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Once Homeless, Family Feels 'Blessed To Wake Up Another Day'

Friday, November 28, 2014

In 2013, after drowning in past-due bills, Franklin and Sherry Gilliard became homeless. Now they live in transitional housing, and they hold a circle of thanks at dinner to remember what they have.

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All Things Considered

Gravy And Gallstones: Your Memorable Thanksgiving Grace Moments

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Especially at Thanksgiving, saying grace is a family ritual for many Americans. We asked you to share your stories and traditions — and they ran the gamut, from heartwarming to horrifying.

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Morning Edition

Be Thankful This Year For The San Antonio Spurs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Just in time for Thanksgiving, commentator Frank Deford describes his gratitude for everyone's favorite team in any American sport. The Spurs, he says, are gentlemen, do right and are beloved by all.

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All Things Considered

These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

Friday, November 21, 2014

President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Obama's Executive Action On Immigration

Friday, November 21, 2014

Robert Siegel talks with E.J Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times about President Obama's immigration speech.

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Debate: Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Several states allow doctors, in certain circumstances, to help terminally ill people end their lives. The emotionally charged issue is at the center of the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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Morning Edition

Outside Of The Games, Are Sports Corrupt?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford discusses some recent sports-related scandals, including the abuse of young swimmers by their coaches, and fake classes created for college athletes.

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Morning Edition

Six Words: 'With Kids, I'm Dad. Alone, Thug'

Monday, November 17, 2014

With his brown skin and long dreadlocks, Marc Quarles stands out in his predominantly white neighborhood. He's particularly aware of that, he says, when his biracial children aren't with him.

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All Things Considered

After Catalonia's Independence Vote, An 'Homage' To George Orwell

Friday, November 14, 2014

This week Spain's northeast region voted in favor of independence. But the results weren't recognized by the Spanish government. The situation reminds poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips of a favorite book.

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Morning Edition

For Veteran, Hospice Care Work Connects Him To Family

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ron Riveira, who served in the Navy and Marines, now does hospice care for vets and says it allows him to help people like his grandparents. "Every time I go into a home, I see a piece of my family."

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Schoolbook

Opinion: Hold NYC Schools Accountable for Arts Education

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New York City is the cultural capital of the country. This opinion piece argues that the city schools should reflect that, with mandatory arts education.  
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Morning Edition

Chicago Or Cleveland: Whose Teams Had More Downs Than Ups?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford ponders which city has had the worst luck in sports. It's hard to decide whether Cubs fans or Cleveland fans deserve the most sympathy for their years of cheering on futility.

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Behind A Soldier's Suicidal Thoughts, An Unknown Brain Injury

Saturday, November 08, 2014

After Sgt. Ryan Sharp returned from serving two tours in Iraq with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, he would talk about ending his life. Today, he can't even recall those conversations.

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All Things Considered

For Political Junkies, A (Literary) Post-Election Fix

Friday, November 07, 2014

Post-elections, Molly Antopol and Jason Sheehan reflect on the results by turning to their favorite political books, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Midterm Results And The New Congress

Friday, November 07, 2014

Robert Siegel talks about what's next for Congress and the White House after the midterm elections with regular contributors E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Ramesh Ponnuru of The National Review.

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Schoolbook

Opinion: De Blasio Must Put Reducing Class Sizes at Top of His Agenda

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Two early childhood experts urge New York City's mayor to put his money where the research is: small class sizes help all kids learn better.
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Morning Edition

Americana: Hot Dogs, Apple Pie And Football?

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford explains why he thinks football has a better claim on being America's national pastime than baseball.

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'La Chancla': Flip Flops As A Tool of Discipline

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Most Latino parents still believe in physical discipline of children. That puts them in step with many Americans. But is it time to put down 'La Chancla' - or 'the flip flop' - and stop spanking kids?

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After A Sexual Assault And A Pregnancy, Vet Kept Her Pain Secret

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Trista Matascastillo was in officer training when she was sexually assaulted by someone she served with. Then she discovered she was pregnant. For six years, she didn't tell anybody what had happened.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Midterm Elections

Friday, October 31, 2014

Melissa Block talks with E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times about the upcoming midterm elections.

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