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Paying For College

First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters

You got in! But just how much money is that school offering you? Financial aid award letters can be confusing, so we've put together a sample letter — and translated it into plain English.

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Politics

NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President

After a horrendous October rollout, the ACA is viewed a little more favorably now. But the number of people who intensely oppose the law is 12 percentage points higher than those who strongly back it.

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Author Interviews

A Song Of Frogs, Motherhood And Murder In Swampy San Francisco

Author Emma Donoghue's new novel, Frog Music, imagines a new solution to the 1876 murder of a San Francisco frog-catcher — and fits in a lot of raw and raunchy popular songs along the way.

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