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Caregivers For Veterans Dropped From VA Plan

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 4:03am

There's a Department of Veterans Affairs program to pay family members to be caregivers for disabled veterans. But several caregivers say they're being dropped from the program with no explanation.

Politicians, Churches Call For South African President Jacob Zuma To Resign

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 4:03am

South Africa's president is on the ropes after a controversial reshuffle of his cabinet replaced a respected finance minister with an unknown. Support from the all-powerful unions is wavering.

How To Protect The Next Election From Hacking

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 4:03am

The federal government has declared elections to be part of the country's critical infrastructure. That has election officials, who are very protective of how they do things now, extremely nervous.

Chicago Police Department Overhaul To Continue, Mayor Says

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 4:03am

Chicago says it will continue with police reform efforts even if the Department of Justice won't push for them. Many remain skeptical and worry about what less scrutiny will bring.

Chemical Attack And Bombs Kill At Least 58 In Syria

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 4:03am

Dozens of civilians were killed in northwestern Syria in airstrikes and a suspected chemical weapons attack. Rachel Martin speaks with Stephen Rapp, a former U.S. ambassador at large for war crimes.

Cokie Roberts Answers Your Questions About Party Infighting

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 4:03am

As part of the #AskCokie segment, commentator Cokie Roberts answers listener questions about the history of presidents who have had to battle with their own party to get things done.

Escaped Steers Will Live Free At Animal Sanctuary

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 5:47am

Six steers broke out from a slaughterhouse — dodging officials during a five-hour chase. The St Louis Post-Dispatch reports instead of returning to the slaughterhouse, they will go to a sanctuary.

In New Zealand, Chicken Dinner Could Arrive With Mail Delivery

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:59am

New Zealand's postal service has partnered with Kentucky Fried Chicken to try to keep the mail delivery service afloat. So far, they've recruited about 30 delivery drivers for the KFC pilot program.

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.

(Image credit: Sinead Lynch/Getty Images)

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.

(Image credit: Elissa Nadworny/NPR)

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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