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1 Year After Freddie Gray's Death, Baltimore Is Still In Turmoil

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

Baltimore was rocked by days of demonstrations after the death of Freddie Gray last year. The young African-American man was taken into policy custody and died a week later in a hospital. David Greene talks Reverend Jamal Bryant, a pastor at the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore.

Trump Expected To Win New York GOP Primary By A Comfortable Margin

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

It's Primary Day in New York, and Donald Trump is looking to leave the other GOP presidential challengers in his dust. David Greene talks to Ed Cox, chairman of the Republican Party in New York.

Cameroon Trip To Discuss Boko Haram Threat Begins On A Tragic Note

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power on Monday visited a community terrorized by Boko Haram in the northern tip of Cameroon. She's urging greater regional cooperation against the group.

Cruz, Kasich Try To Prevent Trump From Sweeping New York

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

Donald Trump has been leading by large margins in his home state of New York. If he wins big in the state's GOP primary on Tuesday, it could go a long way toward helping Trump clinch the nomination. However his rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, are not going to make it easy for him.

Beach Towns Hardest Hit In Ecuador's Weekend Earthquake

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to Julia Symmes Cobb of "The Washington Post," about conditions in Ecuador's earthquake zone and relief efforts there. The government says more than 400 people were killed, and that number is expected to grow.

Why New York Mayor De Blasio Backs Clinton Over Sanders

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton counts among her supporters, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Renee Montagne talks to de Blasio about why he supports Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

To The List Of High-Stakes Tests In Korea, Add The Samsung SAT

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:03am

Samsung's rigorous aptitude test underscores the company's near-mythical status in Korean society. "I think this is only the way to be successful," says a test-taker before braving the entrance exam.

The Next Apple-FBI Question: Who Can Know How The iPhone Was Hacked?

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:38am

A third party helped the FBI unlock a phone linked to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Should Apple know how they managed to hack the phone or can the third party sell that information?

Plenty Of Friction Expected During Obama's Visit To Saudi Arabia

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:35am

President Obama departs Tuesday for Saudi Arabia, where he'll meet with King Salman and leaders of neighboring states. There's plenty to talk about: Relations have been strained on a number of fronts.

The Lonely Side Of James Brown

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 1:00am

When James McBride, a National Book Award winner for his fiction, decided to write an entire book about James Brown, he wanted to push beyond the hype and racism he says haunts Brown's legacy.

Suggested Ship Name Inspires Another Silly Name

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 5:53am

It all started with a public poll to name a British research vessel. The leading name is Boaty McBoatface. Following that theme, a horse has been named Horsey McHorseface.

After Nearly 3 Decades, Man Turns Himself In On TV Theft Charges

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 5:16am

For years, Randy Iannacone was on the run. Sort of. Unbeknownst to him, there's been a warrant out for his arrest. He's charged with stealing a TV in 1989. No word on why it took 27 years to find him.

Politics In The News: Female Voters And The 2016 Election

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:03am

David Greene talks to columnist and NPR commentator Cokie Roberts and demographer Bill Frey of the Brookings Institution, about how female voters may shift the presidential election.

China Breaks Ground On Naval Base In Africa

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:03am

China plans to open its first overseas military base in the African country of Djibouti. It's the same place where the U.S. has had its major African intelligence gathering base for the last 15 years.

What Does Wall Street Want In A Presidential Candidate?

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:03am

How important is Wall Street's support to a presidential candidate? David Greene talks to Barry Ritholtz, chairman of Ritholtz Wealth Management and a frequent commentator on the world of finance.

Ecuador's President Cuts Short Trip To Rome; Quake's Death Toll Rises

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:03am

The president of Ecuador cut short a visit to Italy, returning home to a country heavily damaged by Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake. David Greene talks to Carolina Loza Leon, a reporter based in Quito.

Supreme Court Weighs Obama's Executive Action On Immigration

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:02am

Twenty-six states are challenging the action, which would grant temporary, quasi-legal status and work permits to as many as 4 million parents who entered the U.S. illegally prior to 2010.

In Close Race, 'Unprecedented' Push For Asian-American Voters Comes To N.Y.

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:00am

Asian-Americans are among the least likely to vote. But with the presidential nominations still up for grabs, campaigns are courting one of the largest Asian communities in the U.S. — New Yorkers.

Why Candidates Are Out Of Sync With How Americans Really Feel About Trade

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:00am

Leading candidates have tried to channel Americans' frustration when they talk about trade, but on the whole polls show Americans think trade has been good for the U.S.

Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:00am

How much money a school can spend on its students still depends, in large part, on local property taxes. And many states aren't doing much to level the field for poor kids.

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