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Is Age The New Frontier Of Voting Rights?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

College students in North Carolina say the state's new voter ID law violates their right to vote based on age. They're challenging the law in court. Host Michel Martin learns more about the case.

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Despite An Early Exit At Wimbledon, Serena Williams Still A 'Powerhouse'

Monday, July 07, 2014

Host Michel Martin speaks with The Guardian's Hugh Muir about the winners and losers at this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament.

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Pistorius Trial: Will Judge Buy His 'Tragic Accident' Defense?

Monday, July 07, 2014

The defense is preparing to wrap in South African track star Oscar Pistorius' murder trial. Host Michel Martin learns more about the trial that's captured the nation from reporter Barry Bateman.

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Fresh Air

'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky

Monday, July 07, 2014

Mazursky wrote such films as Next Stop, Greenwich Village; An Unmarried Woman; and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He died last week at the age of 84. He talked with Terry Gross in 1991 and 1999.

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Fresh Air

'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor

Monday, July 07, 2014

Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the TV sitcom Designing Women. Taylor's other TV series included Buffalo Bill and Dave's World. He chatted with Terry Gross in 1990.

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In California Town, Protests Shed Light On National Immigration Debate

Monday, July 07, 2014

Residents of Murrieta, California blocked buses of undocumented immigrants, forcing them to go to another town. Host Michel Martin learns more about the protests and the influx of immigrants.

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Fresh Air

Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap'

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Comedian Joel McHale talks bad TV and filming a thriller; Maureen Corrigan says Friendship is a startlingly nice novel; and author Paul Greenberg discusses why most of the fish we eat is imported.

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How To Be A Professional Triangle Player In 17 Easy Steps

Saturday, July 05, 2014

The triangle is an instrument so simple that its name is a description of its shape. It's easy to play, but not so easy to play it well.

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Fresh Air

In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Friday, July 04, 2014

Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. Originally broadcast June 11, 2014.

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UK Government Minister: Religious Difference Is A Strength For The Country

Friday, July 04, 2014

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the UK's first Minister of State for Faith and Communities, has a lot on her plate. She tells host Michel Martin about balancing the tightrope between church and state.

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

Friday, July 04, 2014

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.

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Fresh Air

'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Thursday, July 03, 2014

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.

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

Thursday, July 03, 2014

From fireworks to singer Robin Thicke's new album falling flat, the Barbershop guys weigh in the week's happenings.

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Israeli And Palestinian Parents: 'We Need To Stop This Madness'

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The deaths of three Israeli teenagers have sparked anger in the region. Two parents who lost children in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict explain why they are now calling for reconciliation.

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Do We Celebrate Independence Day Too Early?

Thursday, July 03, 2014

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.

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New Jobs Numbers: Has Economic Recovery Reached A Tipping Point?

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The economy added 288,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent. NPR's Marilyn Geewax and The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy discuss the latest jobs report.

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Fresh Air

As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices.

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Actor Don Cheadle On His Career's Longevity, The Key To Success

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Actor Don Cheadle is known for his roles in film and television. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin asks Cheadle if he's hit a career peak and how he'll know when to call it quits.

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At 50, The Civil Rights Act Creates 'Opportunities For All Americans'

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Michel Martin speaks with historians Charles Cobb and Taylor Branch about the legacy of the Act and what it accomplished.

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Morning Edition

'Drunk History' Serves An Educational Cocktail, With Comedic Twist

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The show's creator, Derek Waters, is the first to admit that history can be pretty boring. But "if you can make someone laugh," he says, "you can secretly make them learn something."

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