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The Strangely True Tale Of Johnny Appleseed

He's legend now, but the man was as odd as his myth. Long-haired, barefoot and nature-loving, John Chapman traveled the Midwest in the early 1800s planting trees and creating orchards for future settlers.
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Tales From The Trail: Who's Undecided And Why?

Host Guy Raz speaks with NPR's Don Gonyea, who has just spent two weeks on the campaign trail. Along the way, he met some undecided voters. In swing states, undecided voters are being bombarded by advertising, and Gonyea explains what is keeping them from making up their minds.
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More Americans To Join The Ranks Of Saints

Sunday, Pope Benedict canonizes seven Catholics. Among them are two Americans, putting the total number of Americans among the thousands of officially recognized saints at 12. Host Guy Raz talks about the newly recognized saints with the Rev. James Martin, contributing editor at Catholic magazine America and author of the book My Life With the Saints.
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The Undecided Voter: Just Like The Unicorn?

Not knowing whom you're voting for may just mean you haven't had time to think about it yet. Regardless, one political scientist says, the power of the undecided voter might be a myth, too.
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Obama And Romney, Metaphorically Speaking

If President Obama and Mitt Romney's were trees, what kind would they be? We consulted an arborist to find out. But why stop there? We talked to an architect, a pastry chef, a wine expert and a comic-strip writer for some more unconventional ways to think about the candidates.
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CDC: Meningitis Mold In Tainted Drug Can Incubate For Months

The mold is so rare as a cause of human illness that nobody knows its incubation period. That makes it hard to predict when the outbreak will be over.
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Wondering About The Cost Of War? We Have Answers

How can we balance the budget with increases in military spending? What would the candidates do to support disabled veterans? NPR reporters tackle your questions about defense spending and veterans affairs.
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'Mother Of Outcasts' To Be A Saint For Leprosy Work

During a tragic era in Hawaiian history, more than 8,000 people with leprosy — now known as Hansen's disease — were banished to the island of Molokai. Mother Marianne Cope began caring for these patients in the late 1800s, answering their desperation with hope. Sunday, the nun will become a saint.
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Put Off By 'Too Many Mitts,' 'Salt Lake Tribune' Endorses Obama

Utah could give Mitt Romney his largest margin on Election Day, but the state's biggest newspaper is rooting for his rival. The Tribune's editorial board says the Romney it praised for turning around the 2002 Olympics is not the same Romney running for president in 2012.
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Race For Arizona's Open Senate Seat Gets Personal

For the first time in nearly a generation, Arizona voters will elect a new senator. Retiring Sen. Jon Kyl's ideological successor is Rep. Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican. But recent polls suggest Democrat Richard Carmona has a shot, and the race has become heated.

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