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Bill Clinton, Politics' Comeback Kid, Rides Again At The DNC

The former president, who will speak tonight in North Carolina, has played a role in every Democratic National Convention since 1972. Reviewing Clinton's exploits at the past 10 annual confabs offers a set of milestones for his entire career — and recaps 40 years of convention history.


Southern Pride And The Southeastern Conference

If your football team is a member of the SEC, you don't just root for your own team — you root for the whole division. Commentator Frank Deford takes a look at Southern pride.

Memorable Moments From Democratic Conventions Of The Past

A look at five memorable Democratic conventions of the past, beginning in 1956 — when presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson threw the decision on naming a running mate to the delegates.


An Empty Nest Brings New Context To Old Voicemails

Morning Edition producer Cindy Carpien just sent her youngest child off to college. It's bittersweet, but she's finding comfort and new meaning in old phone messages she saved from her two daughters.

Without A Career, How Do We Know Who We Are?

A lot of Americans identify themselves by their work. It used to be a kind of identity stamp, but the economic crisis may have hastened a change that was already under way: more people living with a series of short-term jobs instead of lifetime occupations.

Letters: Women And The Republican Party

Melissa Block reads emails from listeners about Robert Siegel's interview with Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

Week In Politics: Republican National Convention

Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Republican National Convention.

GOP's 'We Built It' Refrain Is Both Puzzling And Telling

The GOP's "We Built That" theme, which grew out of a gaffe by President Obama, all but took over the Tampa convention. Republicans say this line of attack, legitimate or not, highlights what they say is Obama's true attitude toward business. And they believe they can win by convincing the public that the president doesn't understand where jobs come from.