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  • 11:05am Apr 24, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Tom Cruise's Latest Headed For 'Oblivion'

    Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi adventure, starring Tom Cruise, is the most incoherent piece of storytelling since John Travolta's Battlefield Earth. It had critic David Edelstein crying, "What? What?" over the din of the explosions.
  • 9:58am Apr 20, 2013
    Music & Culture Music & Culture

    For Boston: A Dave McKenna Concert

    Fresh Air pays tribute to Boston with a 1988 performance by the late jazz pianist Dave McKenna. From 1981 to 1991, McKenna had a standing gig at Boston's Grand Dame Copley Plaza Hotel. He was also a loyal Red Sox fan. He died in 2008.
  • Child care in the United States
    2:49pm Apr 17, 2013
    National National Education

    'The Hell Of American Day Care': Expensive And 'Mediocre'

    In a cover story for The New Republic, journalist Jonathan Cohn examines the conundrum of day care in the United States. "On the one hand," he says, "improving the quality of child care ... is going to take more money. On the other hand, it already costs more than many families can pay."
  • 2:15pm Apr 17, 2013

    Marathoner Amby Burfoot: 'Every Mile Out There Is A Gift'

    Marathoner and Runner's World contributor Amby Burfoot talks about the vulnerability of running 26.2 miles of public space, the Boston Marathon as a holy grail and the importance of being cheered on. Burfoot won the Boston Marathon in 1968 and has run every five years since. He was there Monday.
  • Child Catchers book cover detail
    3:16pm Apr 16, 2013
    Books Books Arts Religion

    How Evangelical Christians Are Preaching The New Gospel Of Adoption

    In The Child Catchers, Kathryn Joyce explores the outsized influence of evangelical Christian groups on the overseas adoption industry. The adoption movement has orchestrated a boom-and-bust market that can exploit poor families in countries where regulations are weak and "orphans" may not actually be orphans.