As Syria continues its violent crackdown, Hoover Institution senior fellow Fouad Ajami argues that the U.S. has forsaken Syria and its people and provided the regime with a lifeline. In the Wall Street Journal, Ajami writes that "everyone is waiting on Washington's green light and its leadership."
Centenarian Manohar Aich, also known as India's Pocket Hercules, runs an old-fashioned gym in Kolkata, India. Commentator Sandip Roy visited India's first Mr. Universe, who has little patience with the craze for fancy gym equipment that has swept middle-class India.
Two teachers on either end of the country have made lasting impressions on their students. They stepped up to mentor and comfort children with difficult home lives — and they're still there for them today.
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 Monica Youn. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.
Melissa Block 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 new GDP figures and the European debt crisis.
What if Darth Vader was controlling not just the Death Star, but also the Yankees? Commentator Hart Seely thinks he, like Luke's father, can influence plays on the field from afar. How do you affect your team from your couch? Tell us your secret baseball-watching rituals in the comments.
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