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Debt Struggles As Old As America Itself

Bitter debates about the national debt date back to the earliest days of the Republic, economist Simon Johnson says. Back then, the nation's failure to borrow was the problem. In White House Burning, Johnson and co-author James Kwack explore the meaning of the national debt and prospects for managing it.
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Jeffrey Gettleman: On Reporting Somalia's Crisis

New York Times correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman will receive a George Polk Award this week for being the first to report that the militant Islamist group al-Shabab had prevented starving people from leaving Somalia. He details how he got the story.
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Boycotts Simplify Ongoing Issues In West Bank

Peter Beinart's new book, The Crisis of Zionism, argues that Israel cannot be a true democratic state as long as there are settlements in the West Bank and calls for a boycott of goods made in those settlements. Gary Rosenblatt, publisher of The Jewish Week of New York, disagrees with this argument.
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Should American Jews Boycott West Bank Settlements?

Journalist Peter Beinart supports Israel but thinks the Jewish settlements in the West Bank are compromising Israel's commitment to democracy. He has proposed a boycott of goods made in those Jewish settlements.
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Who Has The Right To Our Facebook Accounts Once We Die?

Lawmakers in at least two states – Nebraska and Oregon — are considering legislation that would require social networks like Facebook to grant loved ones access to the accounts of family members who have died. Oklahoma already has such a law.

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Aziz Ansari's Latest Is 'Dangerously Delicious'

The comedian, who plays Tom Haverford on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, just released a new comedy special directly on his website. He's also embarking on a multicity tour, where he'll be riffing on the things that terrify him — marriage, for instance, and babies.
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Doris Day: A Hollywood Legend Reflects On Life

Day started singing and dancing when she was a teenager, and made her first film at 24. After nearly 40 movies, she walked away from that part of her life in 1968, and started rescuing and caring for animals. Here, she speaks to Terry Gross in a lengthy interview about her career in film and music.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Matthew Weiner, Rachel Maddow

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner offers his thoughts on Sunday night's Season 5 premiere. Also, Rachel Maddow talks about her start in broadcasting, her life and her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.
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Harry Crews On Writing And Feeling Like A 'Freak'

Writer Harry Crews had a hard life and didn't make it any easier for the characters in his novels. He died Wednesday at age 76. Fresh Air remembers the Southern novelist with excerpts from a 1988 interview.

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