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Redefining Philanthropy: How African-Americans Give Back

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation released a study in 2012 showing that African-Americans give a larger share of their income to charities than any other group. Tracey Webb, founder of The Black Benefactors and BlackGivesBack.com, talks to host Michel Martin about African-American philanthropy.
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New Rendition of Woody Guthrie's 'Deportee' Song

Woody Guthrie's folk song, 'Deportee' recalls the 1948 plane crash that killed 28 undocumented immigrants. Host Michel Martin talks with artist Tim Hernandez, about why he recently updated the song. This segment initially aired March 28, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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Billionaire Philanthropist, GOP Donor Harold Simmons Dies

He was a top donor to the Republican Party, but his philanthropy crossed political lines. The Dallas Morning News reports that Simmons died Saturday in Dallas. He was 82.
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GOP Crafts New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

With a February start and a June convention, the party hopes to regain some control over the chaotic presidential nominating process. Among the proposed changes: a June convention.
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Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task

On Tuesday, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. His 12 years in office were groundbreaking, locally and globally.
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Crushed Strawberry Won't Ruin Harrisburg's New Year

For the past 14 years, people in the Pennsylvania capital have been lowering a giant strawberry to mark the new year. During a test drop, the 65 pound fiberglass strawberry dropped three stories and shattered. Organizers say they'll have a new one ready for New Year's Eve.
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How Do You Get A Cow Out Of Your Swimming Pool?

This is not the set up for a bad joke, it's a real conundrum faced by an Oregon man last week. The solution, it turns out, involves draining the pool. Along with a series of straps and ropes, a ramp, a bucket of oats and 10 firefighters to haul the cow out.
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If The NAFTA Vote Were Held Today, How Would It Fare?

A year before his Democratic Party would lose control of the House for the first time in generations, President Clinton pushed the North American Free Trade Agreement through Congress. The vote in the House was 234-200, and most of the votes in favor came from Republicans. Most of the lawmakers who approved that deal are gone, but 80 remain. Twenty years later, would they vote the same way?
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JPMorgan Chase Faces Regulatory issues

Morning Edition has been looking back at the year through numbers — and the number for today is $15 billion. That's the approximate amount JP Morgan Chase has agreed to pay out in various fines and settlements this year. The company is widely seen as a well-managed bank but it faces big regulatory problems and its legal bills are mounting.
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TV Prank Reveals News Media Shortcoming

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's fake twerking video not only made thousand of people believe a woman accidentally set herself on fire by twerking upside down, it fooled loads of news outlets into playing the fraudulent clip as if it were real. In one swoop, Kimmel uncovered how reliant many news programs are on found material they cannot or do not verify.

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