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Algorithms: The Ever-Growing, All-Knowing Way Of The Future

Companies are using algorithms to guess your favorite film, track the development of the Occupy movement and predict insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other things. But with great power also comes great responsibility.
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Romney And Obama: A Tale Of Two Commencement Speeches

President Obama was in exceedingly friendly territory Monday at New York's Barnard College. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, wasn't quite Daniel in the lion's den in his Saturday speech at evangelical Liberty University. But some seniors questioned why a Mormon was giving their commencement address.
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Obama Campaign Questions Lessons Of Romney's Business Experience

President Obama's re-election campaign is attacking Mitt Romney's business experience, perhaps his strongest selling point as a candidate, in a new TV ad in five swing states. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee's campaign responds that it "welcomes" the "pivot back to jobs."
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With Gas Boom, Pennsylvania Fears New Toxic Legacy

Industry has ruined a lot of Pennsylvania's water. Coal mining companies hammered the state, leaving behind acidic water that turned thousands of miles of streams into dead zones. People in the state are looking for ways to make sure the fracking boom doesn't deal another blow to its water.
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Is There A Better Way To Talk About Obesity?

A recent study projects that more than 40 percent of Americans will be obese by the year 2030. Host Michel Martin delves into the cultural factors that might be preventing African-Americans and Latinos from losing weight. Martin speaks with Jane Delgado of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, and Jenee Desmond-Harris of The Root.
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An Ongoing Journey To Fulfill A Mother's Last Wish

For those people whose mothers have passed away, Mother's Day is often a day of remembrance. Host Michel Martin speaks with one woman about her 10 year — and still counting — journey to fulfill her mother's last wish. Daniele Seiss' story, "My Mothers Ashes," was featured in this week's Washington Post Magazine.
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Is Jennifer Hudson's Tragedy All Too Common?

Jurors in Chicago recently reached a verdict in the murder case against William Balfour, the man accused of killing Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew. Host Michel Martin speaks with WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore about the elements of race, class, and violence in Chicago's South Side that came into play in the trial.

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