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  1. After Slavery, Searching For Loved Ones In Wanted Ads

    02.23 / 00:10 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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…
  2. After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists

    02.23 / 00:10 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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…
  3. What's New In Those DHS Memos On Immigration Enforcement?

    02.22 / 22:50 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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 "…
  4. Will Trump Democrats In Wisconsin Swing Back To Their Party?

    02.22 / 22:50 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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…
  5. Floods in San Jose Push 14,000 People Out Of Their Homes

    02.22 / 22:50 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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…
  6. Key Moments In The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight

    02.22 / 22:50 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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…
  7. In Israel, Some Wonder Where The Outrage Is Over U.S. Anti-Semitic Acts

    02.22 / 22:50 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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…
  8. Behold: 4 New Species Of Tiny Frogs Smaller Than A Fingernail

    02.22 / 20:58 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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…
  9. Trump's Conflicts Could Undercut Global Efforts To Fight Corruption, Critics Say

    02.22 / 20:58 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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…
  10. President Trump Could Ramp Up Deportation

    02.22 / 20:58 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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…
  11. Gene-Editing Gets A Go-Ahead

    02.22 / 20:58 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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…
  12. 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' Is A Dazzling, Graphic Novel Tour-De-Force

    02.22 / 20:00 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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 —…
  13. Citing 'Racial Stereotype,' Supreme Court Says Texas Inmate Can Appeal Death Sentence

    02.22 / 20:00 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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…
  14. Life In Berlin: Ending Violence Against Women Through V-Day

    02.22 / 18:49 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    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…
  15. Astronomers Find 7 Earth-Sized Planets Around A Nearby Star

    02.22 / 18:44 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HfgHhMg6vY A small, faint star relatively close by is home to seven Earth-sized planets with conditions that could be right for liquid water and maybe even life. The discovery sets a record for both the most Earth-sized planets and the most potentially habitable planets ever discovered around a single star. The strange planetary system is quite compact, with all of these worlds orbiting their star closer than Mercury orbits the sun, according to a newly…
  16. Low-Income PoCs Still Don't Trust The Police, But Would Work With Them

    02.22 / 18:44 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    While trying to catch a bus to school, Emilio Mayfield, 16, jaywalked. When he didn't comply with a police officer's command to get out of the bus lane, a scuffle ensued. Mayfield was struck in the face with a baton and arrested by nine Stockton, Cal. police officers. The arrest was captured on video by a bystander and the video went viral. A police officer responding to a domestic violence call shot Jamar Clark, 24, in the head as he lay on the ground. He died the next day, sparking weeks…
  17. Judge Rules Texas Can't Cut Off Medicaid Funds To Planned Parenthood — For Now

    02.22 / 18:44 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked an attempt by state health officials to remove Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood, allowing the women's health provider to remain in the federal program at least until a lawsuit is settled. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he will appeal the decision, which he said "is disappointing and flies in the face of basic human decency," the Dallas Morning News reported . In trying to justify its action, state officials have pointed to…
  18. Apollo 11 Space Capsule Is Going On Another Mission

    02.22 / 18:44 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    The space capsule that took the first moonwalkers on their historic adventure is getting ready to take off on another trip — its first tour of the United States in more than 40 years. The Apollo 11 command module is the spacecraft that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins rode in to the moon and back in 1969. To celebrate the upcoming 50 th anniversary of that achievement, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is sending the space capsule to four different museums a…
  19. Anger Rises Across The Country At GOP Congressional Town Halls

    02.22 / 17:32 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmQZnA_SSyQ Republican members of Congress aren't exactly getting a warm welcome in their home districts during this week's recess. Angry constituents have confronted legislators at town halls across the country, upset over everything from the GOP's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Trump White House's travel ban, alleged Russian interference in the U.S. elections and more. New York Rep. Tom Reed, for example, faced these questions in a series of town…
  20. Are Race-Based Advisory Groups Just Political Symbols?

    02.22 / 17:32 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    The day Donald Trump took office, six members of the presidential advisory commission for Asian American Pacific Islanders stepped down. Last week, another 10 resigned. They wrote in a scathing letter that Trump's immigration executive orders, slash of federal funds to sanctuary cities, bans on refugees and opposition to the Affordable Care Act, had "deleterious consequences" for Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. "We object to your portrayal of immigrants, refugees, people of color…