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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Finance, Personal

Dec 3, 2013 — Before there was personal finance guru Suze Orman, there was Sylvia Porter, a pioneer in the genre. Host Michel Martin speaks with Tracy Lucht, the author of Sylvia Porter: America's Original Personal Finance Columnist.
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May 3, 2012 — New college graduates face a sluggish economy, bleak job prospects and mountains of student loan debt. To make matters worse, many are clueless about managing their personal finances. Zac Bissonnette, author of How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents, shares his tips.
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Mar 7, 2010 — In Gabrielle Zevin's novel The Hole We're In, the Pomeroy family is in money trouble, and every move seems to make things worse. Zevin's characters may seem like monsters, but the author says they're just trying to do their best under difficult circumstances.
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Feb 16, 2010 — Alexandra Penney's longtime nightmare of being broke and dependent on others for help almost overwhelmed her when Bernard Madoff was arrested and her life savings disappeared.
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Jan 13, 2010Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary invites you to start 2010 right by curbing the need to consume. She lays out a 21-day financial fast to curb debt and stress in her book, The Power to Prosper.
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Jan 4, 2010 — Award-winning reporter and MSNBC blogger Bob Sullivan has been covering issues of online fraud and privacy on the internet for over 12 years. His new book is Stop Getting Ripped Off, a guide to sensible consumption. He shares tips with Terry Gross on how to avoid getting scammed by car salesmen and credit card companies alike.
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Sep 8, 2009 — Remember when a penny saved was a penny earned? Journalist Lauren Weber's book explores the history of thrift in America and suggests that we can draw upon our inner cheapskates to become smarter consumers going forward.
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Oct 7, 2008 — The ongoing financial crisis is posing some opportunities for parents to teach kids about smart money management. Mocha Moms Jolene Ivey, Cheli English-Figaro and Asra Nomani welcome money coach Alvin Hall, author of Show Me the Money, to discuss teaching youngsters how to become financially sound.
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Mar 4, 2008 — Forty years ago today, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., announced final plans for a march on Washington for his Poor People's Campaign. One of his most ambitious political goals, it was aimed at eliminating poverty, regardless of race. Author David Shipler revisits King's vision.
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Sep 14, 2007 — Credit card companies are targeting children as young as 13 with products that allow them to pay with plastic instead of cash. Parents can monitor their children's spending habits, but there are potential pitfalls if users aren't careful.
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