Talk of the Nation

Talk of the Nation linked the headlines with what's on people's minds, providing a springboard for listeners and experts to exchange ideas and pose critical questions about major events in the news and the world around them. Each day, Talk of the Nation combined the award-winning resources of NPR News with the vital participation of listeners. The result was a spirited and productive exchange of knowledge and insight that delves deeply into the news and ideas of the day.

Talk of the Nation ended its 17-year run on June 27, 2013.

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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

What The Future Holds For Cuba's Economy

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 2:08 pm

In Cuba, President Raul Castro has plans to reform the economy, but many challenges lie ahead before the country can move forward. Many of the changes are being implemented slowly because of resistance from within the Communist Party.

NPR Story
1:46 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Weighing The Benefits Of Studying Abroad

Though many colleges and universities urge their students to study abroad, there is little research on the actual benefits.
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Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 1:33 pm

In our increasingly interconnected world and global economy, the opportunity to study abroad seems like a particularly valuable experience. College students are urged to take advantage of study abroad programs to expand horizons and gain enriching cross-cultural experiences.

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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

The Media, National Security And Leaks

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 2:19 pm

Bipartisan legislation approved in late July by the Senate Intelligence Committee includes anti-leak provisions designed to curb disclosure of national security information. This legislation, and an ongoing FBI inquiry into U.S. intelligence leaks, have raised questions about the relationship between reporters and sources.

Science
1:46 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Paleontologists Unearth Possible Pre-Human Fossils

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 2:30 pm

Fossils discovered in East Africa suggest that Homo erectus, the species believed to be humans' direct ancestor, may have shared Earth with two genetically distinct but similar species. Some paleontologists believe that these species may be distant relatives to modern humans, while others need more evidence.

NPR Story
2:34 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Facebook Refugee Unplugs From Social Media

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Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 2:42 pm

Katherine Losse was Facebook's 51st employee. After earning a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2005, she got a job as a Facebook customer service representative — tasked with answering questions like "What is a poke?" In the course of five years, she became the personal ghostwriter for founder Mark Zuckerberg.

"I witnessed over those five years this huge transformation in how we lead our lives," she tells NPR's Tom Gjelten.

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NPR Story
1:43 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Guns 101: What We Know And What We Don't

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:30 pm

The recent shootings in Oak Creek, Wis., and Aurora, Colo., have reignited the debate about guns and gun control in America. But beyond the talking points and heated exchanges lie real questions about guns ownership, regulation and use.

NPR Story
1:43 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Finding The Truth In Politics

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 4:14 pm

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TOM GJELTEN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Tom Gjelten in Washington. Harry Reid says Mitt Romney doesn't pay taxes. Romney supporters are furious. The VP speculation builds, and the debate on welfare reform is back on center stage. It's Wednesday and time for an...

MITT ROMNEY: Obamaloney...

GJELTEN: Edition of the Political Junkie.

(MONTAGE OF ARCHIVAL RECORDINGS)

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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NPR Story
1:43 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Online Harassment Gets Real For Female Gamers

According to the Entertainment Software Association, 47 percent of gamers are women. Women over 18 are considered one of the industry's fastest growing demographics.
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Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 1:57 pm

Taunting and trash-talking are a regular part of the culture for online video gamers. Opponents tease and threaten each other to complement the violent clashes between the game avatars.

In a piece for The New York Times, reporter Amy O'Leary describes a series of incidents with female gamers over the past six months that have sparked a debate about sexual harassment in the online gaming community.

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World
2:26 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

What Foreigners Teach Americans About U.S. Culture

Guidebooks help tourists plot journeys and choose which sights to see. The books also provide advice on dining norms, driving habits and punctuality.
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Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 1:22 pm

When visiting another country for the first time, you probably turn to a guidebook for travel information — recommendations for hotels, restaurants and sightseeing. First-time visitors to the U.S. turn to guidebooks for that information, and also for advice on navigating the complexities of American culture.

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Health Care
2:15 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Prognosis Worsens For Shortage In Primary Care

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:40 pm

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TOM GJELTEN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Tom Gjelten, in Washington, sitting in for Neal Conan. It's bad enough that a visit to the doctor's office can be expensive. Maybe you worry about the quality of care you'll receive. But that's not all. A common complaint these days is the length of time we have to wait before we see someone who can help us.

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Middle East
2:11 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Sinai: The Heightened Threat Of A Lawless Region

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 9:44 am

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TOM GJELTEN, HOST:

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National Security
2:03 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Is There A Role For Government In Cybersecurity?

The Cyber Security Act of 2012 failed in the Senate, despite growing alarm in the intelligence community about the vulnerabilities of the nation's infrastructure. The episode highlights a unique problem for politicians concerned about the balance between national security and federal regulation.

From Our Listeners
1:41 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Letters: Teaching Modern History, Mindfulness

NPR's Tom Gjelten reads from listener comments on several past programs, including teaching modern history, the role of violence in popular culture and how to use mindfulness to re-frame stressful situation.

Mental Health
2:04 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

What We Know About Treating Brain Disorders

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 2:43 pm

The human brain contains around 100,000,000,000 nerve cells and research has given us insight into how they connect to form memories and control emotion. Much less is known about how the brain responds to injury or disease.

Religion
2:00 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Oak Creek Tragedy Puts Sikh Community In Spotlight

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 4:18 pm

Questions remain about the motives of the shooter who led Sunday's deadly attack at a Sikh place of worship, known as a gurdwara, in Oak Creek, Wis. Authorities have identified Wade Michael Page as the shooter in the rampage that left six others dead.

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