Melody Barnes is leaving her post as director of the administration's Domestic Policy Council. Barnes was influential in crafting some of the president's major initiatives including health care and economic legislation. Host Michel Martin speaks with Barnes about her achievements and the president's popularity.
A recently released children's book tells the story of how Duke Ellington brought swing to the holiday classic, 'The Nutcracker.' Also, Texan vampires go up against werewolves and were-armadillos in a popular young adult novel. These are just some of the books that top librarian Loriene Roy's list of holiday books. She speaks to host Michel Martin.
Matt Damon gets up close and personal with one of his new four-legged family members in <em>We Bought A Zoo</em>.
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The young journalist Tintin (Jamie Bell, left) and the permanently drunk Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis<em></em>) go on a global treasure chase in <em>The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. </em>
After being force-fed a steady diet of Oscar hopefuls for almost a month, I may just be ready for empty-calorie time at the cineplex. But I have to confess a sense of relief this week, as I watched entertainments that didn't seem to want to do anything other than show an audience a good time.
Photographer Moises Saman captured this shot of two activists in Hama, Syria. Saman and journalist Anthony Shadid entered the city for several days last July. The rest of Saman's images can be found <a href="http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/a-western-photographer-in-hama-syria/">here</a>.
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Photojournalists, including <em>New York Times</em> staff photographer Tyler Hicks, photograph Libyan rebels on March 10 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Hicks and three other <em>Times</em> journalists — Stephen Farrell, Lynsey Addario and Anthony Shadid — were released March 21 after being held captive by Libyan forces.
Veteran war correspondent Anthony Shadid spent much of the past decade in Baghdad covering the Iraq war, first for The Washington Post and then for The New York Times. Last December, Shadid left Baghdad for his home in Beirut, Lebanon, where he's been based for more than a decade.
John Terry, right, and opponent Anton Ferdinand during the English Premier League on Oct. 23 in which it's alleged that Terry hurled a racial slur at Ferdinand. Terry denies doing that. He's going to face criminal charges.