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A Premature Obituary Can Be A Sweet — If Strange — Gift

Obituaries tend to smooth over the failures in a long life. So, says NPR's Scott Simon, it might be nice to write one for a loved one while he or she is still alive to appreciate it.
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After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.
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Week In Politics: Secretary Of Defense, Eric Garner

Melissa Block speaks with political commentators, Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and MSNBC and David Brooks of the New York Times.
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A Decade After Battle, Medic And Wounded Soldier Reunite

In 2004, Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Wilkins was wounded in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Medic Keith Melick pulled him from the rubble. This summer, a chance meeting brought the two together again.
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Helmets Aren't Always Enough To Keep Players Safe

Cricketer Phillip Hughes was wearing a helmet this week when a ball struck and killed him. NPR's Scott Simon wonders if some safety measures also encourage people to take on more risk.
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After The Ferguson Decision, A Poem That Gives Name To The Hurt

This week, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. Writer Syreeta McFadden turns to Audre Lorde's poetry to make sense of this decision.
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Be Thankful This Year For The San Antonio Spurs

Just in time for Thanksgiving, commentator Frank Deford describes his gratitude for everyone's favorite team in any American sport. The Spurs, he says, are gentlemen, do right and are beloved by all.
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These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.
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Week In Politics: Obama's Executive Action On Immigration

Robert Siegel talks with E.J Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times about President Obama's immigration speech.
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Outside Of The Games, Are Sports Corrupt?

Commentator Frank Deford discusses some recent sports-related scandals, including the abuse of young swimmers by their coaches, and fake classes created for college athletes.

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