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Rethinking Broken Windows

The "broken windows" theory became something of a mantra in policy and policing in U.S. cities over the past two decades. New York City served as the poster child for the idea that beefed-up enforcement of minor quality of life issues would lead to big drops in more serious crime. But recent studies point to the fact that crime had peaked and was already on a steady downward trajectory well before those tactics were adopted, and that the decline did not speed up as a result of the approach. We explore how these findings might shake long-held beliefs about police tactics and urban crime.

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National Museum of African American History Opens Its Doors

More than 100 years after it was originally proposed, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening its doors in Washington, D.C.
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While Everyone Was Partying At Woodstock, I Was Stuck At Schrafft's

The chain restaurant that catered to women helped redefine how Americans eat, according to a new book. For NPR's Lynn Neary, it also defined how she did and didn't fit with the counterculture.
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Newspaper Endorsements Matter Most When They're Unexpected

The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton on Saturday, but an endorsement that came the day before from a smaller paper may matter more to its readers, for the simple fact that it was unexpected.
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As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income

How will the economy provide economic opportunities if employers need fewer workers in the future? A growing number of people in Silicon Valley are saying the only realistic answer is a basic income.

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