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Without A Career, How Do We Know Who We Are?

A lot of Americans identify themselves by their work. It used to be a kind of identity stamp, but the economic crisis may have hastened a change that was already under way: more people living with a series of short-term jobs instead of lifetime occupations.
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Letters: Women And The Republican Party

Melissa Block reads emails from listeners about Robert Siegel's interview with Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.
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Week In Politics: Republican National Convention

Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Republican National Convention.
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GOP's 'We Built It' Refrain Is Both Puzzling And Telling

The GOP's "We Built That" theme, which grew out of a gaffe by President Obama, all but took over the Tampa convention. Republicans say this line of attack, legitimate or not, highlights what they say is Obama's true attitude toward business. And they believe they can win by convincing the public that the president doesn't understand where jobs come from.
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A Veteran Cop Recalls A Tough Night On The Job

Police officers often have to respond to tragic scenes. Mark Edens, a retired Michigan State Trooper, remembers one night in 1974 that was especially tough. He says breaking the news to a family that a family member has died is always hard, but something he was born to do.
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Ryan's Speech Revives The Spirit Of Jack Kemp, War Over Reaganomics

Rep. Paul Ryan demonstrated in his convention speech that he's a true believer, much like two previous politicians he has sought to emulate: Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. Kemp's economic ideas were controversial decades ago, but they've gained new life in the vice presidential nominee's budget plan.

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Letters: New Meanings In Hyphenated Last Names

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about last names that become much more interesting when hyphenated.
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Slaughter In The Subway: A Tale Of New York Terror

As a kid, author Victor LaValle loved horror stories. But it wasn't until he read Books of Blood by Clive Barker that he found one set in his own hometown. Have you ever read a book that took place where you live? Tell us in the comments.
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GOP Reaches Out To Women More In Convention Programming Than In Platform Writing

The Republican National Convention is trying to build a bridge to more female voters.

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Just Say No: Doping Diminishes All Athletes

Athletes aren't always the best role models but, for commentator Frank Deford, the worst sin they can commit is doping.

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