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Power Breakfast For January 20, 2010

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The skittish are coming. The skittish are coming.

They hail from big cities, small towns, and hundreds of municipalities in between. The one thing just about all mayors have in common right now is...they're anxious. About jobs, energy policy, transportation...Today an annual three-day gathering of mayors in Washington kicks off with the release of a new report detailing the pace of economic recovery - city by city. Tomorrow the mayors meet with President Obama at the White House.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

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A Modern 'Roots' For An American Society Still 'Based On The Color Line'

The remake of the seminal TV miniseries begins on the History channel Monday night. Co-producer LeVar Burton says he recognized an opportunity to retell the story "to and for a new generation."
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'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.
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Illinois General Assembly Works To Resolve Budget Impasse

Fallout continues from the standoff between the Republican governor and Democrats — focused heavily on the future of unions. And Tuesday is a key deadline to see if a resolution can be reached.
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After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

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