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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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Sports

Is The Color of Hockey Changing?

Hockey has been considered a white sport, but it's gaining popularity with minorities. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with journalist William Douglas about his blog The Color of Hockey, and his trip to Sochi for the Winter Olympics.

Is The Color of Hockey Changing?

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Health

Latino Immigrants Find A Better Life In U.S., Poll Says

Many Latino immigrants come to the U.S. in search of a better life — and most of them find one, according to a new poll. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks about the findings with Robert Blendon of the Harvard School of Public Health and Rey Junco of Purdue University.

Latino Immigrants Find A Better Life In U.S., Poll Says

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Law

High Point, NC Police Fight Crime Family Intervention Style

The city of High Point, North Carolina has seen a dramatic reduction in violent crime. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with High Point Police Chief Marty Sumner about the strategies he's using, and why other cities are turning to High Point for advice.

High Point, NC Police Fight Crime Family Intervention Style

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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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Your Money

The Hard Truth About Defaulting On Student Loans

Skipping a student loan payment might seem like the easy way out — but it could be more trouble than it's worth. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from Sandy Baum at the Urban Institute, who says parents and even grandparents could end up on the hook.

The Hard Truth About Defaulting On Student Loans

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U.S.

Why A 'White Guy' Bought A House In Detroit For $500

When Drew Philp bought a house in Detroit for $500, he thought it would take a lot of work to make it livable. But as he was fixing it up, he learned a lot about Detroit and rebuilding a city. He tells guest host Celeste Headlee about the experience.

Why A 'White Guy' Bought A House In Detroit For $500

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Parenting

Can You Really Parent Long Distance?

Parenting is hard enough when the family is under one roof. But what if your children are 300 — or even 3,000 miles away? Guest host Celeste Headlee hears from parents whose work, military service or divorce take them away from their children.

Can You Really Parent Long Distance?

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Health Care

Is The Obamacare Website Not Spanish Friendly?

The federal healthcare website seems to be running more smoothly now, but many Spanish speakers are reportedly still struggling with it. Host Michel Martin finds out why from Laura Martinez of CNET en Espanol, and Daniela Hernandez of Kaiser Health News.

Is The Obamacare Website Not Spanish Friendly?

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Africa

New Law Targets Gay People In Nigeria

Only days after Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan signed a law further criminalizing homosexuality, police have reportedly started rounding up gay men in Africa's most populous country. Host Michel Martin learns more from the BBC's Tomi Oladipo in Lagos.

New Law Targets Gay People In Nigeria

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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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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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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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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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