WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Social Security Changes Course on Old Debts

Just days ago, news broke that the Social Security Administration was moving to collect on old debts by seizing tax refunds--including in some cases those of relatives. But on Monday, it was announced that Social Security would not collect on taxpayer debts owed the government that are older than 10 years. The Washington Post's Marc Fisher, the reporter who broke the original collection story, joins Kojo to explore what it means for all taxpayers.

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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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Trump Surrogate Tweets Cartoon Of Hillary Clinton In Blackface

Pastor Mark Burns mocked Hillary Clinton with a cartoon that read, in part, "I ain't no ways tired of pandering to African Americans."
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A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

An artist has designed a robot that purposefully defies Isaac Asimov's law that "a robot may not harm humanity" — to bring urgency to the discussion about self-driving and other smart technology.

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