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Jonathan Kozol On Kids That Survive Inner Cities

Jonathan Kozol has chronicled the lives of lower income children for nearly fifty years. In his new book, Fire In The Ashes, Kozol writes about families that he met in the 1980s, and the inspiring — and sometimes tragic — turns their lives have taken. He shares their stories with host Michel Martin.
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Republicans Consider Breaking Tax Vow

Congress comes back to work this week and the fiscal cliff is its top priority. Some Republicans have said they'll break a longstanding pledge not to raise taxes. Host Michel Martin talks politics with columnist Mary Kate Cary of U.S. News and World Report and The Root's political correspondent Keli Goff.
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SEC Chief Schapiro Is Leaving; New Chairman Chosen

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro will step down on Dec. 14. President Obama has designated SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter to be her successor.
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Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal From Former Rep. William Jefferson

Known as "Dollar Bill" Jefferson after $90,000 was found in his freezer, the Louisiana Democrat is now set to stay in jail until 2023. He was convicted on corruption charges in 2009.
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VIDEO: High Dives Into 'World's Biggest Pile Of Leaves'

What weighs about 20,000 pounds, is 17-feet high and 60-feet around? Answer: The pile of leaves that three guys in Utah assembled. Then, they did what comes naturally. They jumped into it.
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'Cyber Monday,' 'Giving Tuesday;' Then 'Weeping Wednesday?'

There are clever names for many of the holiday season's key shopping days. Today's is in honor of what's said to be the biggest online shopping day. Tuesday's aims to get people to be charitable. Maybe Wednesday's should be for when the bills come in?
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Notre Dame Beats USC, Moves To BCS Title Game

College football's wild season was not so wild this past weekend. There were no crazy shifts at the top of the BCS rankings as there were the week before. That's because Notre Dame beat the University of Southern California on Saturday and retained its No. 1 ranking.
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Young Voters Key In Obama's 2012 Win

The Pew Research Center has a new analysis of the role young voters played in the 2012 presidential election. Although President Obama's margin of victory in this group was not as wide as four years ago, the 2012 results show that the generation gap persists.
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Overrun By Otters, Illinois Reinstates Trapping Season

More than 15,000 otters in Illinois are pilfering fish from fishermen and disrupting the local ecosystem. To deal with it, the state is allowing an otter trapping season for the first time in 87 years, starting this month. Bob Bluett, a biologist from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, joins Steve Inskeep to talk about the otter inundation.

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