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Here's why Irish author Roddy Doyle revisited his characters from The Commitments

Roddy Doyle made a splash in the mid-1980s with his first novel, The Commitments. He then took those characters on two more journeys with The Snapper and then The Van. Afterwards, he put them on a shelf for more than 20 years. But Ireland's recent economic crisis brought him back to the world of Jimmy Rabbitte's Dublin in a new novel called The Guts.

Arts, Culture & Media

Here's why Irish author Roddy Doyle revisited his characters from The Commitments

Roddy Doyle made a splash in the mid-1980s with his first novel, The Commitments. He then took those characters on two more journeys with The Snapper and then The Van. Afterwards, he put them on a shelf for more than 20 years. But Ireland's recent economic crisis brought him back to the world of Jimmy Rabbitte's Dublin in a new novel called The Guts.

Arts, Culture & Media

San Patricio

The San Patricio Battalion fought in the Mexican American War. The story of the San Patricio Battalion is the subject of a new CD. It's by The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder. Marco Werman speaks to Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and Ry Cooder.

Global Politics

Ireland in crisis

Ireland's two main opposition parties have called for an immediate general election after an EU-led bailout of the country's economy. The World's Laura Lynch has the latest on the bailout plan and what it might mean for other countries.