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"Soul Food:" Identity And Cultural History

The words "soul food" may conjure up images of chitlins or catfish -- but the stories behind those dishes reveal the complicated history of African American food traditions.

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The UN General Assembly

With the General Assembly in session in New York, we look at the role the body is playing in the Syria debate and the world.

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Professional Tips On Cell Phone Photography

Cell phone cameras are ubiquitous and their features are increasingly sophisticated. A professional photographer offers tips for taking great cell phone photos.

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Is Public Numb To Mass Shootings?

Thirteen people died earlier this week during a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. But some people are saying the tragedy didn't get enough attention and Americans are becoming desensitized to mass shootings. Host Michel Martin asks the Barbershop guys what they think. Culture critic Jimi Izrael, law professor Paul Butler, writer Mario Loyola and youth mentor Farajii Muhammad weigh in.
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In First Step, Syria Outlines Chemical Weapons Program

An international watchdog based in the Netherlands says it has received an "initial declaration" of chemical weapons from Damascus.
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Diplomacy With Iran: Deja Vu All Over Again?

Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani has launched a charm offensive ahead of his visit to the U.N. General Assembly next week, leading to speculation of a new course for relations with the U.S. But there are plenty of reasons for skepticism — Iran's history with the U.S. not the least of them.
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Holder Makes Moral Argument Against Mandatory Sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder says the criminal justice system is broken. He spoke out on federal mandatory sentencing requirements in a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday.
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Iran's New President Mounts A Charm Offensive

Hassan Rouhani ran on a promise of getting his country out from under the weight of sanctions, embargoes and other financial weapons from the West that have crippled that country's economy. Since taking office, he has been striking a more conciliatory note than his predecessor, especially toward the U.S. For more, Renee Montagne talks with Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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Is Iran Really Trying To Thaw Relations With The U.S.?

Audie Cornish talks to Suzanne Maloney, a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, about recent gestures by Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, that hint at a more moderate opening to the West. This is in contrast to Rouhani's predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was downright combative in his relations with the U.S. Rouhani has said that Iran has no military nuclear ambitions. Maloney wrote about the thaw in a recent essay
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Outgoing Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren On Iran, Syria

Iran's nuclear program and the civil war in Syria are both matters that figure prominently in U.S.-Israeli dealings. Robert Siegel talks about those issues with Israel's outgoing ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren.

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