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At CES, A Gadget To Fix Everything — Except Broken Relationships

Commentator Judy Carter went to last week's Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas after a fight with her wife and tried to find gadgets to repair the relationship. She failed.
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Donating A Single Rollerblade Is Not Going To Help Disaster Victims

Yet that's what someone gave after the Haitian earthquake. A staffer at one nonprofit offers a plan to discourage unuseful donations from individuals and corporations and get what's really needed.
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'Selma' Backlash Misses The Point

Historian Peniel Joseph says Selma is the first major film about civil rights history that properly honors the contributions of the movement's African-American foot soldiers.
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Former 'Onion' Editor On Why We Need Satire

Former Onion editor Joe Randazzo reacts to the attack of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo this week.
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Week In Politics: New Congress, Keystone XL Pipeline, Paris Attack

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the new Congress, Keystone XL Pipeline votes and terror in Paris.
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A Familiar Debate On Comedy In Which Contexts Collide

After the Charlie Hebdo massacre, we're seeing an old debate about the rules of humor that seem to be in opposition. One side says nothing is sacred. The other maintains a right to offense.
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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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