July 4, 2003 Commentator Marion Winik traveled to the Mid-Atlantic Women's Motorcycle rally in Gettysburg, Pa. The event completely changed her view of women who ride bikes.
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July 4, 2003 On July 5, 1852, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Ben Guillory, producing/artistic director of the Los Angeles-based Robey Theatre Company, reads an excerpt from Douglass' speech, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro."
May 13, 2003 Commentator Marion Winik muses about her college major -- semiotics.
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March 10, 2003 It's still winter in Pennsylvania, and commentator Marion Winik is losing interest. But the "record" winter has shown her that even when you know the odds or predictions, it doesn't change the fact that you still have to plow forward.
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February 24, 2003 Almost a decade ago, commentator Marion Winik's husband died. She says adjusting to the loss can still be tough sometimes. But she has two boys and in them lives her husband and their father's presence.
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December 24, 2002 Commentator Marion Winik has discovered that baking bread reveals the secrets of life, such as the importance of staying home. She says you would be amazed at the wonderful things that happen when you stick around the house for five or six hours.
January 13, 2002 Essayist Diane Roberts has lots to complain about. Well, she has the right. She's utterly ill. "Our noses are raw," she says, "we walk as if our legs are made out of glass, we clutch raggedy Kleenexes as if they were pieces of the Shroud of Turin."
January 1, 2002 Commentator Amy Dickinson recounts her horrible New Year's Eve as her daughter got stuck in an elevator in her apartment building.
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April 24, 2001 Blending into a new city can be a difficult thing in any country, and foreigners living abroad often need to find ways to decompress. Commentator Shai Oster describes the almost religious experience of the morning commute in Beijing.
November 27, 2000 Commentator Bill Harley learned the hard way that he didn't really need so much stuff after all. He says that traveling without his suitcase started out as an inconvenience, but turned into a blessing in disguise.
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August 29, 2000 Commentator Carol Wasserman grieves the end of summer. Although she's an adult, she still feels as if she will have to go back to school in the fall. She wonders why all the "shrinks" take this time of year off to vacation, when August is when they are needed most to deal with this leftover feeling from childhood.
August 1, 2000 Most Americans come to France expecting to see the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower. Commentator David Sedaris describes his experiences in the City of Lights from his preferred venue: the inside of a movie theater.
January 2, 2000 Weekend Edition's Alfred Lubrano writes a letter to future generations: "We, your ancestors, lead complex, messy lives. We can't program our VCRs. We keep just half our marriages intact. You should see what we've done with the water."
January 1, 1999 Commentator Bill Harley tells about his childhood tendency to get injured -- especially on holidays. His parents were always rushing him off to the emergency room. He tells the story of one New Year's Day when his father was deeply involved in the Rose Bowl game and once again Harley was in need of immediate medical attention.
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