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Labor issues are hitting some big-name companies, including Hostess cakes where management says a strike forced them to shut down operations permanently. Walmart workers planned Black Friday protests at 1,000 stores to kick off the holiday shopping season. And locally, the janitors' union at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center says paychecks have been delayed and even bounced. We explore the strategies of companies and workers, and whether labor movements are gaining traction after years of being on the defensive.

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'Publicly Shamed:' Who Needs The Pillory When We've Got Twitter?

Host Steve Inskeep explores modern-day humiliation with writer Jon Ronson, whose new book So You've Been Publicly Shamed digs into the lives of people who've been raked over the coals on social media.
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Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say

More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we'd all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.
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Q&A: Maryland State Sen. John Astle On 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day'

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill into law Monday evening declaring every March 30 "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." WAMU spoke with Astle at his office in Annapolis.
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With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

Many Americans now have access to a commingled recycling system, which lets users mix plastic, glass, paper and metal together in one bin. It's much easier, but not nearly as efficient.

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