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Brazil's Maria Rita Rediscovers Her Mother Through Music

Maria Rita may be the daughter of Ellis Regina, one of Brazil's greatest singers, but she's also a star in her own right. Host Michel Martin speaks to Rita about finding her own voice in the music world.
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It's Hard Being A Black Man In Love With Figure Skating

Every few years when the winter Olympics come around, reporter Robert Samuels' heart begins to flutter. Samuels talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his lifelong passion for the sport.
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Love, Faith And Football In An 'Uncommon Marriage'

Tony Dungy was the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl. But he places football after matters of faith and family. Dungy and his wife Lauren tell host Michel Martin about their new book, Uncommon Marriage: Learning About Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together.
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Poverty Behind Detroit's High Child Mortality Rate?

The rate of infant and child deaths in Detroit is outpacing other major cities, according to a new report. Host Michel Martin asks Karen Bouffard of The Detroit News why the number is so high. Social worker Paris Rutledge explains the difficulties new parents face.
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MyRA and IRA: Understanding Options For Your Retirement Savings

Host Michel Martin talks with financial planner Louis Barajas about how IRAs work, and how investors can use them to help people prepare for retirement.
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Calling Kids With Disabilities 'Heroes' Can Be Damaging, Says Parent

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn's young daughter has a disability, but she says that doesn't make her toddler a hero. For more, host Michel Martin speaks with Orsborn and fellow mother, Eliana Tardio.
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Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis

A PBS documentary looks at King's legacy as both a tennis champion — she has a record 20 Wimbledon titles — and the leader of a female player uprising that demanded fairer treatment and pay. She tells Fresh Air about the challenges of being a female player before there was a women's league.
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'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

South Africa's award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been singing its message of peace and unity for 50 years. The group joins host Michel Martin for a special performance chat.
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Time To Retire These Imported Words — But How To Replace Them?

American Scholar magazine is looking for English versions of foreign words that we resort to using frequently — like mensch and schadenfreude. Robert Siegel talks with Ralph Keyes about the suggestions that readers have contributed.
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Living In The Spirit Of Daniel Pearl

Journalist Asra Nomani spent years trying to process the death of a good friend, Daniel Pearl, who was killed in 2002 by terrorists in Pakistan. She wrote about trying to find justice in this month's Washingtonian magazine, and speaks with host Michel Martin about her journey.

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