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A Modern 'Roots' For An American Society Still 'Based On The Color Line'

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 4:12am

The remake of the seminal TV miniseries begins on the History channel Monday night. Co-producer LeVar Burton says he recognized an opportunity to retell the story "to and for a new generation."

Illinois General Assembly Works To Resolve Budget Impasse

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 4:12am

Fallout continues from the standoff between the Republican governor and Democrats — focused heavily on the future of unions. And Tuesday is a key deadline to see if a resolution can be reached.

Flying Home Today? Expect Short-Staffed TSA And Long Security Lines

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 4:12am

Ailsa Chang talks to Associated Press reporter Scott Mayerowitz about the shortage of Transportation Security Administration screeners and resulting airport wait times.

Meet The 86-Year-Old Ice Cream Man Who Says He's Sold A Million Cones

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 4:12am

Sandor Foldi is Britain's longest-serving ice cream seller, according to the Daily Mirror. He says he's been selling summer's favorite treat for 54 years, and, "I'll keep on till I'm 99."

Libertarians Tap 2 Former GOP Governors For White House

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 4:12am

The move could give the little-known Party more visibility in a year when many voters say they're open to new options. Gary Johnson of New Mexico and William Weld of Massachusetts will top the ticket.

1 Address, 2,000 Companies, And The Ease Of Doing Business In the U.K.

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 4:12am

The U.K. likes to boast about how easy it is to do business there, but a profusion of shell companies hides many that are fronts for fraud and corruption. Now the U.K. wants more scrutiny.

Teen Proves Art Is In The 'Eye' Of The Beholder

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:36am

Not impressed by some of the art in San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, a teen had an idea: set eye glasses on the wooden floor and walk away. Sure enough, people surrounded the "new exhibit."

Indy 500 Milk Preference Poll

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:26am

It's a time-honored tradition, win the Indianapolis 500 and down an ice-cold bottle of milk. What kind? According to the website Jalopnik.com, each driver has his own choice, should he win.

Hockey Night In Canada Punjabi Edition

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

David Greene talks to Harnarayan Singh, play-by-play voice for Hockey Night in Canada's Punjabi service. Now into his ninth season in the broadcast booth, Singh's dramatic calls have won him fans even beyond Canada's large Punjabi speaking minority.

Baylor Fires University President, Football Coach Over Sexual Assault Scandal

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

Baylor University is removing Kenneth Starr as university president and Art Briles as coach of the football team, following a scathing report on sexual assaults by players against other students, and the failure of university officials to help the victims.

Refugee Crisis Is A Hot-Button Issue For EU Voters

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

Across Europe there seems to be a rejection of mainstream parties, with a new rush of migrants into Europe this year. Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel seems damaged by the crisis for the first time in her political career.

N.C. Business Deal With Fallout From 'Bathroom' Law

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

Businesses in North Carolina says they're still dealing with the fallout of a new law that blocked protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Some restaurants say they've had a reduction in business. Hotels have seen conference organizers cancel conventions to protest the law. And start-ups say some investors are steering clear of North Carolina.

Obama Is First U.S. Sitting President To Visit Hiroshima

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

The Japanese city of Hiroshima (hih-roh-shih-mah) remains the city that most symbolizes the horrors of the atomic age. About 140,000 people were killed when that bomb was dropped. Renee Montagne and David Greene talks to NPR's Scott Horsley and Elise Hu, Sheila Smith, an expert in Japanese politics with the Council on Foreign Relations, Rep. Mark Takano (tuk-KAH-no) of California, and Kikue Takagi (KEE-koo-way tuh-KAH-gee), Rep. Takano's second cousin, who survived the attack on Hiroshima.

'Presenting Princess Shaw': The Unlikely Story Of Samantha Montgomery

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

Samantha Montgomery is an elder care worker in New Orleans who also writes and sings her own songs on YouTube. A composer in Israel spotted her and via social media, they began to work together.

2 Finalists Crowned Champions At Scripps National Spelling Bee

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

The Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned two champions Thursday night — it's the third straight year the bee has had two winners. Renee Montagne and David Greene report on former winners, and what impact winning the bee has had on their lives.

A POW Dad And His Family's Fierce, Loving Allegiance

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

James Stockdale is best remembered for being the running mate of millionaire Ross Perot in 1992. Stockdale's son remembers him as a Vietnam POW and war hero.

Planet Money Tracks Down The Inventor Of The Open Office

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

Open office plans have become common. Our "Planet Money" teams has the story of the man who invented the idea to tear down cubicle walls, and why he thought it was a good idea.

Examining Obama's Nuclear Legacy

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

Obama plans to update his vision for ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Nuclear doves, however, say they're underwhelmed with Obama's record on reducing the size of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.

Trump's Primary Support Gathers Steam Ahead Of Republican Convention

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

Donald Trump spent this week campaigning in states with upcoming primaries. The presumptive GOP nominee has been strengthening elements of his campaign. But his tone remains the same.

Arizona Joins Transgender Directive Suit: School Board Should Set Policy

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

Renee Montagne talks to Arizona Superintendent of Education Diane Douglas about the federal directive that transgender students be allowed to use the restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

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