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The Takeaway

The Fight Over Tony Blair's Letters to George Bush

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Anne McElvoy, The Economist's public policy editor, explains why the U.S. has been pushing for the release of letters between President George Bush and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Love Story on Death Row

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit at the age of 18, Damien Echols' story inspired Lorri Davis to write him a letter. Over the course of their 16-year correspondence, Echols and Davis grew to know each other, fall in love, and marry while he was still in prison.

On The Media

Dear Editor

Friday, April 25, 2014

"Brevity is the soul of wit" is an adage lost on many an opinionator, but not on Felicia Nimue Ackerman, who's among the most published letters-to-the-editor writers in the country. Since 1987, more than 200 of her letters have been printed in the New York Times alone. Bob talks to Ackerman as well as Tom Feyer, letters editor for the Times, about the art of the epistolary retort.

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The Takeaway

Your Takeaway: Listener Stories

Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy day-after-Thanksgiving from The Takeaway!

Today, we’re doing things a little differently. Your comments on our stories come pouring in every day, and often times you have stories of your own. So today we hear from you—and only you. The Takeaway producers have worked for over a month to curate ...

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On The Media

Huffington Post Disables Anonymous Comments

Friday, September 13, 2013

This week, The Huffington Post ended anonymous comments on its website in the hopes of engendering more civil discussions. Bob reflects on OTM's own issues with anonymous commenters, and speaks with Arianna Huffington about her site's new requirement to name names.

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WQXR Blog

Newly-Published Letters Portray Leonard Bernstein's Complex, Colorful Life

Friday, August 23, 2013

As Leonard Bernstein would have turned 95 on Sunday, a look at a forthcoming collection of his letters.

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On The Media

Letters

Friday, April 26, 2013

Bob reads from a few of your letters and comments.

 

Jim James - All Is Forgiven

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The Takeaway

Your Stories of the Rejection Letters That Changed Your Life — Or Didn't

Friday, February 22, 2013

As part of our ongoing series on the value of letter-writing, we asked you to tell us about letters that have brought bad news — and whether those letters changed your life.

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The Takeaway

Why We Cherish Letters

Monday, February 18, 2013

Listeners have been calling, emailing and texting us with stories about their most cherished letters -- missives from parents, grandparents, lovers and friends that have changed your lives. Letters don't just detail personal lives; they chronicle history too.  Nowhere is that more evident than in the thousand-some letters exchanged between John Adams and his wife Abigail. Margaret Hogan, Managing Editor of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society and Coeditor of "My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams" shares some of the highlights of their exchange on this President's Day.

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Radiolab

The Love Secretary Always Writes Back

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lulu Miller's advice for taking the edge off that unrequited love this Valentine's? Send a letter to Verona, Italy, where an office of 20 volunteers replies to thousands of notes about love and heartbreak every year.

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The Takeaway

When We Wrote Letters

Thursday, February 07, 2013

As more of us rely on email, texting, and Skype to communicate, the art of letter writing has gradually been coming to an end. But with the death of letters, are we losing something else as well? It’s a question that Martha Tuck Rozett has seriously considered. Martha is an English professor at the University of Albany and author of "When People Wrote Letters: A Family Chronicle."

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The Takeaway

Scrabble Traditionalists Fight Proposed Scoring System

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What's the value of a letter? According to researcher Joshua Lewis, the old Scrabble scoring system no longer accurately reflects a letter's worth. And while the addition of short words and regional words have resulted in a skewed point distribution, Scrabble traditionalists believe the proposed scoring system change would be catastrophic to the game. John Chew is the co-president of the North American Scrabble Association.

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The Takeaway

The Power of War Letters

Friday, November 23, 2012

When Mary DeChillo heard the voice of veteran Michael Scotti reading a letter he had written to his family while on duty in Iraq, it evoked the memory of a student she had named Phil Lippens who came back from the war with PTSD and a traumatic brain injury.

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On The Media

Letters

Friday, September 07, 2012

Brooke and Bob read from a few of your letters and comments.

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On The Media

Letters

Friday, August 10, 2012

Brooke and Bob read from a few of your letters and comments.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Gore Vidal's Historical Novel 'Julian' and Its Modern Parallels

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

WNYC

"I can talk for an hour without notes, but for 15 minutes, I have to read it. I shall look up occasionally to give an air of spontaneity." Thus, Gore Vidal begins one of his customarily suave and witty speeches, this one delivered at a Books and Authors Luncheon held on November 30, 1964.

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On The Media

Letters

Friday, July 13, 2012

Bob reads from a few of your letters and comments.

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On The Media

Letters

Friday, April 06, 2012

Bob reads from a few of your letters and comments.

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The Takeaway

Things You Wish You Would Have Said

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

If you could go back and say something to someone in your past — an ex, an old boss, a deceased loved one — what do you wish you could tell them? That question is the basis of a new book. It's called "The Things You Would Have Said" and it compiles moving reflections from people of all walks of life on the times when the didn't speak their mind — but wish they had. Jackie Hooper is a life-coach and author of "The Things You Would Have Said."

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On The Media

Letters

Friday, December 23, 2011

Brooke and Bob read from a few of your letters and comments.

Sufjan Stevens - Barcarola

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