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Week In Politics: Primaries And Payroll Tax

Melissa Block talks to E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor at the National Review, about the showdown between Republican presidential contenders Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in Michigan and Arizona ahead of those states' primaries, and the extension of the payroll tax cut through the end of the year.
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Destination Ghana: A Son's First Trip Home

Tell Me More is looking at memoirs for Black History Month, and writers of today seem to have a fresh zeal for exploring family histories. NPR producer John Asante describes his journey to Ghana — the birthplace of his parents and the burial place of his father. He shares what the trip taught him about his family and himself.
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Is There Hope In Friday Night Television's 'Time Slot Of Death'?

For years, Friday nights have carried a grisly reputation — where shows on broadcast networks are sent to die. But a certain kind of cable show has recently performed well — even really well — on Friday nights. And even broadcast networks are finding flickers of life.
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Professor Hits A Wall And Falls In Love

Blinded by blond hair and a flash of ankle, Henry Flores walked into a wall outside Gwendolyn Diaz's new office. Twice. Still, he managed to get her attention, and the two professors have been together ever since.
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Putting On Heirs: 3 Rich And Snooty Reads

The parties, mansions — ah, to be rich and famous. Author Emma Straub might not lead a life of luxury, but she recommends three books that give a glimpse into those who do.
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Op-Ed: 'Linsanity' Is Thrilling, Yet Frustrating

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin sprang into the spotlight after he scored 27 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors. Lin, who previous mostly rode the bench, has become a sensation in the U.S., particularly among many Asian Americans. Journalist Chuck Leung feels a bit conflicted about celebrating Lin's success.
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Record GM Profits Could Make Romney's Anti-Bailout Message A Harder Sell

The potential problem for Romney, however, is that even some Republicans, let alone Democrats and many independents, are likely to see GM's financial results as further vindication of the federal bailouts and Obama's approach.
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Letters: On Aleksey Igudesman And Hyung-ki Joo

Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read emails from listeners about violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo.

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