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North Korea's Biggest Open Secret: Black Market Foreign DVDs

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 4:03am

It's illegal to watch foreign media in North Korea. But according to defector interviews, nearly every segment of North Korean society consumes it.

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'Let Local People Solve Local Problems,' Memphis Says In Bid To End DOJ Oversight

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 4:00am

The Justice Department's agreement to overhaul troubled juvenile courts in Memphis had been lauded as a national model. Now local officials want to get out from under federal oversight.

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Something Old, Something New: Public Service Broadcasting On History And Storytelling

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 3:55am

J. Willgoose, Esq. says his band's band's practice of repurposing historical films and broadcasts is less an exercise in nostalgia than a way of "reframing the past."

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Why Isn't The Housing Market Booming The Way Experts Expected?

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 6:39am

Interest rates are near historic lows and consumer confidence is high, but the market isn't booming. One reason may be mobility: people moving from state to state is half what it was two decades ago.

Dozens Of States Reject Trump Administration Voter Initiative

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 6:33am

The Commission on Election Integrity asked for details on voters, seeking evidence of fraud. Many states can't legally comply with the request which grew out of the president losing the popular vote.

101-Year-Old Woman Sets Track Record In Her Age Group

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 6:06am

Julie Hawkins competed last month at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala. And no matter the heat, she set the women's world record for the 100-yard dash in her age group — under 40 seconds.

Makers Of Self-Driving Cars Need Programs To Dodge Animals

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 5:40am

In Sweden, Volvo researchers figured out how to brake for big, slow animals — like moose and reindeer. But Australia brings the conundrum of the kangaroo. Volvo hopes to solve the conundrum by 2020.

For Job Retraining Programs To Work, People Need To Show Up

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:44am

Retraining workers who've lost jobs is tough. If the program isn't good, workers may get trained for jobs that no longer exist. And even when the training is good, it's hard to get people to show up.

News Brief: North Korea Launches A Missile, States Refuse To Supply Voter Data

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

It hasn't been confirmed, but North Korea says it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. At least 41 states say they won't hand over information to Trump's election commission.

Does Trump's Behavior On Twitter Amount To Cyberbullying?

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

If so, how would that impact the first lady's efforts to take up the issue nationwide? Mary Louise Kelly talks to Parry Aftab, a cyberbullying expert who leads the Internet safety group WiredSafety.

We Go Behind The Scenes Of The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

On July 4th, the Boston Pops play a concert accompanied by fireworks. The fireworks show is enormous — it is set up on barges in the Charles River. We get a preivew.

Does Trump's Behavoir On Twitter Amount To Cyberbullying?

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

How would that impact first lady Melania's efforts to take up the issue nationwide? Mary Louise Kelly talks to Parry Aftab, a cyberbullying expert who leads the Internet safety group WiredSafety.

What's It Like To Be A Historian At This Political Time? 'Every Day Is Christmas'

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep and biographer Jon Meacham discuss the American presidency, the rise of populism and Americans' sense of a shared history for the last conversation in our series, History of Our Time.

Trump Bucks Trend, Will Visit Poland Before Germany, France Or U.K.

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump will visit Poland on Wednesday. Although Trump is unpopular in much of Europe, he can expect a warm welcome in Warsaw. The White House says Poland is a potential energy partner.

Liberation Day: What July 4 Means To Rwanda

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

There's another country that marks July 4: the African nation of Rwanda. July 4 was named the day the killing stopped in 1994, marking an end to a 100-day genocide that killed nearly 1 million people.

Research Shows Birth Order Really Does Matter

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

Compared to older siblings, second-born boys are more likely to go to prison, get suspended in school and enter juvenile delinquency. Why? Parents of first-borns are more invested in their upbringing.

Italy Threatens To Close Its Ports Over Spike In Migrant Arrivals

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

There's been such a surge of migrants to Italy's shores that it is threatening to close its ports to non-Italian vessels carrying migrants. More than 12,000 migrants arrived the last week of June.

We Go Behind The Scenes Of The Poston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

On July 4th, the Boston Pops play a concert accompanied by fireworks. The fireworks show is enormous — it is set up on barges in the Charles River. We go behind the scenes.

Ask Cokie: History Of The Declaration Of Independence

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

Cokie Roberts offers fascinating and fun facts about the writing of the Declaration of Independence.

A July 4th Tradition: The Declaration Of Independence, Read Aloud

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 3:43am

Twenty-nine years ago, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day ritual: NPR journalists reading the Declaration of Independence.

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