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A Peach, A Monkey, A Memory: One Texas Summer

As we drift to sleep, our minds tend to drift as well — recalling memories long ago lost to time. Singer and storyteller Tony Norris remembers a relic of his childhood, and the ties that bind him to a tiny peach-pit monkey.
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Letters: Medication Shortages And Chef Jacques Pepin

Talk of the Nation listeners write in with their comments about chef Jacques Pepin and the current shortage of prescription drugs.
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A 'Marriage Plot' Full Of Intellectual Angst

Jeffrey Eugenides' third novel, The Marriage Plot, charts the lives of three young adults as they finish college, fall in love and navigate the real world after graduating from Brown University in 1982. Eugenides, also a Brown alum, based some of the novel on his own experiences directly after college.
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Parents Playing Favorites ... Inevitable?

Most parents deny that they favor one child over another, but in a recent Time cover story, senior editor Jeffrey Kluger says it's natural for parents to have favorites. In this week's parenting conversation, guest host Tony Cox discusses the contentious topic with Kluger, as well as Shawn Bean, Parenting magazine executive director and father of two boys, and Jolene Ivey, Maryland state legislator and mother of five boys.
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NBA Games Canceled: Anybody Care?

Maybe there won't be many long-lasting repercussions from this battle between millionaires (the players) and billionaires (at least some of the owners) over how to divide millions of dollars.
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Deen Does 'Southern' Fare ... With A Stick Of Butter

Food Network star Paula Deen loves bacon, butter and, of course, Southern cooking. In her new cookbook, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible, Deen explores the regional variations of Southern food.
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Op-Ed: Obama 'Devastating' For Civil Liberties

Jonathan Turley argues in a recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that "the election of Barack Obama may stand as one of the single most devastating events in our history for civil liberties." He says President Obama has continued many of the most controversial Bush administration programs.
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Steve Jobs, Whose Imagination Invited Us To Play

You might see the insight that drove Steve Jobs' life when you watch a child with one of the products he designed, from a Mac laptop to an iPhone. It's playtime. Children — and adults — look, touch, try stuff and smile. Steve Jobs understood that creativity and play spring from the same source.

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