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Could 2014 Be The Year The Economy Doesn't Disappoint?

Each of the past several years has begun with optimism that this would be the year the U.S. economy pulls itself out of the doldrums. And each year that optimism has been dashed. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, head of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution, and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, about why so many analysts have an optimistic view of this year's economy.
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Family Economics: Living On The Brink Of Poverty

A new report says one in three women in the U.S. lives at or near the brink of poverty. We explore family economics and the national debate over how to help.

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Behind 911: Challenges And Changes In Emergency Dispatch

From comforting traumatized callers to directing emergency personnel and fighting fatigue, the 911 operator has a critical role in public safety. We explore the challenges facing our region's emergency dispatchers and find out how new technology is changing their work.

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Justices Appear Divided On Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the buffer zones that are often established around abortion clinics. In the courtroom, Chief Justice John Roberts' silence seemed to indicate that he likely will be the deciding vote in the case.
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The Real Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. (Rebroadcast)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch argues that while we invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name frequently, few understand the principles he championed or the history of race relations in America.

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$500M From Kuwait Among Pledges For Syrians Affected By War

Donor nations gathered in Kuwait City pledged tens of millions for those displaced by the more than 2-year-old civil war. The U.S. pledged $380 million, but Secretary of State John Kerry urged a political solution to the conflict.
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"The Square:" Behind The Headlines Of The Egyptian Revolution (Rebroadcast)

A new documentary takes viewers inside the Egyptian revolution, from the heady protests in Tahrir Square to the subsequent political upheaval.

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"The Burglary:" The Inside Story Of FBI Surveillance (Rebroadcast)

A new book reveals the long-secret identities of the 1971 burglars who disclosed FBI documents that proved the agency was spying on black and anti-war activists.

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U.S. Called On To Do More For Syrian Refugees

While diplomats prepare for next week's Syria peace conference, refugee officials warn there may not be a political settlement that allows all the millions of displaced Syrians to return to their homeland. The U.N. High Commission for Refugees wants the world community to take in some 30,000 Syrians. Renee Montagne discusses U.S. refugee policy with Sharon Waxman, vice president of the New York-based International Rescue Committee.
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Syrian Civil War Overwhelms Aid Groups

Secretary of State John Kerry is attending a donors conference in Kuwait to try to raise money for the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. Millions of people have been forced from their homes and the U.N. has struggled to gain access to many parts of the country.

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