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On Capitol Hill, Rand's 'Atlas' Can't Be Shrugged Off

In the 1950s, Rand felt that her ideal of unfettered capitalism was missing in politics. But today, her ideas are alive and well-represented in the U.S. Capitol. Her philosophy has sunk so deeply into our political thought, many people don't even recognize it as hers anymore.
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Networks Add New Twists To Old Formulas, But Few Are Succeeding

Commentator Eric Deggans says the TV networks are spinning old genres in new ways, but they're mostly making themselves dizzy.
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Holiday Video Game Preview: Beyond 'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3'

We look at some of the upcoming video game releases, including the hugely hyped Call Of Duty 3: Modern Warfare.
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Autumnal Calm In Turbulent Times

For a while now, we've been listening to grim news from Europe and watching GOP candidates compete for attention from fickle voters. In this week's essay, guest host Linda Wertheimer reflects on the simple joys of fall in an otherwise uneasy season.
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American Bluegrass, Imported By A Czech Band

The first time NPR's Don Gonyea heard Druha Trava play was in 2009, when he was covering President Obama's trip to Europe. On the campaign trail two years later, Gonyea stumbled across the band again — in Iowa.
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Coming Home To Less Than A Hero's Welcome

It's Veterans Day, and the families of soldiers who have come back from Iraq and Afghanistan can celebrate together. But coming home isn't always easy. Navy veteran and author Karl Marlantes offers this essay on his return from Vietnam — and he explains why coming home today isn't any easier.
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Through The Lens: Seeing Veterans Up Close

Is a picture worth a thousand war stories? Suzanne Opton, author of Soldier/Many Wars, took photos of veterans to find out. In one series, she had them adopt a vulnerable position by laying their heads on a table, while in another, she draped them with fabric to explore roles like warrior, martyr, saint.

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