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Was The Stimulus Package 'Money Well Spent'?

Did the economic stimulus program amount to a costly failure, or save the U.S. from a depression? ProPublica investigative reporter Michael Grabell's new book explains how the 2009 stimulus package was passed and what happened to taxpayers' money.
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David Milch: Trying His 'Luck' With Horse Racing

The new HBO drama Luck examines the inside world of horse racing through the lives of thoroughbred breeders, owners, jockeys and gamblers. Series creator David Milch spent much of his childhood at the track and has struggled in the past with a gambling addiction.
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A Boy's Magical 'Touch' Predicts The Future

The new Fox series Touch stars Kiefer Sutherland as the father of an 11-year-old boy with some significant disabilities — and some significant abilities as well. TV critic David Bianculli says by the end of the first episode, you'll know you're watching something a little different.
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How The Glock Became America's Weapon Of Choice

In his book Glock: The Rise of America's Gun, Paul Barrett traces how the sleek, high-capacity Austrian weapon found its way into Hollywood films and rap lyrics, not to mention two-thirds of all U.S. police departments.
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The Inquisition: A Model For Modern Interrogators

The Inquisition revolutionized record-keeping and surveillance techniques that are still used today, says Cullen Murphy. His new book God's Jury draws parallels between some of the interrogation techniques used in previous centuries with the ones used today.
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Dog-Gone Genetics: A Few Genes Control Fido's Looks

Humans have complicated genetic structures — not so dogs. Almost every physical trait in canines is controlled by just a few genes, which means custom-breeding a dog is only a matter of flipping a few genetic switches.
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Brad Pitt: On Life, Movies And 'Moneyball'

The veteran actor has played a Nazi-hunter, a vampire, a cowboy hitchhiker and the outlaw Jesse James. In his latest film, Brad Pitt plays the manager of baseball's Oakland A's. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross why the part interested him and what it's like to live life in the public eye.

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