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Top-Down or Bottom-Up? Fixing a VA in Crisis

A month after allegations of recordkeeping fraud at a Phoenix VA hospital made national headlines, larger questions over system-wide mismanagement remain. Under pressure from lawmakers and veteran advocacy groups, the incoming head of the Department of Veteran Affairs will face crucial questions about how to streamline and safeguard the largest government agency. But it's a tall order for a bureaucracy unaccustomed to change. Kojo explores the fallout and fixes under consideration for the VA.

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From Her Dad To Her 'Jamish' Roots, A Poet Pieces Her Story Together

Salena Godden grew up in 1970s England with a Jamaican mom and an absent English-Irish dad. In her memoir, Springfield Road, she looks back on her struggle to find her personal identity.
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If You've Ever Looked For Faces In Your Potato Chips, Thank Myrtle Young

The Potato Chip Lady, aka Myrtle Young, died in August of this year. She was 90. Young became famous after showing her collection of unusually shaped chips to Tonight Show host Johnny Carson in 1987.
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Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.
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Die-In, Vortex, Selfie Stick: What's The Word Of 2014?

In January, members of the American Dialect Society will vote on the 2014 Word of the Year. Linguist Ben Zimmer runs through some contenders — including words both old and new.

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