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Books

Rick Najera: A Latino In Hollywood Is 'Almost White'

Rick Najera's name may not sound familiar, but his work is famous in Hollywood. Host Michel Martin talks with the funnyman about his career and his book Almost White: Forced Confessions of A Latino in Hollywood.

Rick Najera: A Latino In Hollywood Is 'Almost White'

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Africa

A Month In Mamelodi: 'Slum Tourism'?

South Africans Julian and Ena Hewitt made headlines when they swapped their comfortable home for a shack in the townships. They talk with host Michel Martin about what they call a lesson in empathy.

A Month In Mamelodi: 'Slum Tourism'?

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Law

DOJ Voting Lawsuit: Absurd Or Critical?

Soon after the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, some states tightened voting regulations. But the U.S. Department of Justice says North Carolina went too far, and has filed a lawsuit against the state. Host Michel Martin learns more.

DOJ Voting Lawsuit: Absurd Or Critical?

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Food

300 Sandwiches: The Secret To Boyfriend's Heart?

New York Post reporter Stephanie Smith sparked a firestorm online when she wrote about her plan to make her boyfriend 300 sandwiches - in exchange for an engagement ring. Host Michel Martin talks to Smith about her project and the reaction to it.

300 Sandwiches: The Secret To Boyfriend's Heart?

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Monday

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Law

Deporting Parents, Good Policy?

Over the last few years, thousands of undocumented parents have been deported or detained by the federal government. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with professor and social worker Monica Faulker, and NPR's Ted Robbins, about the process and its effects.

Deporting Parents, Good Policy?

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Digital Life

Latino Rebels: Getting Stories From The Ground Up

Latinos are making a mark in American media, but a new blog is giving power to the people, not the pundits. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to Julio Ricardo Varela about the mission behind his Latino Rebels blog.

Latino Rebels: Getting Stories From The Ground Up

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Music

Music That Moves Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson is an actress, singer and editor-at-large for the Huff/Post50 website. She shares some of the songs that move her — spiritually and physically — for <em>Tell Me More<em>'s "In Your Ear" series.

Music That Moves Rita Wilson

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Friday

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Politics

A Trip Down Government Shutdown Lane

Washington could be headed for another government shutdown. Guest host Celeste Headlee asks NPR's senior political editor Ron Elving whether there are any lessons to be learned from previous shutdowns.

A Trip Down Government Shutdown Lane

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Around the Nation

Are Somali-Americans More Likely To Be Radicalized?

Some experts in the U.S. say Somali-American young people are at greater risk of religious radicalization. Host Michel Martin speaks with homeland security advisor Mohamed Elibiary, and Mark Brunswick of Minnesota's Star Tribune about homegrown terrorism.

Are Somali-Americans More Likely To Be Radicalized?

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World

'Dictator Hunter' Brody: 'It's A Pleasure'

Human rights activist Reed Brody has taken on a huge mission: bringing down dictators across the world. Michel Martin talks with Brody, who has been called a 'bounty hunter' for human justice.

'Dictator Hunter' Brody: 'It's A Pleasure'

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Health Care

MacArthur Fellow Crunches Data To Streamline Health Care

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner was awarded a MacArthur 'Genius' grant this week for improving health care in one of the poorest cities in America: Camden, New Jersey. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Brenner about his experience, and the national health care debate.

MacArthur Fellow Crunches Data To Streamline Health Care

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Race

The Root 100: A Who's Who Of Black America

What do politician Cory Booker, tennis star Serena Williams and rapper Jay Z have in common? They all top this year's "Root 100," an annual list of black "influencers." The Root publisher Donna Byrd talks to host Michel Martin about who else made the list, and why.

The Root 100: A Who's Who Of Black America

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Wednesday

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World

After Siege, Kenyans Left Wondering What Happened

Kenya's president says the siege of a mall in Kenya is now over. Host Michel Martin speaks to The Associated Press's Jason Straziuso in Nairobi for an update on the terror attack.

After Siege, Kenyans Left Wondering What Happened

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National Security

Security Expert: 'We Cannot Live in Fear' About 'Soft' Targets

The deadly attack at a mall in Kenya has a lot of people concerned about "soft targets" here in the U.S. Michel Martin speaks to security expert Clark Kent Ervin for more on how locations like malls, sports arenas and churches can stay safe.

Security Expert: 'We Cannot Live in Fear' About 'Soft' Targets

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Books

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

Dinkins served as New York City's first African-American mayor, but his rise through the political ranks came with hard lessons. He chronicles that period, and his political journey, in his new book, A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic.

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

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Education

MacArthur 'Genius' On Grit, Self Control And Success

Host Michel Martin speaks with psychologist Angela Duckworth, who was named a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow today. Duckworth's research shows how grit and self-control can predict future life success.

MacArthur 'Genius' On Grit, Self Control And Success

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Music

Syleena Johnson And Musiq Soulchild, Making Music In Nine Days

Take two R&B heavyweights with a love of reggae, put them in the studio for nine days, and what do you get? Host Michel Martin speaks with Musiq Soulchild and Syleena Johnson about their new albumm 9INE.

Syleena Johnson And Musiq Soulchild, Making Music In Nine Days

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Politics

Insider: 'Nobody Wins' In Budget Showdown

A government shutdown could be looming if political leaders can't work out a federal budget deal. Host Michel Martin asks two former White House insiders, Ron Christie and Corey Ealons, what Congress and the president have to do to a shutdown.

Insider: 'Nobody Wins' In Budget Showdown

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U.S.

Frustrated Adoptive Parents Turn To Online 'Exchanges'

An investigative report by Reuters reveals an online haven where frustrated adoptive parents can hand off children to strangers with virtually no oversight. Investigative reporter Megan Twohey speaks with host Michel Martin about the findings.

Frustrated Adoptive Parents Turn To Online 'Exchanges'

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