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Flash-In-The-Pan Candidacies

Friday, July 31, 2015

"The political media did not create Donald Trump," says David Leonhardt of The New York Times. But still: how to explain media fervor over unserious candidates? 

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

The Abortion Debate

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eyal Press and Jeffrey Toobin join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the latest uproar over Planned Parenthood and the politics of abortion.

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All Things Considered

U.N. Envoy: Solution To Syrian Conflict Must Be A 'Political One'

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura about creating a peace process in Syria. He says there is a new "sense of urgency" by many parties to end the conflict.

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All Things Considered

Kazakhstan Promises 'Real Winter Wonderland' In Bid To Host 2022 Games

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The International Olympic Committee will decide Friday whether to accept the bid by Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, to stage the 2022 Winter Games, or instead offer it to rival contender Beijing.

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AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with the AP's Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Despite Rising Costs, China Is Gung-Ho To Host 2022 Winter Olympics

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Either China or Kazakhstan will be chosen on Friday as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. European nations have been scared off by the cost of hosting the event, but China has the ambition and the money to match.

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Maryland Governor To Close Baltimore City Jail Over Corruption

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the closure of the Baltimore City Men's Detention Center on Thursday. The jail, which is run by the state, has been plagued by corruption and deplorable conditions.

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As Cemetery Building Booms, Veterans Hope To Be Buried Close To Home

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Veterans Affairs is funding a major expansion in burial places all across the country. Vets who live close to a new cemetery in Goldsboro, N.C., see it as the place they want to be buried, with honor.

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U.S. Couple Held In Egyptian Prison For 1 Year Over Unfounded Child Abuse

Thursday, July 30, 2015

An Egyptian-American and her husband have been held in Cairo prisons for more than a year. They're accused of abusing street children in the shelter they ran, but the government has shown little evidence and may be after them because of suspected political activity.

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Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business

Thursday, July 30, 2015

On Medicare's 50th birthday, two brothers who helped get it off the ground tell their stories. A younger member of the Lee family is at the helm of Covered California, the state insurance exchange.

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#TBT: 40 Years After Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance, His Legend Lives On

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Forty years ago today, Hoffa pulled into a restaurant parking lot and was never heard from again. His story is one of union devotion, fraud and fierce political battles.

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For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Megan Brabec, 24, works three part time jobs with no benefits. "It does really frustrate me when I hear candidates talk about, 'Oh, well, you should have majored in something else," she said.

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The Takeaway

Peace Talks Between Taliban and Afghan Government Postponed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The announcement comes one day after officials confirmed the death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar.

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A New Strategy to Fight HIV and AIDS

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Obama Administration unveils its second national strategy on HIV/AIDS, but practitioners in Southern states, where half of new infections occur, worry it does not go far enough. 

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Morning Edition

Huckabee Remarks Further Complicate Evangelicals Relationship With Jews

Thursday, July 30, 2015

GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee was criticized for evoking the Holocaust in comments on Iran's nuclear deal. It's the latest chapter in relations between Jewish and evangelical communities.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Trophy Hunting, Land Disputes, and The Birthday Song

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Takeaway explores the death of Cecil the lion, we look at a land dispute between the U.S. and Canada, and the legal fight over the song "Happy Birthday to You."

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Obama Administration Officials Take The 'Malign' Line On Iran

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

'Malign' is the buzzword of the moment among administration officials to describe Iran's activities in the region. NPR takes a look at the use of the word.

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After Boston Drops Olympic Bid, U.S. Committee Scrambles To Find New Choice

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Andrew Zimbalist, author of Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup, about cities' reluctance to host the Olympics.

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Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.

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Senate Republicans Raise Concerns About Lifting Iran Economic Sanctions

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Senate Republicans expressed skepticism about the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, including concern that the deal would allow Iran to acquire missiles and conventional arms in the coming years.

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