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Pope Francis Moves Believers And Skeptics Alike

Saturday, September 26, 2015

I covered a papal trip to the United States years ago, and my mother made sure my pockets were packed with mass cards, medallions and her rosary.

I found that a lot of reporters, even those who could be hilariously cynical about religion, were similarly overstuffed. We used to have ...

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Germany Now Tempering Its Open Embrace Of Migrants

Saturday, September 19, 2015

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What's In A Name? Maybe, The First Recorded Use Of A Swear Word

Saturday, September 19, 2015

One man's obscenity is another man's name.

This week a scholar of medieval history announced he might have found the earliest recorded evidence of what we must call here "the F-word" being used in English to describe intimate relations.

Dr. Paul Booth of Keele University says he was examining court ...

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Everyone's A Critic: The Constant Quest For Customer Feedback

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Did you have a good summer? I spent much of mine being a critic. Perhaps you did, too.

Take a flight, you get an email: "Tell us about your flight to Cleveland." Stay at a hotel, you get another survey: "Rate your stay!"

Go to ...

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A Family's Tragedy, Captured On Camera, Focuses Attention On Crisis

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Some pictures produce thousands — sometimes millions — of words. This week, it was the image of a little boy in a red shirt and little rubber-soled shoes lying in the waves of a Turkish beach.

You may hope the boy is just napping after he's played. His clothes look ...

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Scott Simon's Personal Tragedy, And The Internet Community That Supported Him

Friday, September 04, 2015

Scott Simon chronicles his mother's death and reminisces about her life, revealing her humor and strength, and celebrating familial love.

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Alison Parker And Adam Ward: Good Journalists Gone Too Soon

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mornings are made by routine. The alarm that warbles at the usual hour, the smell of coffee, the sound of familiar voices.

Those of us who work the morning shift grow to appreciate the intimacy we have with those who tune in. People wake to our voices. We ...

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Jimmy Carter Remains Stalwart In Vow To Eradicate Guinea Worm

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Jimmy Carter told a press conference he called on the morning of the day he would have the first radiation treatment on the cancer in his brain, "I'd like for the last guinea worm to die before I do."

Mr. Carter was frank, funny and graceful speaking this week about ...

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German Bus Driver Pauses To Welcome African Immigrants

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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Will Rogers Helped Popularize Radio With Pointed Humor

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Eighty years ago today, the most famous man in America besides Franklin D. Roosevelt died, and in 1935, I'm not sure you needed to add a "besides."

Will Rogers was 55. He was flying through Alaska with his friend, the pilot Wiley Post, to mine some material for ...

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Boston's Ride, Or Thanks But No Thanks, Olympic Committee

Saturday, August 01, 2015

What do you give a city that has everything? Maybe not the Olympic Games.

This week the city of Boston declined to sign what's called a host city contract that would make it liable to pay for any losses incurred by the Olympics, which effectively ended its bid for the ...

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Willis Conover, The Voice Of Jazz Behind The Iron Curtain

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Willis Conover was known around the world, but not so much at home. He was the voice of jazz over the Voice of America for more than 40 years, most of it during the Cold War.

Imagine what it was like to sit in the dark of a hushed room ...

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Photos Of Pluto Reveal A 'Toy Store' Of Surprises

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pluto turns out to be pretty lively.

Not Las Vegas, perhaps, but more vivacious with geologic activity than we've ever known about, and for good reason: Pluto is currently almost 3 billion miles away from Earth, a dwarf planet spinning in the lonely last ring of our solar system.

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Queen Elizabeth, The Art Critic

Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Little Baggies Of Bigotry Broadcast A Hateful Message — Paired With Candy

Saturday, June 27, 2015

There has been an outpouring of grief and sympathy since the shootings in Charleston, S.C., and calls for Americans to examine our minds and hearts.

But this week, in several spots around the country, little bags of candy have been left with harsh and hateful messages.

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What Do You Think Of When You Hear The Word 'Refugee'?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Many refugees around the world have to make a grim decision: what few things can they carry in their arms and on their backs as they try to run for safety and freedom?

This week the United Nations refugee agency said the number of people forced to flee their homes ...

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Remembering 'Headless Body' Headline Writer Vincent Musetto

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Vincent Musetto wrote some of the most widely quoted words in the history of journalism:

"Headless Body in Topless Bar."

Vinnie Musetto — I'm told no one called him Vincent — died this week of pancreatic cancer at the age of 74.

He was a managing editor of the New ...

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Lunch Lady Knows There's No Quick Fix For Feeding Hungry Kids

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Della Curry gave a free lunch to a hungry child that may be costly.

Curry is the kitchen manager — the lunch lady — at the Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora, Colo. She set off a national debate this week when she said that last Friday, "I had a ...

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Congratulations, Grade School Grads! Now Listen Up.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

It's commencement season — and commencement speech season.

Schools compete for eminent names to be commencement speakers. But I think unless you're Stephen Colbert, who told Wake Forest graduates that as soon as they've shucked their gowns they faced "brunch first, then yawning uncertainty," or Maya Rudolph, who gave her ...

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Historian May Have Discovered Henry I's Final Resting Place

Saturday, May 23, 2015

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