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5:46 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Many Colleges Have Armed Police Squads, But Are They Worth The Risk?

On Wednesday, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters announced murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing for the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose. During the press conference, Deters said that "being police officers shouldn't be the role of this university."
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 8:20 am

American college campuses are increasingly patrolled by armed police officers — and it's a trend that burst into public view Wednesday, when a University of Cincinnati officer was charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist during a traffic stop. But this arming of college cops is causing some worries.

When prosecutor Joe Deters announced the indictment of University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing on Wednesday, he had harsh words about the officer's competence, saying he should never have been a cop.

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Parallels
5:44 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer The Stench Of Garbage

A Lebanese woman covers her nose as she walks past piles of garbage on a Beirut street.
Hassan Ammar AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 7:04 pm

Beirut is usually one of the pleasanter places in the Middle East — a bright, cosmopolitan city squeezed between the Mediterranean Sea and a green ridge of mountains. But for the past two weeks or so, the stench from mounds of festering garbage has filled its gaudy streets.

"The trash is climbing up, the mountain is getting higher and higher," says one immaculately dressed, middle-aged woman with a perfect bouffant, wrinkling her nose. She wouldn't give her name because she criticizes powerful people — Lebanon's politicians, whom she holds responsible for the garbage crisis.

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World
4:27 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

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

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:24 pm

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Music Interviews
4:27 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Jason Isbell Has Conquered Fear, But He's Still Learning About Himself

Jason Isbell's new album, Something More Than Free, comes as he's preparing to be a father.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:24 pm

Jason Isbell is riding high this week: His new album Something More Than Free is number one on Billboard's country, rock and folk charts. The musician from rural Alabama got his start with the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers, and then went solo. For the past few years, he's been sober, after drinking brought him "close to the point of no return."

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Energy
3:31 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:42 pm

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Oil companies are coming to terms with the prospect that oil prices could stay low for years. Today, Royal Dutch Shell announced it's laying off 1,600 workers. NPR's John Ydstie reports.

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World
3:31 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

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

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:49 pm

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Movie Interviews
3:31 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

'Listen To Me Marlon' Explores Brando's Life In His Own Words

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:24 pm

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Two words - Marlon Brando.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE")

MARLON BRANDO: (As Stanley Kowalski) Hey, Stella.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "ON THE WATERFRONT")

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The Salt
5:04 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Lake herring roe at the Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais, Minn. Some workers at the market call it "Lake Superior Gold."
Derek Montgomery for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:56 pm

Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world, by surface area, and it has something the other Great Lakes do not: stable populations of mostly native fish species.

But scientists say a key fish in Superior's food web is now in trouble because of mild winters and an appetite for caviar in Europe.

There wasn't much demand for lake herring 10 years ago. It used to be fed to mink and used as fertilizer, according to Craig Hoopman, a commercial fisherman in Wisconsin who fishes around Lake Superior's Apostle Islands.

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Sports
5:04 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

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

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:56 pm

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Sports
5:04 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Mexico's Soccer Coach Fired After Punching TV Reporter

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:56 pm

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NPR Story
5:04 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Obama Administration Officials Take The 'Malign' Line On Iran

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:56 pm

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Code Switch
4:02 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

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

Johanna Fernández, co-curator of a new exhibition about the Young Lords, points to pages of the group's newspaper on display at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:56 pm

They were under watch by the FBI and the New York Police Department. And by the early 1970s, the Young Lords emerged as one of the country's most prominent radical groups led by Latino activists.

Inspired by the Black Panthers, a band of young Puerto Ricans wanted to form a Latino counterpart to the black nationalist group. In fact, one of the founding Young Lords in New York City almost started a group called the "Brown Tigers."

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Youth Radio
3:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Probation With A Therapeutic Approach Keeps Kids Out Of Juvenile Hall

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:56 pm

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Parallels
5:42 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Investigation Underway Into Killing Of Cecil, Zimbabwe's Best Known Lion

Cecil the lion is shown walking in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park in a YouTube video from July 9, 2015. Credit: Bryan Orford
Bryan Orford YouTube

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:39 am

Conservationists are lamenting the hunting and killing of a well-known lion from western Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.

The black-maned lion, named Cecil, was 13 years old and had become popular among tourists from around the world.

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The Salt
5:18 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Oceans Called A 'Wild West' Where Lawlessness And Impunity Rule

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 11:19 pm

There are about 140 million square miles of open ocean, and according to New York Times reporter Ian Urbina, much of it is essentially lawless. As Mark Young, a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander and former chief of enforcement for the Pacific Ocean, told Urbina, the maritime realm is "like the Wild West. Weak rules, few sheriffs, lots of outlaws."

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