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10:18 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Shape-Up And Checkup: LA Barbers To Start Testing Blood Pressure

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Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 2:14 pm

Barbershops are a traditional gathering place for African-American men — a place to talk politics, sports and gossip. Now, some doctors in Los Angeles are hoping to make the barbershop a place for combating high blood pressure among black men.

Death rates from hypertension are three times higher in African-American men than in white men of the same age, says Dr. Ronald Victor, the director of Cedars-Sinai Center for Hypertension in Los Angeles.

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Code Switch
3:21 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Let The Commercials Explain World Cup Passion

If you want to understand World Cup passion, looking at ads — like this Coca-Cola commercial in Argentina — might give you the best idea.
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Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:48 pm

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Code Switch
12:07 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home

Despite the challenges to finding affordable housing, blacks and Latinos still say they feel like home ownership is an excellent investment.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 3:30 pm

If it seems like we talk about housing a lot on Code Switch, it's because we do. But the fact is it's really hard to talk about all the ways race correlates to different outcomes — in health or education, say— without talking about where people live. Take household wealth, for example: The major reason whites have so much more of it is because of how much likelier they are not just to own homes, but to own homes in places where that property might appreciate in value.

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Barbershop
11:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

'Shop' Guys On The World Cup: Can The U.S. Come Out On Top?

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I'm Audie Cornish, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Now it's time for the weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup this week are writer Jimi Izrael, with us from Cleveland. Hey there, Jimi.

JIMI IZRAEL: Hey A.C.. What took you so long, sister?

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IZRAEL: I'm sorry, go ahead with your intro. Go with your intro, my bad. Go ahead.

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Sports
11:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

A Dangerous 'Ritual': Chewing Tobacco In Baseball

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn's death has revived conversations about the use of smokeless tobacco in the sport. Tobacco and baseball researcher Ted Eaves discusses why so many players use it.

Faith Matters
11:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Baptist Preacher: Compel Congregants, Don't 'Guilt' Them

Pastor Amy Butler will take the helm of New York City's progressive Riverside Church later this year. She discusses her desire to become a faith leader and explains her vision.

Politics
11:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Obama On Iraq: Defense Strategy Or Political Compromise?

President Obama announced that he's prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq. Analysts join guest host Audie Cornish to discuss some of the biggest political stories of the week.

Sports
11:13 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Fumbled Patent: Is It Just A Matter Of Business?

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:12 pm

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Arts & Life
11:13 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Living Openly With HIV: 'We Could Be Those Role Models We Wish We Had'

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:12 pm

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Music
11:13 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Miguel Enjoys A Bit Of Storytelling In His Favorite Songs

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:12 pm

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Now we turn to a regular feature we call In Your Ear. That where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the songs that give them inspiration. Today, we're hearing from R&B sensation Miguel. He recently released a sexy music video for his single "Simplethings." That song will be on a new album that's set for release later this year. Miguel was with us a while back to talk about his breakout album, "Kaleidoscope Dream," which featured the Grammy-winning single "Adorn." And he told us then about the tracks he's been listening to.

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Race
11:13 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Using Google Earth To Document Slave History

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:12 pm

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Today is Juneteenth. It's a celebration commemorating the end of slavery and dates back to 1865. Around the country, some towns are celebrating with festivals and events. In Asheville, North Carolina, an effort is being made to do more in remembering the city's slave history. A team of archaeologists is using technology to map gravesites in a cemetery that served the black community in that city for generations. Joining me to talk more about the project is Jeff Keith. He's a professor at Warren Wilson College. Welcome to the program.

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Iraq
11:13 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Iraq Turmoil: How Extremists Use Social Media To Gain Support

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:12 pm

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Code Switch
1:59 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Still Learning From The 'Pearl Harbor' Of The Civil Rights Movement

Civil rights activists gather outside Mount Zion Church in Philadelphia, Miss., on Sunday to honor the murdered civil rights workers. From left: Bob Moses, Dave Dennis, Rita Schwerner Bender, Leroy Clemons, Myrlie Evers-Williams and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 8:37 am

This weekend marks 50 years since three young civil rights workers went missing in Philadelphia, Miss., drawing the nation's attention to the brutal resistance to equal rights in the South at the time.

