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Colorado Takes Health Plans To People Shopping For Groceries

TV ads and websites are all well and good, but Colorado is finding that face-to-face help from a live person is often the best way to reach the uninsured and sign them up for a health plan. Still, it isn't easy, and takes time and money.
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After Target's Data Breach, Customer Incentive Disappoints

Target is trying to get back in good graces with its customers after a massive data breach affecting some 40 million credit and debit account holders. The giant retail chain offered its customers a 10 percent discount over the weekend as an act of atonement, but business was said to be down anyway.
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A Pinball Monopoly, Camel Trekking In Texas, Charles Dickens' Mistress

This week on the podcast, we meet a tour guide leading camels through the wilderness, and a pinball manufacturer who wants to shake up his industry. Plus, DJ Bettos Arcos plays some Christmas music from south of the border.
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A Search For The Disappearing Middle Class

As the U.S. recovers from the Great Recession, one fact that's emerging is that while jobs are coming back, most are either high- or low-paying. NPR's Kelly McEvers is reporting on the disappearing middle. Host Arun Rath talks with Kelly about her first piece of the project, a look at her hometown of Lincoln, Ill. They also discuss her upcoming work.
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'New Level' Of Scandal With LA Sheriff's Department

Host Arun Rath talks with Los Angeles Times reporter Robert Faturechi about the troubles facing the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. More than a dozen current and former deputies face federal charges stemming from allegations of abuse and corruption.
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In The World Of Pinball, An Underdog Takes On The Giant

For more than a decade, Stern Pinball was the only company manufacturing pinball machines. A New Jersey startup company is trying to shake up that monopoly. But with decreased demand for the games, it's unclear whether the pinball industry is big enough for two.
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Museums Give Video Games Bonus Life, But The Next Level Awaits

The Smithsonian American Art Museum added two video games to its permanent collection last week. Acquiring a work means preserving it for years to come — and digital media like video games present a host of challenges for preservationists.
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Pension Cut Angers Senate's Staunchest Military Supporters

Last week's budget deal includes a reduction of military pensions for those under age 62. The provision has some Republican senators howling, saying that the cuts hit veterans too hard.
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A Big Helping Of Christmas Compassion At Joseph's House

Joseph's House is a hospice in Washington, D.C., for people who don't have a home. Started in 1990, it's a spot where people with end-stage AIDS and cancer can come to receive food, shelter, medication and community. NPR's Rachel Martin checks in for the holidays.
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Building A Robotic Christmas Wonderland Of Trash

On a perfectly manicured street in Palm Springs, Calif., one man has turned his four-acre yard into a post-apocalyptic Christmas wonderland. Outsider artist Kenny Irwin uses every piece of trash he can get to make giant robots in a fantasy-scape that is part Christmas light show, part installation art.

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