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Gun Shots Interrupt Interview, But The Conversation Just Gets Started

During a conversation between a reporter and community activists on Chicago's South Side, gunshots not more than 100 feet away shattered an otherwise quiet afternoon. After the initial shock wore off, the neighborhood leaders expressed their frustration over their community's connection with gun violence and engaged in a deep conversation about its underlying causes — and what can be done to solve them.
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Former Taliban Ministers Leave Guantanamo, Trailed By Questions

A debate has arisen recently over the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Did the U.S. negotiate with terrorists to win his release, or was this the kind of commonplace prisoner swap that comes in the final months of a war? The five men released in exchange for Bergdahl's safe return weren't common fighters; they were members of the Taliban government. And the arrangements of their release could offer a template for how to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
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Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall

For educators, the challenges of Common Core are huge.
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Minimum Wage Hikes Popular, But May Not Spread Everywhere

Seattle minimum wage workers will see a gradual raise to $15 an hour — the highest in the nation. That won't end the argument about whether increases help or hurt employment.
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Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

A new study argues that taxing sodas and sugary drinks by the calorie would spur consumers to cut back. A 6-cent tax per 12-ounce can would lead to 5,800 fewer calories consumed per year, it found.
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The Health Data Revolution Enters An Awkward Adolescence

Huge amounts of information about your health, your doctor and your hospital lurk in private and public databases. But putting that information to work to improve health care remains a challenge.
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Diverse Summer Reading Picks For Kids

School is ending, so what can parents do to keep their kids reading this summer? Our parenting guests share book recommendations for young readers, with a focus on Latino writers and characters.
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'Wait To Worry' About Challenges

When his cancer went into remission, columnist Steven Petrow was overwhelmed by the fear that it would return. But it taught him a philosophy that helped him cope: wait to worry.
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New Orleans District Moves To All-Charter School System

New Orleans' Recovery School District will soon have the nation's first all-charter school system. Michel Martin explores whether that will boost achievement, or leave the most vulnerable kids behind.
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Layoff 101: Don't Blame Yourself

Being laid off can affect your finances as well as your health. Professor Sandra Sucher of the Harvard Business School explains how to survive, and even thrive, after a layoff.

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