November 30, 2009 In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin reflects on the much-discussed film Precious, and how prominent black women like first lady Michelle Obama play a role in the lives of young black girls longing to feel — yes — precious.
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November 30, 2009 According to a campaign advisor to Yulia Tymoshenko, the Ukrainian prime minister and presidential candidate purposely inflated fears of an ongoing swine-flu epidemic to aid her presidential run. Did she do more harm than good?
November 30, 2009 The health care reform debate that unfolds over the next few weeks will be full of drama. While it's hard to imagine opponents of reform stopping a bill from passing, it's not at all hard to imagine the opponents of reform drastically altering the bill before it goes forward.
November 30, 2009 The decline of commercial journalism predates the web, but the Internet has without question rattled the industry. Here's the good news: politicians and regulators are finally discussing what to do about it.
November 30, 2009 Federal spending has soared so high that 40 percent of this year’s budget will be funded by borrowing. Unfortunately, centrist legislators’ plan to restore fiscal sanity will do nothing of the sort.
November 29, 2009 It was 1939, the year of the New York World's Fair, Germany's invasion of Poland, and the publication of Steinbeck's classic The Grapes of Wrath. It's also the year two 18-year-old girls from Denver took a train to the East Coast for an adventure that inspired a Hollywood musical.
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November 28, 2009 Paco Rodriguez, known as El Nino Azteca on the west side of Chicago, died last week of injuries sustained in the ring. His organs have been donated. "He's not only in heaven, but walking the earth in other people," his brother says.
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November 27, 2009 Half a million people have bought the TV show Glee's version of Journey's song "Don't Stop Believing." The show's winning formula is to transform an original song without its reeking of a knockoff.
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November 25, 2009 Next week, President Obama will lay out his Afghanistan plan in a televised address. NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says it's a defining moment for the president — and warns that like war presidents before him, Obama will likely face pressure to escalate the war in the weeks and months ahead.
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November 25, 2009 It hasn't been an easy year for Americans, but despite a struggling economy, health care woes and troops fighting overseas, there is much to be grateful for. Author Teresa Nicholas we need Thanksgiving more in tough times than in good ones.
November 25, 2009 What reading material is President Obama circulating throughout the White House? His latest tidbit signals that health care reform cost control is a priority — a message relayed privately, during negotiations with Congress and interest groups, from day one.
November 25, 2009 China and the U.S. account for about 40 percent of carbon emissions, with each country contributing one-fifth to worldwide emissions. But Elizabeth Economy of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations suggests China will have to bear most of the burden to reduce emissions.
November 25, 2009 When President Obama sits down with Prime Minister Singh today, we hope they will sketch out an ambitious and sustained agenda for expansive Indo-U.S. cooperation over the coming years.
November 25, 2009 In The Blind Side, it is refreshing to see Hollywood produce a film that portrays a Republican and Christian family in a favorable light. If the film has a lesson, it is only indirectly political. It is about the intact, loving family as the ordinary condition of human flourishing.
November 25, 2009 It may get harder for athletic programs to adhere to the Title IX mandate that athletic representation on campuses mirror student enrollment. Frank Deford notes that if colleges make cheerleading a sport, they might stave off budget cuts to male-dominated sports programs — but at what cost to other female athletes?
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