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Vietnam To Sept. 11: A Daughter's Lessons

The anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has editor Laurel Dalrymple thinking about her father — and how he could never talk about his experience in Vietnam. It's made her consider how she will pass on her experience of Sept. 11. What will you tell your kids about that day? Tell us in the comments.

Go On, 'Curate' This Commentary, Too

In recent years the word "curate" has been plucked out of museums and pasted onto everything from cosmetics, furniture and fashion lines to recipes, music- and photo-sharing websites and cat videos.

Week In Politics: Democratic National Convention

Audie Cornish 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 Democratic National Convention.

Republicans Or Democrats: The Choice Comes Down To Competing Myths

At their conventions, the parties presented varying visions of America — as an entrepreneurial paradise where hard work, innovation and prudence are all that matters, and as a communitarian paradise where racial, national and religious differences are subsumed in a surge of shared success. Voters must decide which resonates most and why.

What The Democrats' Do-Over Really Says About Party Platforms

Democrats had to make some hasty and awkward changes to their 2012 platform. The GOP platform passed smoothly but contains some controversial language. Important as it is to set down in writing what a political party believes in, it has become increasingly verboten to talk about it too publicly. There are two big reasons why.


Dusty Pretzels A Relic Of Romania's 'Folk Capitalism'

Commentator Andrei Codrescu found a reminder of the so-called Romanian revolution of 1989 in his study. It was a box of chocolates wrapped in the miniature covers of one of his poetry books, and a bag of petrified pretzels. He brought them back from Romania in the 80s and meant to give them to friends as proof of the country's newly-born capitalism. Unfortunately, mice ate the goods and, metaphorically, time ate the revolution.

What's With Frosty? Why Isn't He Showing Up On Time?

Over the 20th century, America's "growing season," a proxy for warmer temperatures, has been getting longer. And scientists say the trend is exactly what they expect to see as greenhouse gases in the atmosphere increase.