September 25, 2008 How society responds to the current financial crisis, in the end, will depend more on intuitive assessments of public character and trust than savvy insights into market regulation or mortgage-backed securities.
September 24, 2008 Sport can take fans' minds off their troubles, but not in 2008. This year, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, our saint of the perpetual frown, reflects the glum national mood — especially with quarterback Tom Brady out for the season.
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September 18, 2008 There's an unpleasant truth the Obama campaign may be avoiding: An important slice of voters who are still undecided about their presidential choice have some negative racial attitudes that could well be triggered before Election Day.
September 11, 2008 While we Americans think our divisions over "moral values" or "traditional values" are great, they aren't in comparison with other countries. There may be a crisis of community, manners and culture, but not of values.
September 10, 2008 John McCain's pick for running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is dominating the election talk, and a race once viewed as Barack Obama's to lose is now considered no worse than even. But there's still time for the momentum to shift yet again.
September 10, 2008 Power lines, sidewalks and curbs are just some of the perils cutting trees down to size in big cities. Can city folk coexist with the trees they love?
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September 7, 2008 Gov. Sarah Palin and the Republican National Convention made headlines around the world last week. Weekend Edition's regular essayist Diane Roberts is spending the election season in the United Kingdom, and she sends us this essay about what the British media is saying about Senator John McCain's choice for vice president.
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September 4, 2008 As the media storm rages around the selection of Sarah Palin to fill out the Republican presidential ticket, it's time to demystify some conventional (no pun intended) wisdom. For example, never underestimate the voters' dislike of the press.
September 3, 2008 Some players just don't seem comfortable in team sports, however talented they may be. Commentator Frank Deford says Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees is one such athlete, an outstanding player who nevertheless buckles under pressure to produce for his teammates.
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August 27, 2008 The Democratic Party, as assembled and packaged at its national convention, does not seem especially proud that it is about to become the first major American political party to nominate an African-American to be president.
August 26, 2008 A look at one key hour of cable news coverage of the Democratic convention Monday night reveals less shouting from liberal-leaning MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and company, who soft-pedaled conflict among Democrats. Over at Fox News, Bill O'Reilly remained a full-force conservative Factor.
August 21, 2008 Called "socialism with a human face," the Czechoslovak Communist Party's embrace of democratic reforms led the Soviets to invade that country in 1968 and squash the movement, fearing it would poison other Warsaw Pact countries. Today, little note is given to the movement or the invasion.
August 20, 2008 Leroy Sievers' My Cancer blog had all the qualities of the word "community," though few of the people in the neighborhood ever met physically. While technology doesn't offer quite the same authenticity as direct conversation, a virtual community can be profoundly meaningful to those dealing with cancer.
August 19, 2008 What should you do if you catch your boss breaking the law? That's just one of the moral dilemmas examined in the latest "Now What Do I Do?" column, a regular feature in O, The Oprah Magazine. Magazine columnist Jancee Dunn, and ethics panelist Jack Marshall, talks listeners through this month's ethical dilemmas.
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August 16, 2008 New federal health regulations meant to protect Americans from mad cow disease now prohibit the import of semen from European sperm banks. Apparently before the ban, Nordic donations commanded top-dollar in American clinics.
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