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Atlanta History
9:06 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery Gets A New Greenhouse

In its 1800s heyday, families used the greenhouse to store tropical plants through the winter, including species like this banana plant.
Historic Oakland Cemetery

Once, there was a greenhouse at Oakland Cemetery. But for decades, all that remained of the old Victorian structure was rubble. However, that’s changing as the cemetery erects a new greenhouse in the exact same spot.

The story of how the cemetery got its new greenhouse is a tale of historical musical chairs. It starts at Zoo Atlanta, in Grant Park. As the zoo expands, Grant Park’s Cyclorama is moving to the Atlanta History Center. However, the plot of land at the History Center where the giant Civil War mural is slated to go is presently occupied by a greenhouse.

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NPR Story
5:06 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Why It's An Uphill Battle To Make Indianapolis A More Pedestrian Friendly City

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 7:33 am

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NPR Story
5:06 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Implementation Of Obamacare Remains A Work In Progress

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 1:15 pm

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5:06 am
Fri July 3, 2015

The Legal Business Of Marijuana Is Growing But The Industry Lacks Diversity

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 7:41 am

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Europe
5:06 am
Fri July 3, 2015

When Greeks Vote Sunday, It's Not Just About A Debt Deal

A man waits at an Athens bus stop where the Greek word "no" has been spray-painted over "yes" on a banner put up in advance of Sunday's referendum. Greek voters will say whether they want to accept or reject a deal that's been offered by the country's creditors. Greeks are deeply divided and analysts say the outcome is not clear.
Thanassis Stavrakis AP

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 12:20 pm

Elisavet Zachariadou is a retired professor of history in Athens. She admires Italian art and reads French literature and German philosophy. She considers herself a European.

"When I learned that Greece is going to be part of the European Union [in the 1980s], I was very happy," she recalls. "And I said, 'How nice. And how good for all of us.' "

But Zachariadou's attachment to Europe is complex. She's 84 and lives in the Athens suburb where she grew up during World War II, when Nazi Germany invaded Greece and her people suffered horribly.

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U.S.
6:08 am
Wed July 1, 2015

After Supreme Court Decision, What's Next For Gay Rights Groups?

Carlos McKnight waves a flag in support of same-sex marriage outside the Supreme Court.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:42 pm

Having clinched the long-sought prize of same-sex marriage in all 50 states, some long-time advocates are now waking up to the realization that they need to find a new job. At least one major same-sex marriage advocacy group is preparing to close down and other LGBT organizations are retooling.

They have grown from a ragtag group with a radical idea into a massive multi-million dollar industry of slick and sophisticated sellers of a dream. Today, their very success has made their old jobs obsolete.

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Television
5:55 am
Wed July 1, 2015

USA's 'Mr. Robot,' HBO's 'Ballers' Among Picks For Best Summer TV Series

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (right) stars opposite Rob Corddry in the HBO series Ballers.
Jeff Daly HBO

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 3:29 pm

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Education
5:48 am
Wed July 1, 2015

As Panama's Economy Booms, So Do Concerns Over Debt And The Environment

Panama City's skyline.
Arnulfo Franco AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 9:44 am

The 66th floor of Panama City's Trump Tower is a fine spot to experience Panama's booming economy. Beyond the building's windows, hundreds of skyscrapers stretch the length of the capital's skyline. Inside, a hand of blackjack will set you back $200, but all-you-can-drink champagne costs just $10.

On average, economic growth in Panama has topped 8 percent in the last five years, making the country the envy of its struggling Latin American neighbors.

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Law
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Supreme Court Reprieve Lets 10 Texas Abortion Clinics Stay Open For Now

The U.S. Supreme Court gave a reprieve to Texas clinics that provide abortion services.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 12:38 am

Tuesday would have been the last day of operation for 10 clinics in Texas that provide abortion services. But on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of its final actions of this session, said the clinics can remain open while clinic lawyers ask the court for a full review of a strict abortion law.

Two dozen states have passed regulations similar to the ones being fought over in Texas.

