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Episode 594: Board Games

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 5:30pm

On today's show: The story of two guys who tried to cut the pay of a CEO at a small pneumatic tool company.

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Republicans Scramble For A Health Care Endgame Strategy

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 5:25pm

President Trump and Senate GOP leaders are making a last-ditch effort to try to piece together a health care proposal that can pass the narrowly divided Senate.

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'Girl Up' Girls Are Inspired By Each Other (And Priyanka Chopra)

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 5:24pm

The activists came to Washington, D.C., from across the country — and around the world. They took workshops like #GirlBoss101, spoke to members of Congress — and even made time for fun.

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Salem Memorializes Those Killed During Witch Trials

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 5:01pm

The memorial stands at the site where 19 innocent women and men were hanged in a series of mass executions. It opened on the 325th anniversary of the first execution, when five women were killed.

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'Hawaii Five-0' Casting Announcement Doesn't Fix CBS's Larger Diversity Problem

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:39pm

CBS announced the three new actors who will be joining the cast of its cop drama. To no one's surprise, all are nonwhite. But the network still has work to do.

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Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn't The End Of It

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:30pm

A researcher tallied how much has been manufactured since plastic's invention: "Eight point three billion metric tons of plastics produced so far. That's just really a staggering amount."

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Say Goodbye To X+Y: Should Community Colleges Abolish Algebra?

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:30pm

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, the chancellor of the California Community Colleges system, wants to kick loose the requirement of algebra for non-STEM majors.

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Talk Of Voter Fraud Dominates First Meeting Of Election Integrity Commission

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:18pm

"One has to wonder what they're worried about," President Trump said of states that haven't shared data with the commission. "There's something, there always is."

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Collaborator Says Sendak Would Be 'Jumping For Joy' Over New Publication

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:16pm

More than 20 years ago, Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks collaborated on a book called Presto and Zesto in Limboland. But they were both busy with other projects, and never bothered to publish it.

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With Speeches And Bright Dresses, Quinceañeras Protest Texas Sanctuary City Ban

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:38pm

With bright skirts flouncing, 15 young women ascended the steps of the Texas State Capitol in Austin. "We will not meet this law on its hateful level," declared 17-year-old Magdalena Juarez.

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Hip-Hop Radio DJs Stretch And Bobbito Return To The Airwaves With NPR Podcast

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to New York hip-hop radio DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia about their upcoming NPR podcast called "What's Good with Stretch and Bobbito."

Los Angeles Dodgers Dominate Baseball Halfway Through Season

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:30pm

Just over halfway through the baseball season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking dominant. NPR's Robert Siegel checks in with Jonah Keri of CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated.

Justice Department Reinstates Controversial Policy On Civil Asset Forfeiture

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:30pm

The Department of Justice is announcing its policy on civil asset forfeiture on Wednesday. The controversial practice means police can seize private property, regardless of conviction.

Supreme Court Allows Grandparents, Relatives To Enter U.S. Despite Travel Ban

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:30pm

The Supreme Court refused to block a ruling by a U.S. district judge in Hawaii that allowed grandparents and other relatives of refugees to enter the U.S., exempting them from the Trump travel ban. The court said the matter must be decided by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which the Trump administration was hoping to leapfrog.

Trump Urges Senators To Revive Republican Health Care Bill

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:30pm

President Trump urged GOP senators to keep trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act all at once. The push came a day after he seemed to favor repealing Obamacare without a replacement.

Trump's Election Integrity Commission Holds First Meeting In Effort To Probe Voter Fraud

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:30pm

President Trump's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity holds its first meeting Wednesday to uncover voter problems that undermine public confidence in U.S. elections. The panel has already faced criticism, especially from state election officials disturbed by the panel's request to send detailed voter registration data. The commission is looking for signs of voter fraud, which most election officials and experts say is rare.

'Washington Post': Trump Ends U.S. Aid To Syrian Anti-Government Forces

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Washington Post reporter Adam Entous about his report that President Trump has ordered an end to U.S. assistance for the anti-government forces it has helped in Syria against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Salem, Mass., Dedicates Memorial To Witches Who Died On The Gallows

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:30pm

Salem, Mass., marked a dark chapter of its history on Wednesday. The city dedicated a memorial on the spot where five women were hanged for witchcraft more than three centuries ago.

California Moves To Require Boat Licenses Due To Safety Concerns

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:30pm

A handful of states don't require licenses to operate recreational motor boats. It's a major safety concern in California, but now, the state is about to begin permitting boaters.

Congress Struggles To Keep Up With Regulations For Self-Driving Cars

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:30pm

Cars that drive themselves are a thing of the not-so-distant future. But Congress is having a hard time keeping up regulations to go with the technological change.

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