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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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Grandfathers Go To The Mat For Gymnast Grandson

Frank Maestas and Frank Barela have been at C.J. Maestas' side since the beginning of his tumbling career. While the young gymnast didn't qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, he already has his sights on 2016.
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If Gabby's Got The Gold, Why Flip Over Her Hair?

Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast from Virginia Beach, Va., won another gold medal Thursday. But why are some black women obsessed with her hair? Writer Monique Fields urges critics to focus instead on Douglas' strength and poise.
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Famous For His Hates: The Cool, Witty Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal, novelist, playwright, essayist and social commentator, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. Author Chris Bram remembers his singular personality and enormous social, literary and political impact.
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Four Sports Superstars, Four Years Later

Commentator Frank Deford looks back at four of the greatest athletes of 2008 and where they are now.
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Grotesque Horror Through A Kid-Sized Window

Stephen King's It showed Erin Morgenstern that the demons and ghouls of childhood stories don't hit the road just because you grow up. Have you read something that both scared and enticed you? Tell us about it in the comments.
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'Fresh Air' Bids Farewell To Melody Kramer

She's never been heard on the show, but producer Melody Kramer has created a singular voice for Fresh Air online and in social media. Today we send her off, affectionately, to medical school and the next phase of her career.

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