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From breaking news, science, and education to religion and the arts, Talk of the Nation offers listeners the opportunity to join enlightening discussions with decision-makers, authors, academics, and artists from around the world.

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NPR Story
12:55 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

House Prepares To Take Up Senate Budget Compromise

Originally published on Tue January 1, 2013 1:35 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Early this morning, the Senate approved a fiscal cliff package that includes some important steps forward on taxes, an unemployment extension and a new farm bill, among others. But now it appears that bill may be in trouble in the House of Representatives. NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving joins us now from his home here in Washington, D.C. Ron, Happy New Year.

RON ELVING, BYLINE: Happy New Year to you, Neal.

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NPR Story
12:55 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

How Will The Budget Deal Affect The U.S. Economy?

Originally published on Tue January 1, 2013 1:35 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan. This afternoon, House Democrats and Republicans are meeting separately to consider the Senate-approved deal that would avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. Some House Republicans indicate they'd like to amend that bill and send it back to the Senate, which if it doesn't get done tonight could invalidate the negotiated deal. It would then become a problem for the next Congress, which takes office on Thursday. As of now, no vote is scheduled.

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NPR Story
12:55 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

The Rose Parade's Evolution Into A Cultural Event

Originally published on Tue January 1, 2013 1:35 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Right now in Pasadena, the floats in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade are the homestretch. The Rose Parade is a long-established national tradition, of course, watched every year by hundreds of thousands across the country. Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison covered the event many times and wrote today: Its huge cultural shadow has been as much about what you didn't see on display as what you did.

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Remembrances
1:06 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

A Tribute To The Remarkable Lives We Lost In 2012

Clockwise from top left: Conservationist Ralph Frese, novelist Rosa Guy, political activist Oswaldo Paya, inventor Frances Hashimoto.
Photo credits, clockwise from top left: Courtesy of Laurance Reed; Fern Logan; Jorge Rey/AP; Toyo/Gary Miyatake

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 1:22 pm

In 2012, the nation mourned the deaths of some extremely influential individuals — from singer Whitney Houston to astronaut Neil Armstrong, writer Maurice Sendak and TV personality Dick Clark.

Each year, Talk of the Nation reaches out to colleagues at NPR for help remembering some of the remarkable men and woman who did not make the front page when they died, but whose lives still made a significant impact.

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Politics
12:58 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

President Obama Speaks On The 'Fiscal Cliff'

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 3:58 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Less than 10 hours from now, we arrive at the political deadline set by Congress and the president a year and a half ago when they mandated a deal on taxes and spending so awful, so unthinkable, that the prospect would surely force a compromise.

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NPR Story
11:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

'Consider the Fork' Chronicles Evolution of Eating

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 12:03 pm

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NPR Story
11:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Making Resolutions That Stick

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 12:03 pm

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NPR Story
11:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

The Renaissance Man Who Got It All Wrong

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 12:03 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY; I'm Ira Flatow. You've heard of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Galileo, Newton, maybe even Pascal and Hooke, all Renaissance men who, between them, innovated in painting, sculpture, physics, math, chemistry, astronomy, architecture, philosophy, the list goes on. But how about Athanasius Kircher? Yeah, have you heard of him? Not ringing - no bells are ringing?

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Author Interviews
1:23 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Talking About What It Means 'To Be Black'

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 2:08 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
1:11 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

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

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 1:23 pm

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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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