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Kentucky Lawmaker Dies In Apparent Suicide Amid Accusations Of Sexual Assault

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:40:25 -0500

Rep. Dan Johnson was found dead in his car of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound days after an investigative report raised past accusations of sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.

PBS Host Tavis Smiley Suspended After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:46:00 -0500

Variety reports Smiley had sexual relationships with subordinates who were afraid their jobs were on the line. Smiley is the second PBS talk show host suspended in the wake of misconduct allegations.

Episode 812: High Rise, Low Returns

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:37:00 -0500

As a businessman, President Trump is known for his towering buildings. Today we tell the story of one of those skyscrapers and what it says about how and with whom Trump does business.

We Regret To Inform You That A British Surgeon Was Branding His Initials On Livers

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:09:08 -0500

Simon Bramhall has pleaded guilty to assault in a case that a prosecutor called "without legal precedent." He was burning his initials into human livers during transplant operations.

The North Mississippi Allstars On 'Mountain Stage'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:43:00 -0500

The modern day torchbearers of Mississippi blues make their third appearance on Mountain Stage and play songs from their latest release, Prayer For Peace.

'Black Votes Matter': African-Americans Propel Jones To Alabama Win

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:37:00 -0500

More than 90 percent of African-Americans voted for Doug Jones in Alabama's special Senate election Tuesday and Jones had the support of 98 percent of black women, according to exit polling.

After Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise Fees

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:28:44 -0500

The site — popular with independent musicians, writers and artists — allows fans to make small, repeated payments to creators. A change in the pay structure sent shock waves through the Internet.

Are You Making A Big Announcement This Holiday Season? Tell Us About It

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:49:55 -0500

Planning to make a significant announcement in front of your family over the holidays? Weekend Edition wants to know!

Rikers Settles Class Action Solitary Confinement Case

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:49:32 -0500

More than 450 plaintiffs are approved to receive compensation for time they spent in solitary confinement at Rikers Island under the "old time" policy.

3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:41:06 -0500

The Thomas Fire, the fifth largest wildfire in California history, is a harbinger of things to come in the West.

In California, Salinan Indians Are Trying To Reclaim Their Culture And Land

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:29:00 -0500

Allison Herrera is a Salinan Indian, a California tribe that's not recognized by the federal government and has no land or sovereignty. She explains how that happened and what Salinans can do now to reclaim their culture — and perhaps their land.

'The Last Jedi' Is Not More Of The Same In 'Star Wars' Franchise

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

A review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest in the intergalactic franchise. Fans are especially excited to see what happens to General Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this year.

How A Trial In A Federal Courthouse In Manhattan Is Riveting The Turkish Government

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

Star witnesses have testified that the scheme of a Turkish-Iranian gold trader charged with conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran was broader, and possibly involved the Turkish President.

Palestinians Face Pressure To Assimilate In Jerusalem

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

President Trump may have handed Israel a symbolic victory with his recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, but every day in East Jerusalem, Palestinians face pressures to assimilate. With hope for a two-state solution dwindling, more families are applying for Israeli passports, and more Palestinian children are attending schools that teach the official Israeli curriculum.

Nancy French On Implications Of Alabama Election For Christian Conservatives

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

Nancy French is a Southern, conservative Christian writer who has written about her experience as the victim of childhood sexual abuse, her break with the Republican Party over Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and about empathizing with Roy Moore's Moore's accusers. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with French about Alabama's special election and its implications for Christian conservatives.