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Antitrust Inquiry Reportedly Looks At How Big Theater Chains Snare Movies

News of a federal inquiry comes as arguments over preferential treatment and exclusivity have been heating up in recent years.

Australia Says It Broke Up ISIS-Inspired Plot To Attack WWI Event

In a series of early-morning raids, Australian counterterrorism police arrested five men in the Melbourne area Saturday, over their possible involvement in a plot to attack a memorial ceremony.

Suicide Bombing Kills At Least 35 In Jalalabad; ISIS Reportedly Claims Responsibility

Both the United Nations and the Taliban have condemned the attack, which targeted civilians who were in a long line at a bank.

In New Orleans, Young Lives Adrift

Among U.S. cities, New Orleans has the third-highest rate of young people who are neither in school nor working. Craig Adams Jr. is trying not to be one of them.

O'Malley, Possible Clinton Rival, Says A President Can't Let Polls Lead

The former Maryland governor also was flatly dismissive of Republican economic theories in an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, saying they're 'patently bull----.'

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In Panama, Restoring Streets And Reforming Gangs At The Same Time

Like its Central American neighbors, Panama is dealing with a rise in gangs, but a hotel developer has taken on several of the gangs in his neighborhood, offering them rehabilitation, jobs and hope.

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Global Bankers Meet To Resolve A Two-Speed World Economy

The IMF and World Bank meet this weekend. Likely on the agenda: the Iran deal, ISIS and Russia. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with Foreign Policy's David Rothkopf about the state of the global economy.

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Latest Mediterranean Incident Highlights Italy's Migrant Crisis

Italian police detained 15 Muslim migrants this week, accused of throwing 12 Christians off a smuggling vessel in the Mediterranean because of their faith.

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20 Years Later, Oklahoma City Bombing Victims Fight Stigmas

Twenty years after the Oklahoma City bombing, nearly one in four survivors has markers for PTSD. Counselors are still opening up new cases for first responders as a result of the bombing.

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Frustrations Fuel Violence Against Immigrants In South Africa

Mobs with machetes attacked immigrants in Durban, South Africa, Thursday, hoping to drive out foreigners looking for work. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with the BBC's Milton Nkosi about the attacks.

It's A Question Of 'Character'

April 20, 2015
Former Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins chats with reporters in New York Nov. 27, 1945, as she arrives from Europe aboard the Queen Mary. She headed the American Government’s delegation to the International Labor Organization conference in Paris, France.  (AP)

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

‘Course Correction’ Details A Title IX Fight, A Naked Protest And An Olympian’s Story

April 18, 2015
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Ginny Gilder fell into rowing at an important moment. The sport gave her an escape from family turmoil, but also thrust her into the fight for female athletes’ rights. Gilder, who won an Olympic medal in 1984, tells her story in “Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX.”

‘Men In Green’ Profiles Golf’s Legends, Living And ‘Secret’

April 11, 2015
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In his new book “Men In Green,” Sports Illustrated’s Michael Bamberger reconnects with some of the golfers he’s met while covering the sport. The author joins Bill Littlfield to discuss the project.

From Real Estate To Paper Engineering: Denise Price’s ‘Freedom Trail Pop Up Book Of Boston’

April 10, 2015
The U.S.S. Constitution in Denise Price's "Freedom Trail Pop Up Book." (Courtesy Union Park Press)

Denise Price first visited Boston as a tourist from Denver, Colorado, and like millions of other tourists, she was amazed to find the history she’d learned about in school right in front of her eyes.

Malcolm Gladwell Wrestles With David And Goliath Stories

April 10, 2015
Malcolm Gladwell, the author of David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants." (Bill Wadman/ Penguin Books)

The bestselling author of “Blink” and “Outliers” argues that our assumptions about power and advantage need to change.

The Comma Queen Answers Your Questions

April 9, 2015
The New Yorker's Mary Norris, the self-described 'Comma Queen,' wears a crown made of commas at a recent magazine party in her honor. (Silvia Killingsworth / Twitter)

The Comma Queen is in, and she’s got the answers to a few of your grammar and spelling questions.

‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ Turns 25

April 8, 2015
Author Leslea Newman, of Holyoke, Mass., displays a copy of her book "Heather Has Two Mommies," in Holyoke, March 11, 2015. Newman, who wrote the original version of "Heather Has Two Mommies," 25 years ago, about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies, has updated the book with fresh illustrations from a new artist. (Steven Senne/AP)

The children’s book was the ninth most frequently banned book in the 1990s. Is it still relevant today? Author Lesléa Newman answers.

Three Recipes From The Nonnas

April 7, 2015
On Point producer Abigail Collins shows off her freshly prepared cut black olives. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

Three delicious Italian recipes from the nonnas of Enoteca Maria — and the On Point producers who prepared the food for ours how.

Tina Packer Brings ‘Women Of Will’ From Stage To Page

April 7, 2015
Tina Packer and Nigel Gore, in a scene from Packer’s "Women of Will," performing at The Gym at Judson in New York. (AP/Heller Highwater LLC, Matthew Murphy)

Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer joins us to talk about her new book, “Women of Will,” which explores the female characters of the Bard’s canon.

Documenting America’s War On Crime From Within

April 7, 2015
Alice Goffman is author of "On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City." (Ricardo Barros)

Urban sociologist Alice Goffman decided to study the effects of the war on crime by living in a Philadelphia neighborhood for six years.

Real Italian Cooking With The ‘Nonnas’ Who Know It Best

April 7, 2015
Jody Scaravella and some of the nonna's from his Staten Island, NY restaurant Enoteca Maria. (Courtesy Simon & Schuster)

Italian cooking with the nonnas who know it best. They join us with stories and recipes.

The Sweet Return of ‘Sugar Season’

April 6, 2015
The woods on the Bascom Maple Farms property in autumn -- before the sugar season starts.

Harvesting syrup from maple trees is one of the nation’s oldest agricultural traditions. And these days, it’s big business. But global warming is causing unease among local growers.

Mark Twain Was A Travelin’ Man

April 6, 2015
Circa 1895: Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910) the novelist, who wrote under the pen name of Mark Twain. (Ernest H. Mills/Getty Images)

In his day, Twain was better known as an author of travel books. A new book traces his footsteps around the world.

The Comma Queen Will See You, Now

April 6, 2015
Some standard copy editing marks on an essay. (Aaron Brown / Flickr)

They call her the Comma Queen. Lessons on life and language with the New Yorker’s ultimate grammar editor, Mary Norris.

‘Baseball’s Flawed Genius’ Chronicles Billy Martin’s Unpredictable Life

April 4, 2015
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Billy Martin, who managed the Yankees on five separate occasions, was considered a brilliant baseball mind. But his off-field troubles haunted him. Bill Pennington joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his biography of the former player and manager.

Alison Bechdel: ‘I Just Became A Professional Lesbian’

April 3, 2015
Three different cast members play the protagonist in the Broadway adaptation of Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir, "Fun Home." (From L: Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas and Emily Skeggs). (Courtesy "Fun Home")

Renowned comic artist Alison Bechdel explains how a Broadway adaptation of her “tragicomic” family memoir, “Fun Home,” is almost an ode to her theatre-loving parents.

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