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A National Guardsman's Gender Battle During War

Host Rachel Martin speaks with McKenna Barlow, Martin's cousin by marriage, and a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, for StoryCorps' National Day of Listening. Barlow served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004, and recalls the difficulties of being one of the few women in her unit.
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U.S. Maneuvers In Middle East Diplomacy

Host Rachel Martin talks with P.J. Crowley, who served on the National Security Council in the Clinton administration, about the role of the United States in the negotiations between Israel and Hamas and the cease-fire in Gaza. Crowley also served as the U.S. assistant secretary of state for public affairs from 2009 to 2011.
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Awash With Love: Storm Resurfaces 1940s Letters

After Superstorm Sandy, Kathleen Chaney found a bundle of letters along the New Jersey shore. Tied with a pink ribbon and thoroughly soaked, the letters tell the story of a wartime romance.
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Despite Talk, Immigration Overhaul Not A Guarantee

Key Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, say it's time to find common ground in revising the nation's immigration laws, but conservatives in the House could be a firewall against a bipartisan deal.
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She Was The Only Woman To Get The Medal Of Honor

In all of American history, just one woman has ever been awarded the Medal of Honor: Mary Edwards Walker, a physician during the Civil War. Congress later tried to take back the medal, but she refused to return it.
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A Gem Cast Off Chicago's Architectural Crown

Chicago loves its famous architecture, but the wrecking ball may soon take down one of the most unusual buildings in town — the Prentice Women's Hospital — designed by mid-century architect Bertrand Goldberg.
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Home Sweet (Tiny) Home: S.F. Plans To Downsize

This week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program to build apartments as small as 220 square feet. The experimental ordinance is prompted by rocketing real estate values in the city.

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