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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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A Random Act Of Kindness At A Minn. Dairy Queen

At a Dairy Queen in Hopkins, Minn., 19-year-old Joey Prusak — a store manager — was serving one of his customers, a regular who is visually impaired. The man dropped a $20 bill but didn't know it. Prusak was about to say something when a woman nearby picked it up and put it in her purse. What happened next went viral.
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Colorado Flood Evacuees Face Still More Challenges

For Colorado flood victims, evacuation was just the first step. Now the very long process of recovery is beginning. It will take months for some who saw their houses destroyed or severely damaged to return home. And when there's nothing left to inspect, navigating insurance companies can be an added challenge.
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Chicago Shootings Spur Renewed Call For Tougher Gun Laws

In Chicago, a late-night shooting Thursday left 13 people wounded, including a 3-year-old boy. The city has been struggling to curtail the city's gun violence, which plagues some neighborhoods on the south and west sides. This latest incident has the Chicago Police Superintendent once again calling for tougher gun laws.
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This Tiny Town Is Trying To Stop Neo-Nazis From Taking Over

Leith, N.D.'s residents want to keep control of their town out of the hands of white supremacists. Craig Cobb moved to Leith last year after purchasing 12 properties and he's given most of them away to people who are notorious in the white separatist movement.

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