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David Dinkins: Leading New York Is The 'Greatest Job There Is'

David Dinkins served as New York City's first African-American mayor. But his rise through the political ranks came with hard-learned lessons. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Mayor Dinkins about his book, A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic. This segment initially aired September 2, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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'Coming Clean' About Growing Up In A Hoarding Household

Kimberly Rae Miller grew up among piles of junk. Doors wouldn't close, stacks of paper turned to sludge, and the pool was filled with brown muck. Her father was a hoarder — in the most extreme kind of way. Host Michel Martin talks to Miller about how she coped, which is detailed in her memoir, Coming Clean. This segment initially aired July 29, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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Birds Of A Feather Spy Together

Journalist Tom Vanderbilt discusses the nonhuman operatives — from pigeons to house cats — deployed by the United States government during the Cold War. He wrote about the program recently for the Smithsonian magazine.
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15 Years Later, Where Did All The Cigarette Money Go?

So far, tobacco companies have paid more than $100 billion to state governments as part of a 25-year, $246 billion settlement. Though the money was meant to be spent on prevention and smoking-related programs, it didn't come with a mandate.
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Shortage Of Workers Hampers Chili Harvest In New Mexico

Southern New Mexico is America's iconic home of chili harvesting and production. But production is a fraction of what's produced in India and China — countries with large pools of labor. Still, in the fall, New Mexico farmers need hundreds of workers to handpick their crops. Even paying $14 an hour, they can't find enough help.
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Not In My Backyard: Hollywood Sign's Neighbors Fed Up With Tourists

Los Angeles' iconic Hollywood sign is among the city's biggest tourist attractions. But homeowners who live on the streets under the sign say visitors are wreaking havoc in their neighborhood.
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Sequester Emerges Anew In Senate Shutdown Debate

There were signs Sunday that while health care may have been the key issue in the House debate, in the Senate, which is now leading the discussion, a solution may hinge on the next round of sequestration cuts, due to take effect in January.
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Barriers Breached At World War II Memorial On Mall

A crowd of demonstrators converged on the memorial Sunday, protesting the government shutdown that has included blocking full access to monuments in Washington.
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U.S. Olympic Committee Adds Sexual Orientation To Anti-Discrimination Rules

Months ahead of the Winter Olympics in Russia, where controversy surrounds a law that targets homosexuality, protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation is now part of the U.S. Olympic Committee's rules.
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Ms. Veteran America Uses Title To Talk About Sexual Violence

After Air Force reservist Denyse Gordon won the Ms. Veteran America contest in 2012, she found the courage to talk publicly about her experiences with sexual trauma in the military. She says she knew that to make every veteran proud, she needed to be transparent, and hopes to help others with her story.

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