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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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Hockey's Doc Emrick And His 153 Verbs

Hockey announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick is that rare play-by-play man who is both an authority on the game and a connoisseur of the language.
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Roxane Gay: 2014 Was The Year Of 'Enough Is Enough'

Author Roxane Gay spent 2014 thinking and writing about issues that exposed divides in America over race and gender. She offers her thoughts on some of the year's most-talked-about stories.
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For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale

This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.
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Week In Politics: U.S.-Russia Ties, Slain NYPD Officers

Political commentators Ramesh Ponnuru and Gail Collins discuss state of U.S.- Russian relations, the two slain NYPD officers, and Senators Paul Rand and Marco Rubio clash over the U.S.-Cuba thaw.

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