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All Things Considered for June 29, 2014

A decade ago, U.S. soldiers were fighting and rebuilding in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit. The past few weeks have seen those cities, among others, fall to the Sunni militant group ISIS. Here, a member of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces stands guard Thursday near an ISIS checkpoint in Mosul. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For U.S. Vets, Iraq's Newest Conflict Awakens Complex Emotions

For U.S. Vets, Iraq's Newest Conflict Awakens Complex Emotions

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States may have their own higher wage laws, but the federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour. AP hide caption

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For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle

For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle

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Voice actor Peter Cullen has reprised his role as Optimus Prime in the series of live-action Transformers movies, including the latest, Transformers: Age of Extinction. ILM / Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Behind Optimus Prime (And Eeyore), One Man's Signature Voice

Behind Optimus Prime (And Eeyore), One Man's Signature Voice

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In Snowpiercer, Curtis (Chris Evans) and Yona (Ah-sung Ko) are trying to fight their way to the front of a train that is cruelly class segregated. "[It's] similar to Occupy Wall Street in terms of the 99 percent versus the 1 percent," says South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. "That's something that happens in other countries and also in Korea." Radius TWC hide caption

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In 'Snowpiercer,' A Never-Ending Train Ride And A Society Badly Off Track

In 'Snowpiercer,' A Never-Ending Train Ride And A Society Badly Off Track

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Ja Rule at NPR's New York bureau in June. Quoctrung Bui/NPR hide caption

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Ja Rule: 'I Took It Upon Myself To Become A Man'

Ja Rule: 'I Took It Upon Myself To Become A Man'

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