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In Birmingham, tens of thousands of football fans will watch Alabama A&M face Alabama State in the Magic City Classic, a big game between two black colleges.

Courts there recently sentenced three Iranian-Americans to prison. An Iranian-Canadian academic speaks out about her time in an Iranian prison earlier this year.

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with New York Times technology columnist Farhad Manjoo about self-driving trucks — and whether we're ready for their arrival.

Nearly two decades after California banned bilingual education, voters this November 8 will have a chance to restore it, allowing schools to teach students in their native language as well as English.

Wayne Messmer has sung the national anthem about 5,000 times, many times at Chicago Cubs home games. He tells Scott Simon what it means for the Cubs to be in the Series for the first time in decades.

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Cleveland sports writer Terry Pluto, of the Plain Dealer, about what the Indians being in the World Series means for the Midwestern city.

In November, Maine voters will decide whether to adopt a Ranked Choice Voting system. When electing key officials, voters would rank candidates in order of preference, instead of picking just one.

Chicagoans are celebrating the Cubs being in the World Series, but many residents remain in the grip of continuing gun violence. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin.

The rise of a populist movement isn't limited to the United States. Scott Simon talks with Ivo Daalder and Aleksandr Hemon about populism abroad, and their view of an extraordinary election.

Law enforcement in North Dakota arrested more than 140 on private land owned by the pipeline company. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe wants to prevent the pipeline from running under the Missouri River.

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