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Politics
12:00 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Game-Changing Debate Moments

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 1:34 pm

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JOHN DONVAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm John Donvan in Washington. Snowe steps down, Obama rallies the base, and nothing holds Romney back. It is Wednesday and time for a...

MITT ROMNEY: Deceptive and a dirty trick...

DONVAN: Edition of the political junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

SENATOR BARRY GOLDWATER: Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.

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On Aging
12:00 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Caretaking: When Love And Resentment Collide

Writer Sandra Tsing Loh loves her 91-year-old father. As he lost his independence, she began caring for him and has encountered frustration that many children of aging baby boomers may face. In a piece in The Atlantic, she confesses that there are moments when she wishes he would die.

Afghanistan
12:00 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Koran Burnings Complicate U.S. Role In Afghanistan

After U.S. military officers in Afghanistan accidentally burned Qurans while disposing of other Islamic texts, two American military officers were killed and protests broke out throughout the country. The violent responses have raised concerns about the U.S. strategy.

Economy
12:00 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Op-Ed: Gas Prices Are Not A Political Issue

Industry analysts say oil prices rose ten dollars a gallon in February, driving up gas prices at the pump. Washington Post columnist Charles Lane argues that though gas prices have long been a political issue, gas prices are largely determined by global crude oil prices.

NPR Story
12:00 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

The Hidden Faces Of Modern Day Slavery

Slavery continues to exist across the United States in a number of forms. There are brothels, farms, nail salons and factories across the United States where people are working against their will, for no pay. A number of states are working on legislation to address human trafficking.

NPR Story
12:00 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Not Enough Hours In The Day?: How To Find More Time

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 3:22 pm

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JOHN DONVAN, HOST:

Free time, so how much of that do you have? Are you, say, too busy to breathe? Well, author Laura Vanderkam says that she used to be too busy to breathe until she figured out that most of us who don't think we have time to spare in a day are really only fooling ourselves, maybe even lying to ourselves. She says you're not that busy. Hmm. Are you? If you're convinced that you really are that busy, give us a call, maybe Laura can help you out and convince you otherwise.

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NPR Story
12:00 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

In-Laws And Interracial Marriage

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, about 15 percent of new marriages in 2010 were between people of different races or ethnicities — nearly twice the rate from 30 years prior. Though interracial marriage is more mainstream, the unions may still cause tension among family members.

Food
12:00 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Chef Trotter Transitions From Kitchen To Classroom

Chef Charlie Trotter helped pioneer American fine dining at a time when French cuisine reigned on the food scene. After 25 years, Trotter will close his namesake restaurant — Charlie Trotter's — in Chicago, Ill., to pursue a Master's in philosophy and political theory.

From Our Listeners
12:00 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Letters: Va.'s Proposed Ultrasound Law, 'Rez Life'

NPR's John Donvan reads from listener comments on previous show topics including Virginia's proposed ultrasound law, preparing your pockets for a rainy day and reservation life.

Health Care
1:05 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

'Am I My Genes?': Fate, Family And Genetic Testing

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 1:13 pm

Advances in genetic testing have improved the prediction, diagnosis and treatment of disease. But having increased information about your genetic makeup can raise some difficult questions and decisions.

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