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Illegal Farm Worker Becomes Brain Surgeon

Tell Me More begins its series "In Limbo" with the story of a man who illegally crossed the U.S. - Mexico border by literally jumping over a fence. He picked tomatoes, shoveled sulfur and scraped fish lard before becoming one of America's most respected neurosurgeons. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa.
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White Rock Beverages Still Thirsty After 140 Years

While Coca-Cola celebrated its 125th anniversary this year, this family-owned company in New York City is quietly toasting 140 years in the soft-drink business. "We've been around, but we're healthy and growing," says White Rock President Larry Bodkin.
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In Cincinnati, 'Nothing Good To Say' About Congress

If the only thing worse than being hated is being ignored, Congress has slipped even further. While polls show staggering disapproval rates for the legislative body, Americans seem to have lost interest in what Congress is, or isn't, doing. In Cincinnati, most voters approached had nothing good to say about it.
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Post Office To Move Forward With Cuts

The U.S. Postal Service is expected to announce Monday that it's moving forward with cuts that it says will save billions of dollars and help avoid bankruptcy.
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In Fla., Cautious Hope For Everglades Protection

Gov. Rick Scott has a new focus on the "River of Grass." His promise to work on restoration is welcome news to environmentalists and other concerned with the Everglades' future. Still, many are skeptical, given the big cuts to Everglades programs during the Republican's first year in office.
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Cutting Retiree Benefits A Sore Subject For Military

At the Pentagon, bean counters are working long hours trying to figure out how to cut close to a trillion dollars from the department of defense budget over the next ten years. Part of the defense budget usually protected from budget cuts is health care and retirement benefits, but some argue those benefits are depleting the Department of Defense of funds it needs to function as a top military force.
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Why Buy Toys When You Can Rent?

If you've shopped at a toy store recently, you know that you can easily spend hundreds of dollars on just a few items. So why not just rent the toys instead? Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin tells us how toy rental websites work.
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Milwaukee's 'Misery Index': Infant Mortality

As the city lost industrial jobs, its infant mortality rate skyrocketed. In one particular ZIP code, one baby dies for every 59 that make it. That's a rate that's worse than in parts of rural China.
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Historic Drug Bust Highlights Underground Network

More than 32 tons of marijuana were found last week in an underground tunnel along the U.S.-Mexico border. It was one of the largest pot busts in U.S. history. Host Audie Cornish talks with Derek Benner, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent, about the tunnel they found and the seasonal aspects of the drug trade.

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