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Congress Leaves For Recess Without Reauthorizing Export-Import Bank

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (center) speaks with (from left) Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Ellicott Dredges GM Craig Murdock and CFO Joseph Wendel during a tour of the company's manufacturing facility in March. Lew was on hand to promote investment in American infrastructure. The company has utilized the Export-Import Bank's services.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:13 pm

An agency of the federal government will have to stop doing business today. That's because members of Congress went home last week for the July Fourth recess without reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.

The bank helps American companies sell their goods overseas. The bank's critics say they're stopping corporate welfare.

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Around the Nation
5:05 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Investigators Probe Fires At 6 Black Churches In 5 Southern States

Flowers left at the front door of Glover Grove Baptist Church in Warrenville, S.C.
Will Huntsberry NPR

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:01 pm

Updated at 7:45 p.m. ET

Investigators continue their examination of a fire at the Glover Grove Baptist Church of Warrenville, S.C.

Fires damaged Glover Grove and some other black churches in the days following nine shooting deaths at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, raising concerns that the incidents were hate-inspired arsons.

Now, in the case of Glover Grove, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has released the following statement, saying it still doesn't know how the blaze started.

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Europe
7:35 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Italian Man, 91, Graduates Middle School

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5:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Funerals Begin At Emanuel AME Church For Bible Study Shooting Victims

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:35 am

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Television
5:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Strap In Seinfeld Fans, Hulu Will Be Keeping You Busy

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:35 am

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OK, I know what many of you are doing this weekend.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW THEME SONG, "SEINFELD")

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Europe
5:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Migrants In French Camp Near English Channel Attempt To Get Into Britain

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:35 am

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Europe
5:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Kosovo: The Pros And Cons Of Being Europe's Newest Country

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:35 am

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NPR Story
5:09 am
Thu June 25, 2015

The Dutch Ruling On Climate Change That Could Have A Global Impact

Dennis van Berkel, an attorney with the Dutch environmental group Urgenda, stands on an earthen berm on the outskirts of Amsterdam. The water is higher than the land on the other side of the berm. A Dutch court ruled in favor of Urgenda on Wednesday, saying the Dutch government must cut carbon emissions by 25 percent. Environmental groups in other countries were closely watching the case.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 1:52 pm

In a ruling that could echo far beyond the Netherlands, a Dutch court has sided with an environmental group and said the government must cut carbon emissions by 25 percent in five years in order to protect the country's citizens.

Many other environmental groups and governments have paid close attention to the Dutch case, and there are similar ones in the works in other countries, including Belgium and Norway.

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Mara's Music Mix
7:22 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Upcoming Atlanta Concerts: Weird Al, The Sonics And Skynyrd

Weird Al Yankovic sings the Saga Begins at the HMV Forum London. He will be in concert at Chastain Park Amphitheater on Saturday, June 20.
Credit Charlotte Powell / flickr.com/Charlotte Powell

Looking ahead at some of this weekend’s concerts, we have a country-rock triumvirate, vintage garage rockers and a truly weird concert hitting Chastain.

WABE contributor Mara Davis joins Morning Edition host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.

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Movie Interviews
5:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

'Sadness Is Like A Superhero': Amy Poehler On Pixar's 'Inside Out'

"[Sadness is] such a funny opposite energy to Joy, who is literally jumping up and down," Poehler says. "And Sadness just wants to lie down and kind of feel her feelings." Poehler plays Joy (left) and Phyllis Smith plays Sadness in the new film Inside Out.
Disney/Pixar

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 12:37 pm

A new animated feature from Pixar aims to do the near-impossible, as any parent would tell you: get inside the mind of a preteen girl. Inside Out is about an 11-year-old girl named Riley, but the real stars are her emotions — five colorful characters representing joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust.

Pete Docter, the creative force behind Up and Monsters, Inc., wrote and directed the film, and actress Amy Poehler plays Joy. Both of them laugh about one of the biggest challenges of the movie: deciding how many emotions to include.

