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Is The NFL Too Big To Fail?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The NFL has suffered a number of scandals recently, but the sport has emerged relatively unscathed. Commentator Frank Deford asks if anything could change the way Americans feel about football.

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Nightmares And Darkness Follow Marine Home From Iraq War

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jeff Lucey deployed to Iraq with the Marines in 2003. He returned home later that year, and initially, all seemed well. But it slowly became apparent that Lucey was struggling with invisible wounds.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Obama's ISIS Speech, Rand Paul

Friday, September 12, 2014

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss President Obama's Islamic state speech, Rand Paul and the current political races across the country, with a trend of the public swaying more towards the Republicans.

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Morning Edition

Giving Every Kid Equal Standing In The School Lunch Line

Friday, September 12, 2014

For students who don't have enough money for a hot lunch each day, visiting the cafeteria can be a source of shame. In Houston, school volunteer Kenny Thompson decided he wanted to change that.

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'Sons Of Anarchy' Succeeds As A Soap Opera Geared Toward Guys

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

As FX's popular drama begins its seventh and final season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show works because it balances melodrama with bullets and biker gangs.

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The Video, The Tabloid Site And The NFL's Unwanted Reckoning

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The assault by former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on his then-fiancee was public knowledge. But new video released by TMZ on Monday defined the story, says NPR's David Folkenflik.

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Bruce Morton Tribute: Veteran Journalist Reached Beyond Race

Monday, September 08, 2014

Legendary CBS News journalist Bruce Morton died this Friday. As the industry marks his passing, Michel Martin remembers him for showing the power of mentoring across difference.

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All Things Considered

Hail To The Floppy Disk: Your Tired Tech That Keeps Ticking

Monday, September 08, 2014

Listeners share stories about their old computers that still get regular use.

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Black, Gay Cowboy: Michael Sam Steps Up

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Gay football player Michael Sam didn't make an NFL team, but he will play for the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. Writer Michael Arceneaux says that's an important step forward for gay black men.

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Morning Edition

Losing A Friend On Sept. 11 'Will Travel In Me My Entire Life'

Friday, September 05, 2014

Sekou Siby was supposed to be working at the World Trade Center when planes hit the twin towers. But three days before, he had swapped shifts with his friend, Moises Rivas.

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Morning Edition

You'll Never Walk-Off Alone

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

With baseball's pennant race in full swing, commentator Frank Deford takes a moment to examine an oft-used baseball phrase ... and imagines how sportswriters might apply it to big moments in history.

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Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

U.S. performances of Syria: The Trojan Women are postponed, but NPR's Scott Simon says when art stops at the border, American audiences are the ones who miss out.

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All Things Considered

On Ferguson's Streets, Echoes Of Another Fatal Shooting

Friday, August 29, 2014

Youth Radio's Myles Bess lived through the aftermath of the 2009 police shooting of an unarmed young black man, Oscar Grant, in Oakland, Calif. — and sees parallels in Ferguson, Mo., today.

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Controversy Over Sofía Vergara Obscures An Industry's Failings

Thursday, August 28, 2014

When the Colombian actress appeared in a widely derided stunt at the Emmys, much of the attendant outrage centered on her very prominent image. Juan Vidal argues this lets Hollywood off the hook.

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An Outcast Teen Attacked With Slurs, Fists, Gasoline And A Match

Sunday, August 24, 2014

When Darnell Moore was a teenager in the late '80s, a group of boys doused him in gasoline and tried to light him on fire. One of his attackers was his next-door neighbor.

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The Risks And Rewards Of Reporting In A War Zone

Saturday, August 23, 2014

James Foley's murder by the Islamic State raises questions about the risks journalists take to report from conflict zones. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the mixed motives and rewards of the job.

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All Things Considered

As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate'

Friday, August 22, 2014

The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.

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Remembering The Highs And Lows Of Robin Williams

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Audiences treasured his tremendous comic energy. But, says NPR's Scott Simon, Williams' death this week reminds us that depression can affect anyone.

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Morning Edition

After A Traffic Stop, Teen Was 'Almost Another Dead Black Male'

Friday, August 15, 2014

Patsy Hathaway, who is white, thought "love would conquer all" when it came to how others would treat her adopted son, Alex Landau. That changed after he was severely beaten by police when he was 19.

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All Things Considered

Secrets Spawned Of Machismo, Matchmaking And MySpace

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What does it take to be a man? In writer Matt de la Peña's family, it's meeting your woman in a traditionally macho way. Until now, he hasn't told them how he really met his wife eight years ago.

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