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President Obama Plans Hiroshima Visit During Trip To Japan

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 9:29am

The White House has announced that President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima when he travels to Japan this month. The question: Why now?

Astronomy Studying Quebec Teen Discovers Lost Mayan City

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 5:55am

William Gadoury noticed a three-star constellation with only two Mayan cities and theorized there must be another one. Satellite images confirm buried geometric shapes in an area of dense vegetation.

Chinese University Incentivizes Students To Be Polite

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 5:00am

As part of a campus-wide effort to teach basic etiquette, students have been told if they're nice to staff at the cafeteria, for example saying hello, they get 50 percent off their meal.

Migrant Crisis Contributes To Austria Chancellor's Resignation

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

Critics accused Werner Faymann of pandering to anti-migrant feelings in Austria, while loosing political ground to the country's far-right party. Renee Montagne talks to journalist Kerry Skyring.

North Carolina, Jutice Department Counter Sue Over 'Bathroom Law'

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

A civil rights case over the state's LGBT law proceeds. David Greene talks to Theodore Shaw, head of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill.

Treasury Secretary Assesses Human Impact Of Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

Jack Lew visited schools and hospitals to highlight the problems the crisis is causing for residents. He's pushing Congress to pass legislation to help the island restructure its $70 billion debt.

Could Gender Be The Decisive Factor In A Trump-Clinton Matchup?

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

Donald Trump recently attacked Hillary Clinton for using the "woman card." As the presidential campaign shifts into general election mode, we can expect to hear more rhetoric like that.

U.S. Wants Russia To Help With Goal Of Reducing Syrian Airstrikes

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

A day after another U.S.-Russia statement attempting to coordinate peace efforts in Syria, it's clear the U.S. has to rely on Russia to put any pressure on the regime — though Russia has other plans.

Is There Time For A Third-Party Candidate To Launch A Presidential Bid?

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

Some Republicans who won't support Donald Trump as the party's presidential nominee are calling for a conservative third-party candidate. Getting one on the ballot, though, is a complicated process.

In Polluted New Delhi, Triathlete Weighs Costs Of Exercising Outside

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

In the Indian capital of New Delhi — the city with the most polluted air in the world — exercising outdoors is as good for your lungs as chain smoking. A triathlete explains why he keeps at it.

New Technology Could Revive Pacific Northwest's Ailing Timber Industry

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

The process uses regular wood to make a building material as strong as steel. It's been manufactured and used in buildings in Europe for years. A mill in Oregon is the first in the U.S. to produce it.

Trump Has Not Yet Earned My Vote, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Says

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

On Nebraska's primary day, Renee Montagne talks to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who endorsed Carly Fiorina early on in the GOP presidential race, but has not endorsed Donald Trump.

Federal Judge Will Have To Rule On Whether N.C. Law Discriminates

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

The governor's lawsuit against the Department of Justice is over the contention that the state is violating the Civil Rights Act with its new law that limits protections for LGBT people.

As Opiod Crisis Escalates, Missouri Is Without Monitoring Database

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

Missouri is the only state without a prescription drug database. David Greene talks to Danna Droz of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; Bram Sable-Smith of member station KBIA reports.

As U.S. Attitudes Change, Some Evangelicals Dig In; Others Adapt

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 3:31am

America's culture war is being fought inside evangelical Christian circles. Some are resisting secular society's trends that conflict with biblical teaching. Others have found a way to live with them.

More Than A Mistress: Madame De Pompadour Was A Minister Of The Arts

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 3:28am

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, may be best known as King Louis XV's chief mistress. But she was also a well-educated tastemaker, a patron of the arts and an artist in her own right.

Methods For Reforming Neo-Nazis Help Fight The Radicalization Of Muslims

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 3:24am

To fight radicalization of young Muslims, a German program applies lessons from a unexpected source: reformed neo-Nazis. "There is a commonality between extremist ideologies," says a counselor.

North Carolina Files Lawsuit Defending Its 'Bathroom Law'

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 10:10am

North Carolina is going to court over its new law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Renee Montagne gets the latest from WUNC reporter Jeff Tiberii.

'Tom And Jerry' Blamed For Violence In The Middle East

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 6:20am

The cartoon has been called out in America for racial stereotypes and smoking. And now, an Egyptian official says the cat-and-mouse cartoon is responsible for violence in the Middle East.

NBA Star Dwayne Wade Of The Miami Heat Makes Canadians Mad

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 5:58am

Before a playoff game against Toronto, Dwayne Wade made practice shots during Canada's national anthem Canadians said he violated a rule that players stand in a dignified posture during anthems.

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