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Friday News Roundup - International

32 min 14 sec ago

A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

1 hour 32 min ago

The NSA's bulk data collection faces a Friday deadline. A massive airbag recall could take years to complete. And the State Department makes plans to release the first batch of Hillary Clinton's emails. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Steve Inskeep: "Jacksonland"

Thu, 2015-05-21 11:06

Andrew Jackson was a well-known, decorated war hero who rose from humble beginnings to become America’s seventh president. Less well-known, however, was Cherokee Indian Chief John Ross, who clashed with Jackson for two decades over Indian land rights. Jackson was determined that Indians give up their land to make way for white settlers in America’s Deep South. Ross and his people resisted, drafting their own constitution and starting a successful newspaper. But in the end, Jackson prevailed and thousands of Indians were forced from their native lands in what became the infamous “Trail of Tears.” Guest host Susan Page talks with NPR’s Steve Inkseep about Andrew Jackson, a Cherokee Indian chief and an epic land battle that set the stage for the U.S. Civil War.

Debate Over The Minimum Wage In Los Angeles And Nationwide

Thu, 2015-05-21 10:06

Los Angeles voted to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Dozens of other cities have passed or are considering similar measures. We dive into the debate over minimum wage laws across the country.

A Daughter's Anorexia And Her Mother's Fight To Save Her

Wed, 2015-05-20 11:06

About 24 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. Anorexia is among the hardest to treat. We hear one young woman's struggle with the disease, told from her perspective and her mother's.

Gains By ISIS Prompt Questions About U.S. Strategy

Wed, 2015-05-20 10:06

The Islamic State terrorist group captures the key Iraqi city of Ramadi and establishes a stronger foothold in Libya. We get an update on the latest battles for territorial control and questions over U.S. strategy.

Helen Castor: "Joan of Arc: A History"

Tue, 2015-05-19 11:06

Placing aside the legends and myths surrounding Joan of Arc, historian Helen Castor takes a fresh look at the young girl and her role in history. What emerges is a different story than the one many of us know. Castor helps us understand the real Joan of Arc.

Motorcycle Gangs Violence In Waco, Texas And The History Of Outlaw Biker Culture

Tue, 2015-05-19 10:06

Nine people are dead and more than 150 are in custody following a gunfight between rival motorcycle gangs and police in Waco, Texas. We get an update on the investigation and explore the history of outlaw biker culture and connections to organized crime.

Jeffrey Brown: "The News: Poems"

Mon, 2015-05-18 11:06

He’s been in front of the camera and behind the scenes, covering major events of the day across the country and around the world. But throughout it all, Jeffrey Brown of PBS NewsHour has always held onto his love of the arts. His new collection of poems has just come out. The Washington Post named it one of the top three poetry books of the month. The world he has seen, the events he has experienced, the people he has encountered – he now reflects back on. But instead of filtering it all through the necessary skepticism of a journalist, he uses the lens – and heart – of an artist. Jeff Brown talks about turning news into poetry.

Policy Divisions Among Democrats And What They Mean For The Party

Mon, 2015-05-18 10:06

The divide over fast-track trade legislation highlights a rift among Democrats. We discuss what differences over trade, environmental policies, and approaches to income inequality mean for the party and the 2016 election.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-05-15 11:06

A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-05-15 10:06

The latest on the Amtrak passenger train derailment. The House votes to end the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records. And Jeb Bush backtracks on his Iraq War comments. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

James McPherson: "The War That Forged a Nation"

Thu, 2015-05-14 11:06

One hundred and fifty years have now passed since the end of the civil war. Pulitzer-prize winning historian James McPherson argues that most of today’s pressing issues – from racial inequality and voting rights to state sovereignty – can be traced back to this war. In a new book, McPherson says it is impossible to understand most contemporary issues without understanding their roots in the civil war era. We look at the enduring legacy of the conflict that nearly destroyed the country.

Deadly Amtrak Derailment: An Update And Questions About The Safety Of U.S. Rail Travel

Thu, 2015-05-14 10:06

After a deadly Amtrak derailment outside of Philadelphia on the nation’s busiest passenger rail corridor, we get an update on the crash, explore questions about the safety of train travel, and talk about the renewed focus on U.S. investment in infrastructure and passenger rail.

Unaccompanied Child Migrants From Central America: Where Are They Now?

Wed, 2015-05-13 11:06

Last spring, striking images of the U.S. border began showing up in the media: Children from Central America, many traveling alone, piling up at immigration facilities. By October, nearly 70,000 unaccompanied child migrants had arrived seeking entry to the United States. This year, the numbers have dropped by about 40 percent, due in large part to stepped up enforcement by Mexico. However, that still means tens of thousands of kids will be taken into custody by the U.S. immigration system, even as the government struggles to process last year’s arrivals. A look at the ongoing migration of children from Central America and the tension between protection and prevention.

Causes And Consequences Of Declining Religious Affiliation In The U.S.

Wed, 2015-05-13 10:06

Christians in the United States will be the majority for many decades to come, but their numbers are slipping. According to a Pew Research Center study since 2007 the percentage of people identifying themselves as Christian has fallen from 78 percent to just over 70 percent, and more than one in five are not affiliated with any religion at all. These trends are not new, but what is new is that their rate of change is accelerating, and these shift are taking place within all age groups in all regions of the country: Join us to discuss how religious affiliation is America is changing.

The Internment Of Japanese Americans During World War II

Tue, 2015-05-12 11:06

In World War II, tens of thousands of Japanese-American men, women and children were rounded up and put in prison camps on U.S. soil. We look at the story of what has been called one of the darkest periods in American history.

America's Shifting Relationships With Longstanding Allies And Its Role In The World

Tue, 2015-05-12 10:06

Saudi Arabia’s new king pulls out of a Washington summit over U.S. negotiations with Iran. Secretary Kerry meets with Russian President Putin about the Syria conflict. We explore America's shifting relationships and its role in the world.

David McCullough: "The Wright Brothers"

Mon, 2015-05-11 11:06

On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright, in a plane he designed with his brother Wilbur, becomes the first person to fly. For many of us, this is where the story of the Wright brothers begins and ends. But Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian David McCullough says there’s so much more to what the two accomplished. By examining a trove of private letters, diaries and notebooks, McCullough finds the brothers extraordinary intelligent, intensely driven, loyal to their family and completely self-made. David McCullough on the men who taught the world to fly.

Debate Over Limits Of Government Surveillance And The Future Of The Patriot Act

Mon, 2015-05-11 10:06

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell supports renewing the Patriot Act as is, but a appeals federal court ruling striking down the routine government sweep of U-S phone records adds pressure for reform. Please join us for debate over the limits of government surveillance.