April 30, 2012 Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish read listener emails about a profile of Attorney General Eric Holder, and their reaction to an interview with New Yorker blogger Ben Greenman about eliminating the word "slacks" from the English language.
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April 30, 2012 As Syria continues its violent crackdown, Hoover Institution senior fellow Fouad Ajami argues that the U.S. has forsaken Syria and its people and provided the regime with a lifeline. In the Wall Street Journal, Ajami writes that "everyone is waiting on Washington's green light and its leadership."
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April 30, 2012 Think about the sunsets you've seen. Often the sky turns golden, orange or sometimes pink and red. But on Mars, the sunsets are blue. Why?
April 30, 2012 Internships, a principal avenue for upward mobility in our economy, have become a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder. Timothy Noah of The New Republic argues that opportunity should not be bought and sold.
April 30, 2012 The right wing National Front led by Marine Le Pen, did exceptionally well in the 2012 French presidential election. Christopher Caldwell of The Weekly Standard argues that the National Front may be becomiong the natural opposition party of France.
April 30, 2012 Al-Qaida continues to carry out attacks in the Middle East. Seth G. Jones of Foreign Policy argues that despite repeated attempts to eliminate it, al-Qaida is significantly stronger than many analysts expect.
April 30, 2012 Social Security trustees reported that the program's trust fund will be exhausted by 2033. According to Lee Judge and Pat Bagley, chances are that the problem will be mishandled.
April 30, 2012 The Magus is the story of a man who wished for adventure — only to be disappointed when that wish comes true. Author Nick Dybek says he identified with the book when he read it at age 20. Was there ever a time you longed for a more interesting life? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Centenarian Manohar Aich sits at his home in Kolkata, India. Aich stood 4 feet 11 inches at his tallest, earning him the nickname "Pocket Hercules."
April 30, 2012 Centenarian Manohar Aich, also known as India's Pocket Hercules, runs an old-fashioned gym in Kolkata, India. Commentator Sandip Roy visited India's first Mr. Universe, who has little patience with the craze for fancy gym equipment that has swept middle-class India.
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Kate Musick (left) taught Harlee Patrick in elementary school in Gloucester, Va.
April 29, 2012 Two teachers on either end of the country have made lasting impressions on their students. They stepped up to mentor and comfort children with difficult home lives — and they're still there for them today.
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April 29, 2012 The next big task for Mitt Romney is picking his running mate, which has prompted a raft of speculation. Mike Smith assesses the unique qualities that the presumptive nominee's VP will have to possess, while from 2011, Chip Bok reminds us that a vice president can be too colorful.
April 28, 2012 Some books are so good, we want to open them up and jump right in if we could. The Academy Award-winning short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore brings this feeling to life in an amazingly imaginative way.
Gerardus Mercator's maps gave us a truer view of our world and the means to explore it.
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April 28, 2012 In a time when most people never got to venture much further than the place in which they were born, Gerardus Mercator's maps gave us not only a truer view of our world, but the means to go out and explore it.
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April 28, 2012 After Mitt Romney swept all five states in this week's primaries, Newt Gingrich announced that he's ready to suspend his campaign. Randy Bish thinks the GOP will be relieved, while Joe Heller reminds us that Ron Paul is still slugging his way to the 2012 elections.
Monica Youn visits NPR headquarters in Washington on Friday.
April 27, 2012 Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Monica Youn. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.
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