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Interviews
5:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

'I'm So Proud To Have You As A Daughter'

Mario Loiseau and his daughter Mabou during a recent visit to StoryCorps.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 12:20 pm

Mario Loiseau works two jobs, including long hours as a parking lot attendant, to help pay for his 9-year-old daughter Mabou's tutoring. Mabou is a science and language prodigy and is already studying college-level algebra.

"So Daddy, how did you feel when I was born?" she asked her father during a recent visit to StoryCorps in New York City.

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The Two-Way
12:49 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Paul Ryan: Trade Deal Will Help U.S. 'Set The Standards For The Global Economy'

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is interviewed for TV in September 2014.
Richard Drew AP

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, (R-Wis.) says approving a massive trade package sought by President Obama will allow the U.S. to "write the rules" of the global economy. Parts of the package are now in limbo in the House.

Ryan spoke with NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep about the trade deal and about Trade Promotion Authority, also known as fast-track, which would allow the president to negotiate the trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and then have Congress pass it with an up-or-down vote.

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Europe
7:19 am
Wed June 17, 2015

French Postal Service Delivers Letter 138 Years Late

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Europe
7:19 am
Wed June 17, 2015

University Of Cambridge To Hire Lego Professor

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Mara's Music Mix
11:45 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Atlanta Weekend Concerts: Tunes From The Tombs And Morrissey

Morrissey will be performing Saturday at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Credit Aaron Favila / Associated Press

Looking ahead at some of this weekend’s concerts, we have LOTS of selections, including a classic Americana duo in a garden, a trio of 90s throwbacks, and perhaps even the Pope of Mope will be making an appearance. Contributor Mara Davis joins Morning Edition host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.

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NPR Story
5:04 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Apple Jumps Into The Music Streaming Business

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 2:07 pm

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Now to some news about how you get your music. Apple has jumped into the streaming music business. It announced the new service, Apple Music, at its developers conference yesterday in San Francisco. And as NPR's Laura Sydell reports, DJs may be key to its success.

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NPR Story
5:04 am
Tue June 9, 2015

'Sesame Street' Improves School Readiness, Researchers Say

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 9:58 pm

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It turns out classroom training in this country has been given a boost by "Sesame Street." A new study shows that the PBS program leads to long-lasting academic gains similar to those of preschool. NPR's Will Huntsberry reports.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:39 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Upcoming Atlanta Concerts: New Kids And Old Stones

The Rolling Stones will perform at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta Tuesday. Mick Jagger, Chuck Leavell and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones perform at the United Center May 31, 2013, in Chicago.
Credit Barry Brecheisen / Invision/AP

Looking ahead at some of this weekend’s concerts, we have a genre-hopping act originally from Atlanta, the New Kids and some old Stones. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins Morning Edition host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.

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Law
5:07 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Trial Of Aurora Theater Shooting Suspect Could Be A Battle Of The Experts

Jurors in the trial of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes will hear differing expert opinions about whether Holmes was legally insane at the time of the shooting.
Andy Cross AP

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 9:21 am

In the trial of James Holmes, prosecutors spent the first month re-creating the night of the shooting. But this isn't a question of whether Holmes killed 12 people at the midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie in Aurora, Colo. The question has always been: Was he insane at the time?

For prosecutors, detailing that night is critical in exploring Holmes' mindset. During the process, jurors watched a lengthy, videotaped psychiatric examination. It was ordered by the court after Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Parallels
2:13 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

In Turkey, Violence Against Women Is Often A Private Family Matter

Demonstrators in the Turkish capital of Ankara hold posters of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student who was allegedly killed by a bus driver after fighting off a sexual assault. The posters read: "End killings of women."
Burhan Ozbilici AP

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:30 pm

Mutlu Kaya is gifted with a strong, pure voice, and it nearly cost her her life. Or rather, many Turkish women say, it was the reaction to her singing by the men in Kaya's life. She's in the hospital, a bullet in her skull.

It started with a visit to Kaya's hometown by well-known Turkish folk singer Sibel Can. Can was a judge on a moderately popular TV singing show, and she was convinced Kaya could be a star.

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News
8:56 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Attempt To Get More People On Board With Organ Donation Backfires

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