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Kittie Weston-Knauer, on the cusp of 70 years old, is the oldest female BMX bicycle racer in the U.S.

When she started competing in the late 1980s, she was often the only woman on the track. It was her son, Max Knauer, a champion BMX rider, who introduced her to the sport when he was 10.

Max, now 40, explains that he planted the racing seed after a frustrating day of his mom playing coach.

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And now to Southern Illinois and a story about counties that are declaring themselves sanctuaries for firearms. From member station WUIS in Springfield, Rachel Otwell reports.

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Democrats Embrace Guaranteed Jobs Proposal

May 10, 2018

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Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's former prime minister who came out of retirement in his 90s to challenge his own party's embattled incumbent, has won a surprise victory in elections — ending more than six decades of rule by the country's dominant party.

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Senator Angus King is an independent from Maine. He sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and he joins us now.

Senator, thanks for being back on the show.

ANGUS KING: Glad to be with you.

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Sen. Ron Wyden On Gina Haspel And The CIA

May 9, 2018

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Sanctions Expert On Iran Deal Withdrawal

May 9, 2018

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Dr. Drai Beats Dr. Dre

May 9, 2018

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Combat veterans from the Vietnam-era through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan often turn to Vet Center counselors for help with post-traumatic stress or depression. And some of these counselors are themselves feeling stress - in part, they say, because of what they're calling unrealistic productivity requirements.

Ted Blickwedel, 63, is a Marine Corps veteran living in Smithfield, R.I. And recently, when he was working as a clinical social worker at his local Vet Center in nearby Warwick, he began to think about suicide.

The History Of Using The Fifth Amendment

May 9, 2018

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It's time to ask Cokie. We put questions to Cokie Roberts about how politics and the government work. And when we ask Cokie today, she has pledged not to take the Fifth...

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: (Laughter).

INSKEEP: ...The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.

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