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Bollywood Takes On Bias Against Girls

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

A blockbuster Bollywood movie is raking in millions and trying to change entrenched gender roles in India. It's set in Haryana state, where the sex ratio of newborns skews heavily toward boys.

Sen. Angus King On Trump's Cabinet Picks

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine talks with Rachel Martin about his impressions after sitting in on many of the hearings for Donald Trump's Cabinet picks this week.

Obama Administration Ends Policy To Let Cubans Enter U.S. Without Visa

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

The Obama administration is ending the two-decades-old practice of giving residency to Cubans who make it to U.S. soil. The so-called "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy provided a path out of Castro's Cuba.

Pelosi Says Democrats Will 'Fight The Fight Again' Over Health Care

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

First on the Republicans' agenda is repealing the Affordable Care Act. But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will fight to preserve President Obama's signature health care reform.

Obama Declares Site Of 1963 Church Bombing A National Monument

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

President Obama has designated three new national monuments related to civil rights, including the church in Birmingham, Ala. where four black girls were killed in a 1963 Ku Klux Klan bombing.

The House Always Wins. Then He Came Along

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Ed Thorp used math to become the first person to beat the casinos at blackjack. Then he changed the way Wall Street thinks about investing.

Ambassador To China Shares Lessons Learned With The Next Administration

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Democrat Max Baucus has been the U.S. ambassador to China since 2014. Now, he's preparing to hand over the post to his successor. He discusses the future of the U.S.-China relationship.

Sen. Risch Says Trump Administration Will Be 'Much Stronger' On Russia

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Republican Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho says the incoming Trump administration will take a stronger stance against Russia than President Obama has taken.

Women Are Making Their Voices Heard In Male-Dominated Japanese Politics

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Japan is known for its closed, heavily-male political and business worlds. But three women have recently assumed prominent political posts. Is it a sign of changing times?

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'The Soul's Gonna Speak': Run The Jewels Stares Down A Fraught 2017

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Killer Mike and El-P, who make up the rap duo, discuss facing a politically tense new year with a bold new album — and a keen memory of the nation's recent history.

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What One Family Sacrificed To Help Black People Vote In 1966

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

When Vernon Dahmer said publicly he would pay the poll tax for black people in Mississippi who wanted to vote, it started a chain of events that is still felt by his family today.

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With His Choice Of Inauguration Prayer Leaders, Trump Shows His Values

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 3:45am

The clergy speaking at Donald Trump's inauguration have mostly non-mainstream theological or political positions. No Muslim or mainline Protestant will speak, but the prosperity gospel will be heard.

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Trump's Promises Of Deportations Create Uncertainty For N.J. Family

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 3:24am

Desiree Armas is a straight-A high school senior who hopes to go to college. But she and her parents are in the U.S. illegally. They're now in limbo, fearful of what's ahead under the new president.

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S.C. Church Welcomes Clemson Fans Who Bargained Through Prayer

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 6:04am

Clemson won the national football title on a last-second play. The sports site SB Nation reports a sign at the church reads: If you made any promises on Clemson's last drive, service starts at 10.

Want To Try Goat Yoga? There's A Waiting List

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 5:24am

Lainey Morse is the owner of No Regrets Farm in Albany, Oregon, where the classes are held. An Oregon paper wrote about goat yoga this summer, and now Lainey says there's a wait list 900 people long.

In Social Media Age, Young Cops Get Trained For Real-Life Conversation

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Some police officials say their millennial-aged recruits are so used to communicating using social media that they need training in talking with people face to face.

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Former White House Ethics Lawyers Parse Trump News Conference

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Some of Trump's most revealing remarks at the news conference were made about potential conflicts of interest. Steve Inskeep talks to ex-White House ethics lawyers, Richard Painter and Norman Eisen.

Sen. Jeff Merkley Voices Concerns Over Rex Tillerson's Nomination

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, faced hours of grilling on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon about the hearing.

Cops Get A New Type Of Training: Conversation

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Some police officials say their millennial-aged recruits are so used to communicating using social media that they need training in talking with people face to face.

Trump Outlines Plans To Step Back From Business Empire

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Donald Trump announced that he is handing over management of his business to his adult sons and a long-time executive. Watchdog groups say Trump hasn't gone far enough to avoid conflicts of interest.




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