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Week In Politics: Newtown, Fiscal Cliff, John Kerry

Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Matthew Continetti, editor of the Washington Free Beacon. They discuss the Newtown, Conn., shootings, the fiscal cliff, and Sen. John Kerry's nomination to Secretary of State.
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Commentary: 'I Just Wish Guns Were Harder To Come By'

Youth Radio's Davina La'Shay shares her unwanted but intimate relationship with guns in her home city of Oakland and how she wants that to change it.
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Forget YOLO: Why 'Big Data' Should Be The Word Of The Year

"Big Data" had just as much to do with President Obama's victory as phrases like "Etch A Sketch" and "47 percent," says linguist Geoff Nunberg. Big Data is also behind anxieties about intrusions on our privacy, whether from the government's anti-terrorist data sweeps or the ads that track us on the Web.
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When Someone You Know Loses A Child

Nothing is enough to ease a parent's pain in losing a child, but simple gestures of kindness and concern are still welcome even in the depths of grief.
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What Do Polio And Gun Violence Have In Common?

The Newtown shooting has led some Americans to wonder if there's an epidemic of gun violence in this country. In her regular 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, host Michel Martin asks what would happen if Americans brought the same imagination and energy to stopping gun violence as it brought to previous epidemics that threatened public health.
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Why Writers Can't Retire, Despite Their Best Intentions

As the year ends, commentator Ben Dolnick reflects on what he thinks is the most spurious bit of news from the world of American writers.

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