In 2010, Phil Jackson, then the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, complained about the NBA's scheduling of games on Christmas Day. It seemed, he said, that "Christian holidays don't mean anything" any longer. With its season shortened, the NBA can't afford to skip the holiday this year.
Host Michel Martin reflects on the struggle to get by with physical injury. As the Iraq war recedes from the headlines, she says, it's even more important not to let the needs of those who have sacrificed disappear from our consciousness.
Cell phone cameras and digital tablets can turn just about any consumer into an amateur journalist. Writer Gwen Thompkins wonders when the amateurs will realize what the professionals already know: Recording an event often stops reporters from experiencing what's right in front of them.
Writers and thinkers are fixed with labels these days so that people can order up opinions like flavors in an ice cream shop. But you couldn't fix a label on Christopher Hitchens; that's why he was worth reading and hearing.
Lynn Neary speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the economy and the GOP primary race.
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