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Journalist Evaluates Obama, Romney Economic Plans

New York Times Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt compares Obama's and Romney's tax plans, Medicare plans and conflicting claims on whether Americans are better off now than four years ago. "I think it's fair to say the typical American household isn't better off, but the country is," he tells Fresh Air.
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Mickey Edwards On Democracy's 'Cancer'

In his new book, The Parties Versus the People, the former Republican congressman says party leaders have too much control over who runs for office, what bills make it to the floor and how lawmakers vote.
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Joan Rivers Hates You, Herself And Everyone Else

Comedian Joan Rivers hates a lot of things. Her new book, I Hate Everyone, Starting With Me, details the things Rivers can't stand, from her appearance to obituaries to younger comedians who steal her gigs.
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'It's A Grind': An NFL Player's Struggle For Survival

To call Ross Ventrone's career as an NFL defensive back unstable is an understatement. He's been hired, promoted, or fired by the New England Patriots no fewer than 29 times in two years.
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New Teen Buzzword: Yolo

You might know the word "Yolo" if you're under 25. But if you aren't, Boston Globe language columnist Ben Zimmer says it's the buzzword of the year for teenagers and young adults.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Regina Spektor, Victor LaValle

Singer Regina Spektor talks about Russia and her new album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats. Author Victor LaValle says he drew on personal history to write his latest novel, The Devil In Silver.
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Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

Actor Jack Black plays a kindly, small-town funeral director who murders a wealthy millionaire in the new film Bernie. Bernie is now out on DVD.

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