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Yogi Berra, The Ultimate In Athletic Americana

Yogi Berra died Tuesday at age 90. The Hall of Fame catcher is part of our culture in ways that other great athletes never manage. To mark his passing, Morning Edition airs this encore from 2005.
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Too Many Sports Columnists Being Cut From The Team

Baseball used to be a newspaper game, says commentator Frank Deford. Now, sports are equal parts television and fantasy.
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Keeping Loved Ones' Holiday Recipes Alive, Long After They've Left The Table

NPR's Marc Silver lost his mother-in-law in 2005. But she remains a presence at family meals this Jewish holiday season, through his dogged trial-and-error attempts to re-create her favorite treats.
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Pope Francis Inspires Black Catholics, Despite Complicated Church History On Race

The arrival of Pope Francis has triggered discussions of the Catholic Church's historic treatment of the African-American faithful, and has sparked hopes for a better future.

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Europe's Long History Can Handcuff Its People

As he leaves his foreign posting for a new role hosting All Things Considered, NPR's Ari Shapiro reflects on what living in London has taught him about life in the U.S.
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What's In A Name? Maybe, The First Recorded Use Of A Swear Word

A scholar of medieval history believes he may have found the earliest recorded evidence of the "F-word." NPR's Scott Simon muses on what makes a word vulgar, or an obscenity.
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Week In Politics: Papal Visit, 2nd GOP Debate

NPR's Robert Siegel 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 Pope's impending visit to the U.S. and Wednesday's GOP debate.
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Spending Public Money On Sports Stadiums Is Bad Business

Municipalities all over the country keep forking over money for new football stadiums, and sports commentator Frank Deford finds it outrageous "because football stadiums are the worst excesses."
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Everyone's A Critic: The Constant Quest For Customer Feedback

You can rate your dinner, your hotel stay, your dentist, and your phone call with the cable company. NPR's Scott Simon wonders if all these requests for feedback have any actual impact.
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Week In Politics: Outsider Presidential Candidates, Joe Biden On 'Colbert'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times.

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