Sat June 1, 2013

Court Prepares To Write New Chapters In Civil Rights History

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 1:42 pm

The Supreme Court is set to deliver opinions in cases involving affirmative action, the voting rights law and same-sex marriage.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

It's not unusual for the Supreme Court to find itself at the center of roiling national debates.

But this month, justices are poised to deliver blockbuster opinions involving three of the most divisive issues in the public arena. And in doing so, they will write new and potentially groundbreaking chapters in America's civil rights story.

Affirmative action. Voting rights law. Same-sex marriage.

By June's end, Americans will know if and how public colleges and universities may administer programs designed to enroll more minority students.

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Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Atlantic Hurricane Season Kicks Off Quietly

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy in October of last year.

Today marks the beginning of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season. Maybe it's a good sign, then, that it's pretty quiet out there. The National Hurricane Center is watching only a small wave near Mexico that has a low possibility of developing into a tropical system.

NPR's Debbie Elliott, however, reports the season is expected to be pretty busy. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Sat June 1, 2013
Arts & Culture

Can you guess the Audiograph sound this week? June 2, 2013

Poster designed by Rich Black

This is Audiograph--the Bay Area’s sonic signature. 

Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound (in the player above), figure out where it was recorded, and what exactly it is, then call us to let us know.

If you think you can identify this Audiograph sound of the week, call 415-264-7106. Also, tell us where to record next. We’ll give away a KALW t-shirt every week to one lucky caller. 

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Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

UN: Iraq Records 1,045 Deaths In May; Highest In Years

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq has this grim piece of news today:

"According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 1,045 Iraqis were killed and another 2,397 were wounded in acts of terrorism and acts of violence in May.

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Sat June 1, 2013
Code Switch

Haters Gonna Hate, As Shown On A Map

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 11:36 am

Note: This post contains strong language, including racial and ethnic slurs.

Geography professor Monica Stephens has spent a lot of time putting haters on the map. Over at Humboldt State University in California where she is a professor, Stephens and a team of undergraduate students spent a year sorting through racial slurs on Twitter by location. And then she mapped them.

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Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

The Case For Vegetarianism, Delivered By A Toddler

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 12:29 pm

Luiz Antonio.

This blogger will admit that he has struggled off and on with his decision to eat meat. He'll also admit that explaining the food chain to his 3-year-old daughter has produced more soul-searching.

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Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

On Second Day, Anti-Government Protests Swell In Turkey

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 10:04 am

Turkish protestors and riot policemen clash on Saturday, during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, in Taksim Square in Istanbul.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

What started as a small protest against the redevelopment of a park in Istanbul, Turkey, has spread to other cities and turned into one of the largest government protests in recent memory. While numbers are hard to come by, Al Jazeera reports that about 10,000 people gathered in Ankara chanting "government resign" and "unite against fascism."

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Sat June 1, 2013
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Stephen King, Daft Punk And Cannes

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 8:18 am

A native of Maine, Stephen King has used the state as the backdrop for many of his novels and short stories. In Joyland, however, he sets his scene in North Carolina.
Shane Leonard Hard Case Crime

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Sat June 1, 2013
Movie Interviews

Charting The Career Of The 'Evocateur' Of Talk



Morton Downey Jr. was the loudest mouth on television. He treated guests like guys on the other side of the wrestling ring - bullying, hectoring and blowing smoke in their faces.



MORTON DOWNEY JR.: Why? What the hell do you mean why? Are you nuts? Get him out of here. Get this guy out...

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Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

New Round Of Tornadoes Kill 5 People In Oklahoma

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 9:29 am

A tornado forms over I-40 as seen looking west from Indian Meridian Road in Midwest City, Okla. on Friday.
Alonzo Adams AP

Still recovering from a monster EF-5 tornado that leveled parts of the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, the area was hit hard again Friday night. At least nine people — including a mother and child — were reported dead by Canadian County Under Sheriff Chris West in the wake of multiple violent tornadoes.

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