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Joe Paterno's Legacy: Protect Players At All Costs

The key to winning as a big-time coach is keeping your players eligible. Commentator Frank Deford says that when Joe Paterno's old assistant was in trouble, his instincts kicked in: Paterno kept Jerry Sandusky eligible.
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Bordellos, Bandits And One Big Mississippi Adventure

This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of William Faulkner's death. His novel The Reivers was the coming-of-age story that author Ralph Eubanks needed to rocket him into his teenage years and on to adulthood. What is your favorite coming-of-age story? Tell us in the comments below.
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Showing Vultures A Little Love

Vultures are generally not admired, but maybe they should be: All over the world, these birds do the hard work of gobbling up dead animals and recycling that flesh into the Earth. And nowadays, nature's prize janitors are seriously down on their luck.
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Roberts' Ruling Recalls Other Moments When High Court Shocked The Nation

Time and again, the court has shaken up American politics with pronouncements no one quite expected, from the rejection of "separate but equal" schools to the striking down of bans on gay sex. And the effects of a landmark decision may only be revealed over time.
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Stories, Old Friends, A Good Time 'Til The End

Bishop Ricardo Ramirez's grandmother lived a long and full life. But it was the way Francisca Espitia approached her final years that may have impressed her grandson the most. It started with a story about how she'd been enjoying life at 90.
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Great Expectations, And Some Hope Of Meeting Them

Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang has written extensively on Asian immigrants' assimilation into American culture. The American dream, he says, is defined by the ability to imagine a future, and then have hope of fulfilling it.
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Getting To The Heart Of The City

In the coming weeks we're going to be reporting on urban life in the early 21st century. All Things Considered hosts Melissa Block and Audie Cornish call out to listeners for their input. Stories in this series begin next week.
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And This Little Piggy Made ... A Home Of Books?

Commentator Andrei Codrescu is building a home out of books. He complains there are countless bad ones published, so why not do something artistic with them?

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