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Ryan's Speech Revives The Spirit Of Jack Kemp, War Over Reaganomics

Rep. Paul Ryan demonstrated in his convention speech that he's a true believer, much like two previous politicians he has sought to emulate: Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. Kemp's economic ideas were controversial decades ago, but they've gained new life in the vice presidential nominee's budget plan.

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Letters: New Meanings In Hyphenated Last Names

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about last names that become much more interesting when hyphenated.
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Slaughter In The Subway: A Tale Of New York Terror

As a kid, author Victor LaValle loved horror stories. But it wasn't until he read Books of Blood by Clive Barker that he found one set in his own hometown. Have you ever read a book that took place where you live? Tell us in the comments.
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GOP Reaches Out To Women More In Convention Programming Than In Platform Writing

The Republican National Convention is trying to build a bridge to more female voters.

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Just Say No: Doping Diminishes All Athletes

Athletes aren't always the best role models but, for commentator Frank Deford, the worst sin they can commit is doping.
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Op-Ed: Iran's Foreign Policy Driven By Identity

In a recent piece, Ray Takeyh explains that Iran's revolutionary government thrives on conflict and that Iran's provocative foreign policy helps it "sustain an ideological identity." Takeyh explains what we need to know to understand Iran's motives in its dealings with the U.S. and other countries.
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Romney's Forces Are In Control For Now, But Maybe Not For Long

ANALYSIS: The next era of conservative politics is just as likely to be dominated by the insurgents as by the forces that have brought Mitt Romney to his party's presidential nomination.

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'The Magus': A Thrilling, Chilling Guilty Pleasure

The Magus is the story of a man who wished for adventure — only to be disappointed when that wish comes true. Author Nick Dybek says he identified with the book when he read it at age 20. Was there ever a time you longed for a more interesting life? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Letters: PBS Remixes Its Classic Characters

Audie Cornish and Melissa Block read emails from listeners about PBS remixes of Bob Ross, Julia Child and Mister Rogers.

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