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In Freedom, Ex-Felon Becomes Probation Counselor

The federal probation office in St. Louis has one of the biggest caseloads of violent offenders in the country — and one of the lowest recidivism rates. That's in part because of a former felon who knows how to keep ex-offenders from returning to prison.
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What Changes In Right-To-Work States?

The Michigan House approved two measures that would make the state the 24th in the nation to enact right-to-work legislation. Protesters continue to gather at the State Capitol in opposition to legislation that will likely weaken unions in the home of the United Auto Workers.
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Is It Too Soon For A Gay Marriage Court Battle?

The Supreme Court has chosen to hear two cases relating to same-sex marriage that would judge the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. Washington Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart argues that this is not the best time for a marriage equality ruling.
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'Operation Delirium:' Psychochemicals And Cold War

In his article for The New Yorker, journalist Raffi Khatchadourian tells the story of a secret program that tested nerve gas, LSD and other drugs on 5,000 American soldiers throughout the 1950s and '60s.
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Remembering Jenni Rivera

Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera was killed in a plane crash over the weekend. She's remembered as a legendary vocalist, selling over 15 million albums, and earning three Latin Grammy nominations. Host Michel Martin pays tribute to Rivera with Jasmine Garsd, co-host of NPR's online music program, Alt.Latino.
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'Tis The Season To Avoid Charity Scams

It's the season of giving, especially when it comes to end-of-year charitable donations. But how do you know that your money is getting into the right hands? Host Michel Martin gets some useful tips on vetting charities from Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator.

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