Talk Of The Nation

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 a variety of guests.

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NPR Story
9:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Making Resolutions That Stick

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 10:03 am

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

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Around the Nation
11:16 am
Thu December 27, 2012

As Families Change Shape, Societies May, Too

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Celeste Headlee, in Washington, Neal Conan is away. For centuries, the foundation of human society, the basic building block, was the family: parents, children, grandchildren, passing knowledge and wealth down through generations. But all signs seem to indicate that in many parts of the world, the family is on the decline, and singles are on the rise.

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Politics
11:11 am
Thu December 27, 2012

With Clock Ticking, 'Fiscal Cliff ' Looms Ever-Closer

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 11:23 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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Arts & Life
11:11 am
Thu December 27, 2012

At The End Of The Day, Cliches Can Be As Good As Gold

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 11:23 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

So I'm wondering, how often have you actually counted your chickens before they'd hatched, or maybe thrown up a single stone and then hit two birds, not to mention having one of those critters in your hand that was worth two of them in the bush. Cliches are very often denounced as the most over-used and contemptible phrases in the English language.

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Author Interviews
11:07 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Talking About What It Means 'To Be Black'

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 12:08 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Celeste Headlee in Washington. Each December, we try to catch up on a few of the important books we missed earlier in the year. "How to Be Black," by Baratunde Thurston is our choice for today; part memoir, part commentary on what it's like to be black in the U.S. right now.

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NPR Story
10:59 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Measuring The Impact Of Your Charitable Donations

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 11:56 am

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Ari Shapiro in Washington. Neal Conan is away. This week, many of us are making year-end charitable donations. There are countless needy people and worthy causes competing for our dollars. So many philanthropists today want proof that an organization actually succeeds at its mission.

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NPR Story
10:59 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Political Highlights Of 2012 And The Pint-Sized Pundit

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 11:46 am

NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin recaps the week in politics and reflects on some of the significant political moments of the year. He also faces off in a trivia battle with burgeoning political junkie Gabe Fleisher, a fifth grader who drafts a political newsletter everyday before school.

NPR Story
10:59 am
Wed December 26, 2012

When The Holiday Season Is Transformed By Loss

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 11:54 am

Alcestis 'Cooky' Oberg lost her father-in-law unexpectedly on Christmas Day in 1982. For the first few years, it meant that Christmas was a somber time. Oberg, a contributor to USA Today, talks about how the mood of the holidays evolved for her family over time.

Around the Nation
10:39 am
Tue December 25, 2012

The Power of Reunions After Long Separations

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 11:22 am

Rita Betush and Judy Bottomley grew up with a sense that something was missing. As a child, Betush's mother told her she had a sister who'd been put up for adoption. This year, after decades apart, Betush and her long-lost sister, Bottomley, connected by phone, and in February, they'll finally meet.

NPR Story
10:29 am
Tue December 25, 2012

How To Handle Santa-Heavy TV In A Jewish Home

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 10:46 am

The Christmas season is a peculiar time for Jewish children, many of whom are drawn to Christmas specials like A Christmas Story. What should Jewish parents do? Guest host John Donvan talks to Slate senior editor Dahlia Lithwick about her Jewish parent's guide to Christmas specials.

NPR Story
10:29 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Letters: Tragic Events, Adoption And Filling Time

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 10:50 am

Guest host John Donvan reads listener comments from past shows about witnessing tragic events, adoption in the Internet age and how to fill time while you wait.

Around the Nation
11:13 am
Mon December 24, 2012

The Transit Workers Who Get You Home For The Holidays

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 11:49 am

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JOHN DONVAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm John Donvan in Washington; Neal Conan is away. Five words, let's sing them.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS")

DEAN MARTIN: (Singing) I'll be home for Christmas...

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Opinion
11:04 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Op-ed: Keeping Politics Out Of Sec. Of State Nomination Process

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 10:44 am

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JOHN DONVAN, HOST:

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NPR Story
11:04 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Why We Behave So Oddly In Elevators

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 11:53 am

For most of us, riding from floor to floor in an elevator is a completely mundane process. Lee Gray, an associate dean at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is known as the Elevator Guy. He spends a lot of his time researching the history of elevators and why we behave so oddly in the big metal boxes.

Space
1:16 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Shooting Stars: Capturing The Night On Camera

Photographer Colin Legg makes time-lapse movies of celestial scenes, from auroras to eclipses. Photographing mostly in remote parts of Australia, where human-made light doesn't compete with starlight, Legg describes some of the challenges of this type of photography: from babysitting cameras for days and nights on end to running electronics in the backcountry.

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