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Go Ahead And Mail Your Boring Holiday Cards

There's no question that people have mixed motives when they send out their cards. No doubt they want to put the best face on their own lives, offering an annual report marked more by pride, perhaps, than honesty. Christmas cards may be self-serving and smug, but they're also well-meant attempts to connect.

As We Memorialize Mandela, Remember Those Who Stood With Him

By the time he died, Nelson Mandela was considered one of the few giants on the world stage. As NPR's Scott Simon remembers, he was not alone in offering his life for freedom, so the acclaim justly heaped upon Mandela is also a credit to those who worked, served and led with him.

The Man, The Myth, The Reading List: Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is the former president of South Africa and famed leader of the anti-apartheid movement. Blogger and professor Sean Jacobs recommends three books that explore the leader's life and legacy in great detail.

What To Expect When You're Expecting ... To Share Your Baby Photos

Smartphones and the Internet have made it easier than ever for people to share photos of their friends, family, pets and children. But sharing personal photos raises technological and ethical questions. Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal recently became a father and has some tips for navigating the world of online photo sharing.

Crossing The Sea For Freedom A Familiar Story For Americans

At least 30 Haitian migrants died this week when a packed sailboat capsized off the coast of the Bahamas. NPR's Scott Simon reminds us how some of the first Americans arrived on the continent, risking their lives to sail across rough seas.

The Legend Behind 'Honky Tonk Heroes'

An album that formed a cornerstone of the "Outlaw Country" movement in the 1970s has just been reissued. Music critic Meredith Ochs has been thinking about Waylon Jennings' Honky Tonk Heroes and its legacy for country artists today.

In Basketball, It's Always About What's Next

Things move so fast in college basketball that there are three players this year who are being called "the next LeBron James. " In the NBA, most of the talk is already about where the superstars will be next season.

2016 Polling Comes Too Soon For This Political Reporter

A recent email sent to Don Gonyea announced that Chris Christie trails Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 race for the presidency. As a political reporter for NPR, Gonyea loves the campaign trail. But this early in the game, he wonders if there aren't more important things to talk about.

Who Were You When JFK Was Shot?

Everybody of a certain age remembers where they were during a Moment of National Significance. But do you remember who you were? And how the event changed your life?

Did Rand Paul Commit Plagiarism, Or Just A Faux Pas?

The flap over the Kentucky senator's articles and speeches is just the latest in a series of cases of plagiarism by high-profile journalists and politicians. Linguist Geoff Nunberg looks at the way the word plagiarism has been used since it was invented by the Romans and wonders if it's always immoral or just bad form.