Justice came slowly, but the murders did help spur change. Today, young people are still learning about the activists' legacy, hoping to inspire further action.

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Code Switch
2:03 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Cute Middle-Schoolers Make A Hit. Cue The Drama

The Y.N. RichKids' ode to Hot Cheetos — that bane of school administrators — became a viral smash.
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Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:40 pm

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Law
1:55 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

When Unaccompanied Children Cross The Border, Judges Can't Always Help

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Around the Nation
1:55 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Watch Out For Bridezilla: Avoiding A Wedding Etiquette Blunder

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Switching gears now. It's wedding season. You might be invited to a wedding or two or three. Yesterday we talked about how engaged couples should start talking about money before the wedding, so if you'd like to catch up on that conversation, go to npr.org.

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Sports
1:55 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Is The World Cup Commentary Racist?

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Sports
1:55 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

What Does Body Ink Say About NBA Players' Pain And Personalities?

Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets has cartoons all over his legs.
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Ethan Swan, who runs an art gallery in downtown Los Angeles, believes that "so much of art is about the creation of meaning through image." He also believes that "tattoos are a great way to mark pain."

So Swan is naturally interested in how body ink plays out for others. It's become what he admits is a quest.

As the founder of the blog NBA Tattoos, Swan tells NPR's Michel Martin that in 2010, he got a new cable package and started watching a lot of basketball.

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Africa
1:55 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Violence And Chaos Continue In Kenya And Nigeria

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Health
11:20 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Educate And Ask: Key To Living With Sickle Cell Disease

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:34 am

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Money Coach
11:20 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Coupling Finances: The First 'I Do' For Newlyweds?

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:34 am

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Sports
11:20 am
Tue June 17, 2014

World Cup Fever: Despite Protests, Partying Mood Takes Over Brazil

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:34 am

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's check in, now, on one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. After Monday's USA-Ghana match, the U.S. has reason to celebrate because 21-year-old defender John Brooks Jr. scored the goal that put the Americans up 2-to-1 in their victory over Ghana. Here he is after the game.

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Media
11:20 am
Tue June 17, 2014

O.J. And Oscar Trials: A 'Combination Of Celebrity, Wealth And Murder'

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:34 am

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'd like to start the program today by going back to a story that millions of people around the world watched with equal parts fascination and, I think, disgust. Twenty years ago today, television viewers around the world were focused on the image of a phalanx of police cars chasing a white Ford Bronco through south Los Angeles. Los Angeles police commander at the time, David Gascon, announced that former star football player, O.J. Simpson, was a fugitive.

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Movies
11:20 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Man Freed After Confessing To Killing Son During Interrogation

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:34 am

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Music
11:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Bon Iver's 'Holocene': A Perfect Song To Write To

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Now we're going to hear from Andy Marra - a transgender activist who writes about different kind of freedom - freedom from wondering about her roots and fear of not being accepted. She spoke to us about finding her birth mother in Korea after coming out as transgender. For a regular segment we call In Your Ear, she shared some of the songs that helped her write that story.

ANDY MARRA: My name is Andy Marra and I am listening to "Lullabies" by Yuna.

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Freedom Summer Books
11:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Remembering The Victories Of The 1964 Civil Rights Act

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Around the Nation
11:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Activist Janet Mock: Please Respect Transgender Teens

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Education
11:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Is Educational Change Coming For Native Americans?

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Middle East
11:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Iraq Violence: Is There an End In Sight?

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Code Switch
8:18 am
Mon June 16, 2014

On The Census, Who Checks 'Hispanic,' Who Checks 'White,' And Why

The word "Hispanic" means very different things in different parts of the country, Julie Dowling says.
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Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:51 am

We've been talking a lot lately about how who fills out the Census in what way. It's an ongoing preoccupation of Code Switch, and one shared by Julie Dowling. Dowling, a University of Illinois sociologist, whose book, Mexican Americans and the Question of Race, came out earlier this year.

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