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Talk of the Nation®

with Neal Conan

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Talk of the Nation with host Neal Conan is known for intelligent and thought-provoking discussion. Guests, contributors, and listeners explore today's most compelling issues — from breaking news, science, and education to religion and the arts.

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Document After 11 Years Behind The Host Mic, Neal Conan Signs Off
NPR's Neal Conan reflects on his 11 years of hosting <em>Talk of the Nation</em> and thanks some of the influential contributors to the show along the way. After 36 years at NPR, Conan signs off.
Document Hopes And Fears For The Future Of The World, With Ted Koppel
The conflict in Syria rages on, the United States' relationship with Iran remains strained, and China is taking hold as an emerging superpower. As part of <em>TOTN's</em> "Looking Ahead" series, NPR commentator Ted Koppel looks to the future of international relations.
Document So Hard To Say Goodbye: Advice For Farewell Notes
On the final day of <em>Talk of the Nation</em>, staff and colleagues have been faced with the dilemma of how to say goodbye. When your words fail, a greeting card can supply the right sentiment. Former Hallmark greeting card writer David Dickerson gives advice on saying goodbye.
Document What's The Talk Of Your Nation?
In the final broadcast of <em>TOTN</em>, NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving, senior business editor Marilyn Geewax and science correspondent Richard Harris discuss the big stories they're covering. Callers talk about the issues that have their communities and social circles abuzz.
Document Gospel Legend Mavis Staples Comes 'Full Circle'
The gospel legend, whose new album is titled <em>One True Vine</em>, has a career spanning more than 60 years. She says of the record, made in collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, "I've gone from the strictly gospel to folk to country, and here I am right back at home where I began."
Document What Changes After Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
In a 5-4 decision in <em>U.S. v. Windsor</em>, the Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The court rules that supporters of California's Proposition 8 case did not have standing to bring the case to court, which means same-sex marriages in California may resume.
Document A Look Ahead And A Farewell To The Political Junkie
In the final edition of the Political Junkie, NPR's Ken Rudin looks ahead to 2014 and 2016 elections with democratic pollster Anna Greenberg and Republican strategist Vin Weber.
Document 'Let The Fire Burn': A Philadelphia Community Forever Changed
On May 13, 1985, after a long standoff, Philadelphia municipal authorities dropped a bomb on the headquarters of the African-American radical group MOVE. In the documentary <em>Let the Fire Burn,</em> director Jason Osder uses archival footage to chronicle the years of tension that ended in tragedy.
Document Surgeons Nuland And Gawande Look To The Future Of Medicine
As the Affordable Care Act rolls out and technology changes certain procedures, the role of doctors continues to shift. As part of <em>TOTN's</em> "Looking Ahead" series, Dr. Sherwin Nuland and Dr. Atul Gawande discuss the future of the practice and profession of medicine.
Document Saudi Arabia Solidifies Support Of Syrian Opposition
Secretary of State John Kerry held a press conference Tuesday with the Saudi foreign minister. Prince Saud al-Faisal said his country cannot ignore Iran and Hezbollah's support of Assad's regime. NPR foreign correspondent Deb Amos explains Saudi Arabia's role in Syria.
Document What Changes After Supreme Court Ruling On Voting Rights Act
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, stating that the legislation was based on now outdated data. The ruling removes the coverage formula that required federal oversight for voting processes in nine states.
Document Op-Ed: Emerging Labor Movement Is A Presidential Opportunity
Retail and fast-food workers protesting for higher pay are creating a new kind of U.S. labor movement. <em>Chicago Tribune</em> columnist Clarence Page argues that the president could "set a good example" by requiring fast-food vendors who have contracts with the federal government to pay minimum wage.
Document 'The Will To Adorn': What We Wear And What It Says About Us
The fashion choices we make can say a lot about how we see ourselves, and can affect how others see us. The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival includes a program called "The Will to Adorn," which explores the ways African Americans culture is shaped by fashion.
Document What's Changed In The Military, And What's Next
A shrinking Pentagon budget, a changing role for women in combat, and the planned 2014 exit from Afghanistan are just some of the factors that will shape the future of military life. As part of <em>TOTN's</em> "Looking Ahead" series, guests discuss what's ahead for men and women in uniform.
Document After Supreme Court Ruling On Affirmative Action, What's Next?
The Supreme Court issued its decision Monday in Fisher v. the University of Texas, which challenged the constitutionality of the use of affirmative action in college admissions. The court sent the case back to the lower court to apply "strict scrutiny" to the University's admissions policy.
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