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NewsPoet: Carmen Gimenez Smith's Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Carmen Gimenez Smith. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.

What Does Ron Paul Want? Hint: It's Not About The 2012 GOP Nomination

Ron Paul knows he's not going to be the Republican nominee for president this year. Mitt Romney has it all but locked up. But Paul's supporters are flooding state conventions, getting elected as convention delegates ... and preparing for life after 2012.

Teaching Kids Balance Can Be A Lesson For Parents

To be a parent is to be constantly reminded that almost everything you thought you were doing right for your children will one day turn out to be wrong. The latest revised revelation may be: Training wheels don't help kids achieve a sense of balance.

Let The Real Space Age Begin

Astrophysicist Adam Frank says that private rocket ships will launch a sure future for Americans.

Week In Politics: Capitalism Versus Democracy

Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the race between President Obama and presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney, and the tension between capitalism and democracy.

Love At First Punch: Still Going Strong After 75 Years

Van Harris and his wife, Shirley, grew up in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, about a block from each other. During a visit to StoryCorps, Van recalled the day he first noticed Shirley: "She was about 10 years old, and she was beating up a couple of guys. ... I said, 'Geez, I'd like to meet a girl like that.' "

The American Way: Winners And Losers, And No Ties

It's not whether you win or lose — it's how you play the game. But Frank Deford says its downright un-American to have a tie in sports.

Draw Something App Reveals The Artistic Chimp In Us All

The Draw Something app works a lot like Pictionary: You pick a word, draw clues and wait for opponents to guess the answer. But cartoonist Matthew Diffee says the app's name is a bit misleading: "It would be more accurate to call it ... 'Draw Something With Your Foot While Bull Riding On A Boat.' "