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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.

Bill Clinton, Politics' Comeback Kid, Rides Again At The DNC

The former president, who will speak tonight in North Carolina, has played a role in every Democratic National Convention since 1972. Reviewing Clinton's exploits at the past 10 annual confabs offers a set of milestones for his entire career — and recaps 40 years of convention history.


Southern Pride And The Southeastern Conference

If your football team is a member of the SEC, you don't just root for your own team — you root for the whole division. Commentator Frank Deford takes a look at Southern pride.

Memorable Moments From Democratic Conventions Of The Past

A look at five memorable Democratic conventions of the past, beginning in 1956 — when presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson threw the decision on naming a running mate to the delegates.


An Empty Nest Brings New Context To Old Voicemails

Morning Edition producer Cindy Carpien just sent her youngest child off to college. It's bittersweet, but she's finding comfort and new meaning in old phone messages she saved from her two daughters.

Without A Career, How Do We Know Who We Are?

A lot of Americans identify themselves by their work. It used to be a kind of identity stamp, but the economic crisis may have hastened a change that was already under way: more people living with a series of short-term jobs instead of lifetime occupations.