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The Truth Behind The Lies Of The Original 'Welfare Queen'

The story of the woman famously referred to as a "welfare queen" in Ronald Reagan's 1976 campaign is far more bizarre and unsettling than the stereotype she became the emblem for, as a stellar long read from Slate reveals.
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An Indian Diplomat's Arrest And The Role Of Diplomatic Immunity

The arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York triggered a diplomatic rift between the U.S. and India. We explore the legal foundation of diplomatic immunity and understand why it can open the door for abuse.

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What's Next For D.C. Budget Autonomy

We discuss the status of the budget autonomy referendum that voters passed last April and consider what's ahead in the new year.

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Robert Siegel On Qatar: Tiny Country, Big Influence

Robert Siegel recently returned from a reporting trip to Qatar. He joins Melissa Block to talk about some of the stories he reported while there.
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NPR Says Goodbye To 90 Staff Members

Friday is the last day for many NPR employees who have chosen to leave the company in a voluntary buyout program.
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Meet The Original Welfare Queen

Melissa Block talks with Josh Levin, executive editor at Slate, about his article about "Welfare Queen" Linda Taylor. She became notorious in the 1970s for her abuses of the welfare system but, as Levin discovered, she also committed far worse crimes.
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The 'Blacks In Tech' Series Wraps, But Let's Keep Talking

In the years since BlackPlanet launched, Tom Anderson sold Myspace to News Corp. for hundreds of millions of dollars. Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook has become a household name. But nobody seems to remember tech success Omar Wasow. How can that be?
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Rebel Leader: Nuns Were Led To Safety, Not Seized, In Syria

Confusion has surrounded the departure of a group of Greek Orthodox nuns from a convent north of Damascus earlier this month. Syrian officials say radical Islamist rebels kidnapped the nuns at gunpoint. But a rebel leader who was there says the nuns' convent was under fire from government forces.
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Remembering Those Lost In 2013 (Rebroadcast)

The list of those who passed away in 2013 includes giants from the worlds of politics and popular culture. The world also said goodbye this year to many people who may have been less noticeable, but whose subtle influences affected our everyday lives -- from the inventor of the computer mouse to a legendary "door man" at a prominent Washington music venue. We reflect on the stories of those lost in 2013.

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