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Social Science Research Explores Psychological Effects Of Rituals

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

Research suggests when volunteers are taught and required to practice rituals, they demonstrate greater trust toward others who practice the same ritual, and diminished trust toward those who don't.

Nairobi's Kenyatta Market Offers A Scene Right Out Of 'High Fidelity'

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

Back in the recesses of Nairobi's sprawling Kenyatta market waft the sounds of rumba. Between merchants selling roasted meat, sits a man who has been selling vinyl albums from the spot for nearly 30 years.

Senate Showdown Over Supreme Court Nomination Gathers Steam

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

The Senate appears headed for a showdown that will fundamentally change how the institution approaches the process of Supreme Court nominations, and it could have further implications.

Lech Walesa Is Fearful Where Democracy Is Headed In Poland

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

The Nobel Prize winner says he will use any political clout he has left to help take down the Polish government to protect democracy. He wants Poles to petition for a referendum on new elections.

U.S. Leadership On Human Rights May Be Over, Former Diplomat Says

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

President Trump and his secretary of state downplay the importance of human rights in meetings with world leaders. Rachel Martin talks to Tom Malinowski, a former assistant secretary of state.

White House Pressures Municipalities To Crack Down On Immigration Enforcement

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

The Massachusetts Supreme Court is set to hear a case Tuesday that could determine how much local authorities can help federal immigration enforcement efforts. Localities say they can't detain people just because federal officials ask them to.

Suspect Sought In Russian Terror Attack In St. Petersburg

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

Rachel Martin talks to Guardian correspondent Shaun Walker about Monday's bombing of a metro train in St. Petersburg that killed 14 people. Another device was found unexploded at a nearby station.

Francis Fukuyama On Why Liberal Democracy Is In Trouble

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

Steve Inskeep talks to historian and political scientist Francis Fukuyama about contributing factors to the decline in popularity of global free-trade, and the overall popularity of free-market liberal democracy.

Securing U.S. Boundaries Goes Beyond Wall, Former Border Chief Says

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

David Aguilar, who once led Customs and Border Protection and the Border Patrol, will testify before a Senate panel on Tuesday about fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mayte Garcia Knew She Would Marry Prince, But Could Never Have Predicted How

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:53am

In her new book, The Most Beautiful, Garcia explains how an unlikely meeting at one of the pop icon's concerts sparked a relationship full of love, surprises and, ultimately, heartbreak.

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When The Border Is Just Next-Door, Crossing It Is A Fact Of (Daily) Life

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:52am

The two Nogales — one in Arizona, the other in Mexico — are in separate countries, but to the people who live there, they feel like one place: a border city.

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New York's Solitary Confinement Overhaul Gets Pushback From Union

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:51am

Several states across the U.S. are curbing their use of solitary confinements in prison. But in New York, corrections officers say it's a necessary tool to keep the guards and prisons safe.

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Why Do Some South Koreans Believe A Myth That North Koreans Have Horns?

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:50am

Researchers say the belief some South Koreans hold that North Koreans — who are the same ethnicity as South Koreans — are beast-like is a product of years of propaganda and misleading education.

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Justice Department To Review All Civil Rights Agreements On Police Conduct

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:04pm

The order by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the bid to reassess an agreement in Baltimore may signal that the Trump administration plans to scale back investigations and reopen past deals.

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Paid Political Commentator Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Ailes

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:37am

A lawsuit filed on Monday by a paid political commentator for the Fox News Channel alleges past chairman, Roger Ailes, made unwanted sexual advances while holding out the possibility of a promotion.

St. Petersburg Subway Train Blast Kills At Least 10

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 9:13am

At least two explosions on a subway train in the Russian city of St. Petersburg have left at least 10 people dead, with many others injured.

Senate Committee To Vote On Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 6:26am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, who has said he will vote against the nomination of judge Neil Gorsuch. Cardin, however, has not said if he will support the filibuster.

Mass. Man Accuses Dunkin' Donuts Of Using A Butter Substitute

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 6:04am

A court settlement has been reached. A Dunkin' Donut spokeswoman told the Boston Globe that their stores in Massachusetts do carry both butter and also a butter substitute vegetable spread.

Singer Bob Dylan Finally Gets His Nobel Prize

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 5:34am

Over the weekend, Bob Dylan turned up in Stockholm, where he was in town for a concert. In a ceremony he received his award. Afterward, an academy representative in Sweden called him "very nice."

Gonzaga, North Carolina To Meet Monday In Men's NCAA Basketball Final

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 3:55am

The men's NCAA college basketball championship will be decided Monday night. Gonzaga faces North Carolina — both earned tough wins in the national semifinals over the weekend.




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