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4:57am

Sat May 19, 2012
Author Interviews

Americans: A 'Bunch Of Amateurs,' And Proud Of It

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 10:19 am

Book cover detail: Bunch of Amateurs

Jack Hitt says if you drill down into the American spirit to find out what makes Americans so American, you'll find it's the fact that we're all amateurs at heart. In his new book, Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character, he pinpoints the first American to use the amateur label to his advantage: Benjamin Franklin.

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4:57am

Sat May 19, 2012
Fine Art

Barnes Foundation Changes Location, But Little Else

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 10:19 am

After years of bitter controversy, the Barnes Foundation opens the doors of its new location in downtown Philadelphia on Saturday. Since 1922, the collection has been housed in the Philadelphia suburbs, where critics say the collection's owner would have wanted it to stay.
Tom Crane The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation opens the doors of its new gallery in downtown Philadelphia on Saturday. Its collection of paintings by Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne and many more is now hanging in galleries designed to replicate those at the Barnes' old home in suburban Merion. The move follows a decade of bitter debate over the future of this multibillion-dollar collection.

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7:17am

Sat May 12, 2012
Opinion

Can A Change Of Heart Beat The Flip-Flop Charge?

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 1:46 pm

President Barack Obama told ABC this week that he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Most Americans give politicians low marks for sincerity and see every decision they reach as a cold, poll-driven calculation. Often enough, it is. Politicians, after all, have asked pollsters where they should spend their summer vacations.

Yet when pundits and interest groups urge politicians to change their minds and they do, they're assailed for flip-flopping.

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7:07am

Sat May 12, 2012
House & Senate Races

Indiana Senate Race: The Bigger Picture

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 8:25 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

From Wisconsin, we head over to Indiana, where this week, six-term Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost by a landslide to State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who was supported by the Tea Party.

Now, Senator Lugar was known for working with senators on the other side of the aisle to pass legislation. That may not be the political flavor of the month in his party or his state.

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6:52am

Sat May 12, 2012
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: On Composition And Evidence

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 8:25 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Time now for your letters.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

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