Friday

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Barbershop

Is Obama's Jobs 'Crusade' Focused?

President Obama is hoping to create new manufacturing jobs across the country, but how easy is it to create quality jobs? Host Michel Martin checks in with the Barbershop guys for their take on the week's news.

Is Obama's Jobs 'Crusade' Focused?
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Digital Life

Teju Cole Writes A Story A Tweet At A Time

Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole has always used Twitter in creative ways. He recently asked a few dozen followers to tweet one line each, which he turned into a short story. Cole tells host Michel Martin more about the project.

Teju Cole Writes A Story A Tweet At A Time
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Movies

Oscar Nods Show 'Black & White' Year In Hollywood

The Oscar nominations are in! "American Hustle," "Gravity," and "12 Years a Slave" scored big. But did anything really surprise critics? Host Michel Martin speaks with actor and producer Rick Najera about the nods.

Oscar Nods Show 'Black & White' Year In Hollywood
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Wednesday

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Tuesday

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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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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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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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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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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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