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In Writing, Nadine Gordimer Explored Why We're All Here

South African writer and activist Nadine Gordimer wrote 15 books, and helped her friend Nelson Mandela edit his famous speech, "I Am Prepared To Die." She died this week at the age of 90.
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Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975

County clerks are making news by defying the state's gay-marriage ban, but Clela Rorex got there first. Decades ago, she issued a groundbreaking license to the first openly gay people she'd ever met.
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Nepalis Treat This Peace Corps Volunteer Like Justin Bieber

And that's not necessarily a good thing. Our blogger reveals the darkly funny side of being a local celebrity who's trying (and not always succeeding) to improve health, nutrition and income.
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Remembering How The Great War Changed U.S. Sports

This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Commentator Frank Deford considers the war's unlikely impact on American sports.
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A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty

When her once-middle-class family suddenly needed help, Darlena Cunha drove a Mercedes to enroll in the federal nutrition program. "The most embarrassing part was how I felt about myself," she writes.
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For Two Sisters, A Family Bond Tightens In Bullet's Wake

Kai Leigh Harriott was paralyzed by a stray bullet when she was 3. Her sister, Aja David, was baby-sitting her at the time. The incident was tragic, but it also strengthened their connection.
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When Social Advocacy and Advertising Collide

From TV spots featuring interracial families to links between shiny hair and feminism, companies are embracing social issues -- and potential controversies -- that come with today's modern families.

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A Golf Prodigy Grows Up, And Goes All The Way To The Top

Child actors are infamous for burning out young. Not so for child athletes, says commentator Frank Deford. Michelle Wie, the 24-year-old golfer, may now be the best-known golfer in the world.
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The Letter That Kicked Off A Radio Career

As NPR's Tamara Keith steps into the Weekend Edition Saturday host chair this week, she looks back to a letter written when she was 15 years old.
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From Axes To Razors, The Stuff That Makes You Feel Manly

For All Things Considered's series on men in America, we asked you to tell us about the objects that make you feel manly. Answers ranged from handkerchiefs and boxing gloves to typewriters and tools.

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