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For Some Marching Bands, Hazing Means Brutality

A story about violent hazing in the marching bands at historically black colleges and universities — HBCUs — detailed a problem, but no changes were made. So extreme has been the band torture at some schools that victims have had to be hospitalized.
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Pepper-Spraying The Holidays: Time And The Ethic Of Consumption

As we head into the holiday season this might be a good moment to reflect on the roots of our collective consumer delusion.
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The Magic Of Music And A Little Room To Groove

Be it barefoot in the living room or in ballet shoes at Lincoln Center, there's nothing like the human impulse to dance. Author Alan Heathcock reflects on the timeless joys of sharing a dance floor with the ones you love.
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Victorian Humor At Its Silliest, Cheesiest Best

Can the mishaps of three seriously misguided Victorian gentlemen still provoke laughter? More than 120 years after its first edition, author Julia Stuart says Jerome K. Jerome's classic caper, Three Men in a Boat, is still a delightful read.
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Wanted: Advice For Recent Grad In Tough Economy

A recent male college graduate sought Michel Martin's advice about navigating through economic troubles that have disproportionately affected his generation. In her weekly commentary, Martin discusses his letter and asks listeners what advice they would give.
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'Times' Advice Guru Answers Your Social Q's

New York Times advice columnist Philip Galanes details how to handle breakups, cellphone calls and food allergies — among other topics — in his book Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.
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Clinton Tests Myanmar's Resolve Personally

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just completed a trip to Asia, including a historic visit to Myanmar. That country, also known as Burma, has been subjected to international isolation for many years because of its brutal military dictatorship. Now there are signs that a new civilian regime is loosening the generals' grip. NPR's Michele Kelemen accompanied Clinton on her visit, and filed this Reporter's Notebook.
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What's In a (Baby) Name?

So many end-of-the year lists detail something trivial. But sometimes those lists can help us appreciate something obvious.
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Week In Politics: Economy, GOP Primary Race

Melissa Block 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 economy and the GOP primary race.

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