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NPR: Talk of the Nation Podcast by Neal Conan

NPR: Talk of the Nation Podcast

by Neal Conan

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With the Talk of the Nation podcast from NPR, host Neal Conan moderates a daily discussion of the current events that dominate the news landscape. Utilizing the expertise of a carefully selected panel of informed commentators, Conan navigates the various sides of an issue, seeking to provide an even perspective to the listener. Call-in guests are also given a voice in the proceedings, providing invaluable access to the present national dialogue. Listen or subscribe to this daily podcast from National Public Radio.


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Journalist Neal Conan hosts a discussion on issues dominating the news landscape. Every Friday: "Science Friday" with host Ira Flatow.


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


Thu, Jun 27, 2013


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.

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Hopes And Fears For The Future Of The World, With Ted Koppel


Thu, Jun 27, 2013


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.

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So Hard To Say Goodbye: Advice For Farewell Notes


Thu, Jun 27, 2013


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.

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What's The Talk Of Your Nation?


Thu, Jun 27, 2013


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.

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Gospel Legend Mavis Staples Comes 'Full Circle'


Wed, Jun 26, 2013


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."

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What Changes After Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA


Wed, Jun 26, 2013


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.

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A Look Ahead And A Farewell To The Political Junkie


Wed, Jun 26, 2013


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.

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


Tue, Jun 25, 2013


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.

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Surgeons Nuland And Gawande Look To The Future Of Medicine


Tue, Jun 25, 2013


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.

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Saudi Arabia Solidifies Support Of Syrian Opposition


Tue, Jun 25, 2013


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.

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What Changes After Supreme Court Ruling On Voting Rights Act


Tue, Jun 25, 2013


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.

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Op-Ed: Emerging Labor Movement Is A Presidential Opportunity


Mon, Jun 24, 2013


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.

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


Mon, Jun 24, 2013


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.

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


Mon, Jun 24, 2013


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.

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


Mon, Jun 24, 2013


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.

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Physicists Find New Particle, Look for Answers


Fri, Jun 21, 2013


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.

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Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Math


Fri, Jun 21, 2013


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.

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E.O. Wilson's Advice for Future Scientists


Fri, Jun 21, 2013


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.

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Coffee's Natural Creamer


Fri, Jun 21, 2013


Coffee beans are filled with oils that emerge from coffee grounds under high pressure. These oils form the crema - "the frothy stuff" on top of an espresso. In the last installment of Science Friday's series on coffee, food-science writer Harold McGee, author of On Food and Cooking, explains the chemistry of crema.

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Vegetables Respond to a Daily Clock, Even After Harvest


Fri, Jun 21, 2013


Vegetables plucked from grocery store shelves can be made to respond to patterns of light and darkness, according to a report in the journal Current Biology. Janet Braam and colleagues found that cabbages change their levels of phytonutrients throughout a daily cycle.

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A Calculating Win for China's New Supercomputer


Fri, Jun 21, 2013


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.

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Beaming Internet to the Boondocks, Via Balloon


Fri, Jun 21, 2013


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.

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'Blood & Beauty' Breathes New Life Into The Borgias


Thu, Jun 20, 2013


In the 1500s, Italy was bursting with some of the most influential and vivid figures in history. In her latest book, Blood & Beauty: The Borgias, novelist Sarah Dunant explores the story of the powerful and notorious family.

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Nikky Finney Ponders Possibilities Of The Poetry Profession


Thu, Jun 20, 2013


Nikky Finney won the National Book Award for her poetry collection Head Off & Split in 2011. Two years later, she is on the other side as a judge and the chair of the award panel. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, Finney discusses the future of poetry as a profession.

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After A Surge Of Violence, The Threat Of A New Civil War In Iraq


Thu, Jun 20, 2013


Since the beginning of April, more than 2,000 people have died in bombings and other attacks in Iraq. NPR foreign correspondent Kelly McEvers, just back from a trip to Baghdad, explains what's behind the recent rise in violence and what's changed since U.S. troops left the country in 2011.

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The Business And Politics Of Air Quality Regulation


Thu, Jun 20, 2013


In a speech in Germany Wednesday, President Barack Obama said it's time to take "bold action" on climate change. Many believe that major changes to policies on carbon emissions lie ahead, which would mean a host of new regulations for businesses.

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Deadpan Humor And Childhood Fears Collide In 'The Dark'


Wed, Jun 19, 2013


Are you afraid of the dark? In his latest children's book, The Dark, Daniel Handler — who writes under the pen name Lemony Snicket — takes on darkness itself, with the story of a young boy who confronts his biggest fear.

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Letters: Researching Rare Diseases, Only Children


Wed, Jun 19, 2013


NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show topics, including research into rare diseases and the joys and myths of having an only child.

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Will Work For Free? The Future Of The Unpaid Internship


Wed, Jun 19, 2013


A New York Federal District Court judge ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures broke the law by not paying two interns for work on the film Black Swan. As a result, private employers may be considering revising their internship programs, or scrapping them altogether.

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The Penultimate Edition Of The Political Junkie


Wed, Jun 19, 2013


Ken Rudin recaps the week in politics. Boston Globe political reporter Jim O'Sullivan previews the special election between Mass. Senate candidates Edward Markey and Gabriel Gomez on June 25. NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving looks to the future of Congress.

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