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7:33 am
Thu July 2, 2015

The Top Words Of Wisdom For New Graduates

Check out our updated words of wisdom for new graduates, now including: (top, from left) Kanye West, Jennifer Lee, John Kerry, Maya Rudolph; (bottom, from left) Janet Yellen, Victor Hwang, Zadie Smith and David Carr.
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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 11:50 am

I've had this phrase running through my head since we started updating our Commencement Speeches database a few weeks ago: "If you're too big for a small job, you're too small for a big job."

Who said that? It was Katie Couric at American University last year.

Who knew that a commencement address could get stuck in your head? Well, the best of these speeches have a lot in common with a great pop song. They are simple, emotional, and pack a universal message into just a few words.

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Around the Nation
7:32 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Despite Short Obit, Doug Led A Full Life

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Food
7:32 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Obama Weighs In: No Peas In Guacamole

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First Listen
6:47 am
Thu July 2, 2015

First Listen: Veruca Salt, 'Ghost Notes'

Veruca Salt's new album, Ghost Notes, comes out July 10.
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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 10:02 am

Ani Difranco has a line in her 2012 song, "If Yr Not," where she sings, "If you're not getting happier as you get older / Then you're [messing] up." Chicago alt-rock band Veruca Salt certainly didn't seem unhappy in their heyday in the mid- and late-'90s, but it's apparent within in ten seconds of the band's first album in nearly a decade, Ghost Notes, how much more fun they're having now.

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NPR Story
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Justice Department Investigates Airlines For Possible Price Collusion

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:42 pm

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Law
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Gerrymandering Exacerbates Partisan Gridlock, Political Scientist Says

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 8:36 am

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NPR Story
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

NBC News Chief Anchor Lester Holt Wants To Make Each Story Count

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:32 am

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Research News
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Not All Online Restaurant Reviews Are Created Equal

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:32 am

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Economy
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Puerto Ricans Fear Troubled Economy Will Inflict Real Pain

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:44 pm

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Business
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Nike's Phil Knight, 77, To Step Down As Chairman

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:12 pm

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