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Fri April 22, 2011
The Federal Budget Crunch

Navigating The Budget Maze, Without Getting Lost

President Obama has gone coast to coast this week to stump for his new budget proposal — a plan to shrink the government's ballooning debt. Meanwhile, Republicans are pushing their own plan, developed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

Sorting through the conflicting claims is not easy. Even in the best of times, budget plans arrive in a blizzard of numbers. When the country faces daunting fiscal challenges, as it does now, the storm gets even more blinding.

The 'Crazy World' Of Budget Baselines

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Fri April 22, 2011

Hotpot, Delivered: In China, A New Dining Experience

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:57 am

Kou Na, Lu Siqi, Lu Lixin and Cui Zhilian tuck in to their hot pot. They say they often go to the restaurant, but the wait is long so they decided to order delivery. When they're done eating, they can call the hotline and a deliveryman will pick everything up, including all of the trash.
Andrea Hsu NPR

For most of us, Chinese takeout means little white boxes packed full of sweet and sour pork and General Tso's chicken. But in China, facing intense competition, restaurants are getting innovative. One chain has come up with the ultimate Chinese takeout: hot pot in your very own home.

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Fri April 22, 2011
Music Interviews

Plan B: A Singing Rapper Catches His Second Wind

Ben Drew, also known as Plan B, has been called the Eminem of East London. The Guardian described his 2006 debut release as "a bleak, visceral, obscenity-strewn British urban album."

His music received great reviews from music critics, but didn't do so well with the public. After a few years, Plan B is back with a new album called The Defamation of Strickland Banks — and this time, he's swapped his hooded sweatshirt for a suit and added a whole lot of soul to his sound. But who is Strickland Banks?

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Fri April 22, 2011
The Two-Way

New Jersey To Rehire Transit Worker Fired For Burning Quran

New Jersey Transit will rehire a man who was fired after burning a Quran. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey brought a suit on behalf of Derek Fenton, who was fired for burning a Quran last year on the ninth anniversary of 9/11.

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Fri April 22, 2011
The Record

Hazel Dickens, Bluegrass And Folk Singer, Has Died

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 10:33 am

Hazel Dickens onstage at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco in 2008.
Anthony Pidgeon Redferns