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A Former Inmate And The 'Mother' Who Buoys Him

James Taylor says it was almost impossible to find a job after he was released from prison in 1999 — until he met Darlene Lewis. She helps ex-cons find work. "We make a good team," she says of James.
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Crowning The 33rd-Best Football Team In America

As we eagerly await the first official college football championship, commentator Frank Deford says it's intriguing that the U.S. places as much emphasis on college sports as it does on the pros.
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Rewatching 'The Wire': Classic Crime Drama Seems Written For Today

As HBO releases the high-definition version of The Wire, NPR's Eric Deggans says that binge-watching the show feels more like reading today's headlines — especially on issues of race and class.

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Letters: Lie Detectors, No-Kill Shelters And Net Neutrality

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read listen letters about the problem with so-called lie detectors, and no-kill shelters, and a correction about Amazon, Netflix and "net neutrality."
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In This New Year, Is It Time To Nix The Thank-You Letter?

In The Guardian, Peter Ormerod argues it's time to end the ritual of forcing children to write often-formulaic letters. Instead, he says, try for something that's less of a chore and more sincere.
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Egypt's Citizens Still Wait 'To Breathe Deep The Air Of Freedom'

Egypt has announced a retrial for three journalists jailed for their work. NPR's Eric Westervelt reflects on the reversal of justice in Egypt since his time covering the popular uprising at Tahrir.
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For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the new year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.
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Week In Politics: Jeb Bush, Remembering Mario Cuomo

Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review.
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Out Of Tragedy, An Unexpected Connection Is Made

The parents of a 5-year-old boy killed in a car accident have formed a bond with the sister of the woman who drove the speeding car. The couple says their meetings have eased their pain.
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From Coconuts To Anchovies, Your New Years Traditions

With food, music, and phone calls, people all over the country are filling their first day of 2015 with traditions. We asked you to share.

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