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New Jersey Boy Junot Diaz Reflects On Sandy

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Junot Diaz has called himself an "immigrant kid from central New Jersey." After the devastation of superstorm Sandy, he reflects on what he's seen there, and how it compares to the devastation he also witnessed following the tsunami in Japan.
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Emergency Workers Heroes Even Before Sandy

On Halloween night this week, millions of children tumbled into their neighborhoods dressed as superheroes. But that night, true superheroes were at work in uniforms, not costumes.
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Week In Politics: Sandy And Election Day

Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the new jobs report, the political impact of superstorm Sandy and Election Day.
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Even Americans Find Some Britishisms 'Spot On'

Adding a foreign word to your vocabulary is like adding foreign attire to your wardrobe. Sometimes you do it because it's practical and sometimes just because you think it looks cool. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says Americans' use of "spot on" falls somewhere between affectation and flash.
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The American Pastime Fades In Popularity

As baseball declines in popularity, football continues to rise. Commentator Frank Deford reflects on the switch from baseball to football as America's favorite sport.
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Around The River Bend, A Flood Of History

NPR's Jacki Lyden grew up with the Bark River in her backyard. She left the Wisconsin waterway unexplored, until recently. Floating down the river in a canoe with a historian, Lyden discovered a story that stretches from the Ice Age and the Black Hawk War to churning 19th-century mills.

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