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A Weightlifting Program That Gives Ex-Cons A Chance At Change

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:58pm

It's not easy to go from prison back into regular life. Often, former inmates end up back behind bars. A Boston weightlifting program gives ex-cons and former gang members a job and hope for success.

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Journalist Describes The Loneliness And Leakiness Of Trump's White House

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:28pm

As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, White House correspondent Maggie Haberman of The New York Times says "the magnitude of the job is sinking in for him."

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Louisiana's Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Disappearing Coastline

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:18pm

It's an effort to bring nationwide attention to the issue and speed up the federal permitting process for coastal projects. The state loses the equivalent of one football field of land an hour.

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White House 'Boogie Chillin': Trump Hosts Ted Nugent, Kid Rock And Sarah Palin

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:02pm

They visited the Oval Office on Wednesday night, according to social media posts. Musicians Nugent and Kid Rock, as well as the former Alaska governor, appeared at numerous campaign rallies for Trump.

(Image credit: Sarah Palin via Facebook)

SeaWorld Welcomes Its Last Orca Born In Captivity

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:45pm

The orca Takara gave birth to a calf Wednesday at the SeaWorld park in San Antonio, Texas. SeaWorld announced last year that it was ending its breeding program.

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The 2017 NEA Jazz Masters, In Their Own Words

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:39pm

Hear how the artists honored by the NEA this year — Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dave Holland, Dick Hyman and Ira Gitler — earned their stripes and paid their jazz dues.

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The Truth About Ugly Foods: They're Delicious, Abundant And Good For The Planet

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:25pm

From ugly fish like sea robin to the discarded parts of livestock, like ox cheeks and chicken feet, a new book celebrates repugnant-looking but flavorful foods, and urges us to eat more of them.

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Leader Of Justice Department National Security Division On The Way Out

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:23pm

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord told staff this week she is leaving to pursue other opportunities. McCord has led the probe into Russian election meddling.

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Researchers Find Yet Another Reason Why Naked Mole-Rats Are Just Weird

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:02pm

The hairless, ground-dwelling, cold-blooded rodents have proven capable of surviving total oxygen deprivation. Their odd biology allows them to run on an alternative fuel.

(Image credit: Roland Gockel/Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine)

How Young Muslims Define "Halal Dating" For Themselves

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:54pm

Young Muslims find a middle ground for fostering romantic relationships between what is permissible and what is forbidden.

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What's The Protocol For Exercising While Expecting?

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:52pm

A recent study concluded that exercising, in most cases, is good for mothers and their babies. But is there such a thing as too much?

World Cafe Nashville: Charlie Worsham

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:50pm

Worsham's the guy many country music lovers love the most. With his new album, Beginning Of Things, it's time for the rest of the world to catch up.

(Image credit: Allister Ann/Courtesy of the artist)

Study: Female Supreme Court Justices Interrupted More Than Male Counterparts

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:33pm

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Curt Nickisch of Harvard Business Review about the study's findings.

New GOP Health Proposal Could Ditch Protections For People Who Are Sick

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:21pm

The proposal allows states to put people with pre-existing conditions into high-risk pools and get rid of minimum health benefits for health insurance plans if they choose.

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Former MI6 Chief On Security Threats, From North Korea To Domestic Terrorism

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:20pm

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Sir John Sawers, former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, about navigating security threats around the world.

Federal Law To Protect Drinking Water Up For Review

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:12pm

The EPA is considering updating the Lead and Copper Rule. But some experts fear proposed changes could weaken protections for public health.

Astronaut, Cosmonaut And Stuffed Dog Arrive At International Space Station

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:08pm

It's the first mission to space for American Jack Fischer, who says there is one aspect of space station life that you can't train for on Earth: using a zero-gravity toilet.

(Image credit: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

Arkansas Death Penalty Legal Battle Continues

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:06pm

Reporter Janelle Lilley joins us to discuss the latest developments in the state of Arkansas' plan to execute eight death row inmates by the end of the month.

Meet The Transgender Traveler

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:52am

Malcolm Rene Ribot decided to travel the country, meeting up with other transgender men and helping them connect with each other.

What Will NASA Look Like Under President Trump?

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:40am

Lori Garver, former deputy administrator of NASA under President Obama, joins us for a look at how the administration might direct NASA and its space operations.

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