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10:16 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Foreign Policy: Women On The Front Lines

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy Vee Penrod speaks to the media during a briefing Feb. 9, 2012 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Penrod briefed the media on the results of the Defense Department's review on women in service, which would ease some restrictions on women serving in combat roles.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 7:25 am

Joshua E. Keating is an associate editor at Foreign Policy.

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Opinion
10:15 am
Mon February 13, 2012

The Nation: Getting Teachers To Live In Newark

A former grand theater lies closed April 17, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. Newark is struggling to hold onto economic gains made over the last decade. Its once vibrant downtown is filled with empty buildings.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 7:43 am

Dana Goldstein is a Puffin Foundation writing fellow at The Nation Institute and a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation.

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Music Interviews
10:14 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Bret McKenzie: A Manly Muppet And A Muppet Of A Man

Bret McKenzie (left) wrote five of the songs in The Muppets, including the Oscar-nominated "Man or Muppet" and the opening number, "Life's a Happy Song."
Andrew Macpherson Disney

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 9:06 am

Songwriter Bret McKenzie makes up one half of the New Zealand comedy rock duo Flight of the Conchords. He also wrote five of the songs in the new Muppet movie, including "Man or Muppet," one of two songs nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards.

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Movie Interviews
10:14 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Viola Davis: The Fresh Air Interview

Minny (Octavia Spencer) and Aibileen (Davis) are two domestics who team up with a writer to break the code of silence about the conditions they work under in 1960s Mississippi.
Dale Robinette Dreamworks Pictures

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 10:09 am

Actress Viola Davis has been nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of the maid Aibileen in the film The Help, set in 1960s Mississippi. But not everyone has applauded the film, which has been criticized for its portrayal of black domestic servants in the civil rights era.

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Poetry
10:13 am
Mon February 13, 2012

­Poetic Propositions: Verse And The Art of Seduction

Andrew Lilley iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 2:00 pm

Valentine's Day is a tricky occasion for poets. Granted, it's hard not to be pleased with a holiday on which poems are thought to be genuinely useful, in the ordinary sense of the word. As the former Poet Laureate Charles Simic puts it in his introduction to an anthology called Isn't It Romantic, "Love poetry is the only type of poetry that can be put into practical use" — which is to say, it supposedly results in "spirit becoming flesh; words becoming deeds; the two of you hopping into bed."

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