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.

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Talk of the Nation for August 17, 2011

Director John Sayles shot his latest film, Amigo, in the Philippines with a primarily Filipino cast. Mary Cybulski/Variance Films/Anarchists' Convention hide caption

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Sayles' 'Amigo' Takes On Little-Known American War

Sayles' 'Amigo' Takes On Little-Known American War

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Not all college students drink, says sociology professor Thomas Vander Ven. But drinking to excess has become part and parcel of the college experience for many young people. Jason Reed/Reuters hide caption

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Understanding Why Students Love 'Getting Wasted'

Understanding Why Students Love 'Getting Wasted'

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Talk of the Nation for August 16, 2011

Penn Jillette is one half of the magic duo Penn & Teller. He co-hosts a Showtime series, as well as the Discovery Channel's Penn & Teller Tell A Lie. Michael Cogliantry/Simon & Schuster hide caption

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Magician Penn Jillette Says 'God, No!' To Religion

Magician Penn Jillette Says 'God, No!' To Religion

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Dave (Jason Bateman) and Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) switch bodies in the 2011 comedy, The Change Up. Universal Studios hide caption

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Summer Movies: The Great Body Switch

Summer Movies: The Great Body Switch

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Talk of the Nation for August 15, 2011

Jennifer Pharr Davis has set the unofficial speed record for hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Barbara Pharr/AP hide caption

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Hiker Finishes Appalachian Trail In Just 46 Days

Hiker Finishes Appalachian Trail In Just 46 Days

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Talk of the Nation for August 12, 2011

Talk of the Nation for August 11, 2011

Martin Clunes plays Dr. Martin Ellingham, a misanthropic village doctor, in the ITV comedy series Doc Martin. Courtesy of Acorn Media hide caption

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A Kinder, Gentler 'Doc Martin' Clunes

A Kinder, Gentler 'Doc Martin' Clunes

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