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With Ryan's Ascent, A Few Thoughts On 'Entitlement'

The Republican vice presidential pick wants to take another look at programs like Medicare and Social Security. Fresh Air's resident linguist parses the word "entitlement" in its political and nonpolitical contexts.
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Wicked And Delicious: Devouring Roald Dahl

There's nothing scarier than having someone you love turn on you. For author D.W. Gibson, that someone was Roald Dahl, who, in addition to children's books, wrote short stories that are truly terrifying. Is there a book that haunts your dreams? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Week In Politics: Presidential Attack Ads Get Nastier

Melissa Blocks talks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Linda Chavez, a syndicated columnist. They discuss controversial attack ads from both the Romney and Obama camps, and thoughts on Romney's vice presidential selection process.
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Wish You Were Here: Listening To Loons In Maine

The visitors and their soulful call make Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine Roxana Robinson's favorite place.
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How Can You Really Measure The Greatest Olympian?

Commentator Frank Deford says it's hard enough comparing teams and stars from different eras in the same sport, let alone across sports.
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An Apocalyptic Romp Through The 'Golden' State

Golden Days starts out like a fun Los Angeles romp. By the end it's a devastating portrait of life after a nuclear blast. Author Gabrielle Zevin says it showed her that novels, like life, can span multiple genres. Do you have a favorite book about life in California? Tell us in the comments.
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India's Blackout A Reminder Of How Far We've Come

The power outage in India this week, which darkened the lives of nearly 700 million people, brings to mind the time I spent there. It was nearly 50 years ago, when India was still a young democracy and power outages were as common as enjoying a cup of dark, sweet Indian tea.
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Week In Politics: U.S. Jobs Report For July

Audie Cornish speaks with political commentators David Brooks of the New York Times, and Jennifer Granholm, host of The War Room on Current TV. They discuss the new jobs report.

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