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Livestrong CEO: 'We're Proud' Lance Armstrong Founded Organization

"He's our founder. He's been the inspiration for our work for so many years," Doug Ulman tells All Things Considered host Melissa Block. "The work that he started ... is incredibly meaningful to millions and millions of people."
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Ballot Measures Put Hot-Button Issues To A Vote

In many states, the tight presidential race isn't the only thing on people's minds: Ballot measures are putting some controversial social and political issues up for popular vote. Same-sex marriage and the death penalty are just two of the measures voters will weigh in on come election day.
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What's For Dinner? Fueling A Presidential Debate

Both candidates fueled up on potatoes and meat last night as they prepared for the debate at separate Marriotts near Hofstra University. But did what they choose to eat help their performance? We asked an expert to weigh in.
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Living Under The Gun

Kiese Laymon is now a university English professor. But his path to the halls of Vassar College was marred by the reality and threat of gun violence. Host Michel Martin talks with Laymon about some of the hard-won wisdom he shares in his essay, "How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance."
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Speechwriters Size Up Round 2

The stakes were high for both candidates as President Obama and Mitt Romney squared off in their second debate Tuesday night. Host Michel Martin speaks with two former speechwriters: Paul Orzulak, who helped Vice President Joe Biden prepare for his debate, and columnist Mary Kate Cary who worked with the George H.W. Bush administration.
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June Trial For George Zimmerman, Accused In Trayvon Martin Death

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of the African-American teenager. The killing ignited another discussion about race relations in America. Lawyers expect the trial will last about three weeks. Zimmerman says he acted in self defense.
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Birth Control Pills For Squirrels?

Parts of the country report a boom in the squirrel population. Vermont apple growers report squirrels can strip a tree of half its apples in hours.This adds urgency to the work of South Carolina researchers, who are experimenting with feeding squirrels birth control pills.
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A123's Bankruptcy Reignites Obama's Green Critics

A123 Systems has filed for bankruptcy. The company makes lithium ion batteries for hybrid and electric cars — or it did. The company's automotive assets are being sold, and the bankruptcy filing will likely be controversial. A123 received a $249 million grant from the government in 2009.
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How Will Sequestration Affect The Federal Budget?

Last week, Morning Edition looked at possible cuts to the Defense Department as part of what's known as sequestration. Next, we examine the effect of across-the-board spending cuts on the rest of the federal budget. One analyst says right off the top expect a 15 percent reduction in the federal workforce.

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