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Is The Black Church 'Divided?'

The fusion between faith and politics was always central to the fire of the civil rights movement. But the current leader of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s original home - the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta - feels that some of that heat has died down. Host Michel Martin asks Reverend Raphael Warnock why he feels the black church is split. This segment originally aired Jan. 10, 2014 on Tell Me More.
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U.S. Is Becoming More Diverse, But Is The Online Population?

According to a National Science Foundation study, only five percent of scientists and engineers in the U.S. are African-American. Host Michel Martin speaks with Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County about the challenges blacks face in the tech world. They're joined by Silicon Valley techie Ayori Selassie and digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong. This segment originally aired Nov. 27, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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Ford's Master Of Disguise Keeps Latest Models Undercover

Hiding the redesigned, 50th anniversary Ford Mustang before its official unveiling was no easy task — the photo-hungry car paparazzi were eager for a glimpse. But, like other car companies, Ford has its own "camouflage coordinator" to create a disguise for the vehicle during test drives and trial runs.
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Clear, Sharp And Properly Exposed: How A Photo Made A Career

Photographer Bill O'Leary's big break came in 1990, the night Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was arrested during an FBI sting. O'Leary was an intern for The Washington Post, and he suddenly found himself in the right place and the right time to take the perfect shot of the mayor.
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'Betray Me And You're Dead': How Loyalty Leached Out Of Politics

Several recent episodes — Chris Christie's bridge scandal, Robert Gates' memoir and Hillary Clinton's "hit list" — have illustrated the limits of political loyalty. Top politicians know they can never fully trust all those around them, but it doesn't always pay to try to get even.
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New York's Medical Marijuana Experiment Begins With Caution

New York's program would be the most restrictive in the country and would be limited to 20 hospitals. Critics wonder how Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to get the marijuana and why hospitals — which must abide by federal law — would want to participate.
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South Texas: The New Hot Spot For Illegal Crossing

For the third consecutive year, one section of the U.S.-Mexico border had a higher rate of illegal crossing than any other — the Rio Grande Valley. It's the closest crossing for Central Americans fleeing violence at home, but for them, the U.S. crossing is just the last, deadly portion of the trip.
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Hard-Working Hollywood Extra Hopes For Bigger Roles

Famous for a GoDaddy commercial that aired during Superbowl XLVII, Jesse Heiman says he's one of the hardest working extras in Hollywood. He's been credited in more than 70 movies since 2001. Heiman talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about trying to work his way up the call-sheet into larger, speaking roles.
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Germans Cautious About Obama's NSA Proposals

President Obama proposed changes to address how the National Security Agency collects and stores information, especially with regards to surveillance of foreign governments. But Germans are especially skeptical that the changes will actually mean an end to American eavesdropping.
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Anti-Texting Laws Don't Appear To Deter

Thousands of people were killed last year and hundreds of thousands were injured in accidents involving distracted driving. It's now illegal to text and drive in 41 states. But drivers don't seem to be paying attention. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Dec. 6, 2013.)

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