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Vietnam To Sept. 11: A Daughter's Lessons

The anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has NPR.org editor Laurel Dalrymple thinking about her father — and how he could never talk about his experience in Vietnam. It's made her consider how she will pass on her experience of Sept. 11. What will you tell your kids about that day? Tell us in the comments.
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"Books That Shaped America"

A selection of 88 books selected by the staff of the Library of Congress are currently on display in the institution's Thomas Jefferson Building. We consider the list and some titles that didn't make the cut.

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Op-ed: America Needs Strikes

Public school teachers in Chicago walked off the job Monday after failed contract negotiations with the city. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the strike "unnecessary." In a piece for CNN.com, Chris Rhomberg, sociology professor at Fordham University, argues that America would be better off with more strikes.
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Go On, 'Curate' This Commentary, Too

In recent years the word "curate" has been plucked out of museums and pasted onto everything from cosmetics, furniture and fashion lines to recipes, music- and photo-sharing websites and cat videos.
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Week In Politics: Democratic National Convention

Audie Cornish 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 Democratic National Convention.
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Editorial Cartoons And The 2012 Campaign

A picture and a punch line are worth a thousand words in the maelstrom of campaign season. We meet two editorial cartoonists who offer their take on the candidates and the issues.

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Safe Landing For 'Stag's Leap'?

What do you do when, after 30 years, your husband tells you he is leaving you for someone else? If you're poet Sharon Olds, you grab your spiral-bound notebook and write about it.
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Republicans Or Democrats: The Choice Comes Down To Competing Myths

At their conventions, the parties presented varying visions of America — as an entrepreneurial paradise where hard work, innovation and prudence are all that matters, and as a communitarian paradise where racial, national and religious differences are subsumed in a surge of shared success. Voters must decide which resonates most and why.
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What The Democrats' Do-Over Really Says About Party Platforms

Democrats had to make some hasty and awkward changes to their 2012 platform. The GOP platform passed smoothly but contains some controversial language. Important as it is to set down in writing what a political party believes in, it has become increasingly verboten to talk about it too publicly. There are two big reasons why.

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