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Turkey Struggles To Set Foreign Policy In Changing Neighborhood

Turkey, which not long ago was predicting its role as a regional powerhouse in a re-shaped Middle East, is scrambling to adjust foreign policies that have left it increasingly at odds with its neighbors and world powers. Turkey's approval ratings in Syria and Egypt have plummeted, with many critics saying Ankara has pursued overly sectarian policies that have exacerbated crises instead of calming them. Turkish leaders reject the criticism, but recently there are signs of a shift: Jihadist rebels fighting the Syrian regime have been deported from Turkey, and Ankara has renewed efforts to strengthen ties with Iran.
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Radical Islamists In Northern Syria Spill Over Turkish Border

As radical Islamists take control of Syrian border towns, the spill-over is evident in southern Turkey. Small shops cater to radicals, selling black head bands with Koranic slogans. In Killis, on the Turkish border, cafes offer "jihadi tea" for a clientele with long beards and an alarming agenda. Many analysts say Turkey turned a blind eye to international jihadists crossing the border to overthrow the Assad regime. The bill has come due as Washington expresses extreme concern, young Turks join the jihad in Syria, and international extremists flock to the Turkish border on the way to the jihad.
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African-American Gun Club Hopes To Help Curb Youth Violence

More than 200 people have been killed this year in Baltimore — most of them blacks. One Maryland gun group says it's in a unique position to help steer the city's black youth away from the path of gun violence by focusing on discipline, training and black history.
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The Future Of The Past: New Frontiers In Exploration (Rebroadcast)

Explorers of the past spent years investigating sites in far flung corners of the world. Kojo talks with National Geographic Explorers about the innovative tools they're using and what they're finding.

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Tech Tuesday: Preserving Family History (Rebroadcast)

Our most precious family history --old letters, home movies, photo albums--often end up in basements or attics--the worst possible place to preserve these materials. We explore high and low tech ways to protect and store family memorabilia, and the smartest way to migrate different materials to digital formats.

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Rob Kapilow: Music Traditions And The Holidays (Rebroadcast)

"What Makes It Great" creator Rob Kapilow joins Kojo to explore how tradition shapes how composers write holiday music, and how we hear it.

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Edwidge Danticat: "Claire Of The Sea Light" (Rebroadcast)

Haiti typically makes international headlines for stories about natural disasters, disease and poverty, but Haitian-born writer Edwidge Danticat continually challenges her audience to take a closer look. Danticat joins Kojo to talk about her first work of fiction since the 2010 earthquake, “Claire of the Sea Light.”

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Ancient Grains And Wild Greens (Rebroadcast)

Ancient dietary staples like farro, arugula and quinoa are making a comeback in modern recipes that are as much about flavor as nutrition. We consider the benefits and the industry behind these foods.

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Miami Gardens Under Fire For Zero-Tolerance Crime Policy

To combat an upsurge in shootings and other violence, the town of Miami Gardens adopted "zero tolerance" policies aimed at addressing even small violations. Now a local merchant has filed a civil rights lawsuit saying the policy has led to harassment of his customers and employees.
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Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible

In the past few years, bike-sharing systems have popped up from Boston to Minnesota to Washington, D.C. The users so far tend to be young, male and wealthier than the rest of the population.

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