Talk of the Nation

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  • After 11 Years Behind The Host Mic, Neal Conan Signs Off MP3

    NPR's Neal Conan reflects on his 11 years of hosting Talk of the Nation and thanks some of the influential contributors to the show along the way. After 36 years at NPR, Conan signs off.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

    27.06.2013

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  • Hopes And Fears For The Future Of The World With Ted Koppel MP3

    The conflict in Syria rages on, the United States' relationship with Iran remains strained and China is taking hold as an emerging superpower. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, NPR commentator Ted Koppel looks to the future of international relations.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • So Hard To Say Goodbye: Advice For Farewell Notes MP3

    On the final day of Talk of the Nation, staff and colleagues have been faced with the dilemma of how to say goodbye. When your words fail, a greeting card can supply the right sentiment. Former Hallmark greeting card writer David Dickerson gives advice on saying goodbye.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • What's The Talk Of Your Nation? MP3

    In the final broadcast of TOTN, NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving, senior business editor Marilyn Geewax and science correspondent Richard Harris discuss the big stories they're covering. Callers talk about the issues that have their communities and social circles abuzz.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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    27.06.2013

  • Gospel Legend Mavis Staples Comes 'Full Circle' MP3

    The gospel legend, whose new album is titled One True Vine, has a career spanning more than 60 years. She says of the record, made in collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, "I've gone from the strictly gospel to folk to country, and here I am right back at home where I began."» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

    26.06.2013

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    26.06.2013

  • A Look Ahead And A Farewell To The Political Junkie MP3

    In the final edition of the Political Junkie, NPR's Ken Rudin looks ahead to 2014 and 2016 elections with democratic pollster Anna Greenberg and Republican strategist Vin Weber.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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    26.06.2013

  • What Changes After Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA MP3

    In a 5-4 decision in U.S. v. Windsor, the Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The court rules that supporters of California's Proposition 8 case did not have standing to bring the case to court, which means same-sex marriages in California may resume.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • 'Let The Fire Burn': A Philadelphia Community Forever Changed MP3

    On May 13, 1985, after a long standoff, Philadelphia municipal authorities dropped a bomb on the headquarters of the African-American radical group MOVE. In the documentary Let the Fire Burn, director Jason Osder uses archival footage to chronicle the years of tension that ended in tragedy.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

    25.06.2013

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    25.06.2013

  • Surgeons Nuland And Gawande Look To The Future Of Medicine MP3

    As the Affordable Care Act rolls out and technology changes certain procedures, the role of doctors continues to shift. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, Dr. Sherwin Nuland and Dr. Atul Gawande discuss the future of the practice and profession of medicine.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • Saudi Arabia Solidifies Support Of Syrian Opposition MP3

    Secretary of State John Kerry held a press conference Tuesday with the Saudi foreign minister. Prince Saud al-Faisal said his country cannot ignore Iran and Hezbollah's support of Assad's regime. NPR foreign correspondent Deb Amos explains Saudi Arabia's role in Syria.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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    25.06.2013

  • What Changes After Supreme Court Ruling On Voting Rights Act MP3

    In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, stating that the legislation was based on now outdated data. The ruling removes the coverage formula that required federal oversight for voting processes in nine states.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • Op-Ed: Emerging Labor Movement Is A Presidential Opportunity MP3

    Retail and fast-food workers protesting for higher pay are creating a new kind of U.S. labor movement. Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page argues that the president could "set a good example" by requiring fast-food vendors who have contracts with the federal government to pay minimum wage.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

    24.06.2013

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    24.06.2013

  • What's Changed In The Military, And What's Next MP3

    A shrinking Pentagon budget, a changing role for women in combat, and the planned 2014 exit from Afghanistan are just some of the factors that will shape the future of military life. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, guests discuss what's ahead for men and women in uniform.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • 'The Will To Adorn': What We Wear And What It Says About Us MP3

    The fashion choices we make can say a lot about how we see ourselves, and can affect how others see us. The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival includes a program called "The Will to Adorn," which explores the ways African Americans culture is shaped by fashion.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • After Supreme Court Ruling On Affirmative Action, What's Next? MP3

    The Supreme Court issued its decision Monday in Fisher v. the University of Texas, which challenged the constitutionality of the use of affirmative action in college admissions. The court sent the case back to the lower court to apply "strict scrutiny" to the University's admissions policy.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • E.O. Wilson's Advice for Future Scientists MP3

    In his new book, Letters to a Young Scientist, biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson aims to inspire a new generation of scientists. Among his observations and advice: Geniuses don't make the best scientists, and don't worry if you aren't good at math.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

    21.06.2013

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    21.06.2013

  • Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Math MP3

    Should you skip the bedtime stories and do math problems instead? Laura Overdeck, the founder of "Bedtime Math," thinks so. Overdeck discusses her program for tucking kids in with equations, and tells why she thinks it helps kids keep up their math skills over summer vacation.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

    21.06.2013

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  • Physicists Find New Particle, Look for Answers MP3

    Researchers say that they've discovered a new subatomic particle�"one that appears to contain four quarks bound together. Physicist Sean M. Carroll describes the significance of the find, and talks about the ongoing effort in physics to explain why the universe is the way it is.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • A Calculating Win for China's New Supercomputer MP3

    China's "Tianhe-2" (Milky Way 2) supercomputer took first place in one recent speed test, clocking in at 30 quadrillion calculations per second--about twice as fast as the best American machines. The U.S. still has more supercomputers than any other nation, but some experts say computer speed is a measure of a country's scientific innovation, and worry the U.S. is lagging behind.» E-Mail This     » ...

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  • Beaming Internet to the Boondocks, Via Balloon MP3

    Rather than relying on cell towers, phone lines, or fiber optics, Google plans to beam 3G-speed Internet to the world's most inaccessible corners using helium balloons. The experiment is called "Project Loon." Leader Mike Cassidy talks about the project's first step: providing balloon Internet to New Zealand and the 40th parallel south.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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