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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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Week In Politics: Conn. School Shooting, Susan Rice

Audie Cornish speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Connecticut school shooting, and Susan Rice.
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TV Shows Shouldn't Rely On 'Cheap Tricks'

Homeland is one of the best shows on TV, but television critic Eric Deggans says it's using the same cheap trick repeatedly. And, other shows do it too. They have main characters who are almost always right, but nobody ever believes them.
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A N.Y. Cop's Good Intentions, Complicated Results

After an act of kindness by a New York City cop, Jeffrey Hillman went from being an anonymous, overlooked street person to a public figure whose life was dissected as if he were running for office.
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Week In Politics: Fiscal Cliff, Jim DeMint Resigns

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the approaching fiscal cliff and the resignation of Republican Senator Jim DeMint.

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