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Power Breakfast For April 20, 2010

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If good fences make good neighbors, do bad fences make bad neighbors?

Today the Senate Homeland Security Committee takes up the matter of border security. Today's hearing focuses on the future of the so-called "virtual fence" - an array of high-tech monitoring devices with a track record that is decidedly mixed. Senator John McCain says the project has wasted taxpayer dollars.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.

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For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed

Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.
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#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
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Donald Trump In 9 Quotes And 200 Seconds

Trump took his act on the road to Tennessee, where he thrilled a conservative audience with an off-the-cuff routine that bordered on stand-up comedy.
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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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