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Early Civil Rights Activist Octavius Catto Gets A Statue

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 7:11am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with journalist and author Dan Biddle about early civil rights activist Octavius Catto, who is finally getting a statue erected in his honor in Philadelphia.

The Differences Between The Founding Fathers And Confederate Leaders

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 7:11am

President Trump has asked if the U.S. should take down statues of slave-owning Founding Fathers. Scott Simon speaks with historian Annette Gordon-Reed about their differences from Confederate leaders.

Counterterrorism Efforts In Spain

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 7:11am

As Spain reels from deadly attacks this week, NPR's Scott Simon talks to Juan Zarate from the Center for Strategic and International Studies about the Spanish counterterrorism approach.

In Delicate Dance, Pence Translates For Trump Abroad

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 6:00am

After more than a year by Trump's side, Vice President Pence has made an art of sanding off the rough edges of the president's remarks.

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What Trump's Increasing Isolation Could Mean For His Presidency

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 6:00am

Trump has completed a full purge of top White House aides instrumental in his election. Their ouster could be a big gamble, as Trump finds himself with fewer and fewer allies.

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Total Eclipse Of The Stomach: A Stellar Menu Of Gastronomic Delights

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 6:00am

What can you do when the Earth plunges into total darkness on Aug. 21? Eat, of course! And there are many space-themed treats to keep the skywatching party going.

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In 'The Stone Sky,' Some Worlds Need To Burn

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 6:00am

N.K. Jemisin won Hugo Awards for the first two volumes of her Broken Earth trilogy. The Stone Sky is a powerful, timely finale to this story of a world built on oppression and exploitation.

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How To Buy A Goat When You're Really Poor? Join A 'Merry-Go-Round'

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 6:00am

Skeptics say if you hand cash to the impoverished, they'll mismanage it. But it turns out, many poor people are great at saving — thanks to this ingenious system.

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Paul Miller Loved Teaching Math So Much That He Did It For Nearly 80 Years

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 5:30am

Paul Miller was once recognized as the oldest active accredited classroom teacher in the U.S. He reflects on his long career.

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Tracing The Dark Origins Of Charlottesville's KKK

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 5:00am

In the comments of residents processing what happened in Charlottesville, a common refrain emerged: "This is not us." But the city's history tells a different story.

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Santana And The Isley Brothers Come Together For 'Power Of Peace'

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 4:52am

For this new collaborative album, the icons aimed for timelessness — a sound "frozen in immortality, eternity and infinity," Santana says. Power Of Peace was released July 28.

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2 Police Officers Shot And Killed Near Orlando

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:38pm

The city's mayor called it a "[h]eartbreaking loss of two of Kissimmee's finest officers."

Oldest Kids In Class Do Better, Even Through College

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 6:30pm

Starting kindergarten later could boost kids' grades and improve their odds of attending a top college. Being the youngest kid in class can hurt their academic performance.

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Charities Pull Fundraisers Planned for Trump's Mar-A-Lago

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 5:48pm

For years, major charities have been holding fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort owned by President Trump. Now, in the wake of his comments on Charlottesville, many are turning away.

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Gun-Carrying Protesters Create 'Tricky' Question For ACLU

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:56pm

"We don't feel we have to represent any group – including white supremacists – seeking to demonstrate with firearms," said the organization, which has long defended groups unpopular with its members.

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Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:11pm

And telescopes and binoculars only amplify the risk to your eyes from looking at the sun, doctors say. So even if you're not in the "path of totality," take precautions if you plan to watch.

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Venezuela's Pro-Maduro Assembly Seizes Congressional Powers

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:08pm

The move Friday marks a new milestone in President Nicolas Maduro's campaign to consolidate power, giving the lawmaking power of the opposition-packed congress to the legislative superbody he created.

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Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stand By Their Man

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 3:50pm

Business leaders have resigned from Trump's council over his response to Charlottesville. But evangelical leaders say they see their role differently.

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Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon Removed From White House Job

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Joshua Green, author of The Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency and senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek about reports that Steve Bannon is leaving the White House.

Week In Politics: Steve Bannon's Removal From The White House And Trump's Reponse To Charlottesville

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and The Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review, and columnist for Bloomberg View about President Trump's decision to remove Steve Bannon as a chief strategist and the president's suggestion that "both sides" share the blame for violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

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