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1:32 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

'Marriage,' The Word At Heart Of Cultural Debate

In a recent column, Ben Zimmer wrote, "Is there any word currently more contested in our culture than marriage?" As the debate about same-sex marriage continues, he examines the definition of marriage and the ways advocates and opponents of same-sex unions use language to advance their positions.

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1:29 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Coroners: Inside The Lives Of Death Investigators

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. After 32 years, the mystery has been solved. A coroner in the fourth inquest into the death of an Australian couple's baby declared the dingo did in fact take the baby. You know a bit about the case if you saw the Meryl Streep movie "Cry in the Dark."

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1:04 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

The Future Of Democracy In Egypt

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 1:18 pm

Egypt's Supreme Court declared recent elections illegal and ordered the Islamist-led parliament dissolved. The decision, by judges who were appointed by former dictator Hosni Mubarak, escalates the power struggle between the military government and the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists.

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1:04 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

On The Ground With Troops In Afghanistan

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 1:22 pm

NPR's Pentagon correspondent, Tom Bowman, recently spent several weeks in Afghanistan following the last major combat offensive in the region. He and Andrew Exum of the Center for a New American Security talk about the situation on the ground just two years shy of the withdrawal deadline.

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1:04 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

'Old Jews' Take Jokes To The Stage

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 1:24 pm

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