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Frank Deford: 'Some Of Us Are More Valiant Than The Rest'

As the World Series begins, the sports commentator longs for proof of the existence of a legitimate clutch hitter. Stats guys say that the clutch is a random crap shoot.
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A Father, A Daughter And Lessons Learned

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of StoryCorps we hear again from Wil Smith, a single dad who took his infant daughter, Olivia, with him when he went to college. Now, Wil is helping Olivia with her school search, a role he says he's happy to have after a battle with colon cancer.
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For A Father With Alzheimer's, Life 'Came Down To Love'

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of StoryCorps, we hear again from Ken Morganstern, who shared some of his last memories with his daughters during a 2006 interview.
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Best Friends, Sharing 'Two Sides Of The Same Heart'

Starr Cookman and Kylee Moreland Fenton have been the closest of friends for decades. The pair grew even closer when Starr's infant son seemed ill. It's because of Kylee's insistence, Starr says, that 8-day-old Rowan received the heart surgery that saved his life.
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You Asked For It: Frank Deford's Top 12 List

Commentator Frank Deford responds to suggestions of things he should comment on. Here, he takes on the Washington Redskins' name; high school football games on national TV; hockey fights; Pete Rose and the Baseball Hall of Fame; and the tradition of pouring Gatorade on winning coaches.
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Listeners Share Their Stories Of When Cellphones Are Their 'Best Friends'

Listeners share stories about a time when their mobile phone was indispensable.
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Judge: 'You're Still Deceased As Far As The Law Is Concerned'

Donald Eugene Miller Jr. of Ohio is legally dead. But here's the thing: He's actually alive. Miller disappeared in 1986 and was declared dead in 1994. When he went in front of a judge this week to get his status clarified, Miller learned that declarations of death can only be rescinded within three years.
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With Veteran's Life In Peril, His Parents Take Up The Fight

Doctors said Erik Schei would be a "vegetable" for the rest of his life — and he was only 21. He had been shot in the head on his second tour in Iraq. But his parents choose to bring him home and give him another chance at life. Now, they say he's smiling every day and grateful to be alive.
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Heaven Is Waiting; Hell Is A Different Question, Nun Says

The Catholic Church has long held that saints are in communion with God after death, says Mary Catherine Hilkert, a Catholic theologian and Dominican Sister of Peace. But, she says, "never has there been a statement about anyone definitively being in hell."
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A Grandmother, Her Grandson And Fitting In — Together

Growing up, Barbara Handelsman often felt out of step with her family. She says she has always been shy and isolated, but with her grandson, Aaron, she says she's free to be herself. "I think we bring out the best in each other," Aaron says.

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