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In the waning years of the Civil War, advertisements like this began appearing in newspapers around the country: INFORMATION WANTED By a mother concerning her children . Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, who now resides in Marysville, California was formerly owned to-gether with her children, vis: Lydia, William, Allen, and Parker, by one John Petty, who lived about six miles from the town of Woodbury, Franklin County, Tenneesee. At that time she was the the wife of Sandy Rucker, and was familiarly…
02.23 / 00:10
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At the Oscars this weekend, one spotlight will shine on African-American women in the space race, thanks to the movie Hidden Figures , which is nominated for three academy awards, including best picture. Dr. Mae Jemison made history in this field as the first African-American woman in space, as part of the crew on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992. Jemison tells NPR's Ari Shapiro she welcomes this new interest in women and minorities who broke boundaries in space because those people were…
02.23 / 00:10
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Beppe Grillo’s party seems to be falling under its own w…
02.22 / 23:02
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What should be the role of an international film festival in these confusing and insecure times? Berlin's recipe for addressing contemporary…
02.22 / 23:02
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Ever since Donald Trump entered the presidential race, his comments on illegal immigration have been pored over in the press — from vows to deport millions of people to promises that any enforcement plan would have "a lot of heart." Observers asked, again and again, how rhetoric would translate into actual policy. Now activists and experts have the policies themselves to examine. On Jan. 25, Trump signed a pair of executive orders on immigration enforcement (not to be confused with his "…
02.22 / 22:50
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Democrat Michelle Frankard of Wisconsin voted for President Trump, and she's hoping she won't regret it. At the Garden of Eatin', a bustling diner in picturesque Galesville, Frankard is having breakfast with her adopted father, Ken Horton. A dozen shiny electric guitars line the walls, each next to a black-and-white framed poster with the likes of Johnny Cash and Janis Joplin. The deep-seated booths host a variety of regulars and those just passing through. Frankard, a 53-year-old mother…
02.22 / 22:50
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Flooding in San Jose, Calif., has prompted the evacuation of at least 14,000 residents. The mandatory evacuation orders began overnight, and will remain in effect for at least another day, reports Peter Jon Shuler of member station KQED. "Flooding along Coyote Creek came after a series of heavy rainstorms combined with water rushing down the spillway of nearby Anderson Reservoir, which is now filled to capacity," he says. "Emergency crews had to rescue more than 250 people from their homes…
02.22 / 22:50
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The Dakota Access Pipeline's route takes it over four states and nearly 1,200 miles, from the Bakken oil fields in northwestern North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and down to a terminal in Illinois. But one Missouri River crossing just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota has become the focal point of a fight over how the pipeline's route was analyzed and approved by the federal government. In legal challenges and public demonstrations, members of the tribe and…
02.22 / 22:50
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News of recent anti-Semitic acts in the U.S. — like the toppling of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis and bomb threats against Jewish community centers — is being followed closely in Israel. So is the Israeli government's response to these incidents. Some Israelis are questioning whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has played down the incidents to keep pressure off his political ally, President Trump. The president has frequently deflected questions about threats and att…
02.22 / 22:50
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The annual Fasnacht festival in Basel offers marching bands wearing monstrous masks, soup made from flour and onions, rude satirical poems and a parade starting at 4 in the morning. How can you resist? By Bill Harby A parade that starts at 4 in the morning? With piccolos? And drums? In winter? Really? Yes, and…
02.22 / 22:48
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Four newly discovered frog species are so tiny that they can sit comfortably on a fingernail, making them some of the smallest-known frogs in the world. Scientists said in a video that they were "surprised to find that the miniature forms are in fact locally abundant and fairly common." The frogs likely escaped notice until now because of their tiny size and secretive habitats, hidden under damp soil or dense vegetation. The team from the University of Delhi also found three other, larger…
02.22 / 20:58
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Reform groups in Mexico have been trying for years to persuade politicians to regularly disclose their assets and incomes, pointing to their northern neighbor as an example of a place where financial disclosure is the norm in government. Then came President Trump, who has steadfastly refused to release his tax returns . The global fight against government corruption has often been led by the United States over the years, but those in the movement's trenches worry that signals being sent by…
02.22 / 20:58
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With guest host Anthony Brooks . New guidelines from the Trump Administration give more power to U.S. officials to deport immigrants in the country illegally . The new, tough rules are causing alarm and fear in immigrant communities. Making good on one of his big campaign promises, President Trump has fleshed out a sweeping plan to ramp up immigrant deportations. New policies will target any  immigrant living in the U.S. illegally suspected of any  crime; expand expedited deportations – wit…
02.22 / 20:58
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With guest host Anthony Brooks . Growing support for human gene-editing. We’ll look at new breakthroughs and the ethical debate. Those in the know call CRISPR “one of the greatest life science inventions ever.” It has sparked a headline-grabbing patent fight worth billions of dollars. But more importantly, it has revolutionized the ability to make precise changes to human DNA, opening the door to revolutionary ways to treat disease – but also to ethical questions about engineered designer b…
02.22 / 20:58
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The Greek economy continues to have competition distortions in some markets and there is significant room to free its dynamism, Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras said on Wednesday. Addressing an event organized by the Federation of Hellenic Label Product Industries, the central banker said that structural competitiveness of the Greek economy improved in 2013-2014…
02.22 / 20:21
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The International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde, maintains her position that the Greek debt does not need a haircut but instead requires low interest with long maturities. She also reiterated that debt restructuring is a basic requirement for the participation of the Fund in the Greek program. Speaking after meeting with Angela Merkel in Berlin, the…
02.22 / 20:16
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These days, almost every new movie, TV show, album or book feels so anticipated and pre-packaged that we're already tired of it by the time it's released. This makes it especially thrilling when something dazzling just appears like that alien spaceship in Arrival , startling even those whose business it is be in the know. That's what happened with My Favorite Thing Is Monsters , a new graphic novel just out from Fantagraphic Books. The first of two volumes — the second comes out this fall —…
02.22 / 20:00
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During a sentencing hearing in Texas two decades ago, a defense attorney for a man named Duane Buck called on an expert who said his client's race made it more statistically likely that he would commit violent crimes in the future. Because of that statement, the Supreme Court has ruled 6-2 that Buck, who is black, can appeal his death sentence. It's the latest development in a case that Chief Justice John Roberts describes as "a perfect storm" of circumstances that he says culminated in a…
02.22 / 20:00
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During a standard briefing of the German government regarding insurance reforms, a representative of the German Finance Ministry responded to a question posed by realfm 97.8 correspondent Pantelis Valassopoulou, arousing serious questions about the agreed reforms that are to take place after 2018. Answering to the question of when the decided reforms are to be…
02.22 / 19:03
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The Vagina Monologues by playwright and activist Eve Ensler were first performed in 1994 in New York. Four years later, Ensler established V-Day to end violence against women and girls and to raise awareness and funds through benefit productions worldwide. The American Women's Club of Berlin will stage benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues this February. I talked with director Molly Moylan…
02.22 / 18:49
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