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What's The Best Way To Tax Marijuana? It Depends On What You Want

If you want to raise money, charge a sales tax. If you want people to smoke less, tax producers. Traditional economics says this shouldn't make a difference, but it does.
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Teens Knock Out Strangers: A New Trend?

The barbershop guys give their take on the news of the week. This week, they talk about a trend among teenagers — knocking innocent people out on the street. Guest host Celeste Headlee is joined by Jimi Izrael, Arsalan Iftikhar, Lenny McAllister and Fernando Vila.
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Pakistani Who Helped Hunt Bin Laden Is Charged With Murder

Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who was recruited to collect DNA samples to help the U.S. zero in on Osama bin Laden, has been charged with murder in a case stemming from a surgery he performed on a teenage boy several years ago.
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Research On Video Games And Mental Health

As we gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving, it’s pretty safe to say many of us will indulge in some unhealthy behavior. Maybe it’s eating too much turkey and pie, maybe it’s watching too many football games, or maybe...

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New Efforts To Limit NSA Surveillance Powers

A Senate committee bill permits the NSA to continue its dragnet approach to surveillance. But many argue routine record collection should be outlawed. Diane and her guests discuss the limits of privacy, liberty and national security.

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Religious Traditions And Challenges For Interfaith Families

More than a third of marriages in the U.S. are now between people of different faiths. The everyday challenges of establishing traditions, raising children and blending different religions.

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Why Millions Of Americans Go Hungry And How To Address Their Needs

Cuts in food stamps and rising food prices have left nearly 50 million Americans worried about where they'll get their next meal. Who’s hungry in America and efforts to address their needs.

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New State Laws On Juvenile Justice

In a reversal of the tough-on-crime legislation of the late 1980s and 1990s, 23 states have enacted laws that aim to keep juveniles out of adult prisons and court systems. A panel discusses a range of factors, including suicides by youths in adult jails as well as the cost of adult prisons, that have led to new legislation across the country.

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Washington Dysfunction And The U.S. Constitution

There's widespread agreement that our government is not working well. Legal scholars debate the causes of dysfunction in Washington and how the U.S. Constitution plays a role.

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Guilty Plea Expected In Mass. Drug Lab Scandal

The chemist accused of falsifying thousands of drug tests at a Massachusetts crime lab is expected to plead guilty on Friday. Tens of thousands of criminal cases were compromised in the scandal. A judge is suggesting a three-to-five year prison sentence for Annie Dookhan, who is blamed for causing what some say is the most series forensic lab problem in the nation.

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