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10:33 am
Tue March 31, 2015

The Fear Of Black Men In America: Join Our Twitter Chat #FearAndRace

Chat with us on twitter today at 12:30 p.m. ET using the hashtag #FearAndRace.
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NPR's Michel Martin led two challenging conversations about race this week, focusing on fearful perceptions of African-American men and how these fears play out in people's everyday lives. Guests including author and Georgetown University Law Professor Paul Butler examined the research and the complicated emotions behind this fear.

"When you're in an elevator or walking behind somebody and you feel like you have to perform to make them feel safe, it's like apologizing for your existence," says Butler.

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Goats and Soda
9:16 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Challenge: Curb Violence In Most Violent City. Hint: Nuns Can Help

A police office is silhouetted through the emergency room door at a public hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. With 91 murders per 100,000 people, the Central American nation is often called the most violent in the world. The homicide rate is roughly 20 times that of the U.S. rate, according to a 2011 U.N. report.
Esteban Felix AP

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 10:12 am

The most pressing health threat in the Latin American country of Honduras has nothing to do with germs or superbugs.

It's from the barrel of a gun.

Every day, patients with gunshot wounds seek treatment, overwhelming the country's few hospitals. Violence is the third-leading cause of death in the country of 8.2 million people. For four years running now, The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime has ranked San Pedro Sula, the second-largest city in Honduras, as the world's most violent city.

So how do you stop it?

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Around the Nation
7:40 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Colorado Allows Sales Of Powdered Alcohol

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

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Around the Nation
7:40 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Selfie Sticks Get The Boot At Coachella And Lallapalooza

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

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Business
5:03 am
Tue March 31, 2015

With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

At Resource Management's Materials Recovery Facility, workers pull plastic bags, other trash and large pieces of cardboard off the conveyor belts before the mixed, single-stream recyclables enter the sorting machines.
VΓ©ronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 9:27 am

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Around the Nation
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Front-End Of Tunnel-Boring Machine Freed From Seattle Pit

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

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National Security
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Pentagon Chief Searches For Beginning And Mid-Career Talent

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

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Race
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Part 2: Society's Fear Of Black Men And Its Consequences

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

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Shots - Health News
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide

About twice a year, statistics suggest, a pilot somewhere in the world β€” usually flying alone β€” deliberately crashes a plane. The Germanwing flight downed last week may be one such case. But most people who fit the psychological profile of the pilots in these very rare events never have problems while flying.
Patrik Stollarz AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 8:44 am

Even a careful psychiatric examination of the co-pilot involved in last week's Germanwings jetliner crash probably would not have revealed whether he intended to kill himself, researchers say.

"As a field, we're not very good at accurately predicting who is at risk for suicidal behavior," says Matthew Nock, a psychology professor at Harvard. He says studies show that mental health professionals "perform no better than chance," when it comes to predicting which patients will attempt suicide.

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Indianapolis Mayor Calls On Legislature To Repeal Or Ammend Bill

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Indiana GOP To Revisit Controversial Religious Freedom Act

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

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The Two-Way
6:17 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

California's Death Row, The Nation's Largest, Runs Out Of Room

The country's largest death row has run out of room.

As NPR member station KCRW reports, that's because a legal fight has meant that the state has not put an inmate to death in nearly a decade, leaving more than 750 of them on death row in the state.

KCRW reports:

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U.S.
6:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Mass Tax Foreclosure Threatens Detroit Homeowners

Homeowners sit in a conference room in Detroit's Cobo Center while waiting for their cases to be heard to avoid foreclosure from tax debts in Detroit on Jan. 29. This year, Wayne County officials sent out 62,000 foreclosure notices to city homeowners behind on property taxes.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 8:15 pm

In Detroit, tens of thousands of people are facing a deadline Tuesday that could cost some of them their homes. That's when homeowners have to make arrangements to either pay delinquent property taxes β€” or risk losing their home at a county auction.

When Detroit emerged from bankruptcy last year, it did so with a razor-thin financial cushion. It desperately needs every bit of tax revenue it can muster.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Controversy Continues Over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 5:57 am

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Law
5:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

To Catch Up On Unsolved Murders, Detroit Detectives Mine Cold Cases

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:35 pm

Criminologists say the country's poor homicide clearance rate could be improved if police departments put more effort into solving murders. To reduce the backlog in Detroit, homicide detectives are returning to old cases that might be solved with new techniques.

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Television
5:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Jon Stewart's Replacement Is Unlikely Choice For 'The Daily Show'

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 11:55 pm

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"The Daily Show" has a new host.

(SOUNDBITE OF "THE DAILY SHOW" THEME SONG)

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Health
5:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

GNC Announces New Policy After Facing Scrutiny Over Mislabeled Products

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:23 pm

After a probe by the New York Attorney General's office, GNC has announced major new testing and quality control procedures. The dietary supplement retailer recently faced allegations of mislabeling its products.

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The Salt
3:41 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say

Walking through the warehouse of food processor Heartland Gourmet in Lincoln, Neb., shows how complicated the food safety system can be. Pallets are stacked with sacks of potato flour, and the smell of fresh-baked apple-cinnamon muffins floats in the air.

Heartland Gourmet makes a wide range of foods β€” from muffins and organic baking mixes to pizzas and burritos. That means business manager Mark Zink has to answer to both of the main U.S. food safety regulators, the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Judy Woodruff Recalls Assassination Attempt On President Reagan

A Secret Service agent brandishes a submachine gun while agents and police subdue a gunman who shot President Reagan, his press secretary, a policeman and a Secret Service agent in Washington on March 30, 1981.
Ron Edmonds AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:08 pm

Thirty-four years ago today, John Hinckley Jr. tried to kill President Reagan.

