When Jesus Christ Was Born (Michelle Shocked)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwjeEZvdhO0 It’s time for Christmas music, right? Michelle Shocked sings with her whole soul, ’cause she knows what its all about. Visit her on the web at MichelleShocked.com.

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Does Your Book Deserve My Vote?

Kids react to books much as they react to their favorite candidates: they like them because everyone else does, adding titles to their favorites list even when they haven’t read them. Voting for a Book, part of the Youth Radio series on NPR.

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Independence Day

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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The Heart of Father’s Day

Fathers are parents as well; we deal with those who are tender, and weak, and unprepared. Our strength is employed to their good and enjoyed in their company. That is the true heart of a father. It is a context of relationship changes everything.

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Books Are Not Widgets

Books are not widgets. Books are a part of our culture and should be treated as such. Making them into throw away goods is bound to lead to disaster. The best way to handle books is like how we should handle food: small scale and local. –Jenn, gleefully watching Borders go bust at A Bookseller’s […]

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Shakespeare Covers the Superbowl

Will “the dauntless Brady” meet his match in Eli “yet more Manning than man?” The Bard’s Play, from NPR.

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Beowulf: Behold the Man

You think you’ve heard about swords, and heroes, and fire-breathing dragons, and friendship, and glory, and treasure, just ’cause you’ve read those Potter books? C’mere, boys, let me tell you a tale…

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