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Opposition Spokesman Won't Commit To Syria Peace Talks

Leaders from around the world are urging Syrian opposition and government groups to hold talks aimed at ending the two-year-old civil war there. But the Syrian opposition won't commit to negotiations. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Khalid Saleh, Chief Spokesperson for the Syrian Opposition recognized by the US.
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Is It A Surprise That The Government Is Monitoring Your Calls?

The White House says the NSA needs to collect citizens' phone records to protect the country from terrorist threats. But is it in our best interests or just another example of Big Brother? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
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No Big Waves In The Labor Pool

Friday's news from the Labor Department offers a snapshot of an economy that's treading water. Employers added 175,000 jobs in May, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6 percent. The numbers show "the ongoing slog in the labor market," one economist said.
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Har Mar Superstar Channels Motown In 'Lady, You Shot Me'

Linda Wertheimer introduces listeners to Andrea Swensson of Minnesota Public Radio, and her pick for June's installment of Heavy Rotation: Har Mar Superstar's "Lady, You Shot Me." The musician's real name is Sean Tillman and he's from just south of the Twin Cities.
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City Workers Help Ducks Walk To Water

Syracuse city worker Gary Clifford saw a mother duck leading a dozen little ones down a busy street. He followed in his truck, stopping traffic along the way. Until they walked across a storm drain and four ducklings fell in. Syracuse.com reports a city crew was called in and took the feathered family to a creek.
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Ill. Assembly Called Back To Work On Pension Fund Shortfall

Another credit agency is downgrading Illinois after its lawmakers ended their session without addressing the state's $100 billion pension liability crisis. Now, Gov. Pat Quinn is calling the General Assembly back into session.
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What Else Has The Longest-Serving Congressman Outlasted?

Michigan Rep. John Dingell has spent a record-setting 57 years, five months and 26 days in Congress. What hasn't lasted that long? The moon program and two U.S. states (sort of), to name a few.
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'Profound Questions About Privacy' Follow Latest Revelations

The news that the nation's spy agencies have been collecting phone records has been followed by word that they're also gathering up reams of information from the servers of major Internet and tech companies.

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