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Week In Politics: Iran Nuclear Deal, Trump's Loyalty Pledge

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Yuval Levin, editor for National Affairs, about the secured Iran nuclear deal votes, Donald Trump's recent loyalty pledge to the eventual Republican Party candidate, and more updates on Hillary Clinton's emails.
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Preschool And Privilege: When Early Education Hinges On Parental Flexibility

As writer Jessica Grose prepares to send her child off to school for the first time, she faces a stark reality. Preschool schedules, she says, often require extreme flexibility from working parents.
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So, What's The Big Deal With Starting A Sentence With 'So'?

It has been called the new "um" or "like," but linguist Geoff Nunberg says starting sentences with "so" isn't a new trend. People have been doing it for years. We're just noticing it more now.
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Why Is There An Extra Point In Football, And Do We Need It?

This year, the extra-point line of scrimmage has been moved back to the 15-yard line. Will that make any demonstrable difference in lowering the conversion rate?
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Taylor Swift Is Dreaming Of A Very White Africa

The video for her new song, "Wildest Dreams," conjures up a colonial-era Africa of magnificent landscapes, beautiful animals — and virtually no black Africans.

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Alison Parker And Adam Ward: Good Journalists Gone Too Soon

Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot and killed while reporting on live television. The two journalists loved their jobs, and the viewers of WDBJ-TV in Roanake, Virginia loved them back.
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Week In Politics: Biden's Possible Run And Bush's Handling Of Katrina

Political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss the prospects of Vice President Joe Biden running for president, as well as former President George W. Bush's visit to New Orleans to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
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What If Serena Williams Had Faced Tougher Rivals?

As Serena Williams seeks her 22nd Grand Slam title, commentator Frank Deford wishes tennis produced more competitors worthy of her.
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Tianjin Tragedy Is A Painful Reflection Of How China Largely Works

A massive explosion in Tianjin, China killed more than 100 people earlier this month. Correspondent Frank Langfitt says the country's corruption and a lack of accountability have endangered lives.
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Jimmy Carter Remains Stalwart In Vow To Eradicate Guinea Worm

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on former President Jimmy Carter and his decades-long fight to snuff out the disease that once afflicted an estimated 3.5 million people in Asia and Africa.

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