Talk of the Nation Journalist Neal Conan leads a productive exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the news landscape. From politics and public service to education, religion, music and health care, Talk of the Nation offers call-in listeners the opportunity to join enlightening discussions with decision-makers, authors, academicians and artists from around the world.

Talk of the Nation

Neal Conan leads an exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the news landscape.

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Talk of the Nation for August 10, 2011

Brooke Gladstone has served as senior editor for NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday and All Things Considered. She is currently host and managing editor of NPR and WNYC's On The Media. W.W. Norton & Co. hide caption

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Drawing Lessons From The Media 'Machine'

Drawing Lessons From The Media 'Machine'

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Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has been playing music since age 4. Kirk Edwards hide caption

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Trombone Shorty Mixes Jazz Sounds, Old And New

Trombone Shorty Mixes Jazz Sounds, Old And New

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Talk of the Nation for August 9, 2011

The "Great Recession," like downturns before it, has wreaked havoc on many American households. Author Don Peck says many families and communities will feel the pinch long after the economy recovers. Crown Trade Publishing hide caption

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Downturns Can Leave Americans 'Pinched' For Years

Downturns Can Leave Americans 'Pinched' For Years

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In a scene from the 1996 film Independence Day, the White House comes under attack by aliens from outer space. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Summer Movies: Pick Your Favorite Apocalypse

Summer Movies: Pick Your Favorite Apocalypse

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Talk of the Nation for August 8, 2011

Talk of the Nation for August 5, 2011

Talk of the Nation for August 4, 2011

Linguist John McWhorter says sign languages function in ways that no other languages do. But, he says, like all spoken languages, they also morph over time. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Linguist Considers 'What Language Is' — And Isn't

Linguist Considers 'What Language Is' — And Isn't

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Talk of the Nation

Neal Conan leads an exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the news landscape.