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Rewatching 'The Wire': Classic Crime Drama Seems Written For Today

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

As HBO releases the high-definition version of The Wire, NPR's Eric Deggans says that binge-watching the show feels more like reading today's headlines — especially on issues of race and class.

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Letters: Lie Detectors, No-Kill Shelters And Net Neutrality

Monday, January 05, 2015

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read listen letters about the problem with so-called lie detectors, and no-kill shelters, and a correction about Amazon, Netflix and "net neutrality."

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In This New Year, Is It Time To Nix The Thank-You Letter?

Sunday, January 04, 2015

In The Guardian, Peter Ormerod argues it's time to end the ritual of forcing children to write often-formulaic letters. Instead, he says, try for something that's less of a chore and more sincere.

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Egypt's Citizens Still Wait 'To Breathe Deep The Air Of Freedom'

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Egypt has announced a retrial for three journalists jailed for their work. NPR's Eric Westervelt reflects on the reversal of justice in Egypt since his time covering the popular uprising at Tahrir.

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For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

Friday, January 02, 2015

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the new year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.

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Week In Politics: Jeb Bush, Remembering Mario Cuomo

Friday, January 02, 2015

Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review.

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Out Of Tragedy, An Unexpected Connection Is Made

Friday, January 02, 2015

The parents of a 5-year-old boy killed in a car accident have formed a bond with the sister of the woman who drove the speeding car. The couple says their meetings have eased their pain.

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From Coconuts To Anchovies, Your New Years Traditions

Thursday, January 01, 2015

With food, music, and phone calls, people all over the country are filling their first day of 2015 with traditions. We asked you to share.

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Roxane Gay: 2014 Was The Year Of 'Enough Is Enough'

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Author Roxane Gay spent 2014 thinking and writing about issues that exposed divides in America over race and gender. She offers her thoughts on some of the year's most-talked-about stories.

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Hockey's Doc Emrick And His 153 Verbs

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hockey announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick is that rare play-by-play man who is both an authority on the game and a connoisseur of the language.

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For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale

Friday, December 26, 2014

This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.

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Week In Politics: U.S.-Russia Ties, Slain NYPD Officers

Friday, December 26, 2014

Political commentators Ramesh Ponnuru and Gail Collins discuss state of U.S.- Russian relations, the two slain NYPD officers, and Senators Paul Rand and Marco Rubio clash over the U.S.-Cuba thaw.

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Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege

Friday, December 26, 2014

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

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The Grocery Delivery Man Who Brings Joy To A Housing Complex

Friday, December 26, 2014

A San Francisco man talks about why he volunteers to deliver groceries to his elderly and disabled neighbors.

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A Punch Line In The U.S., Christmas Fruitcake Is Big In Calcutta

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Seen as indestructible in the West, fruitcakes are indispensable in the bustling Hindu city. Bakers of all faiths have the ovens running round the clock to feed Calcutta's appetite for the cakes.

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New Blood Donation Rules Would Still Exclude Many Gay Men

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The FDA recommends overturning a lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men. It's the right solution, but it still won't help me donate.

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Deford: It's Hard To Write A Christmas Story About Sport

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Linking sports and the Christmas spirit is a true challenge, says commentator Frank Deford. "The idea of sports is to beat the other fellow," he says, "while the idea of Christmas is to be giving."

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Letters: What If 'The Interview' Trashed The U.S. Instead?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NPR's Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about Sony's decision to cancel the Christmas-day release of The Interview, and on the effort to save the northern white rhino.

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Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists

Saturday, December 20, 2014

When NPR's Scott Simon has visited Cuba, he saw two economies — one for tourists and one for residents. He reflects on whether the thaw between the U.S. and Cuba can really transform that country.

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The Africa I Know Isn't The Africa In The Headlines Today

Saturday, December 20, 2014

In 1990, our commentator visited Africa and fell in love with the energy and dreams of its people. Today he sees a land full of promise. But Ebola has revived the image of Africa in chaos.

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