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Imperfect Gentlemen Says Being Persian Is Hip

Spring is upon us, and so is the Persian New Year, Nowruz. Iranian-Americans and people across the Middle East and parts of Asia are celebrating. Michel Martin talks with Afro-Iranian-American comedian Tehran Von Ghasri about his favorite traditions.
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Tupac Encouraged The Arab Spring

Rap and hip-hop were both a driving force, and a coping mechanism, for people in the Middle East and North Africa during the Arab Spring. In particular, the music of Tupac Shakur resonates with Arabs, long after the U.S. rapper's own death. But why? Michel Martin looks for an answer, along with Khaled M, a Libyan-American rapper.
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Iraq War: Retired Marine Faces The Past

It's been 10 years since the United States went to war in Iraq. And it hasn't been easy for soldiers to adjust to life back home. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Marine, Dario DiBattista, about some of the odd experiences he's had since returning — including meeting the widow of a solider he recruited.
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Chinese Solar Panel Maker Suntech Goes Bankrupt

The company, a victim of a worldwide glut in solar panels, missed a $541 million bond payment and was forced into restructuring on Wednesday.
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The Stream Of Syrian Refugees Strains Lebanon

More than 8,000 Syrians cross the border into neighboring countries each day. Lebanon has the biggest urban refugee population in the region, and the highest number of unregistered Syrians. The U.N. says despite its best efforts, Syrian refugees in Lebanon can still expect to wait at least 4 months before receiving help.
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South Korea Eyes Pyongyang After Possible Cyberattack

South Korean officials say they suspect that Pyongyang could be the source of the outage, which affected three broadcasters and two banks.

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