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Episode 466: DIY Finance

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 5:06pm

He has thousands of dollars stashed around his house. She's part of an informal savings club. And Miguelo Rada has a whole bank in his pocket.

Justice Department Sues Ferguson After City Amends Police Reform Deal

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 5:01pm

One day after Ferguson City Council voted to change a police and court reform plan, negotiated with DOJ, the feds filed a lawsuit against the city. The city council said the deal was too costly.

Harry Potter Fans Rejoice! New Book From The Wizarding World Coming This Summer

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:42pm

The book, called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II picks up the story of Harry and co. where the series epilogue left off. It will comprise the script of a play of the same name.

Justice Department Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Ferguson, Mo.

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:40pm

The federal civil rights lawsuit comes after the Ferguson city council adjusted terms of a negotiated settlement meant to bring the police force, jail and local court system in line.

'Full Frontal' Showrunner: 'It's A Feminist Show Because We Are All Feminists'

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:40pm

"But it's not a show about women stuff," Jo Miller says. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee covers refugees, mental health, prison and climate change, among other things.

Flint Residents' Broken Faith: 'The People We Trusted Failed Us'

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:40pm

State and city officials knew about problems with Flint's water even as they encouraged people to keep using it. Locals are disillusioned, and angry, and rebuilding that trust will be challenging.

How A Man's Message In A Bottle Met A Kindred Spirit Miles Away

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:40pm

A few years ago, glass bottles with handwritten messages inside started washing up along the New England coast. They're the work of Ken Baker. One recently found its way to Ireland.

Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:26pm

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.

The Thistle & Shamrock: From Vinyl To MP3

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:20pm

Whether found on record shelves or on hard drives, great performances endure across generations.

Thai Police Nab Mysterious Master Forger Known As 'The Doctor'

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:17pm

The arrest ends a long hunt for an elusive passport forger, who is accused of sending thousands of phony documents to Middle Eastern clients wanting to travel to Europe.

This Mosquito Likes Us Too Much For Our Own Good

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:08pm

Meet Aedes aegypti. It's an ideal spreader of disease — from its attraction to trash to its habit of sipping blood from lots of folks in one feeding spree.

Video: UCLA Gymnast Sophina DeJesus Whips, Nae Naes, And Slays

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:03pm

The viral video of DeJesus' routine doesn't show an athlete dominating in a traditionally white sport despite her race. She's an athlete celebrating her identity in the sport she loves.

After More Than 450 Years, Catholicism Returns To King Henry VIII's Palace

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:49pm

Vespers were held in the royal chapel of Hampton Court Palace, one of Henry VIII's residences, on Tuesday. Henry, of course, famously broke with the Catholic Church in the 16th century.

Lucius On World Cafe

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:46pm

Singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig perform songs from their forthcoming album, Good Grief.

Left To Fend For Himself, 'Pax' The Fox Must Find His Human Friend

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:40pm

To research her new novel for young readers, author Sara Pennypacker consulted with a red fox expert. Her takeaway? "They're brilliant. Foxes are so brilliant," she says.

Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca To Plead Guilty To Making False Statements

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:29pm

In a plea deal, Baca admitted he lied when he said he didn't know anything about efforts to obstruct an FBI probe into corruption and abuse in his department.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter Convenes Anti-ISIS Coalition Partners In Brussels

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:24pm

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is convening his counterparts from more than two dozen anti-ISIS coalition partners in Brussels on Thursday. Carter aims to goad them into stepping up their contributions to the war on ISIS. But the meeting coincides with what Sunni Arab partners consider a far greater threat in Syria: a Russian-Iranian-Assad offensive on the verge of recapturing Aleppo from rebels.

GOP Candidates Head To South Carolina After Trump Victory In New Hampshire

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:24pm

With the New Hampshire primary doing little to settle the GOP race, presidential candidates headed straight to South Carolina on Wednesday to start campaigning ahead of the state's primary in 10 days.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Warns Of Growing Risks To U.S. Economy

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:24pm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear in congressional testimony Wednesday she sees an economy that faces increased risk. Her assessment was sufficiently downbeat to practically remove the possibility of another interest rate hike at the Fed's next monetary policy meeting in March.

Ferguson's Proposed Changes To Federal Consent Decree Prompt Backlash

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:24pm

The Ferguson City Council made a provocative decision Tuesday night to attached conditions on a consent decree with the federal government. The decree was aimed at moving the city forward after Michael Brown's shooting death, but city officials contended that the agreement could lead to financial ruin. Needless to say, the council's choice wasn't well received by the Department of Justice or residents.

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