Thursday

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Politics

Where Is The Line Between Political Scandal And Corruption?

What happens when state politicians get caught in hot water? Tell Me More looks at the scandals involving former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Texas state Senator Wendy Davis.

Where Is The Line Between Political Scandal And Corruption?
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Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, one of Africa's leading literary figures, publicly declared his homosexuality in an online essay last weekend. In an interview with NPR's Tell Me More, he said the recent anti-gay legislation in Africa influenced his decision to come out. He's shown here after giving a television interview in Nairobi on Wednesday. AP/Ben Curtis hide caption

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Parallels

Why Kenya's Best-Known Writer Decided To Come Out

Binyavanga Wainaina made the announcement in an online essay on his 43rd birthday. He says the recent anti-gay legislation in Uganda and Nigeria influenced his decision to speak out now.

Why Kenya's Best-Known Writer Decided To Come Out
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Race

People Assumed I Was A Tech Whiz Because I'm Asian

Philip Guo was on the fast track with his computer programming career. But he says that's because he's Asian and people assumed he was a whiz. He talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about benefiting from racial profiling.

People Assumed I Was A Tech Whiz Because I'm Asian
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Wednesday

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Komla Dumor, who hosted the BBC program Focus on Africa and was perhaps the best-known journalist on the continent, died of a heart attack last Saturday in London at age 41. BBC World Service/Flickr hide caption

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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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Thursday

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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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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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