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Even Dictionaries Grapple With Getting 'Marriage' Right

Lexicographers know they're in the hot seat as they confront the changing use of the word "marriage." Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the key to getting the new definition right is to crisply describe everything that's in the category and nothing that isn't.
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What Do We Lose, And Gain, When Reducing A Life To A Recipe?

It's easy to see why a rocket scientist's obituary that led with a mention of her culinary prowess set off accusations of sexism. But food is undeniably a powerful marker of identity, as much or more of a statement of who we are as what we do for a living.
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Humble Gestures Define New Pope

Pope Francis surprised many this week by washing the feet of young inmates instead of priests in a grand basilica. The ceremony emulates the way Jesus washed the feet of his twelve disciples. On this Easter weekend, Scott Simon considers the meaning behind Pope Francis' break with tradition.
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Week In Politics: Same-Sex Marriage At The Supreme Court, Gun Laws

Audie Cornish speaks with political commentators David Brooks of The New York Times and syndicated columnist Cynthia Tucker. They discuss the Supreme Court's hearing this week of cases concerning California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Women Can Take Tips On Negotiating From Pop Culture

Women in many professions have been talking about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Commentator Shana Naomi Krochmal has a longstanding interest in one of Sandberg's biggest points: women should bargain harder for better salaries. She says that you can see evidence of it even in TV game shows. She says an example of how to do it right is the drama Scandal on ABC.
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Resurrected Frog Gives Us Cause To Brood

This week scientists announced they have reproduced the genome of an extinct amphibian, the gastric brooding frog. But animals are more than just their genomes, so NPR's Scott Simon wonders if it's necessary — or kind — to bring them back.

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