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Escaping Forced Prostitution And Leaving The Shame Behind

Barbara Amaya was 12 when she ran away and ended up in the hands of a sex trafficker. When she escaped, she went years without speaking about her ordeal — until her daughter ran away, too.
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Opera Star Renee Fleming Brings Grace To The Super Bowl

Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday in New Jersey. She is the first opera star to be asked. NPR's Scott Simon remembers how Fleming has performed under pressure many times, including when she sang "Amazing Grace" at the ruins of the World Trade Center after 9/11.
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Week In Politics: Retiring House Members & The Republican Retreat

Audie Cornish speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about the president's State of the Union initiatives, the retiring members of the House and the agenda of the annual Republican retreat.
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Violence Abroad Threatens Students, As Do Guns At U.S. Schools

Suicide bombings like the one that killed two university colleagues in Kabul prompt many Americans to tell themselves they're safe from targeted violence in the U.S. We know that isn't true, says NPR's Jacki Lyden.
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Week In Politics: Bob McDonnell & The State Of The Union

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, EJ Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the latest on the charges faced by former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and the upcoming State of the Union address.
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Americans Prefer Their Water Clean, But Not Pure

When a chemical spill leaked into West Virginia's Elk River last week, people were warned not to drink, cook or even wash their clothes in the water. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with James Salzman, author of the book Drinking Water: A History, about the fairly recent history of the government regulating drinking water.
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College Costs Are Daunting, Even For The 'Comfortable'

This week, President Obama gathered the heads of 100 colleges and universities to discuss how to get more smart, low-income students into higher education. But calculating the real cost to send a child to college can be a challenge for anyone.
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Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Trying To Protect

The owner of the Taverna du Liban, attacked by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan Friday night, treated each of his customers as a personal friend. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was a regular at the cozy Kabul restaurant, and remembers Kamal Hamade's friendship.
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Week In Politics: West Virginia Chemical Spill And The NSA

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss President Obama's speech on NSA surveillance and the chemical spill in West Virginia
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Hackers? Techies? What To Call San Francisco's Newcomers

Linguist Geoff Nunberg lives in the Mission and says young tech employees have been pouring into the neighborhood. But what to call these new residents? He says the term "techie" used to suggest a computer whiz with no social skills; now it suggests one with no social conscience.

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