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For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the new year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.
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Week In Politics: Jeb Bush, Remembering Mario Cuomo

Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review.
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Out Of Tragedy, An Unexpected Connection Is Made

The parents of a 5-year-old boy killed in a car accident have formed a bond with the sister of the woman who drove the speeding car. The couple says their meetings have eased their pain.
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Hockey's Doc Emrick And His 153 Verbs

Hockey announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick is that rare play-by-play man who is both an authority on the game and a connoisseur of the language.
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How Pete Seeger Revealed The Power Of Music To Me

The death of Pete Seeger this year has NPR's Eric Westervelt reflecting on how the folk legend convinced him that music could create community and possibly foster change.
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For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale

This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.
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Week In Politics: U.S.-Russia Ties, Slain NYPD Officers

Political commentators Ramesh Ponnuru and Gail Collins discuss state of U.S.- Russian relations, the two slain NYPD officers, and Senators Paul Rand and Marco Rubio clash over the U.S.-Cuba thaw.
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The Grocery Delivery Man Who Brings Joy To A Housing Complex

A San Francisco man talks about why he volunteers to deliver groceries to his elderly and disabled neighbors.
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A Punch Line In The U.S., Christmas Fruitcake Is Big In Calcutta

Seen as indestructible in the West, fruitcakes are indispensable in the bustling Hindu city. Bakers of all faiths have the ovens running round the clock to feed Calcutta's appetite for the cakes.
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New Blood Donation Rules Would Still Exclude Many Gay Men

The FDA recommends overturning a lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men. It's the right solution, but it still won't help me donate.

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