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Week In Politics: New GOP Candidates, Donald Trump

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with regular political commentators David Brooks of The New York Times and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution about this week's GOP announcements.

All-Star Games Are Worthless If The Players Are Not All-Stars

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game may be less starry than usual this year because of Kansas City fans' campaign to get as many Royals players as possible into the game.

Long Before Same-Sex Marriage, 'Adopted Son' Could Mean 'Life Partner'

Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin and his life partner, Walter Naegle, wanted to legally protect their relationship. But it was the early 1980s, when marriage wasn't an option — and adoption was.

In Viennese Media Center, Iranian Journalists Dance Delicately Around Pitfalls

Western reporters are working alongside Iranian media during numerous rounds of nuclear talks — the latest of which are taking place this week. What does their work tells us about Iran's culture?

Little Baggies Of Bigotry Broadcast A Hateful Message — Paired With Candy

In some states, people have been leaving plastic baggies filled with Ku Klux Klan fliers and candy. NPR's Scott Simon considers what it means to sugarcoat hatred in the wake of Charleston shootings.

Learning The Hard Way Why You Just Shouldn't GetTooClose

In India, writer Deepak Singh was always bumping up against humanity. In the U.S., he found out about personal space. And he wonders: Is something lost when you have to keep your distance?

Calls To Remove Confederate Flag Challenge Southern Orthodoxy

Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic, says this week's calls to remove Confederate symbols mark the collapse of a stubborn Southern orthodoxy.

Charleston Stirs Memories Of Young Birmingham Bombing Victim

Decades before the deadly shootings at a South Carolina church, a church bombing killed four girls in Alabama. A friend of one of the girls describes the emotional scars both incidents have left.

Some Find It Difficult To Heed Calls For Racial Healing After Charleston, S.C.

At a prayer vigil for victims in the recent South Carolina church shooting, professor Chenjerai Kumanyika found himself unable to join hands with a white woman — and he wondered why.

Letters: Confederate Flag Debate

NPR's Audie Cornish and Rachel Martin respond to listener letters about the Confederate flag.