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The History Behind The Phrase 'Don't Be An Indian Giver'

Did the phrase 'Indian Giver' come from a cultural misunderstanding?
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Week In Politics: Debate Over A U.S. Strike In Syria

Melissa Block talks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review. They discuss the latest political wrangling over military intervention in Syria.
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How About A Gold Medal For Human Rights For Gay People?

Russia is pledging that the 2014 games will be free of discrimination despite its anti-gay measures. Frank Deford isn't buying it and says Olympic officials need to be accountable.
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Brainy, Fat And Full Of Ideas: 'Night Film' Is A Good-Natured Thriller

In the pages of Marisha Pessl's Night Film, you'll uncover the death of a beautiful woman; her terrifying, filmmaker-father; even a seemingly haunted mansion. But reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that while the book dips into the unsavory and the scary, it stays surprisingly PG.
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Remembering Elmore Leonard, A Writer Who Hated Literature

NPR's Scott Simon remembers Elmore Leonard as a writer who found "putting pretty clothes on hard, direct words" contemptible, and hated what's typically known as literature. Leonard wrote more than 40 novels over his long career.
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Week In Politics: Syria, FISA Court, Debt Ceiling

Audie Cornish talks to talks to political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Amy Holmes, anchor of "The Hotlist" on TheBlaze.com. They discuss President Obama's bus tour, the FISA court and the debt ceiling.
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What's Behind Romania's Church Building Spree?

Commentator Andrei Codrescu notes the complicity of the Romanian Catholic Church in both World War II and Communist-era wrongs. Now the church is given big new construction projects to politically connected contractors.
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'Things Falling' Is A Potboiler, But One That's Set To Simmer

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez takes readers on a journey through Colombia starting in the late '60s — but it's not your average detective story. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says the real mysteries in the book are in the minds of the characters.
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Might Bad Handwriting Lead To 'Lend Me Your Beers'?

Computer analysis has revealed that 325 lines from a Thomas Kyd play are actually William Shakespeare's, and that bad handwriting is to blame for the mix-up. NPR's Scott Simon muses on some of Shakespeare's most famous lines, and how they might read differently if they were transcribed incorrectly.
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Week In Politics: Egypt, Republican National Committee

Robert Siegel talks to political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Egypt and a meeting of the GOP.

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