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Fresh Air for September 30, 2011

Jonathan Franzen is also the author of The Corrections: A Novel, and The Discomfort Zone, a memoir. He is pictured above at The New Yorker Festival Fiction Night in New York City in 2009. Joe Kohen/Getty Images hide caption

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'Freedom': Franzen's Novel Earns High Praise

'Freedom': Franzen's Novel Earns High Praise

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Jonathan Franzen is also the author of The Corrections: A Novel, and The Discomfort Zone, a memoir. He is pictured above at The New Yorker Festival Fiction Night in New York City in 2009. Joe Kohen/Getty Images hide caption

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Franzen Tackles Suburban Parenting In 'Freedom'

Franzen Tackles Suburban Parenting In 'Freedom'

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Dark Skies: Jeff Nichols' haunting Take Shelter centers on an Ohio man (Michael Shannon, with Tova Stewart) plagued with nightmares about a coming apocalypse. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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An Atmospheric 'Shelter' For Era Full Of Foreboding

An Atmospheric 'Shelter' For Era Full Of Foreboding

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Fresh Air for September 29, 2011

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the Haqqani Network, speaks during an interview in Miram Shah, Pakistan, in 1998. His militant network has thrived and is now considered the No. 1 threat to American troops in Afghanistan. Mohammad Riaz/AP hide caption

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Deadly Insurgents With Ties To U.S. Dollars

Deadly Insurgents With Ties To U.S. Dollars

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Water plant operator Torrey Jones checks the clarity of a sample of treated water at the Beaver Falls Municipal Authority water treatment plant in Beaver Falls, Pa. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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The Trouble With Health Near Gas Fracking

The Trouble With Health Problems Near Gas Fracking

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Fresh Air for September 28, 2011

In 50/50, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, a public radio host stricken with cancer who enlists his best friend, played by Seth Rogen, for moral and physical support. Chris Helcermanas-Benge/Summit Publicity hide caption

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Gordon-Levitt, Reiser Tackle '50/50' Odds

Gordon-Levitt, Reiser Tackle '50/50' Odds

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Fresh Air for September 26, 2011

A man stands in a sewage-filled street in Fallujah in 2010. The Fallujah wastewater treatment system was left unfinished more than four years past the initial deadline. The sewage facility is among hundreds of projects funded by U.S. taxpayers that remain abandoned or incomplete, wasting more than $5 billion, according to auditors. Hadi Mizban/AP hide caption

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The Greedy Battle For Iraq's 'Hearts And Minds'

The Greedy Battle For Iraq's 'Hearts And Minds'

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