April 25, 2006 Wireless carriers are targeting a new group of consumers: parents of kids from the ages of 10 to 15. But should your preteen have a cell phone, and can you afford it? Personal finance guru Michelle Singletary joins Madeleine Brand to discuss the high cost of 'tween talking.
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April 24, 2006 NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that most government officials who leak confidential information think of themselves as true whistle-blowers. They are motivated by a desire to serve the public interest.
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April 24, 2006 With gasoline prices well over $3 a gallon, humorist Brian Unger says he has reached his petroleum "tipping point." His solution? A national crusade to develop alternative fuels -- let's put "Turd Blossom" on the case!
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April 24, 2006 The sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui has been marked by the strange and mischievous behavior of a defendant who appears to embrace the role of villain. NPR's Larry Abramson, who's been covering the trial, reflects on Moussaoui's courtroom antics.
April 24, 2006 When the family cat dies, NPR listener Jamaica Ritcher has to explain to her 2-year-old daughter what happened. In searching for an explanation of death, Ritcher finds a belief to guide her life.
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April 19, 2006 This summer, a 1,000-mile pipeline is expected to begin pumping oil from Azerbaijan's Caspian Sea coast, through neighboring Georgia, to a Turkish port on the Mediterranean Sea. Ivan Watson travels the length of the pipeline and reports on the people and places along the way.
April 19, 2006 Commentator Frank Deford looks at the connection between the golf course and the corporate world. He thinks its time for executives to take on sports that are more closely aligned with their corporate missions.
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April 5, 2006 Each year, hundreds of foreign journalists are invited by the State Department to visit newsrooms in the United States, learning about how journalism works in America. Last week, five American journalists and academics (including the NPR Ombudsman), were invited to return the favor by going to Turkey to meet with journalists in Istanbul and Ankara.
April 3, 2006 Satirist Brian Unger looks at the remarkable career of former Sen. George Mitchell, who was recently picked by Major League Baseball to investigate steroid use. Unger wonders: Is there anything this man can't do? Sadly, the list is pretty long...
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March 31, 2006 Republicans' attempted intervention in the case of Terri Schiavo marked the moment when the GOP's influence crested and began to recede.
March 29, 2006 The listeners' ombudsman usually writes about listener complaints. But for the sake of balance, he has decided to share listener e-mails that enthusiastically laud and appreciate what NPR does on a daily basis.
March 29, 2006 With a growing chorus in the Republican Party demanding an Oval Office shakeup, somebody had to be thrown overboard. That somebody was White House Chief of Staff Andy Card, who resigned Tuesday. But Political Editor Ken Rudin says Card wasn't entirely blameless.
March 29, 2006 The men's NCAA basketball tournament always has a couple of upsets that shock, and even delight, fans. Frank Deford thinks the inclusion of George Mason University in this year's Final Four tournament is a welcome surprise.
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March 28, 2006 Thief, the new crime drama from the FX cable network, premieres Tuesday night. Andre Braugher of the 1990s series Homicide stars as the leader of a crew of high-stakes bandits. Television critic Andrew Wallenstein says the series stands out from the latest batch of cops-and-robbers shows.
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March 27, 2006 According to a congressional report, U.S. businesses are almost half a billion dollars short in their pension obligations to current and future retirees. Brian Unger examines the growing numbers of workers with "pension envy", and offers a solution for those who face their golden years without a golden parachute.
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