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As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:30:31 -0400
There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections? 
Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:15:46 -0400
The U.S. Army War College has determined in a preliminary review that Sen. John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree. An investigative panel is reviewing the evidence. 
Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:15:46 -0400
Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions. 
The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:10:00 -0400
Growing waistlines, a savvy clothing industry and good old-fashioned stubbornness have kept many men in pants that don't fit. It doesn't have to be this way. 
Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems?  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:38:53 -0400
It's become an article of faith among supporters of capital punishment that abolitionists are doing everything they can to undermine executions, putting up hurdles and then complaining about delays. 
Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:02:00 -0400
In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C. 
Before Passing The Baton, Spelman President Reflects On Tough Choices  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:25:59 -0400
Host Michel Martin speaks with Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum about her final year leading the oldest historically black college for women. 
The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful?  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:24:22 -0400
Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a new plan to address poverty. Host Michel Martin talks with commentators Corey Ealons and Ron Christie about it and other political stories of the week. 
Thanks For Your Support. We'll Take It From Here  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:03:14 -0400
Many organizations, including the Gates Foundation, support our work. But they don't get to set the agenda. 
Death Penalty Expert On Why Lethal Injection Is So Problematic  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:41:00 -0400
In the wake of Arizona's botched execution, Steve Inskeep talks with Amherst professor Austin Sarat, author of the recent book Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty. 
Oregon Proposes Ban On Smoking Along Its Coastline  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:40:56 -0400
Authorities want to cut down on cigarette butts in the sand, so they're moving to ban smoking on all 362 miles of the state's Pacific Coast. Repeat offenders could face a $110 fine. 
Honduran Foreign Minister: U.S. Should Address Root Causes Of Migration  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:58:46 -0400
Steve Inskeep talks with Honduran Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales, who's in Washington to help find a solution to the thousands of Central American children arriving at the U.S. border. 
Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:58:00 -0400
One of the most conservative members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, is defending his seat against state Sen. Jim Tracy, who is making the most of the incumbent's personal scandals. 
PETA Offers To Pay Detroit Residents' Water Bills If They Go Vegan  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:58:00 -0400
The city cut off water to thousands of households with overdue bills topping $90 million. The animal rights organization stepped in, offering to pay 10 residents' bills if they go vegan for a month. 
What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:58:00 -0400
The Common Core State Standards in literacy and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom?