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Duck Eggs And Lotus Seeds: Waxing Nostalgic About Mooncakes

Today is the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, a popular Chinese holiday where families typically gather to light lanterns and eat mooncakes. We take a look at some of the myths around the pastry's origins.
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Census Bureau Survey Indicates How Americans Live

Steve Inskeep talks to demographer William Frey, of the Brookings Institution, about new trends in the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. It's an annual snapshot into the lives of Americans. The data helps communities plan investments and services.
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Feds Say NYC Building Is A Front For Iran

The U.S. government moved this week to seize a Manhattan skyscraper said to be secretly owned by Iran. To discuss how such targeting of Iran's financial assets fits into the broader strategy of ending its nuclear program, Renee Montagne talks to former White House and Treasury Department official Juan Zarate.
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U.N. Report Doesn't Assign Blame To Syrian Chemical Attack

U.N. weapons inspectors have issued their report on last month's chemical weapons attack in Syria. Anthony Cordesman, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tells Steve Inskeep that the report bolsters U.S. and European charges that the Assad regime deployed the sarin gas.
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Obama Faces Huge Economic Concerns

One issue is whether the government will be forced to shut down because it can't pay its bills. The other is whether that failure would put the country into a default position.
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Are White Women Harder Hit By Poverty?

Many Americans are now living longer, but one group is being left behind. The average life expectancy for white women who dropped out of high school is shorter than it was two decades ago. Host Michel Martin finds out more from Monica Potts, a journalist at The American Prospect.
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'Money' And 'Canelo' Punch It Out For Black And Latino Fans

Saturday's big fight will be one of the biggest American sports events of the year, but you wouldn't know it by looking at mainstream sports media.
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Feminism And Race: Just Who Counts As A 'Woman Of Color'?

Do discussions about issues affecting women of color overlook Asian-Americans? One writer says yes and wants to change that.
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White House Officials Keep Up Pressure For Syria Resolution

President Obama is set to address the nation about Syria on Tuesday night. Will the president be able to sway public opinion on limited strikes in Syria?
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The Internal Debates That We Don't See

It might seem that members of minority groups never call out other members of the groups they belong to. But that's because we don't often hear each other's conversations.

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