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Pick 'Em Up, Lock 'Em Up: Getting Tough On Gangs

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk recently suggested that federal agents arrest tens of thousands of Chicago gang members. But would that tactic work? Host Michel Martin asks Illinois Congressman Danny Davis, former federal prosecutor Ron Safer, and reporter Rob Wildeboer.
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Work/Life Balance: When The 'Kid Card' Gets Old

In a recent article for Slate, NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates wrote that it's unfair when parents pull the 'kid card' by saying they need to leave work to care for children. She joins host Michel Martin to discuss the issue, along with father and author Phil Lerman, and Bridget Johnson, a childless journalist.
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John Whitehead On Protecting Individual Rights

For more than 30 years, civil rights lawyer John Whitehead and his Rutherford Institute in Virginia have been coming to the legal aid of Americans who are fighting some element of their government. Whitehead discusses protecting individual rights for everyone no matter their political affiliation.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Stephen King, Daft Punk And Cannes

King's new book, Joyland is set in a North Carolina amusement park. The book is part horror novel, part supernatural thriller. Random Access Memories finds the French duo trying to sound more human. John Powers returns from the Cannes Film Festival with tales of the good, the bad and the parties.
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Rita Wilson Says Fifty Is Fabulous

Some people say your 20s and 30s are the prime of your life. But actress and producer Rita Wilson says 50 is a great age. She's the editor-at-large of the Huff/Post50 website. She joins host Michel Martin to talk about how she's been able to follow her dreams after 50, and help others do the same.
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Is The Midwest More Hateful Than Other Regions?

Twitter is a way for people to send short messages about almost everything — from what they ate for breakfast, to their political opinions. But it's also a space where people are voicing racist and homophobic points of view. A new study from Humbolt State University looks at just where some of that hate speech is coming from.
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Bahrain Blogger Comes Out Of Hiding

When the crackdown against pro-democracy protests started in Bahrain, blogger and online activist Ali Abdulemam went into hiding. He was later tried in absentia by a military court for plotting against the regime. Host Michel Martin speaks to Abdulemam about his escape from Bahrain, and how he now feels about his country.

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