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Dr. Cleveland Sellers

Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr.

(Originally broadcast 10/26/18) - In 1968 state troopers gunned down black students protesting the segregation of a South Carolina bowling alley, killing three and injuring 28. The Orangeburg Massacre was one of the most violent moments of the Southern civil rights movement, and only one person served prison time in its aftermath: a young black man by the name of Cleveland Sellers Jr. Many years later, the state would recognize that Sellers was a scapegoat in that college campus tragedy and...

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In April of 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 276 girls who were attending schools in the northeastern region of Chibok, Nigeria. The incident drew international attention to the students' plight and the extremist terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. Photographer Rahima Gambo wanted to know why students were still going to school in the region despite the ongoing possibility of other dangerous attacks from Boko Haram.

House Democrats plan to file a resolution Friday seeking to block President Trump's emergency declaration aimed at securing funds for building a border wall.

The "resolution of disapproval," led by Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, received the backing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter Wednesday to lawmakers in both parties.

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A 49-year-old Coast Guard lieutenant is in custody and faces domestic terrorism charges for allegedly planning "to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland on Tuesday.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has decided not to launch his "reconciliation tour" as planned on Thursday morning at Virginia Union University.

The change comes days after the student government president of the historically black university urged the embattled Democratic governor to come another time.

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President Trump's former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, is set to appear on Capitol Hill next week to give highly anticipated testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The hearing was originally scheduled for earlier in the month but was delayed after Cohen cited "threats" from the president and attorney Rudy Giuliani.

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Is it an innocent display of jubilation over a war's end or an unacceptable act of sexual aggression?

The context of a kiss is clashing with an evolving emphasis on consent in the #MeToo era.

In an age of information warfare, Russia is going back to basics in a bid to protect its secret information from prying eyes, by telling troops to step away from their smartphones and social media.

On Tuesday, Russia's lower house of parliament passed a bill banning military personnel from posting about themselves or colleagues online. The measure also restricts the general use of smartphones.

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What’s the Fed saying about interest rates? We asked a linguist

7 hours ago

The Federal Reserve released minutes from its most recent meeting today, the one one at the end of January at which Chair Jay Powell and his colleagues made it pretty clear they were willing to stop raising interest rates for a while given some signs the economy might be slowing.

When Gabriela Avendaño’s daughter was about to start kindergarten, she took her to the doctor for a cough that wouldn’t go away. The doctor told her: “Your daughter doesn’t have a cold; she has asthma,” Avendaño said, speaking in Spanish.

The doctor gave Avendaño an inhaler and other medications, which Avendaño brought to the nurse’s office at her daughter’s school in Tacoma, Washington. “It really surprised me to find that the shelves of the nurse’s office were full of medications like my daughter’s,” Avendaño said. “I said, ‘Oh, so this is a very normal problem, here.’”

Baseball sees a boost in players of all levels

9 hours ago

Although Major League Baseball saw lower ticket sales last year, the number of everyday players is rising. According to a study by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, participation is up 21 percent from 2014 to 2018. The study looked broadly at all players, from kids playing in their backyards to rookies playing in college.

Your tax refund isn't free money

9 hours ago

Americans got back more than $320 billion in tax refunds last year, and plenty of tax prep services would have you believe that's a nice little bonus on top of your income. But it's not. Today we explore the psychology of tax season and how it's changed over time. But first: About those Fed minutes. Plus: Money is already pouring into the presidential race, but will there be any donations left by 2020?

Yalitza Aparicio, the Oscar-nominated star of “Roma,” is from Tlaxiaco, Mexico. It’s a small city in the south of the country located in a region with a long history of migration to the US.

The migrants have created mini-communities in the US and often go years without returning to Mexico. As a way to maintain connections with their families back in Mexico, they have created a radio program that airs in Fresno, California, and Tlaxiaco.


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