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Does The Canadian Rail Explosion Make Pipelines Look Safer?

The Canadian train tragedy is becoming Exhibit A in the political case for building pipelines, such as the proposed Keystone XL, as well as for opposing them. Meanwhile, energy companies have boosted rail shipments of oil in response to a surge in production.
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After July 4 Recess, Immigration Is Still A Hot Topic

Congress returns to Capitol Hill this week with the House in a quandary about immigration overhaul. The Senate-passed bill is "Dead on Arrival," according to many House members, and they are considering a variety of alternatives.
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Aftershocks Felt After Affordable Care 'Earthquake'

The White House is delaying a key part of the Affordable Care Act. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses this and other political news with Keli Goff, political correspondent for The Root, and Mary Kate Cary of US News and World Report.
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Educational Innovators Ask 'Why Can't Learning Be Fun?'

Remember the days when everything from ABCs to math and the arts were taught the same way to every student? Well now, innovations in education are changing the ways that children learn. Host Michel Martin finds out more at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
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Can America Learn From Foreign School Systems?

It's a special edition of Tell Me More's Barbershop as host Michel Martin and the guys visit the Aspen Ideas Festival. They'll share their thoughts on whether America is still the land of opportunity, and which countries are setting kids up for success when it comes to future generations.
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Is America Still The 'Land Of Opportunity?'

Is the old saying still true? Can you work your way up from the bottom today, to become an innovator and a leader? Host Michel Martin explores the skills you need to compete and succeed in school and beyond.
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Nostalgia Products: Making A Tasty Comeback

In what Hostess calls "The Sweetest Comeback In The History Of Ever," Twinkies will return in July — just the latest iconic product to reappear, as vinyl records and Polaroid cameras experience a surge in popularity. The twist? Some of the products' biggest fans were born after the age of CDs and digital cameras.
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Why Both Sides Want Gay Marriage Settled By The States

The Supreme Court may rule on same-sex marriage this week, but up until now, the battle has largely played out at the state level. Advocates both for and against say they're glad the issue didn't reach the court any sooner.
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Pulitzer Winner's Personal Film About Being Undocumented

Jose Antonio Vargas was part of a Pulitzer-prize winning team of journalists, but he was also hiding a secret. In 2011, he revealed that he was an undocumented immigrant. Host Michel Martin speaks with Vargas about his new film Documented that follows the immigration debate through his own experience.
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How Serious Is The NSA Data Leak?

The whistleblower who exposed vast surveillance operations by the NSA says he has done nothing wrong. Host Michel Martin speaks to Republican strategist Ron Christie and former adviser to the Obama administration, Corey Ealons, about what his actions mean for the President's second term. They also check in with other top political stories.

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