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Does anybody remember the days when people on TV had to be nice, honest people you could root for? After seven seasons of the groundbreaking TV show Mad Men, neither do we.

The final season of the show is about to launch and so we've invited Mad Men creator Matt Weiner to play a game called "Glad Men" — three questions about people who try to cheer other people up. We'll quiz him on the lives of a success coach, a motivational speaker and a happiness guru.

Hear Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Janette Beckman

This weekend, the Amphion String Quartet joins with clarinetist David Shifrin for a concert at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford.

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The NIU School of Theatre and Dance opens its production of British playwright Peter Barnes’ ‘Red Noses’ Thursday night , March 26, at Huntley Middle School in DeKalb.  The play, set at a time the Black Death was killing millions of people in medieval Europe, is a comedy. 

Dogs barking, wind howling, ice crunching, then the sudden "ch-ch-ch-ch" of a sawing beat: That's composer Derek Charke's opening salvo in his transporting piece Cercle du Nord III.

Can robots think and feel? Could there be a day when computers control our lives?

Lorraine Adams Courtesy of Henry Holt & Co.

For his latest book, The Whites, novelist Richard Price decided to use a pseudonym: Harry Brandt. (In retrospect he decided that was a bad idea: "It was going to be different from my other books and I wanted to signal that," he told Fresh Air, but by the time he realized it was just "another damn book by me" it was too late to withdraw the pen name.)

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Next week, cellist, singer, composer, improviser and Beloit College alumna Helen Gillet comes to the college for a solo concert.  Downbeat Magazine recently named her a “rising star."

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