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10:31 am
Fri July 4, 2014

'The True American' Reveals A Hopeful, Complicated Country

After the 9/11 attacks, hate crimes against people who were thought to be Muslim caught the country's attention. In "The True American," Anand Giridharadas follows the stories of one of those victims.

Art & Design
10:31 am
Fri July 4, 2014

For Designer B. Michael, Mentoring Is Key To Diversifying The Fashion World

B. Michael is one of a few top-tier African-American fashion designers whose designs are worn by some of Hollywood's top names. Host Michel Martin talks with the designer about his inspirations.

The Protojournalist
5:03 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies

A promotional image for Jaws.
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Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 6:10 am

Cinema sites abound with lists such as Top 10 Movies ForThe Fourth Of July from Forbes and 12 Patriotic Movies by the Los Angeles Times. After all, Hollywood knows that Americans love to celebrate American celebrations.

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Around the Nation
3:06 am
Fri July 4, 2014

New Orlean's Murder Rate Drops, But Violence Is Rampant

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 5:52 am

A young woman has died following last weekend's shoot-out on a busy part of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Nine other passers-by were wounded by the gunfire.

History
1:32 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Reading The Declaration Of Independence: A Tradition Continues

Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, is shown placing the document before John Hancock, president of the Congress, in this painting by John Trumbull.
Architect of the Capitol

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 10:27 am

It was 238 years ago today that church bells rang out over Philadelphia, as the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. That revolutionary document not only formalized the American colonies' united front in the Revolutionary War, it articulated the ideals of human equality and self-determination that still serve as the guiding principles of American government.

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Law
3:56 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Top NYPD Cop: Stop-And-Frisk Is Not 'The Problem Or The Solution'

The NYPD recently launched a study into what's causing a rise in shootings in the city. Commissioner William Bratton says it will examine a lot of factors, not just stop-and-frisk.
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Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 4:41 pm

It's been nearly a year since a court ruling curtailed the New York Police Department's controversial practice known as stop-and-frisk, but NYPD Commissioner William Bratton says the city can be just as safe without it.

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The Two-Way
3:41 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

SunTrust Settles In Probe Into Mishandled Home Loan Modifications

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 4:54 pm

Atlanta-based SunTrust Mortgage Inc. has agreed to pay up to $320 million to resolve criminal allegations that it mishandled applications from homeowners seeking loan modifications under a federal program.

The deal with the Justice Department follows a similar settlement last month with SunTrust Mortgage over its mishandling of federally backed home loans.

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It's All Politics
2:48 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling

When it comes to the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn must navigate between her state's conservative electorate and her national party.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 9:28 am

For the typical Democrat running in 2014, frequent condemnation of the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision is a no-brainer as a rallying cry to raise money and energize voters — especially women.

Monday's ruling allows family-owned and other closely held companies to opt out of the federal health law's contraception mandate if they have religious objections.

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Law
2:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

When Child Migrants Cross The Border, What Next Awaits Them?

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 4:26 pm

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The influx of children coming up from Central America, through Mexico and across the U.S. border, has focused attention on U.S. immigration law and how it's applied. We're going to hear now from Dana Leigh Marks, who is an immigration judge. In fact, Judge Marks is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. She joins us from San Francisco. Welcome to the program.

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Business
2:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Export-Import Controversy Gives Rise To A Tale Of Two Washingtons

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 4:26 pm

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And I'm Melissa Block. A debate has been raging in Washington, D.C. over the future of an obscure federal agency - the Export-Import Bank. And all the way across the country in the other Washington - Washington state - businesses, labor unions and politicians say the bank's demise would have severe consequences. Ashley Gross of member station KPLU in Seattle reports.

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Economy
2:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

In June Jobs Numbers, Signs For Optimism

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 4:26 pm

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Around the Nation
2:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Immigration Debate Splits California City In Two

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 4:26 pm

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Economy
2:03 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hiring Looks Good Now, But Wage Growth Lags

A Gap employee works at a store in San Francisco. The company plans to raise its minimum wage in phases to $10 an hour by next year.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 3:12 pm

The unemployment report released Thursday by the Labor Department offered great news for job seekers: Hiring boomed in June.

That good news helped send stock prices to record levels, with the Dow Jones industrial average crossing the 17,000 mark for the first time to close at 17,068.26, up 92.02.

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U.S.
11:50 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month

The White House has warned that without more money for the federal Highway Trust Fund, which helps states pay for road and infrastructure projects, construction delays will put thousands out of work.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 1:35 pm

Congress has yet another problem it can't solve.

