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D.C.'s Last Full-Service Music Store Helps Customers Make Beautiful Music

Myrna Sislen is celebrating her tenth year as owner of Middle C Music, the District's only full-service music store.

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Pinup Panini Navigates The Challenges Of D.C.'s Food Truck Business

Aspiring food truck entrepreneurs in D.C. have a lot of ropes to learn, from renting a commercial kitchen, to finding parking, to wading through a sea of city regulations. Rebecca Sheir speaks with first-time food-trucker Cori Bryant, who hopes to launch her "Pinup Panini" truck in October.

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Beef Products Inc. Sues ABC Over Repeated Attacks On 'Pink Slime'

A lawyer for the company, which lost 80 percent of its business in the wake of public concern about its beef product, says the network's defamatory statements misled consumers about the product's safety. The network denies the charges.
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William Julius Wilson: Ending Poverty Is Possible

The Census Bureau announced that 15 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2011 — a slight drop from the year before. But income disparities continue to grow. Host Michel Martin talks with Harvard Professor William Julius Wilson, author of the 1987 book The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy.
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Federal Reserve Announces New Round Of Economic Stimulus

The Federal Reserve said it would buy $40 billion a month on bond purchases to stimulate the economy.
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Freedom Soda: New York's Ban On Big Sodas Hits Us Where We're Human

People are taking the New York City's proposed big soda ban to heart because it goes after our food. And cultural anthropologists say we have strong attachments to what we consider food — and we don't like it taken away.
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Tainted Steroid Injections And Public Health

Thousands of people may have been exposed to deadly fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections for back and neck pain: What the outbreak reveals about regulations, oversight of compounding pharmacies and risks to public health.

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Buddhist Meditation: A Management Skill?

A handful of executive MBA programs around the country — from Harvard to Michigan's Ross School of Business — are teaching students Buddhist meditation techniques. It's not necessarily about teaching spirituality, but focus. There's no way to quantify whether learning how to be centered during a stressful business meeting is balancing the bottom lines at companies. But students say slowing down does help them be more effective.

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