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All-Star Games Are Worthless If The Players Are Not All-Stars

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game may be less starry than usual this year because of Kansas City fans' campaign to get as many Royals players as possible into the game.

Little Baggies Of Bigotry Broadcast A Hateful Message — Paired With Candy

In some states, people have been leaving plastic baggies filled with Ku Klux Klan fliers and candy. NPR's Scott Simon considers what it means to sugarcoat hatred in the wake of Charleston shootings.

Learning The Hard Way Why You Just Shouldn't GetTooClose

In India, writer Deepak Singh was always bumping up against humanity. In the U.S., he found out about personal space. And he wonders: Is something lost when you have to keep your distance?

Charleston Stirs Memories Of Young Birmingham Bombing Victim

Decades before the deadly shootings at a South Carolina church, a church bombing killed four girls in Alabama. A friend of one of the girls describes the emotional scars both incidents have left.

The Quieter Sports Season, And Why Tennis Needs Caddies

Summer is finally here and commentator Frank Deford rounds up some of the sights and (softer) sounds of the season. And he says it's time for a new job on the courts of Wimbledon.

Awards For Athletes Should Honor Unsung Heroes

If ESPN wants to honor selfless players, it should give awards for courage to unknown people who achieve great feats.

A Brother, A Sister, And Two Lifetimes Of Acceptance

Michelle Kreifels, who has an intellectual disability, wasn't happy to find out her younger brother Patrick was gay. But then, she says, she "just thought about it," and came to accept him.

Giving 'Long-Shots' — Sanders and Others — A Fair Shot

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders worry that the media is writing off their candidate too soon.

A Manifesto On Diversity In Public Media

The host of the award-winning programs State of the Re:Union and Reveal shares his ideas about making public radio sound more like America.

The Worst Kind Of Groundhog Day: Let's Talk (Again) About Diversity In Publishing

As a writer and critic, I am not just bored with this conversation. I am sick of it. I have written these sentences before. I will write them again.