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Remembering Roger Wilkins: Civil Rights Lawyer, Columnist And Educator

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

Roger Wilkins worked at the Justice Department under the Kennedy administration, helped "The Washington Post" win a Pulitzer Prize and taught history and American culture at George Mason University. On Sunday, he died Sunday at the age of 85.

Tired Of Promises, A Struggling Small Town Wants Problems Solved

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

There's a lot of talk about how to revive small towns, especially in the rural Midwest, which Donald Trump carried easily. Visit Cairo, Ill., and at times it feels like a place on life support.

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Rep. Adam Schiff: Nunes Should Step Away From Russia Investigation

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

A scheduled open hearing Tuesday on Russia's involvement in the U.S. election is now closed. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with the ranking member of that committee, Democrat Adam Schiff.

Release Of Possible Topics For 2020 Census Raises Concerns

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release proposed topics for questions in the 2020 census. Some demographers are worried that the census will become too politicized under the Trump administration.

Some Cities Undaunted By Attorney General Crackdown On 'Sanctuary Cities'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

On Monday, the Justice Department said it would follow through on an executive order to withhold as much as $4.1 billion in federal grants from so-called "sanctuary cities." In Travis County, Texas — which includes the city of Austin — officials have said they would not comply with this order. NPR's David Greene talks to Sarah Eckhardt, a Travis County judge, about the potentially severe consequences of being a so-called "sanctuary city" under the Trump administration.

Jared Kushner To Answer Questions About Meeting With Russian Bank Officials

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

After President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Russia's ambassador in December, he then met with an official from the Russian development bank VEB. The bank is closely tied to the Russian government and was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2014.

Iranian And Russian Presidents Meet In Moscow

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Rouhani said recently that he hoped "a new turning point in the development of our relations will be reached." NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about their relationship.

The Truth Is, Lying Might Not Be So Bad

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

With repeated lies, the brain becomes less and less sensitive to dishonesty, supporting ever larger acts of dishonesty. But why do we lie and is it such a terrible thing if we do?

Expected Executive Actions On Climate Change Policies Aim To Ensure Focus On Energy Independence

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

President Trump will sign executive actions Tuesday that aim to roll back a sweeping set of climate policies put in place by the Obama administration. A moratorium on new coal leases on public lands, a rule designed to address methane emissions from oil and gas operations and the Clean Power Plan, will all get a review.

Kerry James Marshall: A Black Presence In The Art World Is 'Not Negotiable'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

For decades, the 61-year-old artist has depicted black lives on canvas. He says inclusion in museums must not be contingent on "whether somebody likes you ... or somebody's being generous to you."

Message To 'Resistors' From Occupy Co-Creator: Stop Protesting. Run For Office

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

Micah White helped spark the Occupy Wall Street protests that spread worldwide. The activist and writer now says street protest is futile. Progressives, he says, should go rural and run for office.

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Trump Takes Aim At A Centerpiece Of Obama's Environmental Legacy

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 3:09am

The Trump administration aims to roll back the Clean Power Plan, which limits emissions from power plants, lift the moratorium on federal coal leases and change the "social cost of carbon" policy.

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Everybody Lies, And That's Not Always A Bad Thing

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 8:00pm

When we think of lies, we think of the big stuff. We say, "I could never do something like that." But big lies start with small deceptions. Dan Ariely talks about why we lie and why we're honest.

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Republican Blake Farenthold On Changing His Position On GOP Health Care Bill

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 7:16pm

David Greene speaks with Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas. He originally didn't like the GOP health care bill, but has changed his position after meeting with the president.

What Gave Some Primates Bigger Brains? A Fruit-Filled Diet

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:49pm

A new study suggests that diet had a big influence in driving the evolution of brain size in primates. Monkeys who thrive on fruit have bigger brains than their plant eating neighbors.

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Raiders Set To Split For Las Vegas, Leaving Oakland ... In A Year Or Two

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:48pm

By overwhelming majority, NFL owners voted Monday to approve the Raiders' bid to make a new home in Sin City. But it won't be a quick farewell. They're still playing in Oakland at least through 2017.

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Brendan Kennedy, Co-Founder Of Privateer

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:47pm

Host Jessica Harris talks to Brendan Kennedy, co-founder of Privateer, an equity firm. Harris also talks with Mark Ramadan, co-founder of Sir Kensington's.

D.C.'s Missing Teens: A False Number That Spurred A Real Conversation On Race

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:42pm

A viral image last week claimed 14 girls of color went missing in 24 hours in D.C. — though police say that's untrue. But the facts are startling, with very real consequences.

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Proposed Budget Cuts Slash Funding For Great Lakes Clean-Up

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

Proposed White House budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies will end federal spending on Great Lakes clean-up. That includes axing work on invasive species like Asian carp and a public health program that protects drinking water from toxic algae for 11 million residents around Lake Erie.

President Trump Looks To Move On From Health Care Failure

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

How does President Trump recover from his first legislative failure? He may be able to draw some lessons from the last president who tried and failed to reform the health care system.

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