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If The Pretzel Chicken Isn't Awesome, Why Review It?

In a week in which the news has been filled with a fiscal cliff, rockets, sex and security, a restaurant review also raised a ruckus. New York Times critic Pete Wells took on Food Network star Guy Fieri's new restaurant, but his motives for doing so remain elusive.
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Dear Sports Czars: Take Your Ball And Go Home

Many sports bosses are tarnishing their achievements by overstaying their welcome, says commentator Frank Deford.
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Death, But Softly

The world's first essayist, Michel Montaigne, was out riding one day when he got slammed from the rear, was thrown from his horse, crashed to the ground and for a brief time was, as he puts it, "dead." He described exactly what it felt like. Here's what he learned.
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On Veterans Day, Stories Of Service

Two authors and former members of the U.S. military tell their stories. Benjamin Busch remembers his grandfather's silence about serving in World War II, while David Abrams reflects on the terrifying beginning of his deployment to Iraq.
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Afghan Minefield Transformed National Guard Sgt.

Commentator David Zeitz was a "sapper" in Afghanistan. He detected and disassembled mines. He tells the story of a colleague who was seriously injured just feet away from him on a minefield.
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What A Life: The Day I Met Elliott Carter

In 2008, NPR's Tom Cole was assigned to profile Elliott Carter for the composer's centennial. Cole was terrified. He needn't have been. To mark Carter's passing this past Monday at the age of 103, Cole has a remembrance of what it was like to meet the storied composer.
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Why Election Day Was Sort Of Like Mother's Day

When the 113th Congress convenes in January, New Hampshire will have the first-in-the-nation all-female congressional delegation (as well as a female governor). And each of these women started her political career while raising young kids. That got NPR intern Elizabeth Brown thinking about her childhood in the Granite State.

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