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The R.C. Jewelry Store in New Delhi. Indian women have always treasured gold for its beauty and for providing a measure of social security. Today it is also being used to give them a larger say in the family's finances. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women

Gold is not just about ornamentation in India. It's an insurance policy against bad economic times and bad marriages. Enterprising Indian women are using it to get loans to start small businesses.

Shoulder clod is a less expensive cut of meat that's tougher and needs a little more time to cook. AlisonBlair2 /Flickr hide caption

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Record Beef Prices May Lead Grillers To Cheaper Cuts Of Meat

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The R.C. Jewelry Store in New Delhi. Indian women have always treasured gold for its beauty and for providing a measure of social security. Today it is also being used to give them a larger say in the family's finances. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women

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The world must cut its greenhouse gas emissions to meet its goals, climate experts said Sunday. Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (left to right) Youba Sakona, Ramon Pichs Madruga, Ottmar Edenhofer and Rajendra Pachauri hold copies of their new report in Berlin. John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Major, U.N. Panel Says

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Dust Bowl farmer drives a tractor with his son near Cland, N.M. (1938). Steinbeck writes: "The tractors came over the roads and into the fields, great crawlers moving like insects, having the incredible strength of insects ... monsters raising the dust and sticking their snouts into it, straight down the country ... through fences, through dooryards, in and out of gullies in straight lines." Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress hide caption

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'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless

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