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The History Of Dissent In American Political Life

Fri, 2019-07-19 16:09

In light of President Trump's comments about four freshmen lawmakers, NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Harvard Professor Khalil Muhammad about the history of dissent in American political life.

2020 Democratic Hopefuls Are Spending More Time In Western Iowa

Fri, 2019-07-19 16:09

Democrats running for president in Iowa have been spending time with a failed congressional candidate from their party who almost beat a Republican congressman well-known for making racist remarks.

What Is 'Unlawful Command Influence' In The Military Justice System?

Fri, 2019-07-19 16:09

NPR's Ailsa Chang examines the military justice system's concept of "unlawful command influence" with Professor Stephen Vladeck of The University of Texas at Austin Law School.

Former Veterans Affairs Employee Allegedly Defrauded Agency Of Millions Of Dollars

Fri, 2019-07-19 16:09

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with George Washington University's Seamus Hughes about a former Department of Veterans Affairs employee who is alleged to have defrauded the agency of millions of dollars.

Hawaiian Activists Protest Construction Of World's Largest Telescope In State

Fri, 2019-07-19 16:09

Native Hawaiian activists are protesting to prevent the construction of the world's largest telescope on Hawaii's tallest mountain. Now, authorities appear poised to break up the protests.

Week In Politics: Trump's Tweets Expose Racial Divisions

Fri, 2019-07-19 16:09

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post, and David Brooks of The New York Times about the racial divisions exposed by President Trump's comments about four Democratic congresswomen of color.

San Diego Comic-Con Is Turning 50: Here's Its Origin Story

Fri, 2019-07-19 16:09

50 years ago, a bunch of teenaged comics fans got together to plan a convention, and what started with 300 people in a hotel basement became the pop culture juggernaut known as San Diego Comic Con.

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Thousands Freed From Prison Custody As DOJ Implements Sentencing Reform Law

Fri, 2019-07-19 13:23

More than 3,100 are moving out of the Bureau of Prisons system on Friday and the Justice Department is making other changes to comply with a law passed by Congress last year.

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Rogue Weedkiller Vapors Are Threatening Soybean Science

Fri, 2019-07-19 11:26

Scientists at four leading universities have seen their soybean experiments injured by a stealthy vandal: drifting fumes from a weedkiller called dicamba, now popular among farmers.

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USS Boxer Used Electronic Jamming To Take Down Iranian Drone, Pentagon Sources Say

Fri, 2019-07-19 10:58

President Trump says the U.S. Navy ship shot an Iranian drone down. That statement conflicts with those of Pentagon officials who say the Boxer used electronic jamming to take it down.

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Hollywood Shoots The Moon: 117 Years Of Lunar Landings At The Movies

Fri, 2019-07-19 08:01

Motion pictures went to the moon long before Apollo 11 did, and they keep going back. Critic Bob Mondello reflects on the many films, from 1902 to today, that have made the journey.

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A Doggone Good Celebration: Shelter Dogs Graduate Cook County Jail Training Program

Thu, 2019-07-18 17:52

Cook County Jail in Illinois has paired shelter dogs with jail detainees, who teach them basic commands to better their chances of finding a "furever" home.

U.S. Shoots Down Iranian Drone After Iran Says It Seized Small Tanker In Persian Gulf

Thu, 2019-07-18 17:52

Iran announced on Thursday it seized a small tanker in the Persian Gulf, highlighting the ongoing tensions at sea as the U.S. tries to find ways to secure the waterway.

Trump Backs Away From Chants Of 'Send Her Back' That Broke Out At N.C. Campaign Rally

Thu, 2019-07-18 17:52

President Trump says he disavows the "send her back" chants his supporters made at a rally on Wednesday, referring to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. But the tape shows he wasn't concerned at the time.

Acting Head Of Customs And Border Protection Says New Asylum Rule In 'Pilot' Phase

Thu, 2019-07-18 17:36

"Although the new federal regulation allows us to apply that all 2,000 miles along the Southwest border, we're not going to do that," Mark Morgan told NPR.

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Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings Weighs In On Acting DHS Secretary's Testimony

Thu, 2019-07-18 17:24

Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan testified before the House Oversight Committee on Thursday. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with the committee's chair, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

Kids And Grownups Alike Wowed By Rocket Projected On The Washington Monument

Thu, 2019-07-18 17:24

In Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian is treating visitors to exhibits celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. After dark an image of the rocket is projected on the Washington Monument.

High Humidity Could Make Sweeping Heat Wave More Miserable And Dangerous

Thu, 2019-07-18 17:24

Much of the country will sweat through a heat wave over the next few days, with intense humidity adding to the danger. It's the kind of event that's becoming more common because of climate change.

Forget Her Nots: Patrice Rushen Compilation Captures Formative Elektra Years

Thu, 2019-07-18 17:24

Patrice Rushen's years singing for Elektra Records in the 1970s and '80s helped define late-era disco and R&B. Now, a collection of her classic R&B and dance tunes is being released.

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Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe Leads Tour De France As Race Enters Second Half

Thu, 2019-07-18 16:37

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Damian McCall, a reporter for the Agence France-Presse, about this year's Tour de France and the Frenchman currently in the lead, Julian Alaphilippe.