Read more about the facts mentioned:
Anatomy of a song: 'Midnight Train to Georgia' (The Wall Street Journal)
Book review: 'Respect Yourself,' by Robert Gordon (The Wall Street Journal)
An interview with Brian Wilson (A.V. Club)
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THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
- In defense of Gwyneth Paltrow
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Republicans love this new health care plan. Too bad it's basically a tax cut for the rich.
- In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 8 tricks to surviving the holidays without gaining weight or being grouchy
- 10 classic Sesame Street moments we wouldn't show today's kids
- 17 old proverbs we should use more often
- 13 vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving
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