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Deford: Paying College Athletes Would Level The Playing Field

The sports commentator renders his verdict on the recent National Labor Relations Board ruling that Northwestern University's football players are employees and have the right to unionize.
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A Bill To Distill Simmers In Tennessee

Does a legally mandated recipe ensure Tennessee whiskey's quality, or does it violate the spirit's moonshiner roots? NPR's Scott Simon says that further study, and a sampling, is in order.
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Never Truly Over: Discussing Deployment A Challenge Of Its Own

Fighting in Afghanistan was extremely difficult, but now that Army Capt. Drew Pham is back in the U.S., he says he doesn't even know how to talk to people. It's his wife, he says, who keeps him going.
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Would March Be Less Mad If Players Were Paid?

A ruling this week that football players at Northwestern University could join a union has prompted dire warnings, but the most popular college sports probably wouldn't change much at all.
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Letters: ET The Video Game And Spoiler Alerts

Audie Cornish reads from listeners' letters about spoiler alerts and E.T. the video game.
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Debate: Does Affirmative Action On Campus Do More Harm Than Good?

Colleges that use race as a factor in admissions say the approach creates opportunity for students who might otherwise be excluded. Critics argue the practice hurts the students it's intended to help.
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The Mystery And History Of Sport's Front Office

In light of legendary coach Phil Jackson's recent move to the New York Knicks as the organization's president, commentator Frank Deford looks at how the office has evolved (or hasn't).
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A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before

As Russia takes control, the story of Reshat Ametov sends an ominous signal to Crimea's Tatars.
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Animal Rescuers Create Joy Amid Chaos After Exxon Valdez Spill

LJ Evans and Suzanne Bishop met in 1989 while volunteering at an animal rescue center in Valdez, Alaska. The chaos the spill created "is incredibly difficult to describe or even imagine," Evans says.
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Debate: It May Be Flexing Its Muscles, But Is Russia A Marginal Power?

In the past year, Russia has given asylum to Edward Snowden, hosted the Olympics and attempted to annex Crimea. Teams debate Russia's role on the world stage in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.

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