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What We Talk About When We Talk About Race And Sports

Commentator Frank Deford reflects on the owner of the Atlanta Hawks' controversial efforts to market the team to white audiences.
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Amid NFL Scandals, A Novel About America's Love Of The Sport

It's the start of the season, and the NFL is already beset by scandal. Writer Mark Chiusano recommends a novel about football's place in American culture, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
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Week In Politics: Scottish Referendum, Hillary Clinton, Syria

E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss Scotland's vote on independence and Hillary Clinton's speech at a Democrats women's event.
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Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.
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Is The NFL Too Big To Fail?

The NFL has suffered a number of scandals recently, but the sport has emerged relatively unscathed. Commentator Frank Deford asks if anything could change the way Americans feel about football.
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Nightmares And Darkness Follow Marine Home From Iraq War

Jeff Lucey deployed to Iraq with the Marines in 2003. He returned home later that year, and initially, all seemed well. But it slowly became apparent that Lucey was struggling with invisible wounds.
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Week In Politics: Obama's ISIS Speech, Rand Paul

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss President Obama's Islamic state speech, Rand Paul and the current political races across the country, with a trend of the public swaying more towards the Republicans.
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Giving Every Kid Equal Standing In The School Lunch Line

For students who don't have enough money for a hot lunch each day, visiting the cafeteria can be a source of shame. In Houston, school volunteer Kenny Thompson decided he wanted to change that.
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The Video, The Tabloid Site And The NFL's Unwanted Reckoning

The assault by former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on his then-fiancee was public knowledge. But new video released by TMZ on Monday defined the story, says NPR's David Folkenflik.
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Hail To The Floppy Disk: Your Tired Tech That Keeps Ticking

Listeners share stories about their old computers that still get regular use.

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