Talk of the Nation

Neil Conan

Each day, Talk of the Nation combines the award-winning resources of NPR News with the vital participation of listeners. The result is a spirited and productive exchange of knowledge and insight that delves deeply into the news and ideas of the day.

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Religion
2:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Amidst Church Scandals, Who Still Joins The Priesthood

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 2:18 pm

A decade after news of the sex abuse scandal in the Boston archdiocese of the Catholic Church broke, reports of abuse continue to emerge. The number of priests in the U.S. is in rapid decline, raising questions about who still chooses the job and how the work has changed after high-profile abuse scandals.

Global Health
1:58 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

In Syria, Addressing Medical Needs In An Embattled City

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 4:07 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Now to the civil war in Syria. Rebels report new rocket strikes by government forces today - attacks, they say, that killed six members of one family. Nearly two years after the government sent army tanks to crush anti-government protests, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday he does not see much prospect for a negotiated resolution, and he warned that the humanitarian situation in the country is dire.

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From Our Listeners
1:45 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Letters: 'Django Unchained', Rereading Classics

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 4:09 pm

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show topics, including reaction to the movie Django Unchained, Florida's python problem and rereading high school classics.

World
2:10 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Al-Qaida's Next Stronghold? What's At Stake In North Africa

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Over the weekend, Algerian troops stormed a gas facility in a remote area near the country's eastern border and ended a four-day standoff with Islamic militants who seized the production complex and dozens of hostages.

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Around the Nation
1:58 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Remembering Seneca Falls, Selma And Stonewall

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 2:23 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

In his second inaugural address yesterday, President Obama emphasized equality and the struggles for civil rights.

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NPR Story
1:43 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Looking Ahead To The Challenges Of The Next Term

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 2:10 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is special coverage from NPR News of the presidential inauguration. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The crowds along the National Mall have dwindled, and President Obama is making his way to the inaugural parade, which then will head down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. The theme of this year's inauguration, faith in America's future, an idea that echoed through much of what the president said in an inaugural address that illuminated many of the principles behind the policies he intends to address during his final term.

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NPR Story
1:43 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

America At This Moment: Obama's Second Inauguration

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 4:21 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is special coverage from NPR News. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. Just over two hours ago, President Barack Obama took the oath of office on the west steps of the Capitol before a throng gathered on the National Mall and millions listening on radio and TV. As he begins his second term in the White House, he leads a nation deeply divided on the size and purpose of government, on gay marriage, on guns.

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NPR Story
12:03 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Edward Tufte Wants You to See Better

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 1:03 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Flora Lichtman. Up next: the man who wrote the book - well, the books, rather - on data visualization. He was doing infographics before everybody was doing infographics. Back in the '80s, data scientist Edward Tufte remortgaged his house so he could start a company and self-publish his first book, "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information." Sound like a snoozer? Well, that book, along with his others on the same topic, have sold more than a million-and-a-half copies.

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NPR Story
12:03 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Inventors Design Lamp Powered Entirely By Gravity

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 1:03 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Flora Lichtman, filling in for Ira Flatow today. Solar wind, geothermal - now there's a new renewable energy source to add to that list. It's free, completely reliable and totally unlimited: the force of gravity. Two British designers have invented a lamp that runs on gravity alone. Their GravityLight - yes, that's its name, aptly named - uses, you guessed it, the pull of gravity on a weight to generate up to 30 minutes of light.

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NPR Story
12:03 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Dementia Takes The Stage In 'The Other Place'

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 1:03 pm

In the Broadway play The Other Place actress Laurie Metcalf ("Jackie" on the TV show "Roseanne") plays a scientist suffering from the dementia she studies. Playwright Sharr White discusses the play and the challenge of presenting complicated science on a theater stage.

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