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It May Take A British Actor To Make An American Story Sing

Awards season has offered NPR's Scott Simon the opportunity to reflect on the number of British actors playing Americans in films and television shows, and wonder where the American actors are.

What Research Says About The Consequences Of PC Culture

Jonathan Chait's essay on a pervasive dangerous online culture of political correctness nearly broke the Internet. So does the science back him up?

African-American NASCAR Driver Raced Like 'A Great Artist'

Wendell Scott becomes the first African-American NASCAR driver to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday. Although Scott faced racism during his career, his son says he would never stop racing.

Challenging The Whiteness Of Public Radio

Chenjerai Kumanyika loves public radio, but when it's his turn at the microphone, he worries that he doesn't sound like himself. It got him thinking about the predominant white sound of public media.

The Tennis Court Offers A Good Lesson For The NFL

As Deflategate and other embarrassing incidents continue to hit the NFL, commentator Frank Deford says a selfless act by a little-known tennis player could teach the league something about fairness.

Losing A Soulmate And A Pillar Of St. Louis' Trans Community

Shane Fairchild and his late wife, Blue Bauer, were "the mama and the papa of the trans community," says their friend Sayer Johnson.

Let's Play Two! Remembering Chicago Cub Ernie Banks

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the two-time National League MVP as the nice guy who finished first and brought smiles to all his fans' faces.

Week In Politics: State Of The Union, Iran, Israel

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 President Obama's State of the Union address, Vice President Biden's future, and the U.S.' relationships with Iran and Israel.

Frank Deford To The NBA: Who's On Worst?

Commentator Frank Deford marvels at the topsy-turvy nature of the NBA this season; some usually mediocre teams are at the top, and some usually great teams are collectively having an off year.

Expect Taxes, Economy To Top Obama's State Of The Union

President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address to Congress and the nation on Tuesday night. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about what to expect.