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Youth Voices: Raven Reese

Sooner or later, every child must realize that the world is more than just a playground, and that being a parent involves more than just saying 'Yes, you may.' For commentator Raven Reese, those lessons were particularly difficult ones.

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Consider This By Fred Fiske: Teachers

It's been a long time since I've looked at it, but among my memorabilia in my desk drawers is a document that licenses me to teach speech and English in the New York City high schools. As a matter of fact, if it had not been for a snap decision I made in 1947 on a train ride from Lexington, Ky. to New York, to hop off the train in Washington, I might have spent my life as a teacher, rather than as a broadcaster.

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Youth Voices: Martine Gaetan

Some people pursue so-called "ideals of beauty" -- but at what price? Commentator Martine Gaetan recalls the struggle she had coming face-to-face with her self-image and accepting what she saw in the mirror.

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Consider This By Fred Fiske: Veterans Returning Home

Lately, it seems that nostalgia just ain't what it used to be. Perhaps it's the increasing years, and the plethora of memories, or maybe it's my reluctance to seem like an old man dwelling upon the past.

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Consider This By Fred Fiske: Media

It's interesting that while most of our institutions and businesses have been heading in the direction of amalgamation, increasing size and tighter control, the news industry seems to be returning to a means of dissemination, which more closely resembles the past.

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Consider This By Fred Fiske: Concerts

If you don't think the gods have a weird sense of humor, then you probably haven't attended many school performances.

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Consider This By Fred Fiske: Independence Day

July 4 is a time to reflect on America's rich history, our nation's successes and complexities, and the pride we feel in our nation's ideals and freedoms.

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Lalaram Guyadin: Seeing The Down Side Of American Diet

Commentator Lalaram Guyadin moved to Washington from Guyana four years ago to attend school. It wasn't language or making friends that provided the biggest challenge, but getting used to American eating habits, and he says those cultural differences can teach us a lot about the way we consume foods.

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Commentary by Adam Tenner: We Can't Lose Focus On HIV/AIDS

This month marks 30 years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its first-ever health advisory on AIDS. It's a disease that has hit D.C. particularly hard, with studies showing more than 3 percent of its residents have been affected. Commentator Adam Tenner, executive Director of Metro TeenAIDS, says more needs to be done in the D.C. area to protect young people from the risk still posed by the ongoing epidemic.

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Consider This By Fred Fiske: Language

Before cable TV, the arbiters of language -- radio or TV newsmen such as Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, David Brinkley, Chet Huntley -- were the voices we heard when English was perfect, often because it was scripted. But rarely, even if it wasn't scripted, did we hear the mis-usages and the solecisms which are so common place today.

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