April 29, 2005 NPR Senior Foreign Editor Loren Jenkins was a reporter for Newsweek in Saigon when the city fell to the North Vietnamese in late April 1975. He recounts the chaotic final hours at the U.S. Embassy as the last Americans pulled out of Vietnam.
April 28, 2005 Commentator Kristal Brent Zook believes observing international "TV Turn-Off Week" week is especially pertinent to African Americans. Zook is a professor at Columbia University and a contributing writer for Essence magazine.
April 27, 2005 In the latest Pennsylvania Avenue column, NPR's Brian Naylor says President Bush's game plan for Social Security seems to be in irreversible trouble.
April 27, 2005 There's not much rhyme or reason in how sports teams pick their names. Commentator Frank Deford looks at the historical and contemporary challenges of figuring out what to call a sports franchise.
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April 25, 2005 Not so long ago, conservatives were defending filibusters as essential to the Republic while liberals regarded them as anathema. Today, both shoes on are on the other foot, Ron Elving says in his latest Watching Washington column.
April 25, 2005 Unwatched television shows backed up on your TiVo, hundreds of e-mails to read... and then there are the blogs you haven't gotten to yet. Day to Day slightly confused correspondent Brian Unger comments on a modern syndrome that's spreading quickly: digital guilt.
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April 21, 2005 Screeching gears and grinding metal are a new staple of TV on shows such as Robot Wars and Monster Garage. But Survival Research Laboratories of California has invited inventors to display their mechanical creations at events for more than two decades.
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April 20, 2005 Peter Overby comments on the history of congressional golf outings, back in the news amid House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's brush with congressional ethics issues. Overby says those who escape from Capitol Hill to the links draw attention when money -- and lobbyists -- are involved.
April 20, 2005 Commentator Frank Deford says part of the allure of professional sports drafts is trying to predict who will be picked by whom and when.
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April 14, 2005 Public perception of the media isn't very positive these days. Every year, it seems, there's a new study telling us that the media ranks right up there with politicians and used-car salesmen in the trustworthy category.
April 13, 2005 Tom DeLay is under increasing pressure -- even from some in the GOP -- to resign as House majority leader. In the latest Pennsylvania Avenue column, Andrea Seabrook examines his strategy for dealing with the political crisis.
April 11, 2005 Tom DeLay's problems recall previous troubles that helped oust figures in both parties, House Speakers Jim Wright and Newt Gingrich. In the latest Watching Washington column, Ron Elving looks at the similarities.
April 8, 2005 Four kings, five queens and at least 70 presidents and prime ministers are in attendance at the funeral of Pope John Paul II. The presence of three U.S. presidents at the funeral is a departure from past practice, and is one sign that international politics are alive beyond the pomp and circumstance.
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April 6, 2005 By posing next to a federal filing cabinet in West Virginia, President Bush tries a new tack in his bid to change Social Security -- attacking the financial underpinnings of the system, David Green says in the latest Pennsylvania Avenue column.
April 6, 2005 Many fans and journalists believe four players dominate golf: Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson. Commentator Frank Deford disagrees. Tiger is still tops, he says. And besides, sports tends to be a little too big on "big."
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