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Stories, Old Friends, A Good Time 'Til The End

Bishop Ricardo Ramirez's grandmother lived a long and full life. But it was the way Francisca Espitia approached her final years that may have impressed her grandson the most. It started with a story about how she'd been enjoying life at 90.

The Man Who Painted Sport, Bright and Beautiful

The recent death of artist LeRoy Neiman calls for remembering a man who was humble with his success, and generous with his help.

Letters: Sports

Hosts Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read letters from listeners. Today's letters are all about sports.
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Frank Partnoy: "Wait: The Art and Science of Delay"

We live in a fast-paced world that values quick thinking. But business and law expert Frank Partnoy warns against snap judgments and argues for the wisdom of delay.


Teenage Brain: Gateway To A 'Bright And Dark' World

For author Meg Wolitzer, John Neufeld's 1969 novel Lisa, Bright and Dark opened the door to more intense reads on mental illness. Has a book you've read ever acted as a gateway to harsher, truer or more literary novels? Tell us in the comments.

Taboo Revival: Talking Private Parts In Public Places

Earlier this month, there was a national uproar when a Michigan state legislator was disciplined for using a clinical sexual term during a debate. According to linguist Geoff Nunberg, it was just one of many such incidents that reflect a trend he calls the New Reticence.

Age, Demographics And Ethics Make For A Tough Primary For Charlie Rangel

Charles Rangel's long career in Congress is at risk in Tuesday's New York primary. He is 82, faces a redrawn district, and is coming off being censured by his colleagues.

Former Dropouts Push Others To Reach Finish Line

Learning Works charter school in California takes an unorthodox approach to getting young people to graduate. Students who had previously dropped out get mentors who help with everything from getting to class on time to staying up late studying. Now, some of those who graduated are helping others.