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'The Magus': A Thrilling, Chilling Guilty Pleasure

The Magus is the story of a man who wished for adventure — only to be disappointed when that wish comes true. Author Nick Dybek says he identified with the book when he read it at age 20. Was there ever a time you longed for a more interesting life? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Letters: PBS Remixes Its Classic Characters

Audie Cornish and Melissa Block read emails from listeners about PBS remixes of Bob Ross, Julia Child and Mister Rogers.
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Tempest In Tampa: Isaac Tests Mitt Romney's Mettle

ANALYSIS: The last surviving purpose of the convention is to reach a vast audience and make an impression. Perhaps the special circumstances of this week will give the Republican presidential contender a unique way to do that.

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From Goldwater To Palin: Memorable GOP Convention Moments Of The Past

National political conventions don't offer the same impact as they did in the past, but that's no reason to ignore this year's festivities. This week's Political Junkie column lists five memorable conventions of the past.
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Making Peace With Our Cyborg Nature

What rankles so many of Lance Armstrong's detractors is the sense that somehow, he artificially enhanced himself to reach seemingly superhuman heights. Yet the story of modern humans, argues philosopher Alva Noe, is a story of our integration with artificial and mechanical enhancements.
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Phyllis Diller: Showing, And Celebrating, Her Age

Phyllis Diller, who died at the age of 95 this week, broke down doors in comedy — not just for women, but for the middle-aged.
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Week In Politics: Republican National Convention

Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the presidential campaign, Todd Akin and the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa.
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An Inmate Firefighter Finds His Proudest Moment

In Wyoming, as in several Western states, many wildfires are fought by prison inmates. Daniel Ross, serving time in a Wyoming prison for assault, has spent two seasons fighting fires. He says he's been overwhelmed by the gratitude of the townspeople his team has helped.
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Ivan Dies At 50: A Gorilla Life, Remembered

Ivan spent decades confined within a small department store display, until activists won the gorilla's transfer to a zoo. Anthropologist and ape observer Barbara J. King remembers Ivan and considers the intense impact — positive and negative — that human actions have on individual animals' lives.
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For Indian Women, Teasing Is No Laughing Matter

Women on the subcontinent may have gained more economic and political clout in the past few decades, but many still cannot escape indiscriminate acts of violence known as "eve teasing." Commentator Sandip Roy takes a look inside the problem and at what women are doing to fight back.

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