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5:58 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

The Voting Rights Act: Hard-Won Gains, An Uncertain Future

People wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Feb. 27, 2013, to listen to oral arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case. In June, the court struck down a key provision of the law that established a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding voting procedures.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 6:21 pm

Access to the polls has not always been assured for all Americans, and before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many were subjected to so-called literacy tests and poll tax.

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Health
4:59 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Studies Show Evidence Of Falling Dementia Rates Abroad

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 5:58 pm

As NPR reported in May, the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease is expected to triple by 2050. But studies published in the last two weeks based in European countries show signs of declining dementia.

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Music Interviews
4:59 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Hüsker Dü's Timekeeper Finds A Lost Paradise

Grant Hart has had an enigmatic career since his days drumming with the influential punk trio Hüsker Dü.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 5:58 pm

In the 1980's, few bands bridged the gap between hardcore punk and what would become alternative rock quite like Minnesota's Hüsker Dü.

The personalities in the trio, however, were not as harmonious, and their partnership dissolved before the decade's end. Guitarist Bob Mould went on to a successful recording career. Bassist Greg Norton dropped out of music and became a chef. And that leaves ... drummer Grant Hart.

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News
4:59 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Military Sexual Assault Bill Would Reassign Authority

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks to reporters Tuesday. With her Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, all of whom have endorsed her bill on military sexual assault.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 5:58 pm

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is fighting for her bill to curb sexual assaults in the military. Her measure would give independent military prosecutors, rather than commanders, the power to decide which cases should be tried in military court.

Military leaders fiercely oppose moving that authority outside the chain of command, arguing that commanders are responsible for the health and welfare of their soldiers. Removing their authority would undermine their ability to lead, they say.

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The Two-Way
3:12 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Michigan Governor Doesn't Want Bailout For Detroit

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (left) and Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr address Detroit's bankruptcy filing at a news conference on Friday.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he's not expecting the federal government to offer a bailout for bankrupt Detroit and doesn't think it would be a good idea anyway.

Speaking on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, Snyder said of a Washington bailout of the Motor City: "I don't expect one."

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

The 100th Tour De France Wraps Up With A Win For The British

Race leader Chris Froome of Great Britain finishes Stage 20 of the 2013 Tour de France. The penultimate stage of the Tour put Froome ahead by 5 minutes and practically guarantees he finishes Sunday in Paris in the yellow jersey.
John Berry Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:04 am

The City of Light is, in fact, lighting up for an evening showdown on the final day of the Tour de France. In a break with tradition, the 21-stage cycling race is starting later than usual from Versailles and ending 83 miles later in Paris with 10 laps of a circuit up and down the Champs-Elysees.

Yet the winners of the 100th Tour de France were pretty much set on Saturday at the end of the 20th stage. For the second year in a row, a Brit is taking the coveted yellow jersey grand prize.

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The Two-Way
1:24 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

British Bask In Summer Of Sporting Triumphs

Something to cheer about: Scotland's Andy Murray (second from left) speaks with Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Prime Minister David Cameron (center) after winning the men's title at Wimbledon.
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The stars are finally aligning for British sport.

Earlier this month, Andy Murray broke a seven-decade lockout for the British, picking up the men's title at Wimbledon in straight sets against six-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic.

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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Pope's Visit To Brazil Seen As 'Triumphant Homecoming'

A Brazilian flag flies on Saturday near the podium which will receive Pope Francis on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 7:25 pm

When Pope Francis arrives in Brazil on Monday, he'll begin a trip of firsts.

He's the first Latin American pope, and it will be his first trip abroad as pontiff. And he'll be visiting a country with more Catholics than any other.

Francis, who is gaining a reputation for his simple ways, is expected, The Miami Herald writes, to:

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Police In East Cleveland Discover Bodies Wrapped In Plastic

East Cleveland service department employee Ray Allen breaks into an abandoned house so searchers can enter on Sunday.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 2:15 pm

Police in Ohio have discovered three bodies wrapped in plastic in a Cleveland suburb.

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said late Saturday that the bodies had been discovered about 100 to 200 yards apart and that a 35-year-old man – a registered sex offender who served prison time — had been arrested as a suspect in all three deaths. Authorities were searching for more bodies on Sunday, Norton told The Associated Press in an interview.

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The Two-Way
8:51 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Japan's Ruling Coalition Wins Control Of Upper House

Japanese Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe delivers a campaign speech in Tokyo ahead of Sunday's polling.
Toshifumi Kitamura AFP/Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition has won a decisive election victory, extending its control to the upper house of parliament and setting the stage for the country's first stable government in years.

Based on exit polls, national broadcaster NHK predicts that Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, New Komeito, will take 71 seats, giving them a total of 130 seats, eight more than needed for a majority in the chamber.

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The Two-Way
8:06 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Belgian King Abdicates, Crown Prince Assumes Throne

Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium takes the oath on Sunday during a ceremony at the Chamber at the Federal Parliament in Brussels.
Yorick Jansens AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 7:21 pm

Belgium's Crown Prince Philippe has been sworn in as the country's seventh monarch, succeeding his father, Albert II, who abdicated on Sunday after a 20-year reign.

Albert, 79, resigned the throne on Sunday, citing ill health. He officially signed away his rights to the largely ceremonial post in the presence of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, who holds the real political party in Belgium, a 183-year-old constitutional monarchy.

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News
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Author: Obama's Personal Take On Race Made Impact

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Another American who listened intently to President Obama's remarks Friday was linguist and commentator John McWhorter. He's written several books about race in America, including "Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority." McWhorter says Mr. Obama's emphasis on the police and criminal justice hit an essential problem of black inequality in America.

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The Sunday Conversation
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Innocence, After Serving 11 Years On A Wrongful Conviction

Dennis Fritz now works with The Innocence Project, which helped overturn his conviction.
Courtesy of Dennis Fritz and The Innocence Project

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

In 1982, Dennis Fritz and Ron Williamson were convicted of a brutal rape and murder in a small town in Oklahoma. The victim was 21-year-old Debra Sue Carter, a waitress at the Coachlight Club. Williamson and Fritz each spent more than 11 years in prison for a crime that DNA evidence later proved they did not commit.

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U.S.
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

A Woman Among Men: Female Firefighter Blazed A Trail

Judy Brewer was the country's first full-time female firefighter.
John Duricka AP

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

Arlington County, Va., wants more female firefighters. The fire department there has even set up a camp to inspire potential recruits. Donning helmets and matching camp shirts, teenage girls line up to watch a demonstration: A model room with furniture is ablaze.

Camper Tara Crosey says she came to camp in part because she "wanted to show that girls are as strong as boys and girls can do what boys can do."

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Pop Culture
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Comic-Con-Goers Flaunt Their Geek Credentials

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Every year for the past four decades, comic book fans dressed as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman - anything, really - have descended upon the city of San Diego for Comic-Con. The convention has grown as fast as a speeding bullet in the last decade. This year, an estimated 130,000 Con-goers are walking the floor, sitting on panels, and boosting their geek credentials at various workshops.

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