption

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Joost Buis' tunes are clean and true, and still let weird details nibble at the edges on Zoomin'. Monique Baan hide caption

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Music Articles

Joost Buis And Astronotes: Controlled Anarchy

Joost Buis' tunes are clean and true, and still let weird details nibble at the edges on Zoomin. That sort of despoiling playfulness typifies a lot of Holland's improvised music: Just because you're serious doesn't mean you have to be so serious all the time.

Joost Buis And Astronotes: Controlled Anarchy

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Author Interviews

Asperger's Diagnosis A Life-Changer For 'Outsider'

For most of his life, music critic Tim Page felt like an outsider. Restless and isolated, he was uneasy around others. Finally, when he was 45, Page was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

Asperger's Diagnosis A Life-Changer For 'Outsider'

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Dexter (Michael C. Hall) grapples -- both literally and emotionally -- with an overwhelming loss in the premiere episode of Dexter. Sonja Flemming/Showtime hide caption

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'Dexter' Is Back, With Just What We've Been Dying For

The fifth season of Dexter, which premieres Sunday night, is better than ever, says TV critic David Bianculli, who calls it "one of the most inventive and exciting shows on TV."

'Dexter' Is Back, With Just What We've Been Dying For

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Author Interviews

Nick Hornby, Talking 'Bout 'An Education' (And More)

Author and screenwriter Nick Hornby joins Fresh Air host Terry Gross to discuss his novel, Juliet, Naked, and his screenplay for the movie An Education.

Nick Hornby, Talking 'Bout 'An Education' (And More)

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Michael Douglas is back in his Oscar-winning role as Gordon Gekko, whose iconic "greed is good" mantra and daring corporate raids made him a rock star of financial titans. Barry Wetcher/20th Century Fox hide caption

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'Wall Street' Sequel: A Bull Market, A Bear Of A Film

Director Oliver Stone turned down several offers to make a sequel to his 1987 hit Wall Street, for which Michael Douglas won an Oscar as hostile-takeover king Gordon Gekko. Then the market collapsed and it seemed a good time to revisit his old antihero.

'Wall Street' Sequel: A Bull Market, A Bear Of A Film

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Politics

A Refuge For Powerful Lawmakers

A house located on C Street in Washington, D.C., is home to many powerful conservative members of Congress who share both an ideology and an address. Jeff Sharlet details the house's mission in C Street:The Fundamental Threat to American Democracy.

A Refuge For Powerful Lawmakers

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Director Mark Romanek — previously known best for his award-winning music videos — tackled the challenge of adapting Kazuo Ishiguro's well-received novel Never Let Me Go for the screen. Alex Bailey/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Director Mark Romanek Tackles 'Never Let Me Go'

The acclaimed music-video director transitioned to the big screen with One Hour Photo, a dark psychological drama starring Robin Williams. Now Romanek has tackled Never Let Me Go, the futurtistic thriller based on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel.

Director Mark Romanek Tackles 'Never Let Me Go'

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A column of Stryker armored vehicles carrying troops with the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, crosses the border from Iraq into Kuwait on Wednesday. Maya Alleruzzo/AP hide caption

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Iraq

A Foreign Correspondent Reflects On Iraq War

Now that President Obama has declared the end of America's combat mission in Iraq, questions remain about the country's stability. New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid explains what the war means for the future of Iraq and the future of the Middle East.

A Foreign Correspondent Reflects On Iraq War

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Benita Valente made her debut with the Met on September 22, 1973, singing Pamina in The Magic Flute. Peter Checchia hide caption

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Author Interviews

David Rakoff's 'Half Empty' Worldview Is Full Of Wit

Writer David Rakoff's glass is never half full. In Half Empty, his latest essay collection, Rakoff explains the powers of pessimistic thought as he analyzes topics such as a pornography trade fair, his neurotic childhood and his recent cancer diagnosis.

David Rakoff's 'Half Empty' Worldview Is Full Of Wit

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In a now famous moment during the 2008 presidential primaries, Hillary Clinton fought back tears after an undecided voter asked her how she managed to keep at it, day after day. Above, Clinton responds to a reporter's question about that uncharacteristic display of emotion. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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'Girls Don't Cry': Hazards Of 'Campaigning While Female'

Rebecca Traister's incisive analysis of misogyny and gender roles in the 2008 election takes on Tina Fey's satire, "Iron My Shirt" T-shirts and Hillary Clinton's "Night of the Imaginary Tears."

'Girls Don't Cry': Beware 'Campaigning While Female'

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Jim Gorant is a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. Deanne Fitzmaurice hide caption

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Animals

The Road To Recovery For Michael Vick's Dogs

For the past three years, sportswriter Jim Gorant has been following the pit bulls rescued from Michael Vick's compound. Gorant, along with an animal behaviorist and dog trainer, explains how the Vick dogs have been evaluated and rehabilitated.

The Road To Recovery For Michael Vick's Dogs

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Robert Plant made his first commercial recordings in 1966. He formed the ground Band of Joy in 1967, with drummer John Bonham. Gregg Delman hide caption

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Arrested Development star Will Arnett plays a wealthy playboy in the Fox series Running Wilde. David Bianculli says he's not impressed by the pilot, but out of an excess of hope, he'll stick with the show for a few more episodes. Ed Araquel/Fox hide caption

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Taking a break from his jazz roots, Bleckmann helped compose the alien language for the 1997 movie Men In Black. Joerg Grosse Gelderman/NEXT hide caption

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Composer Theo Bleckmann Dwells In Possibility

Avant-garde composer and cabaret singer Theo Bleckmann has been a mainstay on the New York music scene for 15 years. His newest album, I Dwell in Possibility, features music boxes, megaphones and the autoharp.

Composer Theo Bleckmann Dwells In Possibility

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Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman help Nev Schulman create a true-to-life film about an online relationship. Rogue Pictures hide caption

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'Catfish': A Great Story Of Isolation And Connection

The documentary Catfish may not be on the up-and-up. But does it matter? David Edelstein says no. Catfish, he says, provides a "true sense of adventure" and conveys emotions that "run the gamut from anxiety to contempt to curiosity to compassion."

'Catfish': A Great Story Of Isolation And Connection

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Step Right Up: The new HBO series Boardwalk Empire is set in 1920s Atlantic City, where corruption flows more freely than the Prohibition-banned booze. Craig Blankenhorn hide caption

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