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Historian: John Wilkes Booth Not A Deranged Lone Madman

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:34am

On the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's death, historian Terry Alford explores John Wilkes Booth's life and how the assassination affected his family.

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The All-Work, No-Play Culture Of South Korean Education

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:33am

A new report finds South Korean students feel greater stress than those in any other developed nation. The country weighs the relentless pressure it places on studying and exams.

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Ukulele Orchestra Tries To Break Record

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 6:06am

Over the weekend, 4,750 ukulele players traveled from all over French Polynesia to Tahiti to play "Bora Bora E." The attempt is being verified to see if the record was broken

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Driver Safety Tip: Don't Smoke Around Gunpowder

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:52am

Joseph T. Brennan Jr. survived an explosion in his car. He lit a cigarette while driving with gunpowder in the front seat. The Boston Globe quoted the injured man saying he had no "malicious" plans.

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Iran To Try 'Washington Post' Journalist With Economic Spying

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:01am

News reports from Iran say Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian will be tried for espionage, 10 months after his arrest. Renee Montagne talks to Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari.

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IRS Budget Cuts Make For Nightmarish Filing Season

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:01am

People trying to get help from the IRS to file their taxes are finding long lines, long waits on the phone and not much help. The IRS blames staff reductions on budget cuts spearheaded by Republicans.

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Blackwater Case Raised Many New Legal Issues

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:01am

To learn more about the convictions of the former Blackwater guards, Renee Montagne talks to Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times.

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Ex-Blackwater Security Guards Receive Lengthy Sentences In Iraq Killings

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:01am

A former security contractor was sentenced to life in prison after a deadly shooting in Iraq in 2007. Three more got 30 years in prison for their role in the massacre that killed 14 unarmed civilians.

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Revisiting The Night Abraham Lincoln Was Shot 150 Years Ago

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:01am

On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln. Renee Montagne talks to author James Swanson at Ford's Theatre. (This piece initially aired on Feb. 12, 2009 on Morning Edition).

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Uruguayan Author Eduardo Galeano, Critic Of Capitalism, Dies At 74

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:01am

Galeano's 1971 book Open Veins of Latin America was a fierce critique of U.S. and European imperialism. It made him an enemy of the right-wing governments that ruled much of Latin America at the time.

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Senate Attempts To Revise No Child Left Behind Measure

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:01am

A Senate committee begins work on a bill that would overhaul the education law. That measure — once considered a great uniter of politicians on the left and right — has since become a great divider.

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Campaigners Refuse To Let Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Be Forgotten

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:01am

It's been one year since Islamist extremists abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls from their dormitory in northeastern Nigeria. Some managed to escape, but 219 remain missing.

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As Country Changes, Rubio, Republicans Try To Adjust

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:00am

On gay rights and immigration, Republicans running for president, like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, are trying to navigate a tricky course between their party and the country at-large.

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Republicans Are Making Foreign Policy The Obamacare Of The 2016 Election

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:00am

The GOP still has the health care law in its sights, but now also promises to do away with Obama's opening to Cuba and nascent deal on nuclear development with Iran.

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Year After Denying Federal Control, Bundy Still Runs His Bit Of Nevada

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:18am

Rancher Cliven Bundy successfully stood down Bureau of Land Management agents near Las Vegas. He's considered a symbol for a national movement to wrest Western lands from U.S. agencies' authority.

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Big Bills A Hidden Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:17am

Cancer treatment is increasingly expensive, even for patients who have insurance. Some doctors advocate discussing the costs of cancer treatment as they would hair loss, pain or other side effects.

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In N.D., Church Ceremonies Push Town To Grapple With Gay Rights

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:15am

In a small community in southeastern North Dakota, tension between compassion and faith is ever-present in residents' attitudes toward same-sex marriage.

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How Asian-Americans Found A Home In The World Of K-Pop

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:14am

For all the unique "Asian-ness" of K-pop, many of its stars are American-born and raised. And now that K-pop's gone global, Asian American artists are more at home than ever.

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