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Black Americans Welcome Obama's Entry To Race Discussion

Many African-Americans are pleased that President Obama spoke frankly about the inequities experienced in this country by blacks. They say understanding the distress over the Zimmerman verdict is key to honest discussions about race.

Flying High And Low In 'Full Upright And Locked Position'

In a new book, aviation consultant Mark Gerchick writes that "the magic of air travel has morphed into an uncomfortable, crowded and utterly soulless ordeal." He talks about how it's gotten so bad, why there are so many hidden fees and if there actually is less leg room than there used to be.

What A Bankrupt Detroit Means For The Auto Industry

Detroit this week became the largest American city ever to file for bankruptcy. Host Jacki Lyden talks with NPR business reporter Sonari Glinton about what Detroit's fiscal woes means for the nation's auto industry, which is famously linked to the city.

Obama's Remarks On Trayvon Reflect Everyday Struggle

Since the acquittal of George Zimmerman on July 13 for the murder of Trayvon Martin, protesters around the country have been chanting, "No justice no peace," and carrying signs that say, "I am Trayvon Martin." On Friday, the president made a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room and said Trayvon could have been him 35 years ago.

The Week In News: Obama Enters Trayvon Martin Discussion

On Friday, President Obama spoke from the White House press briefing room about how George Zimmerman's acquittal is being seen through the lens of the African-American experience. Host Jacki Lyden speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about how unusual that moment was for a sitting U.S. president.

One Small Step For Man, One Giant Lunar Park For The U.S.?

Two members of Congress want to preserve artifacts from American lunar missions with a national park on the moon, but there are some international hurdles to jump. Still, Space Policy Institute director Dr. Scott Pace says the bill raises intriguing questions about what the future of human-space interaction will look like.

A Year After Aurora Shooting, Alleged Shooter's Case Drags On

Prosecutors and defense lawyers are wrangling over the details in the case against James Holmes, who is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation to determine his mental state at the time of the shooting.

Veteran Journalist Helen Thomas Leaves An Outspoken Legacy

In her long career, Thomas broke barriers and became a White House fixture — but her famous bluntness caused her downfall in the end. She died Saturday morning at the age of 92.

'Justice For Trayvon' Rallies Held In Numerous Cities

The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network says it's organized rallies in 100 cities across the country to press for civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

Helen Thomas, Former Dean Of White House Press, Dies At 92

Thomas, who spent decades at the White House reporting for United Press International and later Hearst Newspapers, covered every president from Eisenhower to Obama.