Reagan was shot in the chest but made a full recovery. Three others, including press secretary James Brady, were wounded.

Veteran journalist Judy Woodruff, now with PBS Newshour, was then a reporter with NBC News. She tweeted her recollection of the events of the day:

Shots - Health News
3:08 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Why Are More Baby Boys Born Than Girls?

There's a widely held assumption that a slight imbalance in male births has its start at the very moment of conception. But researchers say factors later in pregnancy are more likely to explain the phenomenon.
CNRI Science Source

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

Scientists have found some unexpected clues that could help explain why 51 percent of the babies born in the United States are male.

It's been a mystery why that ratio isn't 50:50, since that's what basic biology would predict. But scientists have noticed a tilted sex ratio at birth since the 17th century.

The widely held assumption is that this imbalance starts at the very moment of conception β€” that more males are conceived than females.

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The Salt
2:42 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Grocery Stores Are Losing You. Here's How They Plan To Win You Back

A little booze can't hurt: The Hy-Vee grocery chain has added a Market Grille to several of its locations in the Midwest and Great Plains. You can order drinks and dinner before or after you do your grocery shopping.
Courtesy of Hy-Vee Market Grille

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:41 pm

If pushing a cart up and down the lengthy aisles of your neighborhood supermarket β€” past dozens of brands of packaged cereal and crackers lit by fluorescent lights β€” feels overwhelming and soul-sucking, you're not alone.

But there's some good news: The days of shopping this way may be numbered.

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Shots - Health News
12:23 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Doctors With Cancer Push California To Allow Aid In Dying

Dan Swangard, a 48-year-old physician from San Francisco, was diagnosed in 2013 with a rare form of metastatic cancer.
Anna Gorman/KHN

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 2:55 pm

Dan Swangard knows what death looks like.

As a physician, he has seen patients die in hospitals, hooked to morphine drips and overcome with anxiety. He has watched death drag on for weeks or months as terrified relatives stand by helplessly.

Recently, however, his thoughts about how seriously ill people die have become personal. Swangard was diagnosed in 2013 with a rare form of metastatic cancer.

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The Two-Way
11:36 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Indiana GOP To Revisit Law; Paper Weighs In With Full Page Editorial

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (left) and House Speaker Brian C. Bosma, both Republicans, discuss their plans for clarifying the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a news conference today at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 11:19 pm

Update, 11:17 p.m. ET

The Indianapolis Star's editorial board is weighing in on the matter, rather loudly, in tomorrow's edition.

Update, 8:55 p.m. ET:

Two Democrat-dominated state governments, Connecticut and Washington state, joined the boycott against Indiana on Monday.

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Goats and Soda
11:28 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Bill Gates Tells The World: Get Ready For The Next Epidemic

Health workers suit up for Ebola duty in Monrovia, Liberia.
John W. Poole/NPR

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:29 pm

"An epidemic is one of the few catastrophes that could set the world back drastically in the next few decades," Bill Gates warns in an essay he wrote for the March 18 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine.

In the article, titled "The Next Epidemic β€” Lessons From Ebola," he says the Ebola epidemic is a "wake-up call."

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Monkey See
10:31 am
Mon March 30, 2015

5 Thoughts On Trevor Noah Taking Over 'The Daily Show'

Seen here in 2012, Trevor Noah was announced Monday as the new host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central.
Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 12:03 pm

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Trevor Noah Will Replace Jon Stewart As Host Of 'The Daily Show'

Trevor Noah, 31, will become the new host of The Daily Show later this year.
Comedy Central

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 8:26 pm

South African comedian Trevor Noah will become the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, stepping into the role Jon Stewart has filled for 16 years.

Confirming reports of his new job Monday morning, Noah tweeted, "No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!"

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Around the Nation
7:13 am
Mon March 30, 2015

4-year-old Girl Boards Bus Alone At 3 A.M. To Get A Slushie

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 7:33 am

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Around the Nation
7:05 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Twitter Account Chronicles Adventures Of 'Florida Man'

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 7:33 am

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U.S.
5:37 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Open Cases: Why One-Third Of Murders In America Go Unresolved

Detective Mark Williams (right) speaks with an officer in Richmond, Va. A decade ago, amid a surge in violent crime, Richmond police were identifying relatively few murder suspects. So the police department refocused its efforts to bring up its "clearance rate."
Alex Matzke for NPR

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:22 pm

If you're murdered in America, there's a 1 in 3 chance that the police won't identify your killer.

To use the FBI's terminology, the national "clearance rate" for homicide today is 64.1 percent. Fifty years ago, it was more than 90 percent.

And that's worse than it sounds, because "clearance" doesn't equal conviction: It's just the term that police use to describe cases that end with an arrest, or in which a culprit is otherwise identified without the possibility of arrest β€” if the suspect has died, for example.

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NPR Story
5:37 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Employers And Insurers Gain Control In Workers' Compensation Disputes

Frances Stevens uses a custom ramp leading to her van. An accident at work in 1997 left her unable to walk. She received full workers' compensation benefits until two years ago, when the insurer withdrew her medications and home health aide. Her lawsuit is a test of California's use of anonymous, independent medical reviewers.
Glenna Gordon for ProPublica

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 12:41 pm

Frances Stevens could have been a contender. She was training to be a Golden Gloves boxer and working as a magazine publisher in 1997 when 1,000 copies of the latest issue arrived at her San Francisco office.

"I'd just turned 30. I was an athlete. I had a job that I loved, a life that I loved," she recalls. "And in a second my life changed."

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