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Wisdom From One Of World's Most Influential People

Freeman Hrabowski was named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World," earlier this year. He heads the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and helped transform the school into one of the country's top institutions in graduating students of color in science, math and engineering. He talks with host Michel Martin.
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Can Extending Retirement Age Help Social Security?

A recent report warned Social Security could run out of money by 2033, and some policy makers have suggested raising the retirement age. But Steve Cunningham of the American Institute for Economic Research says that strategy would fail to reduce costs, and would disproportionately hurt blue collar workers. He speaks with host Michel Martin.
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What Do Tuesday's Results Mean For November?

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived a recall election. Also, voters went to polls in five primaries, including California and New Mexico where Latinos make up more than a third of the populations. Host Michel Martin takes a look at what the results mean with Wisconsin Public Radio's Shawn Johnson and Gabriel Sanchez of Latino Decisions.
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Ho-Hum: Dull And Boring Are Now A Pair

Dull, a tiny village in Scotland, and the Oregon community of Boring have agreed to be "unofficially official" partners. It's a "Pair for the Ages," T-shirts say.
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Seven Ways Wisconsin's Recall Vote May Matter To You

Gov. Scott Walker's recall election victory might not seem like it would have much relevance outside the Badger State. But the outcome may embolden other governors to follow Walker's lead and move against public employee unions. It also could boost conservatives and disrupt President Obama's re-election strategy.
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Clouds Block Florida Crowd's View Of Venus

A lot of people were excited to watch Venus cross the sun Tuesday. In Naples, Fla., a crowd gathered on the beach for the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. But since it was cloudy, everyone trained their eyes on a laptop to watch the sky show streamed live.
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Why Does Airline Food Taste So Bad?

It turns out it's tough to make food that tastes good at 35,000 feet. The decreased humidity in the cabin dries out your nose, and the increased cabin pressure numbs taste buds. So what's an airline chef to do? Chef Clifton Lyles of Alaska Airlines wants to change the perception of airline food.
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States End Extended Benefits Despite Dismal Outlook

So far this year, 25 states have ended the extended benefits that allowed the long-term unemployed to continue getting benefits. With more states ending the program, it might appear that the economy is improving. But in some state, it just shows things haven't gotten that much worse.
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Romney Keeps Auto Industry Bailout Hot Button Issue

Republican Mitt Romney told the Detroit News, that if he's elected president, he would make sure the government sells its stake in General Motors — even if it's for a loss. Romney says President Obama is delaying the sale to avoid an embarrassing loss to taxpayers. A White House spokesman said Romney isn't credible on the auto industry since he opposed the bailout that rescued GM and Chrysler.

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