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Gates: Obama Made Solid Decisions, But Was Swayed By Factious Staff

In a long and surprisingly frank interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talked about his relationship with the commander in chief and his rivalry with Vice President Joe Biden, and described a deep rift between the approaches of senior military leadership and Obama's young Cabinet.
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Transcript: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' Interview With NPR

Full transcript of unedited interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.
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The Case Against Hugging, Dead Authors, Sharon Jones

In this week's podcast, we hear a researcher's objections to hugging, comedian Paul F. Tompkins brings authors back from the dead, and Sharon Jones beats cancer and releases a long-awaited album.
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Former Pastor Decides To Spend A Year Without God

Ryan Bell was asked to step down from his Seventh-day Adventist congregation in March, after questioning his faith. For his New Year's resolution, Bell has decided to "try on" atheism and put his role as a religious leader — and follower — on hold.
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The Globes Will Be Golden, But Hollywood Remains Mostly White

Sunday's Golden Globes celebratie a diverse group of actors, but beyond those standouts, Hollywood is still a tough town for minorities. In a "who-you-know" business, professionals say, the only color that really matters is green.
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Nation's New Mayors Revive Big-City Liberalism

New mayors in cities such as New York, Boston and Minneapolis have made income inequality and racial inclusion top priorities. That's a different tack than some other recent progressive mayors, who focused more on keeping cities safe and budgets balanced.
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Trans-racial Family Gets Double-Takes 'Everywhere We Go'

Rachel Garlinghouse and her husband, both white, have adopted three African-American children. She tells NPR's Rachel Martin that her trans-racial family makes her look at discrimination "in a whole new way." Garlinghouse says she must be humble and realistic about the challenges.
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Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI For Targeting Fans

Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, were classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011. Now the band and four fans have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the FBI. NPR's Rachel Martin talks about the suit with journalist Patrick Flanary, who covered the suit for Rolling Stone magazine.
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The Brawl Over Baseball Hall Of Fame Voting

The new Baseball Hall of Fame inductees were announced this week — and it's not just who got in and who didn't that's causing a stir; the voting itself has people talking. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about that and the reduction of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez's suspension.
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A Virtually Genuine Facebook Friendship With Applebee's

Ever have an imaginary friend? Chris Zdarsky started corresponding with an Applebee's in Canada as a joke. But that doesn't mean it wasn't real. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the comic book artist to about his virtual friendship.

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