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This Islamic School Teaches How To Be Muslim, And American

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00am

The Al Fatih Academy in Virginia is one of about 270 Islamic schools in the U.S. The staff aim to give their students a well-rounded education and promote civic awareness.

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George Clinton And Killer Mike: Talking (Barber) Shop

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00am

One founded a funk empire, the other sells out shows as half of Run the Jewels — and both have owned barbershops. They sit down together to discuss music, mentorship and the philosophy of barbering.

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Some Tax-Cut Backers Urge Trump To Drop Full Overhaul, Go For Quick Win

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:59am

Nearly 100 days into Trump's presidency there are still big questions about what his proposed tax overhaul will include — and whether the large changes he had envisioned are even possible.

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Remembering Sylvia Moy, Pioneering Motown Songwriter And Producer

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:25pm

You might not know her name, but you know her music: Moy co-wrote hits for Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Isley Brothers. She died Saturday at age 78.

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Ex-Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez Commits Suicide In Prison

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:45am

The former New England tight end was found hanged in his cell by corrections officers Wednesday. He was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder. He was recently acquitted of separate murder charges.

June Runoff Will Decide Winner Of Georgia Congressional Seat

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:22am

Democrat Jon Ossoff came close to winning a district that has been in GOP hands since the 1970s. It was Tom Price's district before he became HHS secretary. It was also Newt Gingrich's district.

Police Chief Writes Himself A Speeding Ticket

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:07am

The police chief in Sperry, Okla. wrote himself a speeding ticket after a traffic camera caught him speeding. He says he's going to pay the more than $300 ticket he wrote himself.

No More Politics On Balconies

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

In an apartment building near Washington, D.C.'s baseball stadium, people have hung up banners supporting the Nationals. Then things got political. Now the building says no more signs.

Morning News Brief: Venezuelan Protests, Georgia Runoff, Egypt

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Venezuelan activists are calling for mass protests on Wednesday. Also, Sabrina Siddiqui of The Guardian talks about Georgia's runoff election, and an Egyptian-American aid worker has been released.

Mattis Travels To Saudi Arabia

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Defense Secretary James Mattis is traveling to Saudi Arabia at the start of a trip to several countries in the Middle East. We look at what the trip means for U.S. foreign relations.

It's National Garlic Day. Who Is Making Up These Weird Holidays?

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Why is it National Deep-Dish Pizza Day or National Splurge Day, or maybe National Watermelon Day? Our Planet Money podcast tries to find out who or what is behind all the new strange holidays.

Venezuelan Opposition Groups Call For Day Of Protest

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Opposition groups in Venezuela are calling for massive demonstrations on Wednesday. The country is mired in economic crisis.

Mike Pesca Makes The Case For James Harden As MVP

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast, says James Harden of the Houston Rockets should get basketball's MVP trophy this year.

Why Theresa May Called For An Early U.K. Election

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for an early general election. We look at the reasons behind her decision.

Historian Says The U.S. Is 'Losing Hearts And Minds In Afghanistan'

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Aaron O'Connell about his book Our Latest Longest War. O'Connell, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, argues the U.S. is making the same mistakes it made in Vietnam.

Cokie Roberts Answers Your Tax Questions

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Just in time to wrap up tax season, commentator Cokie Roberts talks with David Greene about the history of federal income taxes.

French Presidential Candidate Macron Takes Page From American Political Playbook

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Supporters of political newcomer Emmanuel Macron hope that talking to voters on their doorsteps — an unusual approach in France — will help him become their next president.

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Playground Case Could Breach Barrier Between Tax Coffers, Religious Schools

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

The Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether Missouri should provide a grant to a church preschool, or if that violates the state's constitution. The state's new governor has abandoned the rule.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom)

30 Years Later, 'The Simpsons' Are A Part Of The American Family

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

For 30 years Bart, Marge, Homer, Lisa, Maggie and the other citizens of Springfield have entertained people around the world. The Simpsons also created a path for many other animated sitcoms.

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Christian Teen Magazine 'Brio' Returns With A Biblical Worldview

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:06am

For about 20 years starting in 1990, Brio magazine was the evangelical answer to Seventeen. Focus on the Family is bringing it back, saying it sees a renewed need among teens for alternative voices.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Brio)




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