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Redskins Stripped Of Trademarks

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademarks of the Washington Redskins' team name, calling the symbol "disparaging" to Native Americans. While the ruling doesn't prohibit the team from using its name, it allows anyone to make and sell Redskins merchandise, putting pressure on team owner Dan Snyder to change the name. Kojo explores the fallout from this historic ruling and looks at what legal options are left for Washington's NFL team.

Officials Voice Concern Over Redskins' Name

A number of guests on the Friday Politics Hour have discussed the issue of a name change for Washington's football team, many of them supporting such a move.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said on the April 25 show that if it were up to him, he would change the name of the Redskins football team.

"I've made it no secret we agree to disagree," Baker told WAMU reporter Matt Bush.

He did note the team, which plays in Baker's county, had been good corporate citizens.

He made similar comments as far back as his appearance on the show on Oct. 18, 2013.

Jack Evans
D.C. Council member Jack Evans also said he supported a name change for the team during his Jan. 24 appearance on the show.

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Kate Mulgrew: "Born With Teeth" (Rebroadcast)

Kate Mulgrew, who stars as "Red" in the Netflix TV series "Orange Is The New Black", opens up in a new memoir about her complicated family and the baby she gave away for adoption as a young woman.


Swapping The Street For The Orchard, City Dwellers Take Their Pick Of Fruit

Urban foragers don't just pick their meals from the trash; many eat only the finest, freshest produce — picked from city trees. The League of Urban Canners harvests fruit from trees to make jam.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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