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As the World Series begins, the sports commentator longs for proof of the existence of a legitimate clutch hitter. Stats guys say that the clutch is a random crap shoot.

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the first modern copier ever made. The technology, which came from serial inventor Chester Carlson, revolutionized the business world and formed the foundation of Xerox's success. It also meant no more messy carbon paper.

The idea was that Medicaid would expand to include people not covered under the Affordable Care Act. But many states have chosen not to expand coverage, despite financial incentives from the federal government. That may leave millions of people without any health coverage at all.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of StoryCorps we hear again from Wil Smith, a single dad who took his infant daughter, Olivia, with him when he went to college. Now, Wil is helping Olivia with her school search, a role he says he's happy to have after a battle with colon cancer.

A cholera outbreak in Mexico has been traced to the same strain that first appeared in Haiti three years ago. It has appeared in the Dominican Republic and Cuba, too. So far nearly 9,000 people have died in the four countries, and health authorities think it will spread further in the Americas.

Grappling with $18 billion in long-term debt, Detroit makes it case for bankruptcy in court Wednesday. The business community says Chapter 9 protection will help the city turn itself around, but some big creditors will testify that the city hasn't done enough to find the money it needs.

Over the past decade, local governments have demolished millions of homes as China rushes toward urbanization. Protests against such land seizures have taken a disturbing turn recently: Since 2009, at least 53 people have set themselves on fire, frustrated with inadequate compensation and no legal recourse.

In August, Lynn Ellins, the clerk of Dona Ana County and a long-time supporter of same-sex marriage, decided to "put the ball in play" by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for the first time in New Mexico history. More than 900 marriage licenses have been issued to gay couples across the state.

The political organization No Labels says its members are trying to move past partisan politics, and focus on solving problems for the country. But did the government shutdown and the debt ceiling debate slow down the No Labels movement? Host Michel Martin speaks once again with Congressmen Reid Ribble, R-WI., and Jim Cooper, D-TN.

Two months ahead of the usual fire season, there are dozens of fires in the wilds surrounding Sydney. Some have been due to lightning strikes and other acts of nature. Others are the work of arsonists.

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