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How Soul Great Clarence Carter Put Fame Records On The Map

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Carter's influence on pop and soul predates his best-known hit, "Patches," and is still felt today. Rock historian Ed Ward revisits the early career and the lasting impact of the expert songwriter.

A Dying Coal Town Falls Into 'Fracking Frenzy' In 'Heat & Light'

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Jennifer Haigh's new novel explores the fallout of the natural gas boom in a small Pennsylvania town. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Heat & Light an "exquisitely designed, semi-satirical social novel."

Friend Or Fiend? 'Pit Bull' Explores The History Of America's Most Feared Dog

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, Dickey says, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies.

7 Years Later, 'Good Wife' Ends As It Began: With Betrayal And Uncertainty

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:17pm

TV critic David Bianculli discusses the final episode of the CBS drama and the legacy of the show as a whole. "The Good Wife managed to be one of TV's best series for its entire run," he says.

Richard Russo Returns To North Bath, NY, In 'Everybody's Fool'

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:17pm

The Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Empire Falls says his characters are inspired by his parents' working-class World War II generation. Russo's new novel is set in a small town in upstate New York.

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