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Why The BCS Is The Holy Roman Empire Of Sport

The Bowl Championship Series climaxes Tuesday, with a game in New Orleans between Louisiana State and Alabama. But should the winner really be called the national champion? Just think how other sports would look if they were run by the BCS.
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Imprisoned In A Mysterious Mistaken Identity

Author Alex Gilvarry recommends Max Frisch's I'm Not Stiller, a novel that intertwines a classic tale of mistaken identity with high comedy and postwar seriousness.
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What's In Store: 3 Tales Of A Terrifying Future

As society makes astonishing technological advances, some think our future looks brighter than ever. But author Drew Magary isn't getting his hopes up. He has three books that set the bar pretty low for what the next generations will experience.
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In Michel Martin's House: Spirit Of Revolt

In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin shares that to her chagrin, her stepdaughters proposed to skip the china and use plastic plates for their holiday feast. The episode made Martin empathize with the deficit-cutters in Congress, and consider how tough it is to change the status quo until good-willed people choose to do so.
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How To Fix College Sports

Joe Nocera is among critics who say that college athletics are an exploitative system. In a business that takes in $6 billion in revenue annually, should players get compensation beyond their scholarships? Nocera talks with guest host Jacki Lyden about his plan to make things right.
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The Simple Joys Of An Old-Fashioned Datebook

Is there really anything else that matters quite as much, as the unblemished promise of a blank page of your own life — the particulars of which are written for and by you?
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Answering The Question 'What Was It A Good Year For?'

Was there big news in your neighborhood, or an interesting trend you spotted this year? Compare your idea to hundreds of other readers who sent their suggestions. We've used the responses to construct a word cloud.
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John Ridley's Top 'Nontroversies' Of 2011

Were they bigger than big, or a blip on the radar? Weeks-long water cooler fodder or hardly happening? It's been another year of stories so overblown, overhyped and overrated, 365 days were hardly enough to contain them.

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