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Ban the Box in D.C.

In the current economy, finding a job is a challenge, and it's even tougher for those with a criminal record. Many job applications ask job seekers to check a box if they have a criminal record. D.C. recently moved legislation forward requiring employers to hold off asking the question until later in the hiring process. But some in the business community say "banning the box" could have unintended consequences. We explore the issues.

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Authors Talk Politics: Junot Diaz On Election 2016

For the latest in our "Let's Talk Politics" series NPR's Scott Simon talks to Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz about this election year.
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This Historian Wants You To Know The Real Story Of Southern Food

Michael Twitty wants credit given to the enslaved African-Americans who were part of Southern cuisine's creation. So he goes to places like Monticello to cook meals slaves would have eaten.
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A Local Sheriff's Race Is Drawing National Attention And A Hefty Price Tag

One of the country's most expensive races for local office is in Arizona's Maricopa County where Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a noted opponent of illegal immigration, has the toughest challenge of his career.
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The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

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