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Fresh Air Weekend: Jack Black, Hugh Laurie

Actor Jack Black plays a kindly, small-town funeral director who murders a wealthy millionaire in the new film Bernie. Black is also one-half of the comedy folk-rock group Tenacious D. Also, actor Hugh Laurie talks about playing Dr. House and critic John Powers reviews a surrealistic Russian novel.
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Tracing The Divides In The War 'To End All Wars'

Historian Adam Hochschild traces the patriotic fervor that catapulted Great Britain into war during the summer of 1914 — as well as the small, but determined British pacifist movement — in his historical narrative To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.
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Brain Injury Gives Man A Second Chance To Be Kind

Before Marco Ferreira had an accident that left him in a coma for six weeks, he was known for his sarcasm and quick wit. Kids bugged him. Now, he says, he has a "second chance to be good."
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Following Garbage's Long Journey Around The Earth

Americans generate more trash than anyone else on the planet: more than 7 pounds per person each day. Journalist Edward Humes explores how that happened in his new book Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash.
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Hugh Laurie's 'House': No Pain, No Gain

For the past eight seasons, the English actor has played Dr. Gregory House on the Fox medical series. During that time, Laurie's character has diagnosed dozens of patients suffering from rare ailments, while maintaining a serious addiction to Vicodin.
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Anna Quindlen: Over 50, And Having 'Plenty Of Cake'

The Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times columnist's new memoir explores her past, present and future — her relationships with her parents and children, her faith, her career and her feelings about herself over the past five decades.
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Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

Actor Jack Black plays a kindly, small-town funeral director who murders a wealthy millionaire in the new film Bernie. Black is also one-half of the comedy folk-rock group Tenacious D. They've just released a new album in the style of heavy metal bands from the 1980s.
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Comparing Trayvon Martin, O.J. Simpson Cases

The televising of the O.J. Simpson murder trial 22 years ago ignited a national discourse on race and crime. Overwhelmingly, whites believed he was guilty; blacks believed him innocent. Could televising the Trayvon Martin trial have the opposite effect? John McWhorter, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a writer for the New Republic, offers his insight.

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