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Remembering Jenni Rivera

Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera was killed in a plane crash over the weekend. She's remembered as a legendary vocalist, selling over 15 million albums, and earning three Latin Grammy nominations. Host Michel Martin pays tribute to Rivera with Jasmine Garsd, co-host of NPR's online music program, Alt.Latino.
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'Tis The Season To Avoid Charity Scams

It's the season of giving, especially when it comes to end-of-year charitable donations. But how do you know that your money is getting into the right hands? Host Michel Martin gets some useful tips on vetting charities from Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator.
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You're Hired! Apprenticeships And Unemployed Youth

Tired of seeing young people unemployed or underemployed? Young people currently suffer from one of the highest jobless rates in the nation. Host Michel Martin speaks with Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute about solving youth unemployment through apprenticeships.
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The Deadly Return Of Whooping Cough

Many parents and even doctors think whooping cough is a disease of the past. But nearly every state saw an increase in cases last year. To find out what parents should know about the disease, host Michel Martin talks with pediatrician Leslie Walker. They're joined by Mariah Bianchi, whose son died from whooping cough.
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Are 'Fiscal Cliff' Conversations Going Anywhere?

President Obama is on the road, promoting his solution to the so-called "fiscal cliff." He's also in negotiations over the issue with House Speaker John Boehner. But can they come to an agreement in time? Host Michel Martin talks with Ron Christie, a Republican strategist, and Michael Fauntroy, an associate professor at George Mason University.
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What Rep. Allen West & Obama Have In Common

Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar open up the listener inbox for BackTalk. This week, they fact check a comment Representative Allen West made on the program, comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln. But West is not the only politician who has done that.
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Manhood, Football And Tragedy

Funeral services were held for Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins this week. Belcher fatally shot Perkins before killing himself in front of his coach. The Barbershop guys weigh in on the tragedy and whether it says something larger about the culture of professional sports.
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Gay Orthodox Jews Prepare For Hanukkah

Jewish families will gather this Saturday night to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah. Host Michel Martin takes a look at some of the not-so-typical families who are changing the face of Judaism. She speaks with Rabbi Steven Greenberg, one of the pioneers of a growing movement of openly gay Orthodox Jews.
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Crunching The Job Numbers

Host Michel Martin is joined by NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax to look at the latest jobs numbers. They talk about why businesses big and small aren't ready to make major hiring decisions yet — and whether that will change if politicians avert the so-called 'fiscal cliff.'

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