For years, the main federal transportation program has been spending more money than it takes in. This year, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the Transportation Department will disburse $45 billion while collecting only $33 billion for its Highway Trust Fund.

As a result, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned states on Tuesday that they will start seeing cuts of 28 percent in federal funding for roads and bridges next month unless Congress comes up with some extra money.

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History
11:41 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Do We Celebrate Independence Day Too Early?

The Fourth of July is a time for firing up the grill and fireworks. But historian Kenneth C. Davis says Americans celebrate it on the wrong day. It's Independence Day trivia, with host Michel Martin.

Barbershop
11:41 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Is Robin Thicke Just A 'Creepy Crooner'? The 'Shop' Guys Weigh In

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Economy
9:14 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Report Shows 288,000 New Jobs In June

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And I'm David Greene. Good morning. We begin this hour with more positive signs about the nation's economy. The Labor Department this morning said the U.S. unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly six years last month, and employers added some 288,000 jobs to their payrolls. Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell takes a tour of the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Townsend, Ga., last week with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager Kimberly Hayes.
Stephen B. Morton AP

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:57 pm

It's rare to find Sally Jewell in her Washington, D.C., office.

A little more than a year into her job as Interior Department secretary, she spends much of her time out in the field. It's unavoidable for someone who heads the federal agency that oversees some 400 national parks and nearly 300 million acres of federal lands.

"It's in the job description," she says. "It's also a fun part of the job."

Of late, Jewell has been in the forefront of the administration's efforts to raise awareness of the threat of climate change.

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
3:58 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Is Unlimited Spending On Political Speech A Protected Right?

Burt Neuborne and Zephyr Teachout convinced audience members that the right to unlimited spending on political speech is not guaranteed by the Constitution.
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:05 pm

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In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protected the right of corporations and unions to spend money on political speech. That decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, didn't affect how much money organizations could donate to political campaigns — but it removed limits on how much they could spend themselves.

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Arthur Strengthens Into A Hurricane As N.C. Island Orders Evacuation

The five-day forecast track for Arthur.
National Hurricane Center

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:44 am

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The National Hurricane Center announced Thursday morning that Tropical Storm Arthur has become the Atlantic season's first hurricane. The storm is about 190 miles south-southeast of Cape Fear, N.C., with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

In its latest advisory, the National Hurricane Center says Arthur is expected to move near the North Carolina Outer Banks this evening.

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Men In America
3:51 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Learning How To Be A Man, From Mom

Derek Williams says he learned more about being a man from his mother than his father.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 7:29 am

This story is part of All Things Considered's "Men in America" series.

Though my mom and dad often were on the outs, I'm not one of those kids whose dad was absent.

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The Salt
3:37 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Big Bucks From Strawberry Genes Lead To Conflict At UC Davis

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 4:26 pm

Yesterday, we reported on a legal tussle over control of the country's top center of strawberry breeding, at the University of California, Davis. But there's a backstory to that battle. It involves the peculiar nature of the UC Davis strawberry program.

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Around the Nation
3:31 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:20 pm

In southwest Florida, county officials are fighting the state over a new oil drilling process that's known by many different names: acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation and acid fracking.

Collier County has charged that state regulators have been lax in their oversight of the drilling, jeopardizing public health and the environment.

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Around the Nation
2:06 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Tensions Eddy In Murrieta After Protesters Turn Back Buses Of Migrants

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:20 pm

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Around the Nation
2:06 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Meet A Mayor Facing The Migrant Surge Firsthand

Mayor Jim Darling's McAllen is the first U.S. city that many migrants see after crossing the border. Darling says, "If there's a humanitarian need, we're going to try to meet it."
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Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:20 pm

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National Security
2:06 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Benghazi Suspect Spends A Day In Court

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:20 pm

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National Security
2:06 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Bipartisan Board OKs NSA Surveillance Program, With Suggestions

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:20 pm

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History
2:06 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Digital Homestead Records Reopen A Crucial Chapter Of U.S. History

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:20 pm

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Around the Nation
2:06 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Brutal Race That Asks Runners To Go Up A Mountain And Back Down

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:25 pm

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Shots - Health News
11:43 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Costlier Digital Mammograms May Not Be Better For Older Women

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:07 pm

Medicare spending on breast cancer screening for women age 65 and older has jumped nearly 50 percent in recent years. But the rise in price was not associated with an improvement in the early detection of breast cancer.

Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine found that Medicare spending on breast cancer screening rose from $666 million in the years 2001-2002 to $962 million in the years 2008-2009.

So why the big increases in costs?

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