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#NPRreads: The 'Grexit' And Fleeing The Rwandan Genocide

Also this week, misconceptions about slavery. And, the struggle for gay Christians trying to keep the faith.

All Things Considered

A Conservative Firebrand From The Start, Ted Cruz Always Had A Plan

Long before Cruz was the Texas senator commandeering the Senate floor, he was a teenager reciting conservative, free-market ideology.

Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

Parts Of Social-Sharing Site Reddit Go Dark In Apparent User Revolt

After the firing of a key figure at the website, moderators of many of Reddit's most popular sections have gone private in apparent protest.

Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana

If the deal passes antitrust scrutiny, it would be the largest such acquisition in the insurance industry. It's the latest sign of consolidation in health insurance in the wake of Obamacare.

When The Fish You Eat Have Eaten Something Toxic

Toxins produced by algae that live in warm ocean waters can pass up the fish food chain. The toxins can sicken humans who eat large fish. A Florida study finds cases are underreported.

Syrian Forces Try To Halt Rebel Offensive On Aleppo

An alliance of forces led by the al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front is battling the Syrian government for control of the key northern city.

Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

West African cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day. Those low wages could jeopardize the future of chocolate labor, as young farmers find better opportunities to earn a living, a new report warns.

Hours From Greek Bailout Vote, 2 Sides Evenly Divided

One new poll shows that those favoring the bailout hold a wafer-thin plurality, but another one gives the edge to the "no" side.

Russia Finally Launches Supplies To ISS After Earlier Failures

The liftoff of the Soyuz Progress 60P was a relief to astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station after two previous resupply missions — one Russian and one American — failed.

Politics, Tragedy And Religion In The Public Sphere

July 6, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks during services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C., at the College of Charleston TD Arena. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston.  (AP)

How should we talk about faith and God in these uncertain times? We put that tough question—and more—to a roundtable of religious thinkers.

Kids Books Feature Famous Figures As Children

July 3, 2015
Cover of "I Am Rosa Parks" by Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is known for his political thrillers, but he also writes kids books about real-life people like Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart.

A Cherished Synagogue Prepares To Close

July 3, 2015
Ira Novoselsky, Congregation Teferith Israel’s president, stands by the menorah his father donated. (Courtesy of Marc Pitler)

After serving the Jewish community in Revere, Massachusetts, for 103 years, Congregation Tifereth Israel is closing.

What’s In A Label? The Charleston Massacre And The Evolving Definition Of Terrorism

July 3, 2015
Michael Lueger: "The best that we can do is to attempt to call events by their proper names, and to ensure that future generations do not forget their lessons." Pictured: A woman who gave her name as Sista Solove holds a sign outside the bond hearing for the suspected gunman in the shooting Wednesday that left nine people dead at Emanuel AME Church, Friday, June 19, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (David Goldman/AP)

The best that we can do is to attempt to call events by their proper names, and to ensure that future generations do not forget their lessons.

The Spy Who Loved Me

July 3, 2015
Judy Bolton-Fasman: "I finally learned the truth about my father, but not in time to know him." Pictured: The Bolton family, 1966. (Judy Bolton-Fasman/Courtesy).

I finally learned the truth about my father, but not in time to know him.

How The ‘Modern Family Effect’ Is Changing Public Opinion About Gay Rights

July 2, 2015
ABC's "Modern Family" has won five Emmy Awards, and was renewed for its seventh season on May 7. (ABC)

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans explains how Hollywood has changed the way Americans think about gay relationships.

DJ Session: Sounds For The Holiday Weekend

July 2, 2015
Bilal is a classically trained vocalist from Philadelphia, and was swept up into the neo-soul movement in the early-2000s. He released his newest album, "In Another Life," on June 30. (Courtesy)

KCRW’s Anthony Valadez recommends a playlist for your July 4th celebration, including a track from Philly neo-soul artist Bilal.

Driving While Black, While Not Actually Driving

July 2, 2015
Jabari Asim: What the officer saw when he thought he saw me, and what that costs. Pictured: "My Skin Color Is Not A Crime." Demonstrators hold signs during a silent march in New York to end the New York City Police Department’s "stop-and-frisk" program, June 17, 2012. (Seth Wenig/AP)

What the officer saw when he thought he saw me, and what that costs.

The State Of Tsarnaev’s Soul

July 2, 2015
This undated photo released by the FBI on April 19, 2013 shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On Friday, May 15, 2015, Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 2013 Boston Marathon terror attack. (FBI/AP)

Is he unredeemable, or is he a person capable of awakening to the moral horror of what he did? Why are so desperate to understand?

A Lowell Guidance Counselor Who Survived A Genocide

July 1, 2015
Seng Ty with recent graduates of Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell, where Ty is a guidance counselor.

Seng Ty is a popular guy among students at Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell, where he’s a guidance counselor. But it wasn’t until they read his memoir that they understood all he had been through.

Loiselle Gonzalez Baez: High School Valedictorian And New Mom

July 1, 2015
(John Walker/Flickr)

We talk to Loiselle Gonzalez Baez, who gave birth to her son in the middle of her senior year of high school and went on to become valedictorian.

A Lost 1961 Documentary On Homosexuality Is Rediscovered

July 1, 2015
"The Rejected" was one of the first television documentaries to openly address sexual orientation. (KQED)

“The Rejected” was one of the first documentaries to openly address sexual orientation, and was considered progressive at the time.

What You Need To Know About Boston’s Fourth Of July Festivities On The Esplanade

July 1, 2015
Fireworks captured in the sky after the Boston Pops July Fourth performance in 2011. (Courtesy Lei Han/Flickr)

A complete guide on everything you should know before Boston’s Fourth of July celebrations on the Esplanade.

Gettysburg Gets A Makeover

July 1, 2015
Kyle Beger, 28, of St. Joseph, Missouri, visits The Angle at the Gettysburg battlefield, June 17, 2015. The site marks the place where Confederate soldiers briefly broke the Union line during Pickett's Charge on the third day of the battle. (Lou Blouin)

The site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War changed dramatically in the decades that followed, but now it’s being changed back.

Redefining American Overtime

July 1, 2015
In this June 26, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, June 29. (AP)

Five million workers may qualify for overtime pay. We’ll look at the plan and the pushback.

What Do We Relinquish When We Say ‘I Forgive You’?

July 1, 2015
Forgiveness need not mean forgetting or acquiescing, but is it necessary to effect change? (David Goldman/AP)

Forgiveness need not mean forgetting or acquiescing, but is it necessary to effect change?

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