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The 'Good Sports' In College Athletics

Commentator Frank Deford says big universities often see athletics as primarily spectator entertainment. Smaller schools, he says, do better in making it a participant activity for students.

People On The Move Drive Anxiety, Hope — And, Always, Change

Migration — whether from one country to another, or one political party to another — transforms culture and society, writes Michel Martin. The question is how the change happens, not whether it does.
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John Danforth: "The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics"

The former United States senator and ambassador to the United Nations is also an Episcopal priest. He argues in a new book that religion can act as a bridge in an era of bitterly divisive politics.


Baseball's Arms Race: The Price Of All Those Fast Pitches

Too many pitchers are throwing too hard for the human body to bear, commentator Frank Deford says. What makes these injuries unique is that the players are doing it to themselves.

This Thanksgiving, Listen To (And Interview) Your Elders

StoryCorps has an assignment as generations gather this Thanksgiving: Document the stories and voices of a grandparent or elder.

Football, Notre Dame And Winning 'For The Gipper'

Commentator Frank Deford marks the 75th anniversary of the college football movie Knute Rockne, All-American, which included a famous phrase, uttered by the movie's star, Ronald Reagan.

Why Women's Sports Get So Little Attention

As the WNBA finals approach, NPR commentator Frank Deford explains why — Serena Williams aside — women's professional sports are not as popular as men's.

Too Many Sports Columnists Being Cut From The Team

Baseball used to be a newspaper game, says commentator Frank Deford. Now, sports are equal parts television and fantasy.

Keeping Loved Ones' Holiday Recipes Alive, Long After They've Left The Table

NPR's Marc Silver lost his mother-in-law in 2005. But she remains a presence at family meals this Jewish holiday season, through his dogged trial-and-error attempts to re-create her favorite treats.

Pope Francis Inspires Black Catholics, Despite Complicated Church History On Race

The arrival of Pope Francis has triggered discussions of the Catholic Church's historic treatment of the African-American faithful, and has sparked hopes for a better future.