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Living To Tell The Horrible Tale Of Pearl Harbor

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of Americans were killed that day. But Frank Curre, who was just a teenager when he enlisted in the Navy, survived the onslaught. He was assigned to the USS Tennessee.
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My Accidental Masterpiece: The Phantom Tollbooth

Fifty years ago Norton Juster sat down and tried to remember the confusion and dislocation of childhood. His memories became a book, and The Phantom Tollbooth was born. In this essay, Juster looks back at his beloved novel, and the bored, disconnected child who grew up to write it.
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From Chompsgiving to Chew Year's: Holiday Dishes

'Tis almost the season, and what would the holidays be without our favorite foods? For this year's festivities — from Thanksgiving to New Year's — NPR will feature some of these unique dishes, on-air and online. What special food do you look forward to (or dread) all year long?
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Penn State Scandal: Families Of Alleged Victims Upset By Protests, Jokes

The sister of an alleged victim says she's had to avoid going to class because of the jokes others are telling. And an attorney for the victims says trustees should have held off on coach Joe Paterno's firing in order to avoid protests.
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Perry Says He 'Stepped In It' At Debate, And Many Agree

His performance at Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate might be the stuff of history — the kind of history that candidates don't like to make. Thursday, he admitted he had "stepped in it" for being unable to remember he wants to eliminate the Department of Energy.
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Penn State Trustees: Paterno's Firing Is In School's 'Best Interest'

Penn State students flooded downtown State College, Pa., after the school's trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier amid a growing furor over their handling of sex-abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach. Police in riot gear used pepper spray to try to break up the crowd.
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Family Doc Says No To Perilous Chickenpox Pops

Recent reports from Nashville,Tenn., and Phoenix spot the trend of "chickenpox parties" and virus-infected items such as lollipops to avoid vaccination. Former Assistant Surgeon General and family physician Douglas Kamerow says this is a really bad idea.
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Obama To Dump Biden From The Ticket In Favor Of Hillary? Give Me A Break

This week's Political Junkie column: President Obama says Joe Biden is doing a great job as vice president. Biden says he will run again in 2012. Hillary Clinton says rumors of her replacing Biden on the ticket are nonsense. And they are. So why doesn't this story go away?
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America's Stake In A United Europe

It is always tempting for Americans to look at problems in Europe and ask, "What does that have to do with me?" It's not just the billions of dollars U.S. banks hold in Greek debt; the European Union was created in answer to history.
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Week In Politics: Economy; Herman Cain; Mitt Romney

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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