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Can I Just Tell You?
10:54 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Is America The Land Of Opportunity For Everyone?

Late go-go music legend Chuck Brown had a troubled road to stardom that included time in prison. Host Michel Martin asks whether the America of today still offers the opportunity for redemption that helped Brown find his way.

Economy
10:54 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Can Extending Retirement Age Help Social Security?

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 12:54 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now, we'd like to talk about a question that is both political and personal. It's when to retire. On a personal level, this can be an emotional and complicated question, but on a policy level, it is, too. And the questions before us, in part, because in April, trustees of the Social Security system reported that, if economic trends hold, the system would exhaust its funds in the year 2033.

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Education
10:54 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Wisdom From One Of World's Most Influential People

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 12:54 pm

Freeman Hrabowski was named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World," earlier this year. He heads the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and helped transform the school into one of the country's top institutions in graduating students of color in science, math and engineering. He talks with host Michel Martin.

Shots - Health Blog
10:52 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Independent Grades For Hospitals Show Quality Could Be Better

Hospitals that muff patient safety avoided F's for now, but a new independent grading system will hand those out before long.
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Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:23 pm

The cities of New York and Los Angeles grade their restaurants on cleanliness and the precautions they take to avoid making customers sick.

Now hospitals are getting similar assessments for their patient safety records from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit that's looking to improve the quality and safety of health care.

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Music Reviews
10:43 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Making Music From Messy Relationships With 'Kin'

The new album Kin is a collaboration between author Mary Karr and singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell.
Deborah Feingold

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 10:08 am

It's not unusual for poets to try their hands at pop music-making. Patti Smith was a poet before she was a rock star. In recent years, print-poets such as David Berman and Wyn Cooper have put out more-than-credible song collections. But Mary Karr, known more for prize-winning memoirs such as The Liars Club and Lit than for her excellent poetry, has taken a high-profile risk that's paid off.

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