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Mate Doesn't Have Your Back? That Boosts Depression Risk

A critical, unsupportive spouse isn't just a drag. That kind of mate increases the risk of major depression, researchers say. People can improve the quality of their relationships, Teo says. Interpersonal therapy and couples therapy can help identify communications problems, and come up with practical improvements.
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Chicken Diapers? Urban Farming Spawns Accessory Lines

As urban chicken farms grow in popularity, many people are bringing the birds into their homes. They need the right equipment to keep them clean. So several business have popped up online, offering everything from custom-sized diapers and leash-ready saddles to chicken caviar.
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Luring Doctors And Lawyers To Rural America

Rural brain drain is not a new phenomenon, but some rural communities are trying to attract doctors and lawyers in new ways. In March, South Dakota became the first state to pass a law that offers annual subsidies to lawyers who agree to live and work in rural areas.
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The Quiet Strength Of Introverts In The Workplace

Extroverted job candidates may have an easier time impressing prospective employers. A study finds that once extroverts are in the workplace, their overall team performance can disappoint. USA Today "On the Job" columnist Anita Bruzzese discusses how bosses can harness the strengths of introverts.
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Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological

In a new book, The Anatomy of Violence, Adrian Raine argues that violent behavior has a biological basis just like depression or schizophrenia. This raises questions about treatment, accountability and punishment, including the death penalty.
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The Real Costs Of Cheap Fashion

The collapse of a Bangladesh clothing factory building has renewed worries about the ethics of the fashion industry. Host Michel Martin speaks with Pulitzer Prize winning fashion critic Robin Givhan about the real costs of cheap fashion.
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Spring Cleaning: Toss Your Old Jeans!

Spring can be the perfect time to clean out the kitchen junk drawer, donate clothes, and to clear mental clutter. Host Michel Martin gets tips from the journalists and writers in the Beauty Shop for saying goodbye to old clothes, forgotten gadgets, and other useless objects cluttering your home.
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Obama Crosses The Border

President Obama visits Mexico this week and some of the usual issues are no longer at the top of the agenda. Host Michel Martin talks with Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, who calls the trip a huge shift in U.S.-Mexico relations.

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