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Deaf And Blind, Her Father Still Knows How To Speak His Love

Through a TeleBraille machine, Melva Washington Toomer talked with her dad, John Carter Washington, for StoryCorps. "If I could help some person," he tells her, "then my living will not be in vain."
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Fresh Air Weekend: Meryl Streep; A Novel Take On Gymnastics; Colson Whitehead

Streep discusses singing badly in her new film, Florence Foster Jenkins. Maureen Corrigan reviews You Will Know Me, by Megan Abbott. Whitehead's Underground Railroad is a literal train to freedom.
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DOJ's Withering Baltimore Report Says 'What Black Folks Have Been Saying For Decades'

"I don't know people who weren't aware of the stats that were just published. I don't know them. We already know the score."
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Flint Mayor: 'Everybody Played A Role In This Disaster'

As a federal state of emergency ends for Flint, Mich., Mayor Karen Weaver says residents don't trust that government officials have fully addressed the lead contamination of their water.
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Computer Love: Their 1960s-Era Dating Strategy? Modern Technology!

Back in the early '60s a computer dating service decided these two people were compatible. That calculation was right. John and Carol Matlock will celebrate 52 years of marriage in December.
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Anita Hill: 'We've Come A Long Way Since Then'

Nearly 25 years after Anita Hill accused her former boss of making lewd advances, America is again dealing with high-profile cases of sexual harassment. Hill tells NPR what's changed and what hasn't.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Jay McInerney; Düsseldorf's Musical Influence; Comic Ali Wong

McInerney discusses his new novel, Bright, Precious Days. Rock historian Ed Ward describes the origins of the new German wave of music. Wong says marriage and motherhood are a "source of power."
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Born In Custody, A Girl Finds Answers With Someone Who Knows Best: Mom

Savannah Phelan, 8, recently discovered a video that revealed her mother had been in jail — all while still pregnant with her. So, well-equipped with questions, she took her mom to StoryCorps.
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Can Candid Conversations Happen Online Without The Trolls?

After receiving backlash for writing a post about gender in the tech industry, Bindu Reddy launched a new social network with the goal of hosting anonymous conversations without harassment or abuse.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Michael K. Williams; A Dystopian 'Natural Way'; Sharon Jones

Williams, who played Omar on The Wire, talks about separating himself from characters. Critic John Powers reviews The Natural Way of Things. Singer Jones still performs, despite a cancer diagnosis.

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