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Fri March 28, 2014

'The Fall Of The House Of Dixie' Built A New U.S.

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 11:20 am

Random House

This interview originally aired on Jan. 7, 2013.

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Lincoln issued on Jan. 1, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. The document declares that all those held as slaves within any state, or part of a state, in rebellion "shall be then, thenceforward and forever free."

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Thu March 27, 2014
Performing Arts

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 12:15 pm

Over the course of Breaking Bad, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) metamorphosed from a high school chemistry teacher to a notorious outlaw.
Ursula Coyote AMC

In the 2008 pilot of AMC's Breaking Bad, high school teacher Walter White fails to interest his chemistry students in the study of change. But over the course of the series, Walt himself came to exemplify radical change, using his knowledge of chemistry to become a master meth cook, and transforming himself into a notorious outlaw who was willing to kill, when necessary, to keep his operation running.

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Wed March 26, 2014
Author Interviews

'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 1:42 pm

efenzi iStockphoto

Imagine an America that has been plagued for years by a mysterious epidemic of insomnia — an affliction so serious that many are dying from lack of sleep. That's the futuristic premise of Karen Russell's new novella, Sleep Donation.

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Wed March 26, 2014
Book Reviews

'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 5:13 pm

Joe Raedle Getty Images

Here's an old joke you may have heard: "How many Vietnam vets does it take to screw in a light bulb?" Answer: "You wouldn't know, you weren't there."

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Tue March 25, 2014

How Crimea's Annexation Plays To Russians' Soviet Nostalgia

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 6:13 pm

An activist carries a Russian flag during a rally on Sunday in eastern Ukraine.
Sergei Grits AP

According to political scientist Kimberly Marten, Russia's decision to annex Crimea from Ukraine may have changed its relationship with the outside world for many years to come.

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