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Boston Right-Wing 'Free Speech' Rally Dwarfed By Counterprotesters

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:43:00 -0400

Thousands of counterprotesters gathered in Boston Commons to meet the rally participants, who claim they have no connection to those who perpetrated violence in Charlottesville, Va., last week.



Duke University Removes Robert E. Lee Statue From Chapel Entrance

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:51:28 -0400

The university president said he had ordered the statue removed as a safety measure and to reflect the "abiding values" of the school, following vandalism earlier this week.



Republicans Plead With Trump To Get On, And Stay On, Message To Pass A Tax Overhaul

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:00:20 -0400

While the president was laying blame on "both sides" for violence in Charlottesville, Republicans were meeting to hammer out a tax overhaul. But they worry about whether Trump can make the sale.



Carbondale's 2-Time Eclipse Plans

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:40 -0400

The total solar eclipse that'll pass over the United States next week is billed as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity. But for southern Illinois, that's not exactly the case.



Federal Government Denies A Native American Tribe Millions

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:40 -0400

The federal government has shut down a Native American tribe's casino in the Pacific Northwest and taken over its health care system.



UVA Student On The Community's Response

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:40 -0400

Scott Simon talks to University of Virginia student Bryanna Miller about the community's response to the white nationalist rally and violence.



Boston Prepares For 'Free Speech' Rally

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:40 -0400

A week after violence at a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Boston is taking measures to avoid clashes between participants in today's "Free Speech" rally and counterprotesters.



Kids Learn What It Takes To Be An Astronaut

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:40 -0400

As summer winds to a close, we've been highlighting interesting camps for kids. For decades, a favorite has been Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.



Early Civil Rights Activist Octavius Catto Gets A Statue

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:39 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with journalist and author Dan Biddle about early civil rights activist Octavius Catto, who is finally getting a statue erected in his honor in Philadelphia.



What Trump's Increasing Isolation Could Mean For His Presidency

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:00:22 -0400

The president has completed a full purge of top White House aides instrumental in his election. Their ouster could be a big gamble, as Trump finds himself with fewer and fewer allies.



Total Eclipse Of The Stomach: A Stellar Menu Of Gastronomic Delights

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:00:22 -0400

What can you do when the Earth plunges into total darkness on Aug. 21? Eat, of course! And there are many space-themed treats to keep the skywatching party going.



How To Buy A Goat When You're Really Poor? Join A 'Merry-Go-Round'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:00:20 -0400

Skeptics say if you hand cash to the impoverished, they'll mismanage it. But it turns out, many poor people are great at saving — thanks to this ingenious system.



Paul Miller Loved Teaching Math So Much That He Did It For Nearly 80 Years

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:30:20 -0400

Paul Miller was once recognized as the oldest active accredited classroom teacher in the U.S. He reflects on his long career.



Tracing The Dark Origins Of Charlottesville's KKK

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0400

In the comments of residents processing what happened in Charlottesville, a common refrain emerged: "This is not us." But the city's history tells a different story.



6 Police Officers Shot In Separate Incidents In Florida, Pennsylvania

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:38:15 -0400

On the same night in Florida, two police officers were shot in Kissimmee, near Orlando, and two were shot in Jacksonville. One officer shot in Kissimmee has died. Two others were shot in Pennsylvania.