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NewsPoet: Paisley Rekdal Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together, and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Paisley Rekdal. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.

Letters: Essence Festival, Cheese Song Contest

Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read emails from listeners about the New Orleans Essence Festival and a cheese song contest in England.

Op-Ed: Now's The Time For A Candid Candidate

Politicians, in general, aren't known for honesty. But in an op-ed in the Washington Post, Kathleen Hall Jamieson argues that voters, nervous about the economy and wary after hearing promise after promise things will get better, are ready to hear "hard truths" from President Obama and Mitt Romney.

The Green Party Makes Its Case As A Left-Leaning Alternative To Obama

The Green Party, which is perhaps best known for its former presidential candidate Ralph Nader and the role he may have played in determining the 2000 election, holds its 2012 nominating convention on July 14 in Baltimore.

Your Letters: Eugene Levy And American Dreams

Host Scott Simon reads from listeners' letters about the American dream series and last week's interview with Eugene Levey.

Letters: Andy Griffith

Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read comments from listeners about Andy Griffith.

Week In Politics: Mitt Romney, Health Care Mandate

Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Mitt Romney and the health care mandate.

Answering Listener Questions About Health Care Law

Americans still have many questions about the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact their health insurance coverage. Health policy correspondent Julie Rovner answers questions from listeners about how the law affects Medicare, how the penalty for not having the required coverage applies to low income people and people living overseas, and how much insurers can raise premiums.

Wish You Were Here: City Kayaking In Seattle

We all have a place where we can go to get away — even if it's only in our mind's eye. Writer Jess Walter loves days spent paddling on Lake Union.