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Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems?

It's become an article of faith among supporters of capital punishment that abolitionists are doing everything they can to undermine executions, putting up hurdles and then complaining about delays.
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Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year

In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C.
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Before Passing The Baton, Spelman President Reflects On Tough Choices

Host Michel Martin speaks with Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum about her final year leading the oldest historically black college for women.
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The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful?

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a new plan to address poverty. Host Michel Martin talks with commentators Corey Ealons and Ron Christie about it and other political stories of the week.
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Thanks For Your Support. We'll Take It From Here

Many organizations, including the Gates Foundation, support our work. But they don't get to set the agenda.
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Oregon Proposes Ban On Smoking Along Its Coastline

Authorities want to cut down on cigarette butts in the sand, so they're moving to ban smoking on all 362 miles of the state's Pacific Coast. Repeat offenders could face a $110 fine.
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Death Penalty Expert On Why Lethal Injection Is So Problematic

In the wake of Arizona's botched execution, Steve Inskeep talks with Amherst professor Austin Sarat, author of the recent book Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty.
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Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee

One of the most conservative members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, is defending his seat against state Sen. Jim Tracy, who is making the most of the incumbent's personal scandals.
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Honduran Foreign Minister: U.S. Should Address Root Causes Of Migration

Steve Inskeep talks with Honduran Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales, who's in Washington to help find a solution to the thousands of Central American children arriving at the U.S. border.
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PETA Offers To Pay Detroit Residents' Water Bills If They Go Vegan

The city cut off water to thousands of households with overdue bills topping $90 million. The animal rights organization stepped in, offering to pay 10 residents' bills if they go vegan for a month.

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