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Never Truly Over: Discussing Deployment A Challenge Of Its Own

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fighting in Afghanistan was extremely difficult, but now that Army Capt. Drew Pham is back in the U.S., he says he doesn't even know how to talk to people. It's his wife, he says, who keeps him going.

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Would March Be Less Mad If Players Were Paid?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A ruling this week that football players at Northwestern University could join a union has prompted dire warnings, but the most popular college sports probably wouldn't change much at all.

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All Things Considered

Letters: ET The Video Game And Spoiler Alerts

Friday, March 28, 2014

Audie Cornish reads from listeners' letters about spoiler alerts and E.T. the video game.

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Debate: Does Affirmative Action On Campus Do More Harm Than Good?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Colleges that use race as a factor in admissions say the approach creates opportunity for students who might otherwise be excluded. Critics argue the practice hurts the students it's intended to help.

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Morning Edition

The Mystery And History Of Sport's Front Office

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In light of legendary coach Phil Jackson's recent move to the New York Knicks as the organization's president, commentator Frank Deford looks at how the office has evolved (or hasn't).

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The Secret To These Sauces Is Nuts

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What do lemony aioli, red pepper sauce and herb gravy have in common? These versions owe their smooth, creamy consistency to nuts. Even if you're vegan or gluten-free, they've got you covered.

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A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before

Saturday, March 22, 2014

As Russia takes control, the story of Reshat Ametov sends an ominous signal to Crimea's Tatars.

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Morning Edition

Animal Rescuers Create Joy Amid Chaos After Exxon Valdez Spill

Friday, March 21, 2014

LJ Evans and Suzanne Bishop met in 1989 while volunteering at an animal rescue center in Valdez, Alaska. The chaos the spill created "is incredibly difficult to describe or even imagine," Evans says.

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Ethics, Morality And A Ticking Clock For How To Report On The R**skins

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

An investigation into how NPR should refer to the Washington team concludes that it is time to pull back on using the team's name. Does anyone believe it won't be toast anyway?

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Debate: It May Be Flexing Its Muscles, But Is Russia A Marginal Power?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

In the past year, Russia has given asylum to Edward Snowden, hosted the Olympics and attempted to annex Crimea. Teams debate Russia's role on the world stage in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.

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Morning Edition

There's A Reason They Call It Madness

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

As March Madness gets underway, commentator Frank Deford wonders if Americans just have too many teams to root for.

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Oranges: Secret Agents Of The Food World

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Like an international secret agent, the zest of tangerines and mandarins and oranges finds its way into Szechuan stir-fries, Mesopotamian couscous and Iberian sweets.

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Which Place Is More Sexist: The Middle East Or Latin America?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

On the surface, the two regions couldn't be more different. But both impose their burdens on women and have plenty of sexism to go around.

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Morning Edition

A Man's Death Unites The Women Who Loved Him

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lisa Garzone and Megan Smith both loved the same man, at very different times in his life. They sat down recently to talk about him โ€” and the friendship they found after his death.

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Forget Speed-Reading. Here's Speed-Writing

Thursday, March 13, 2014

With apps like Spritz and Spreeder, speed-reading is all the rage. But maybe the solution is writing faster: Decide important things. Write those. Understand?

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Debate: Should The President Be Able To Order Citizens Killed Abroad?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In the latest Intelligence Squared debate, two teams face off over the constitutionality of targeting terrorist suspects abroad โ€” particularly when those individuals are U.S. citizens.

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All Things Considered

Without World War I, A Slower U.S. Rise, No 'God Bless America'

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

If the Great War had never happened, America might look vastly different. Among other things, woman's suffrage and the civil rights movement might have suffered.

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All Things Considered

A World Without World War I, Featuring Health-Nut Hitler

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One hundred years after the Great War, we're looking back at the history that wasn't. If Archduke Franz Ferdinand hadn't been killed in 1914, how would the world be different?

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Morning Edition

In Sports, There's No Such Thing As A Bad Hustle

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Outside of sport, the word "hustle" has a negative connotation: A hustle is a scam; a hustler a flimflam man. But in the world of sports, says commentator Frank Deford, you can never hustle too much.

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'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Wednesday, the College Board announced it will make the essay portion of the SAT exam optional. But what is lost when the importance of essays is diminished?

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