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Lessons In Humility From A Chicago Kid Called Harold Ramis

Ramis, the actor and director best known for his comedies like Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, died on Monday. In an age of bombast and snickering, Ramis remembered the importance of compliments.

Week In Politics: Ukraine, Ariz. Veto And Obama's Task Force

Our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss Ukraine, the president's new task force and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto.

A Cowboy Stunt Double Who Made The Stars Look Good

For decades, Dean Smith doubled for Gene Autry, John Wayne and other Hollywood stars in some of America's most iconic Westerns. Those days are behind him, but Smith is still a cowboy at heart.

It's Time To Shrink Home Plate

Commentator Frank Deford has a modest proposal to make baseball more interesting: cut an inch and a half off each side of home plate. It'd lead to a better game to both play and watch, he says.

Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country

A Ukrainian skier has pulled out of the Olympics to show solidarity with protesters back home. While the impact of her move is unclear, forgoing a chance at a medal is a powerful symbol.

The Lives Of Blind Brothers Changed When 'Dad' Came Knocking

Leo, Nick and Steven are triplets whose single mother had a hard time caring for them. Their lives changed when a blind man in their community heard about their situation.

Michael Sam, A Distraction? Please

Commentator Frank Deford says the NFL is home to bullies, wife beaters, racists and, yes, some homophobes. But to suggest that one young gay man in the locker room would be too much for that bunch to stomach, he says, is "ludicrous."

Debate: Was Edward Snowden Justified?

Some consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a hero for releasing classified material to the media; others argue that he has irreparably harmed national security. Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and a former CIA director face off in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.

Despite Guinness And Google, Some Barroom Questions Go Unanswered

Commentator Andrei Codrescu says Google — and earlier, the Guinness Book of Records — has reduced the number of barroom brawls by clearing up matters of fact. But even as more and more of our factual debates find concrete answers, unanswerable questions will always rise up to take their place.

Three Years Later, A Harrowing Visit To Fukushima

The operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is under criticism for its management of the cleanup after the tsunami and subsequent meltdown in 2011. NPR's Anthony Kuhn recently went inside one of the Fukushima reactors to see the efforts himself.