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What To Expect From Obama's Final State Of The Union

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 4:11am

Steve Inskeep talks to former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau about what it takes to write such a speech. President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address Tuesday night.

A 'Wisdom-Keeper' Draws From A Deep Well Of Navajo Culture

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 3:59am

In the Navajo culture teachers are revered and trusted. Tia Tsosie Begay is no exception, making sure her fourth graders know that "someone believes in them."

'60s 'Dish' Maggie Smith Says, 'That Was Never Me'

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 3:58am

"It must be lovely to be beautiful, but that's a really difficult thing to lose," says Smith, now 81. Best known in the U.S. for her role in Downton Abbey, she's now starring in The Lady in the Van.

Richard Thaler: Why Most Economists Might As Well Be Studying Unicorns

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 11:01pm

Shankar Vedantam talks to Richard Thaler — father of behavioral economics and author of Misbehaving -- about why we so often fail to act the way we should and how marshmallows can predict the future.

GOP Debate Shrinks To 7 Candidates, Rand Paul To Skip Undercard

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 7:09pm

Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul were bumped off the main stage for Thursday's debate on the Fox Business Network. Paul had warned for days that he would not show up for a lower-tier event.

Lionel Messi Picks Up Fifth Ballon D'Or, Carli Lloyd Wins For Women

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 5:58pm

For the fifth time in seven years, Barcelona and Argentine national team striker Messi has been named the best player in the world. He beat Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazil's Neymar.

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