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The Language Of Empires Faces Extinction

Once the language of Christ, Aramaic is slowly dying. A recent article in Smithsonian magazine outlines what one linguist and his colleagues are doing to document and preserve what was once the lingua franca of the entire Middle East.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Blanco And Bazelon

Blanco, who read his poem "One Today" at Obama's second inauguration, is the first immigrant, Latino and openly gay poet chosen to read at an inauguration. Emily Bazelon explores teen bullying and how the rise of the Internet and social media make the experience more challenging.
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The Benefits Of Letting Bygones Be Bygones

Forgiving someone who's done you wrong can be challenging, but learning how to do it can benefit your mind and body. Frederic Luskin of the Stanford Forgiveness Project writes about this in his book, Forgive For Good. He joins host Michel Martin to talk about why learning to forgive is worth it.
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Should Lena Dunham Be Playing Ping Pong Naked?

The HBO series Girls has been stirring up some controversy with racy scenes that challenge sexual stereotypes. Some people say the main character is prompting people to rethink their ideas about women's bodies. Host Michel Martin chats with the 'Beauty Shop' ladies.
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Same Old Standoff In Washington?

President Obama wants Congress to act fast to avoid massive government budget cuts that could hit in March. Washington is seeing more gridlock as Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Host Michel Martin talks about the latest in politics.

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