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The Other Side Of The Economic Divide

One dinner at a restaurant cost NPR reporter Pam Fessler about the same as what one of her interview subjects gets for two weeks on welfare. Fessler, who reports on poverty for NPR, reflects on how much divides her and the people she covers.
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Syria Agreement Makes For Unstable Alliances

As Syria turns over its "initial declaration" of chemical weapons, President Bashar Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin have become partners with the U.S., argues Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. Host Scott Simon talks to Goldberg about the foreign affairs strategy with Syria.
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When AM Radio Was More Than Talk And Static

Dick Biondi, a radio DJ since the 1950s, has worked for 28 stations and has been fired 25 times, and may have been the first person to play the Beatles on the radio in the U.S. Host Scott Simon asks Biondi about those days, and what keeps him in radio at age 81.
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Chicago Residents Caught In Gang Crossfire

Thirteen were shot, including a 3-year-old boy, in Chicago's Cornell Square Park Thursday night. Host Scott Simon talks with Willie Cochran, an alderman who represents part of the neighborhood in which the shootings occurred. He is also a former Chicago police officer.
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Cities Race To The Top Of The Ferris Wheel

Las Vegas is set to claim the title of city with the largest Ferris wheel, but not for long. New York City plans for a taller wheel, and rumors swirl that Dubai may top even that. Host Scott Simon talks to John Russick, director of Curatorial Affairs at the Chicago History Museum, about the first ever Ferris wheel, which debuted at the 1893 World Fair in Chicago.
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Art Dealer Pleads Guilty To Selling Fraudulent Paintings

Glafira Rosales sold work she claimed was painted by Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning to two Manhattan galleries. Host Scott Simon talks to New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz about the paintings, which were actually done by a Chinese artist living in Queens.
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No Schmear Job: A Brief History Of Bagels And Lox

The origin of the bagel "is somewhat mysterious," says a writer who recently explored the topic. What is unquestionable is that bagel met and married lox in New York. But as in so many modern unions, both partners came to the marriage with plenty of baggage.
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Trader Joe's Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals

In the United States, 40 percent of the food produced annually goes to waste. Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe's, wants to do something about it. He's opening a restaurant that will transform produce past its sell date into healthful take-out food.
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The Effects Of The Snowden Leaks Aren't What He Intended

Critics of the NSA's secret surveillance hoped the debate that followed Edward Snowden's leaks would prompt the NSA to rethink the operation. Instead, one of the most noticeable effects so far has been a diversion of resources away from intelligence missions toward assessing damage from the leaks.
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Obama's Latest Challenges Go Beyond The GOP

Congressional Republicans are trying to use budget deadlines to extract concessions from the president on his signature health care law. And they aren't alone in choosing this time to test the president's mettle — liberal Democrats have been pressuring Obama, too.

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