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Simon Says

Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on Amazon.com as it celebrates its 20th birthday this month, examining the ways in which we're courted online to buy just about everything.

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Darlena Cunha says that she wrote her essay about her family's temporary poverty so her twin daughters would learn not to judge people on government assistance. Courtesy of Darlena Cunha hide caption

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Opinion

The Letter That Kicked Off A Radio Career

As NPR's Tamara Keith steps into the Weekend Edition Saturday host chair this week, she looks back to a letter she wrote when she was 15 years old.

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In sports, Americans only dilly-dally for crucial, life-affirming reasons: to allow commercials. L.G. Patterson/AP hide caption

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Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson at practice for the 2014 NCAA men's college basketball tournament. Commentator Frank Deford says that, despite NCAA claims to the contrary, most college players are not typical students — "their job is to play a sport." Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Remodeling the National Stadium Mane Garrincha in Brasilia, Brazil, for the FIFA World Cup cost the Brazilian government $900 million. Eraldo Peres/AP hide caption

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In a recent Pew Reseach Center poll, 61 percent of Brazilians said hosting the World Cup, which begins Wednesday in Sao Paulo, is bad for the country, because it has diverted money from public services. Nelson Almeida /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Even if California Chrome wins Saturday's Belmont Stakes, most Americans are too disconnected from horses to flock to the race track, says commentator Frank Deford. Al Bello/Getty Images hide caption

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Can I Just Tell You?

Choosing To Stay When 'Tell Me More' Ends

Host Michel Martin reflects on the mission of Tell Me More as the program prepares to end production in August.

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