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From Topless Bar To Biology: A Love Story

Susan McClinton says when she met her husband, Philip, 40 years ago, her life was headed in a bad direction. Together, they went back to school and helped each other change their lives.

Tina Brown's Must Reads: The Modern Woman

The Daily Beast and Newsweek editor explores the changing role of women with recommendations that cover a groundbreaking gender discrimination lawsuit against Newsweek, a stay-at-home wife's rise through the professional ranks and the meaning behind a mother's profile picture.

NFL's West Coast Teams Have An Edge: The Sandman

When NFL teams from the East Coast play teams from the West Coast, the outcome might depend on what time of day the game starts. And if you're a gambler, the West Coast players could have enough of an edge to make you consider betting on them.

Letters: A Daughter's Connection To 'American Pie'

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about a daughter's connection to her father through Don McLean's album "American Pie."

Amish Beard-Cutting: An Attack Or A Hate Crime?

Sixteen members of a conservative Amish church group have been charged with hate crimes after forcibly cutting off the beards of members of a breakaway Amish group. In a piece for Bloomberg View, Harvard law professor Noah Feldman argues that while the attacks should be punished, they aren't hate crimes.

Vietnam To Sept. 11: A Daughter's Lessons

The anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has NPR.org editor Laurel Dalrymple thinking about her father — and how he could never talk about his experience in Vietnam. It's made her consider how she will pass on her experience of Sept. 11. What will you tell your kids about that day? Tell us in the comments.
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"Books That Shaped America"

A selection of 88 books selected by the staff of the Library of Congress are currently on display in the institution's Thomas Jefferson Building. We consider the list and some titles that didn't make the cut.


Op-ed: America Needs Strikes

Public school teachers in Chicago walked off the job Monday after failed contract negotiations with the city. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the strike "unnecessary." In a piece for CNN.com, Chris Rhomberg, sociology professor at Fordham University, argues that America would be better off with more strikes.