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The Fat Lady Sings For New York City Opera

The New York City Opera will close its doors this month after 70 years of production. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to composer Anthony Davis whose work X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X premiered at the opera almost 30 years ago.
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Blitz: The Ambassador Of Hip-Hop And African Music

Blitz the Ambassador grew up listening to Public Enemy and Fela Kuti. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series, he explains why their music is still on his playlist.
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No End In Sight: Shutdown Showdown Enters Week 2

Hundreds of thousands of civilian employees with the Defense Department go back to work Monday, but many government operations remain suspended.
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Monday Morning Political Mix

Speaker Boehner insists there aren't enough House votes to pass a spending bill that has no strings attached... A GOP congressman likened the Republican situation to how the Confederate Army stumbled into the Battle of Gettysburg... Which Boehner will we see this week?
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Lights Go Out During Ravens' News Conference

A blackout delayed last season's Super Bowl as the Baltimore Ravens defeated San Francisco. As the Raven's coach was taking questions Sunday, the room was plunged into darkness. Quarterback Joe Flacco accidentally leaned on a light switch. Later, linebacker Terrell Suggs did the same thing.
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U.S. Raids In Libya And Somalia Target Al-Qaida Network

Al-Qaida operative Abu Anas al-Libi reportedly was snatched from a street in Libya, while a U.S. Navy SEAL team in Somalia met stiff resistance; it's not yet clear whether their target — a top al-Shabab leader — was killed.
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GOP's History Of Resistance To Social Welfare Programs

A partial shutdown of the federal government is now in its seventh day. At the heart of the impasse is a political battle. For the government to re-open, Republicans are insisting on big changes to President Obama's signature health care law. This is not the first time there's been GOP resistance to a new social welfare program that was advocated and signed into law by a Democratic president.
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Politics Within The GOP Keeps Shutdown In Motion

As the partial government shutdown nears the start of its second week, Democrats say the only way out is for House Republicans to pass a clean spending bill to re-open the government with no changes to the Affordable Care Act. Some Republicans agree. So why don't moderate House Republicans rise up, and do something to end the shutdown?
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Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop

The majority of the nation's pears grow in the Pacific Northwest, and this year's harvest is predicted to be one of the largest in history. But farmers are facing a shortfall that's been plaguing many agricultural industries: not enough workers to pick the fruit.
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Wanted: A New Generation Of High-Tech Aviation Workers

Millions of U.S. factory jobs have been lost in the past decade. Now, in North Carolina, high school students are being encouraged to think about taking manufacturing jobs. But this isn't the furniture-making or textile labor of generations past — it's a new kind of highly technical work in aviation.

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