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Surviving Tragedy: 'It Brought Us Closer'

Ondelee Perteet survived being shot more than three years ago, but his recovery has been long and uncertain. Still, thanks to his mother Detreena — who he calls "a drill sergeant" — the teenager is relishing his second chance.
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Spike Lee: Doing The Right Thing For Himself

The legendary filmmaker is using the fundraising website Kickstarter to raise money for his latest movie — and he's drawing some criticism for it. He talks to host Michel Martin about funding his own films and the state of the industry today.
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Summer Songs: New Music Takes On Old Favorites

Tell Me More is looking at contemporary artists remaking old classics for its 'Summer Songs' series. Gwen Thompkins, the host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, shares a piano medley by Allen Toussaint, in which he reinterprets three jazz greats.
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Are Race-Based Goals In Education Helpful?

While civil rights groups are critical of Florida's race-based education goals, the policy's defenders argue that it sets ambitious - but realistic - achievement targets. Host Michel Martin talks with Krista Kafer, chief of the policy group Colorado's Future Project.
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Will Changing Cancer Terminology Change Treatment?

Cancer is one of the most frightening diagnosis someone can get, but it might become less common. That's because the National Cancer Institute is asking the medical community to redefine what it calls cancer. Host Michel Martin finds out about the benefits and possible side effects.
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'Orange Is The New Black' Transgender Actress Calls Role 'Complicated'

The Netflix series follows a diverse cast of characters in a women's prison in upstate New York. One of the breakout stars is Laverne Cox, whose character is a transgender inmate. She discusses her role on the show, and her experiences as a black, transgender actress.
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NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter Owes Everything To Football

Host Michel Martin speaks with Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter about his new book Going Deep: How Wide Receivers Became the Most Compelling Figures in Pro Sports. He talks about why receivers behave badly, his own shortcomings, and why injuries shouldn't scare people away from football.
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Are Lower School Achievement Levels A Civil Rights Issue?

Does setting lower achievement levels for minorities help or hurt students? Host Michel Martin talks with Jerri Katzerman of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The organization recently filed a civil rights complaint against the Florida Department of Education.
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Parents On The Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling

Many people laud the benefits of homeschooling. But the practice also has critics. Host Michel Martin talks with a group of parents about their personal experiences: homeschooling advocate Michael Farris, dad Paul Hagen and mom Shawn Spence.
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Do Zimbabweans See Election As A Sham?

Zimbabwe's longtime president Robert Mugabe held on to power, despite a challenging election. But his opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, called the results a farce and plans to fight them. Host Michel Martin talks to independent journalist Frank Chikowore about how Zimbabweans view the election results.

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