Wednesday

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Sports

Judge Blocks NFL Concussion Settlement

A $765 million NFL concussion settlement between the league and former players was blocked by a federal judge on Tuesday. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the latest news and where the high-profile lawsuit goes from here.

Judge Blocks NFL Concussion Settlement

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Food

Velveeta Shortage: 'Cheesepocalypse?'

Kraft Foods says there is a shortage of Velveeta cheese. It's a staple for queso-eating football fans, who are left wondering what will be on the menu for game day. For more, host Michel Martin speaks with Adrian Miller, author of <em>Soul Food</em>.

Velveeta Shortage: 'Cheesepocalypse?'

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Can I Just Tell You?

Poverty: 'We Need To Talk About It As It Is, Not As It Was'

Host Michel Martin shares her thoughts about why poverty conversations are needed, in her regular "Can I Just Tell You" essay.

Poverty: 'We Need To Talk About It As It Is, Not As It Was'

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Tuesday

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Your Money

Minorities' Savings Accounts Aren't Adding Up For Retirement

A new report from the National Institute on Retirement Security finds that minorities — Latinos in particular — are in bad shape when it comes to saving for retirement. Host Michel Martin speaks with researcher Nari Rhee about why that's a big problem.

Minorities' Savings Accounts Aren't Adding Up For Retirement

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Education

Classrooms Getting More Diverse, But Teachers Of Color Struggle

Bringing more teachers of color into schools isn't easy, even though classes are becoming more diverse. Host Michel Martin speaks with Victoria Kunzmann about challenges she faces as a teacher, and why she's remained in the classroom.

Classrooms Getting More Diverse, But Teachers Of Color Struggle

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Children's Health

Toddler Removed From Home After Viral Swearing Video

A video of an African-American toddler swearing went viral after a police union posted it online. The child was later removed from his home because of safety concerns. Tell Me More's parenting panel discuss whether authorities went too far.

Toddler Removed From Home After Viral Swearing Video

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Monday

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World

'Weight Of The World' On Syrian Boy's Shoulders

Syrian teenager Omar al-Kurdi had to forfeit his schooling and childhood to become his refugee family's breadwinner. Journalist Farnaz Fassihi tells host Michel Martin more about her profile of the teenager's life in Beirut, Lebanon.

'Weight Of The World' On Syrian Boy's Shoulders

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Law

Does Justice For Murder Victims Depend On Race, Geography?

Murder rates in New York City are at historic lows, but many of the murders there remain unsolved. Host Michel Martin learns more from New York Daily News reporter Rocco Parascandola, former NYPD detective Joe Giacalone, and the Brennan Center's Nicole Austin-Hillery.

Does Justice For Murder Victims Depend On Race, Geography?

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Friday

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BackTalk

Listeners Weigh In: Transgendered Students Choosing Bathrooms

Editor Ammad Omar and host Michel Martin crack open the listener inbox for BackTalk. They talk about an ongoing conversation on California's new school bathroom law.

Listeners Weigh In: Transgendered Students Choosing Bathrooms

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Politics

Digging Into 'Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War'

Critics say former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book takes shots at President Obama and other members of his cabinet. The Washington Post's Greg Jaffe tells host Michel Martin more about the book and its fallout.

Digging Into 'Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War'

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Barbershop

Chris Christie's Apology Enough To End 'Bridgegate'?

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he's "embarrassed and humiliated" by a traffic jam scandal involving his office. But is it enough to stall a 2016 presidential bid? Host Michel Martin hears from the barbershop guys on that and other news of the week.

Chris Christie's Apology Enough To End 'Bridgegate'?

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Thursday

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Wednesday

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Economy

Poverty And Not Knowing Your Neighbor Are Connected, Expert Says

It's been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty. Host Michel Martin speaks with Anne Mosle, of the Aspen Institute, about how much has changed since then and if the battle needs a new plan of attack.

Poverty And Not Knowing Your Neighbor Are Connected, Expert Says

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Money Coach

On-Time Payments Heal All Credit Report Wounds

Many people make New Year's resolutions to get a handle on their finances. But consumer columnist Sheryl Harris says there are some myths about how consumer credit works. She tells host Michel Martin more.

On-Time Payments Heal All Credit Report Wounds

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Tuesday

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Sports

Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings

The punter says his outspoken support of same-sex marriage got him fired, but adds that he has no regrets. He tells NPR's Michel Martin: "If you're not willing to speak out for the rights of other people, then who do you expect to speak out for you when it's your turn?"

Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings

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Law

New Law Allows Transgender Students To Choose Bathrooms And Sports Teams

A new California law allows transgender students to choose restrooms and sport teams based on the gender they identify with. Host Michel Martin speaks with a parenting roundtable about the pros and cons.

New Law Allows Transgender Students To Choose Bathrooms And Sports Teams

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Monday

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Economy

Global Youth Unemployment: Ticking Time Bomb?

Tens of millions of young people around the world are unemployed — and some analysts say that could be a major problem in the future. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with Martina Gmur of the World Economic Forum.

Global Youth Unemployment: Ticking Time Bomb?

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Friday

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Health Care

New Year, New Health Care Plans ... Can Doctors Keep Up?

Thousands of Americans rang in 2014 with new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. But will doctors and hospitals start feeling the crunch? Host Michel Martin speaks with Washington Post health reporter Sarah Kliff.

New Year, New Health Care Plans ... Can Doctors Keep Up?

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Thursday

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Law

Colorado's Pot Law Fires Up This Week

Retail sales of recreational marijuana are now legal in Colorado. Host Michel Martin looks at the highs, and possible lows of the new law with Dana Coffield of <em>The Denver Post</em>, and <em>The Sacramento Bee</em>'s Peter Hecht, author of <em>Weed Land</em>.

Colorado's Pot Law Fires Up This Week

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