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Destination Ghana: A Son's First Trip Home

Tell Me More is looking at memoirs for Black History Month, and writers of today seem to have a fresh zeal for exploring family histories. NPR producer John Asante describes his journey to Ghana — the birthplace of his parents and the burial place of his father. He shares what the trip taught him about his family and himself.
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Is There Hope In Friday Night Television's 'Time Slot Of Death'?

For years, Friday nights have carried a grisly reputation — where shows on broadcast networks are sent to die. But a certain kind of cable show has recently performed well — even really well — on Friday nights. And even broadcast networks are finding flickers of life.
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Professor Hits A Wall And Falls In Love

Blinded by blond hair and a flash of ankle, Henry Flores walked into a wall outside Gwendolyn Diaz's new office. Twice. Still, he managed to get her attention, and the two professors have been together ever since.
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Putting On Heirs: 3 Rich And Snooty Reads

The parties, mansions — ah, to be rich and famous. Author Emma Straub might not lead a life of luxury, but she recommends three books that give a glimpse into those who do.
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Record GM Profits Could Make Romney's Anti-Bailout Message A Harder Sell

The potential problem for Romney, however, is that even some Republicans, let alone Democrats and many independents, are likely to see GM's financial results as further vindication of the federal bailouts and Obama's approach.
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Why America Pursues More Perfect Politics

We're a nation in search of the perfect birth, martini, pizza, golf swing, job, dress and financial plan. How do we square the American quest for flawlessness with quirky caucuses and wacky candidate selection?
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Mich. TV Ad Battle Pt 2: Santorum Uses Humor To Parry Romney

Rick Santorum's campaign has one of 2012's cleverest political ads. (Of course, we're only less than two months into the year.) The ad, intended to inoculate Santorum against the expected bombardment of negativity from Romney and his superPAC allies, shows a Romney lookalike with a mud-filled paint-gun stalking and shooting at a cardboard cutout of Santorum and missing every time.
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Looking For Lin In All The Wrong Places

Why are the so-called experts are always looking in the same places? Frank Deford wonders how many talented athletes like Jeremy Lin have been overlooked because of stereotyping.
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Bold, Beautiful Violence In A Strange, Savage Town

For a writer, each novel is a labor of love. But what about the reader's toil? Author Jesmyn Ward explains why the beautiful and brutal Death in Spring, by Catalan author Merce Rodoreda, is worth its weight in trials and tribulations.
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With Focus On Obama Budget, Fiscal Watchdog Warns Of Broken Process

David Walker, one-time head of the Government Accountability Office, pointed out something that isn't news but still has the power to disturb when you actually take the time to mull it over: Congress has gotten in the habit of not passing spending bills on time or budget resolutions at all.

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