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Ida Christian, who suffers from dementia, gets help from her granddaughter, Yolanda Hunter (left), in blowing out the candles on her birthday cake. Yolanda quit her lucrative job to become Ida's full-time caregiver. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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One Roof, Three Generations, Many Decisions

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Poet-for-hire Zach Houston works at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. Houston says he is paid about $2 to $20 for each poem. Ralph Wiedemeier/NPR hide caption

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A Poem Store Open For Business, In The Open Air

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Oil field workers drill into the Gypsum Hills near Medicine Lodge, Kan. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to coax out oil and gas has led to a natural gas boom that the U.S. market is having trouble absorbing. Orlin Wagner/AP hide caption

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U.S. Has A Natural Gas Problem: Too Much Of It

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President Obama signs the economic stimulus bill in February 2009, as Vice President Biden looks on. Experts disagree over the impact of the administration's economic policies on the recession. Darin McGregor/AP hide caption

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Did Obama's Policies Help, Or Hinder, The Economy?

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Afghan Army soldiers stand during a security transition ceremony in Mazar-e-Sharif, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 23, 2011. The Afghan government officially took control of security in the capital of the peaceful northern province of Balkh on July 23, as part of an effort to begin handing over all security responsibilities to Afghan forces by 2014. S. Sabawoon/AP hide caption

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After The U.S. Leaves, Who Pays For Afghan Forces?

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Actor Alec Baldwin speaks at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Paul Morigi/Getty Images hide caption

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Alec Baldwin Campaigns For More Arts Funding

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