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Why Illinois Is Roaring Mad About Lion Meat

Lion meat has been gaining traction among adventurous foodies. But some wildlife advocates worry that interest in lion meat in the U.S. could encourage more poaching abroad. So they're pushing legislation to ban lion meat in the state that seems to be at the center of the U.S. trade.
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The Politics Of Guns And The Influence Of Advertising

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a $12 million ad campaign in 13 states this week to persuade senators to support gun control legislation. The ads promote universal background checks as a prerequisite for gun ownership.
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Highlights From DOMA's Day The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that defines marriage as the legal union between a man and a woman. David Savage, who covers the Supreme Court for the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, provides analysis of excerpts from the arguments.
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Landlocked Midwest Farmers Raise Saltwater Shrimp

Shrimp is the number one seafood product in the United States. While most shrimp is imported from Asia or Ecuador, some is being raised indoors in the Midwest. The challenge is to simulate an ocean environment in a barn or other structure.
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Enforcement Of Penalties Weak In Grain Bin Deaths

Nearly 500 farmers and workers have suffocated in grain storage bins in the past 40 years. The worst year on record was 2010, with 26 people dying. Hefty fines and criminal charges are possible for negligent employers. But NPR and The Center for Public Integrity found that enforcement is weak, even as workers continue to die.
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Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Docket Draws Crowds

Pro-gay marriage forces won the real estate battle in front of the Supreme Court Tuesday on the first of two days of arguments on the subject inside the court. On the National Mall, a rally was held for traditional marriage.
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Respectful Gay Marriage Debate An 'Enormous Step'

The Supreme Court is hearing two landmark gay marriage cases this week. But Robin Shahar's case never made it that far. She lost a job offer for planning a private wedding ceremony with her same-sex partner in 1991. Shahar speaks with host Michel Martin about the cultural shift that brought about these legal challenges.
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How Should We Be Talking About Sex?

The high school rape case in Steubenville, Ohio raised uncomfortable questions about how young people learn about their sexual rights and responsibilities. Host Michel Martin talks about the real sex education teens should be getting, with author Laura Sessions Stepp, attorney B.J. Bernstein, and youth mentor Malik Washington.

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