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Washington To Begin Its Grand Experiment With Pot

Washington state's recreational pot law goes into effect on Thursday. But the state has a year to set up a system to regulate the production and sale of marijuana.
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As Two States Legalize Pot, Tommy Chong Isn't Nostalgic About The Old Days

Washington state decriminalizes possession tonight. Colorado does so next month. Chong, one half of the stoner duo Cheech and Chong, is all in favor of the new laws. There isn't anything funny about being busted, the comic says.
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How Helpful Is Extending Unemployment Benefits?

About 2 million Americans could lose unemployment checks if Congress doesn't extend emergency federal benefits by the end of the year. Host Michel Martin talks about new research challenging conventional wisdom about unemployment checks. Guests include James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation and Judy Conti of the National Employment Law Project.
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Grading Kids Based On Race

Some public schools across the U.S. are setting different standards for students based on their race. The goal is to cut the achievement gap in half. Host Michel Martin speaks with Emily Richmond, of the Education Writers Association, about criticisms to this approach.
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Make Your Mark On Austin's Music Map

Residents of Austin, Texas, like to think of their city as the live music capital of the world. A new effort is putting some of the city's well-known and surprising venues on an interactive map. Host Michel Martin learns more from Delaney Hall, one of the producers of the Austin Music Map.
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Buying Freedom Through Dressmaking

The new movie 'Lincoln' explores the last months of Abraham Lincoln's life and sheds light on prominent figures of the time. One lesser-known person is former slave Elizabeth Keckley. She became a close confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln. Host Michel Martin speaks with professor Clarence Lusane about Keckley's contributions to American history.
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'NY Post' Photographer: I Was Too Far Away To Reach Man Hit By Train

The horrifying image of a man's final moments before being hit by a subway train has sparked controversy. The Post has been criticized for publishing it. The photographer has been criticized for taking it. He's now talking about the effort he says he made to reach the victim.
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Medical Residents Work Long Hours Despite Rules

The traditions of medical education die hard. Many doctors in training still work extreme hours, despite rules that limit the lengths of shifts for medical residents. One residency director calls for doctors educated under the old system to stop bashing the younger generation for being soft.
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Famous Rudolph, Ohio, Postmark Will Shine On

After the staff of the village post office was cut to one, it wasn't clear whether the 80,000 Christmas parcels and cards that flow in would get the special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer postmark. But the Toledo Blade reports nearly 75 volunteers have stepped up to keep the tradition going.

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