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Police Accuse Man Of Selling Fake Tickets To Broadway's 'Hamilton'

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 6:15am

Hamilton tickets are almost impossible to get. But one man seemed to have connections. Prosecutors in New York have indicted him for forging tickets to the hit show and selling them on Craigslist.

Midwife Navigates Texas Flood Waters On Inflatable Swan

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 5:57am

Cathy Allen Rude needed to reach a mother in labor, but her plan to use a kayak fell through. When a neighbor floated by on an inflatable swan, she hitched a ride. She arrived in time for the birth.

For Tenn. Gov. Weighing Therapist Religious Objection Bill, It's All About Values

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 5:02am

Bill Haslam is a moderate Republican in immoderate Republican times. He also just vetoed a bill that would have designated the Holy Bible the state book of Tennessee.

A View From Appalachia: Knoxville

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

One of the issues that came up among voters across the Appalachian region is medical care. Insure Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam's alternative to Obamacare, is faltering. Steve Inskeep talks to Knoxville's mayor about how it has been received in her city. Also, Chris Green of Berea College discusses the political leanings of the Appalachia region in a tumultuous election year.

Many Music Fans Discover The Rich And Complex Heritage Of The South

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

Ashley Capps, a music promoter in Knoxville, Tennessee, tells Steve Inskeep that a cultural and musical renaissance is happening in the small town South. Capps founded the Bonnaroo Music Festival, an alternative music festival in Knoxville which attracts 80,000 people each year. And, Chris Green of Berea College weighs in on the origins of country music in Appalachia.

A View From Appalachia - Whitesburg, Kentucky

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

In Whitesburg, Kentucky, more than 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. It's an area once known for coal mining but most of those jobs have dried up. Limited job opportunities force many residents to leave. But some peple find their way back: Elizabeth Sanders and Brad Shepherd both found ways to create employment for themselves in Whitesburg.

In Economic Troubled Appalachia, Which Presidential Candidates Are Favored?

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

Morning Edition continues exploring different regions of the country asking how your vote — as well as your view of the world — is influenced by where you live.We'll hear from Appalachia — the mountain region that stretches from New York to the Deep South. This remains a region where incomes lag well behind the national average.

Transgender Student's Virginia Court Case Likely To Affect Other States

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

A federal appeals court ruled a transgender boy may sue the school board for discrimination because it banned him from using the boy's bathroom. Attorney Joshua Block talks to Lourdes Garcia Navarro.

More Charges Expected In Flint's Contaminated Drinking Water Case

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

A day after the first criminal charges related to Flint's lead tainted water were filed, residents of the Michigan city and others wonder how high up the investigation into the crisis will go.

Migrants Wait In A Moroccan Forest For A Chance To Cross Into Europe

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

In a Moroccan forest, desperate African migrants often camp out for months or years waiting for a chance to jump fences and walls toward two nearby Spanish enclaves — their step to Europe.

Treasury To Give $20 Bill A New Look

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

President Andrew Jackson who is the face of the $20 bill will be replaced by abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks to Susan Ades Stone, co-founder of Women On $20s.

In Chad, U.N. Ambassador Power Visits Anti-Extremist Command Center

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

U.S. military officials are worried about the connections between ISIS and Boko Haram. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power visited the African country of Chad, which is threatened by both groups.

'Brexit' Vote Worries Britons Living In Germany

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

Nearly 2 million Britons live in continental Europe, and many are concerned that their lives will be adversely affected if Britain chooses to leave the European Union in a referendum in June.

The Appalachian Inspiration Of The Black Lillies

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:52am

The Knoxville band's regional roots are at the center of its sound. Members Cruz Contreras and Trisha Gene Brady explain how the mountains inspire their music.

'British Bake Off' Winner Takes On The Toughest Judge Of All: The Queen

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:52am

This year the task of coming up with a birthday cake fit for a queen fell to Nadiya Hussain, the winner of the most recent season of the wildly popular TV show The Great British Bake Off.

Faithful Mattress Will Squeal On A Cheating Partner

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 6:16am

A new mattress on sale in Spain will alert you if your partner is being unfaithful. You will learn of the cheating on a mobile app. The "smartress" is equipped with a lover detection system.

Oldest Message In A Bottle Washes Ashore In Germany

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 6:07am

After 108 years at sea, the bottle was spotted. The note inside read: "return to the British Marine Biology Association." The bottle had been tossed out as part of an experiment into currents.

A Crackdown In Egypt, Reflecting A Broader Trend In The Region

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 4:15am

Egypt is investigating several prominent human rights groups. Similar moves are taking place in neighboring countries, dashing hopes of greater freedoms generated by the Arab uprisings.

Ex-NYPD Officer Gets Probation In Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Man

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 4:15am

Peter Liang has been sentenced to 5 years of probation and 800 hours of community service for the accidental shooting death of an unarmed man in 2014. The sentencing touched off passionate reactions.

Ukraine-Russian Deal May Free Jailed Pilot

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 4:15am

The woman, Nadezhda Savchenko, was a military pilot captured during the war in Eastern Ukraine, and her case has become a symbol of the conflict between the two countries.

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