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How did your life collide with the headlines in 2007?
Iraq, the subprime crisis, Facebook, immigration, oil prices - 2007 had no shortage of hefty headlines. We'd like to hear about how these and other major news events of the past year affected you. Where did your life collide with the news in 2007?

What's your holiday performance story?
The office talent show, the neighborhood caroling posse, the school pageant ... At holiday time we often sing, dance, and dress as shepherds. Did you bloom in the warmth of your audience's adulation, or freeze up like the snowman you'd rather be building? Did your holiday performance change your life or that of someone close to you?

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Public Policy Coverage
Richard Paul is an independent producer of public radio features and documentaries. His work has been honored by a number of professional organizations including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Woman in Radio and Television.

The President and the Economy
September 18, 2004
We're starting a new series this week to bust some of the biggest myths in American public policy. Richard Paul begins with the President and the economy.

Online resources:
"A Term at the Fed: An Insider's View" is available at the Public Radio Booksource.
"Beyond a President's Control"

Live Chat with Political Correspondent Richard Paul
August 21, 2004
It's great to hear archival tape when it makes you reflect on life today. Richard Paul plays an educational film from the 1950s that challenges our politically correct sensitivity.

Online resources:
Prelinger Archives

A Short History of Campaign Mistakes
July 24, 2004
The Democratic National Convention starts Monday, and campaigning's in full force. Debates, bumper stickers, lawn signs, wall-to-wall TV coverage, and - if we're lucky - really big mistakes. Our campaign guy Richard Paul is here to talk to us about the worst mistakes ever made in presidential campaigns.

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The Veep
July 10, 2004
Now that the news about John Edwards is out of the bag, we reflect on just what a Vice President does, anyway. Barbara Bogaev gets a retrospective from PRW campaign correspondent Richard Paul.

Betting on Politics
June 26, 2004
If the media cover the Bush-Kerry contest like a horse race, why not pick a pony and lay down a bet? Our election guy Richard Paul says you can, and he tells Barbara the bookies that set the presidential odds often understand more about politics than the pundits do.

Presidential Futures in the U.S. and Ireland:
Iowa Electronic Markets
Presidential Markets game presented by Frontline and Marketplace

Legal Betting in the UK:
William Hill Online Betting

Civil Engagement
June 12, 2004
It's a bit disheartening to review voter turnout from the past twenty years, barely half of the registered voters turn up to vote even for the big races, like President of the United States. Our election guy Richard Paul ponders the question: "Was there ever a time when Americans were more politically engaged?"

Is there ever enough money? Never in politics...
May 29, 2004
President George W. Bush has $200 million, and challenger John Kerry, a paltry $115 million. That still sounds like a lot of money to us, but political wonks say Kerry could come up short. How much campaign money is enough? PRW's election correspondent Richard Paul puts it all in perspective.

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E-voting -- Is this a hacker's dream?
May 15, 2004
Electronic voting may be the answer to hanging chads, but the controversy over e-voting has been mounting since the first machines were introduced. We asked our election correspondent Richard Paul to look at the security of one popular e-voting system.

Election Lies
May 1, 2004
How far are the presidential candidates stretching the truth? Our election correspondent and chief spin-debunker Richard Paul takes a critical look at recent campaign ads.

Richard Paul About Richard Paul
Richard worked for 13 years at WAMU-FM in Washington, DC. Before that, he was National Affairs Press Secretary for Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Press Secretary for the Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse.

Richard has been a member of the musical political satire troupe The Capitol Steps for 20 years.

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Election coverage from the web:
CNN Election 2004
The BBC's USA Vote 2004
MoveOn.org - the liberal voice
TownHall.com - the conservative voice
The Poynter Institute - journalists covering journalists

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