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Redefining Philanthropy: How African-Americans Give Back

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation released a study in 2012 showing that African-Americans give a larger share of their income to charities than any other group. Tracey Webb, founder of The Black Benefactors and BlackGivesBack.com, talks to host Michel Martin about African-American philanthropy.
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Egyptian Authorities Detain Foreign Journalists

The crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has begun netting foreign journalists. A team from Al Jazeera English was detained by police on Sunday. Renee Montagne talks to Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution center in Doha about the latest developments.
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2013 Was A Breakthrough Year For Nuclear Diplomacy

In November, an agreement was reached to suspend much of Iran's nuclear program. Negotiators for Iran and six world powers will be back at the table working on a comprehensive deal to limit Iran's nuclear activity and bring an end to punitive economic sanctions. Analysts say those talks will be exponentially harder than the ones concluded this year.
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Fracking Pioneer Helped Boost U.S. Energy Independence

George Mitchell, the "father of hydraulic fracturing," passed away earlier this year. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold about Mitchell's invention and his somewhat progressive environmental views.
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Years Of Turmoil Weigh On Beirut As Syria Strains Lebanon

Violence from the crisis next door in Syria has been seeping into Lebanon for months. The city is also absorbing a new flood of Syrian refugees. One man who has lived in the city his whole life says it might finally be time to leave.
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'Terrorist' Label Is A Massive Setback For Muslim Brotherhood

On Wednesday, Egypt declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. New York Times Middle East reporter Kareem Fahim speaks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden on the latest developments from Cairo.
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Security, Logistics Problems Plague Syria's Weapons Removal

The end of December is a crucial deadline for removing chemical weapons from Syria. Now the OPCW, the international organization overseeing that transfer, is backing away from that deadline. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel discusses the plan for chemical weapons removal and disposal, and why it's been so hard.
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Who Will Lead The Middle East Out Of Turmoil?

2013 was a dismal year in the Middle East. More than two years after the uprisings of the Arab Spring, the region has largely descended into chaos and violence. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Marc Lynch, a Middle East analyst at George Washington University.
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What It Costs To Cover Your Noggin In Jerusalem

Jews, Muslims and tourists just trying to avoid sunburn all have their own distinct headwear in Jerusalem. NPR's Emily Harris takes us on a shopping tour in the Holy Land.
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Clippy And Paula

We listen to one of the all-time most requested bits on our show, and Paula Poundstone takes issue with more than one scientific study.

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