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10 September 2009 

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Amazon.com digital book reader Kindle
US Sales of Electronic-Books Increasing  Video clip available
But critics say paper books are more engaging
Needed: Poets in Space
Rekindling excitement by restoring the romance 
The Beatles
Beatles Catalogue Remastered  Video clip available
After 22 years, all 12 Beatles albums have been digitally remastered on state of the art equipment
Sarah Jarosz
Meet Singer-Songwriter Sarah Jarosz  Audio Clip Available
Big year for young singer, who turned 18, graduated from high school and released her first CD
Peter White 'Good Day' CD
Peter White Puts Finishing Touch on Original Songs on 'Good Day'  Audio Clip Available
Acoustic guitarist known credits brother Danny for success as one of top 'smooth jazz' musicians
Kurt Elling's 'Dedicated to You' album cover
Kurt Elling Sings Coltrane, Hartman on New CD  Audio Clip Available
Jazz veteran has re-created John Coltrane's first vocal album, the product of a team effort with Johnny Hartman, 45 years after it was first released
The Sanghri family tries to agree on which movie to see
US Bollywood Theater Offers Immigrants a Connection to Home  Audio Clip Available
Stars of Indian cinema light up the screen in a small Washington town
American Saturday Night
Brad Paisley's 'American Saturday Night' Showcases All His Talents  Audio Clip Available
Paisley is a triple threat in Country music - a talented singer, extraordinary guitarist and accomplished songwriter 
1969 file photo of Sen. Edward Kennedy being escorted from a Mass. court after pleading guilty to leaving scene of fatal accident
Late US Senator's Memoir Talks of Personal, Public Tragedies
'New York Times' newspaper says it has obtained a copy of memoir, 'True Compass', scheduled to be released on September 14
In this handout photo provided by Harrison Funk/The Jackson Family, Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at Michael Jackson's funeral service, 3 Sep 2009
Family, Friends Pay Final Tribute to Michael Jackson  Audio Clip Available
Late pop star interred at cemetery where such Hollywood stars as Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were laid to rest
Child playing video game
Bad Times  For Video Game Industry
Sales of video games, hardware and accessories are all down compared to last year. 
Writer May Pipher says a speech, if well written, can also be a powerful tool for change
Writers Change the World through Words  Audio Clip Available
Books, newspapers and blogs become tools of change
Brad Pitt (R) in Quentin Tarantino's
'Inglorious Basterds' Turns History on its Head  Video clip available
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino offers own version of history in this World War II dark satire
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New Book Points to 1959 as Pivotal Year  Audio Clip Available
Author Fred Kaplan says children of Great Depression, World War II 'lit the fuse' for our own era
Photographer Martha Cooper took pictures of people who were painting the train cars and entering the yards
Graffiti on New York City's Subway Trains Remembered  Audio Clip Available
25th Anniversary Edition of 'Subway Art' is photographic documentary of 1980s underground art movement
Cover art for Steve Martin's
2009 International Bluegrass Music Award Nominees Announced  Audio Clip Available
The awards will be handed out on the 1st of October in Nashville. Actor, author, comedian and banjo player Steve Martin is among those receiving multiple nominations
Mosaic designed by artist Jim Power
Jim Power's Mosaic Tiles Bring Art to New York Streets  Video clip available
For over two decades Jim Power has been tiling street corners in New York City's Greenwich Village as way to preserve history, share his art with public
Barack Obama's mother, Ann Dunham (undated photo)
Batiks Collected by President Obama's Mother on View at Washington Museum  Video clip available
Ann Dunham's collection of batiks has been on tour this summer in US, and is on display at Textile Museum in Washington
Katy Perry
Singer Katy Perry Celebrates Second Number One Hit With 'One Of The Boys'  Video clip available
'I Kissed A Girl' Performer's Debut Album Yields Second Number One Hit
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Woodstock Encapsulated an Era of Social, Political Protest  Video clip available
Woodstock, which celebrated its 40th anniversary 15-16 August, has come to mean more than music
Richie Havens at Woodstock in 1969
Singer-Songwriter Richie Havens Remembers His Woodstock  Audio Clip Available  Video clip available
Forty years later, he's still all about love, freedom and exploration
The crowd at Woodstock with the stage in the background
Woodstock Nation, 40 (Often Groovy) Years Later  Audio Clip Available  Video clip available
Iconic music festival still looms large in public mind as high point - or perhaps death knell - of America's 1960s counterculture
Over 400,000 people attended the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in Bethel, NY, 16 Aug 1969
Woodstock Festival Remembered 40 Years Later  Video clip available
On August 15, 1969, almost 500,000 young Americans took over the small town of Bethel, New York to attend a three-day rock festival said to define a generation