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In Michel Martin's House: Spirit Of Revolt

In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin shares that to her chagrin, her stepdaughters proposed to skip the china and use plastic plates for their holiday feast. The episode made Martin empathize with the deficit-cutters in Congress, and consider how tough it is to change the status quo until good-willed people choose to do so.
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Artisanal And Authentic, The Flavors Of The New Year

The word on the 2012 food scene is the opposite of processed, mass produced and factory farmed. Weekend Edition food commentator Bonny Wolf sifts through the tea leaves for clues to what you'll be eating in the year ahead.
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The Simple Joys Of An Old-Fashioned Datebook

Is there really anything else that matters quite as much, as the unblemished promise of a blank page of your own life — the particulars of which are written for and by you?
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Week In Politics: Iowa Caucuses; Year-End Overview

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.
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Bridesmaids No More: TV's Women Get All The Laughs

Just a few years ago, some critics predicted reality TV shows would kill the sitcom altogether. Instead, the rise of the Funny Female proves network television's future likely comes with a smile — and a pair of snappy high heels.
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John Ridley's Top 'Nontroversies' Of 2011

Were they bigger than big, or a blip on the radar? Weeks-long water cooler fodder or hardly happening? It's been another year of stories so overblown, overhyped and overrated, 365 days were hardly enough to contain them.
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Dusting Off A Gritty, Glamorous California Classic

As it turns out, Raymond Chandler isn't the only writer who can channel the dark charisma of deceptively sunny California. Author Hector Tobar recommends John Fante's Ask the Dust, a novel that captures the grit and glamor of Los Angeles' past.

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