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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.
Jack Dempsey AP

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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Law
1:55 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

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

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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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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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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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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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Code Switch
2:43 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

A Mother's Beloved Cooking, A Daughter's Bittersweet Inheritance

Beenish Ahmed writes that her mother's roti is at the core of most of the family's meals.
Beenish Ahmed Beenish Ahmed For NPR

My mom cooks in a makeshift kitchen in the garage because she doesn't want the smell of simmering onions — the start of most of her dishes — to settle into the walls of our house. Even when there's a foot of snow on the ground, I find her there pulling jars of spices out of mismatched cabinets and stirring stews in a pan she brought from Pakistan when she couldn't find anything big enough to entertain with in the States.

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Code Switch
7:57 am
Sat June 14, 2014

50 Years Ago, Freedom Summer Began By Training For Battle

Freedom Summer activists sing before leaving training sessions at Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, for Mississippi in June 1964.
Ted Polumbaum Collection Newseum

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:51 pm

Idealism drove hundreds of college students to Mississippi 50 years ago.

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Children Don't Come With An Owner's Manual

Sylvester Monroe and ex-wife Regina at his graduation.
Sylvester Monroe

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 7:32 am

When I became a father at 18, I had no idea how to be one. There was no owner's manual or instruction booklet. Figuring it out was all the more difficult because I grew up without my own father or any consistent father figure to emulate. All I had was a 17-year-old girlfriend, Regina, and a newborn baby daughter that I knew I would be responsible for.

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Code Switch
3:56 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Andrew Stenson plays Pvt. Danny Chen in An American Soldier, a new opera about the hazing and death of the Chinese-American soldier from New York City.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 11:34 am

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

But an opera? He couldn't refuse.

"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.

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Code Switch
3:21 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

For These Inner-City Dads, Fatherhood Comes With Homework

Edward Pitchford is a responsible-fatherhood specialist with the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore.
Courtesy of Carde Cornish

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 4:32 pm

About two dozen dads — all African-Americans, ranging in age from their early 20s to late 40s — are standing in a circle participating in a call-and-response exercise:

Call: You done broke them chains.
Response: From my body and my brain!
Call: But you was deaf, dumb and blind.
Response: 'Til I took back my mind!

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Barbershop
12:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The World's Watching Soccer, But Basketball Is On The Barbershop's Brain

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 12:39 pm

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Arts & Life
12:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Remembering Ruby Dee: 'Think Of Me And Feel Encouraged'

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 12:39 pm

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Politics
12:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Stories Of President George H.W. Bush, From 41 Closest Friends

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 12:39 pm

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Around the Nation
12:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Could Finland Teach The U.S. A Lesson On Guns?

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 12:39 pm

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Code Switch
6:39 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ruby Dee: An Actress Who Marched On Washington And Onto The Screen

Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee at the 1989 Cannes Festival for the showing of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.
Courtesy of David Lee/All Rights Reserved

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:58 am

Born Ruby Ann Wallace in the early 1920s in Cleveland, actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee most identified with the part of New York City where she was raised.

"I don't know who I would be if I weren't this child from Harlem, this woman from Harlem. It's in me so deep," Dee told NPR's Tell Me More in 2007.

She died Wednesday of natural causes at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 91.

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Education
11:52 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Is Teacher Tenure Really The New Brown V. Board Of Education?

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:31 pm

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Politics
11:52 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Did Eric Cantor Forget That All Politics Are Local?

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:31 pm

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Education
11:52 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Who Runs The World? Rutgers Says Beyonce

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:31 pm

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So it's summer, or close enough. A lot of college campuses are open for business. In most classrooms, if a student walked in playing Beyonce loud enough for everybody to hear, most professors would probably ask him or her to turn it off, but in Professor Kevin Allred's class that student might be asked to turn it up.

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BEYONCE KNOWLES: (Singing) My persuasion can build a nation. Endless power, the love we can devour. You'll do anything for me. Who run the world? Girls.

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Around the Nation
11:52 am
Thu June 12, 2014

How Dreaming Big Led One TV Star To His Big Break

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:31 pm

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. You might have heard of television personality, Cesar Millan. You might know him as the Dog Whisperer or from his hit TV show "Cesar 911," which airs on Nat Geo Wild. But what you might not know is that before the TV fame, the grooming stores, the dog psychology center, he was a homeless, undocumented immigrant from Mexico with a dream. Our friends at All Things Considered capture the story of how his career took off as part of their series called My Big Break.

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Education
11:52 am
Thu June 12, 2014

President's Student Loan Action Might Be Too Little, Too Late

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:31 pm

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