Policy

With Ferguson, Obama Forced To Confront Race Yet Again

President Obama's carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.

A Tale Of Two Polls

Two surveys claim to capture the public's view of the Common Core State Standards. But they tell very different stories.

Gay Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

Same-sex marriage activists are working to win hearts and minds in the Deep South, where they've met the strongest resistance. One strategy is to host informal conversations.

Ferguson Update: Holder Writes Op-Ed; City Calls For Nighttime Calm

Attorney General Eric Holder, who will go to the St. Louis suburb Wednesday, wrote that the Justice Department's investigation of Michael Brown's death would be full and fair.

Gov. Perry Gets Booked At Texas Courthouse After Indictment

Following allegations of abuse of power, Rick Perry maintained that he had done nothing wrong. He told a crowd outside the courthouse he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."

Torrential Rain Swamps Phoenix, Strands Drivers

Monsoonal rainfall caused massive flash flooding in Phoenix on Tuesday, turning roads into raging torrents. One area recorded 1 inch in 14 minutes.

Man With A Knife Fatally Shot By Police In St. Louis, Officials Say

The shooting appears to be unrelated to the ongoing protests in neighboring Ferguson, Mo. Police say the 23-year-old, suspected of stealing items from a convenience store, was "acting erratically."

All Things Considered

Amid The Chaos In Ferguson, Another Police Shooting

Robert talks to St Louis Public Radio reporter Stephanie Lecci about Tuesday's police shooting in St Louis. Authorities say officers shot and killed a man brandishing a knife.

All Things Considered

Blocked At The Border, Gaza Man's Hopes Of Escape Fade

One man's quest to get out of Gaza and into Egypt highlights Palestinian calls for more freedom of movement.

All Things Considered

Doctors Without Borders: What We Need To Contain Ebola

Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.

Race, Class And Ferguson

August 20, 2014
A man holds his hands up in the street after a standoff with police Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. (AP)

A deep read on Ferguson, Missouri and what we’re seeing about race, class, hope and fear in America.

Local Police With Grenade Launchers: Overkill? Or Wise Precaution?

August 19, 2014
Police advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17 during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

If your job was to go into a barricaded house to get an armed man, would you want body armor? Is this police militarization or just modernization?

California Tries To Lure Film Industry Back Home

August 19, 2014
The Hollywood Sign is seen on November 16, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

A bill is moving through the state legislature that would quadruple the amount of tax incentives available to TV and movie makers.

A Look At U.S. Military Options In Iraq

August 19, 2014
An F/A-18C Hornet coming from Iraq lands on the flight deck of the US navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on August 15, 2014 in the Gulf. (Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images)

Retired Admiral William Fallon, who was head of United States Central Command during the Iraq War, discusses the current conflict and U.S. involvement.

The Militarization Of America’s Local Police Forces

August 19, 2014
Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. (AP)

“War zones” in America. Local police departments with military grade equipment – how much is too much, and what it would take to de-militarize America’s police force.

The View From Red Square: Witnessing The End Of The Soviet Union

August 19, 2014
David A. Kalis: "Twenty-three years ago today, Soviet hard-line Communists attempted to overthrow reformer Mikhail Gorbachev." (Courtesy, David Kalis)

Twenty-three years ago today, Soviet hard-line Communists attempted to overthrow reformer Mikhail Gorbachev.

Tufts Professor: Ferguson Exposes Civil Rights Generational Divide

August 18, 2014
Rev. Al Sharpton, left, speaks with parents of Michael Brown, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, right, during a rally at Greater Grace Church, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, for their son who was killed by police last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. Sharpton told the rally Brown’s death was a "defining moment for this country." (AP)

Tufts University professor Peniel Joseph says today’s disaffected black youth don’t connect with old-guard civil rights leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

One Key To Getting A Green Card: Luck

August 18, 2014
An example of the "Green Card" issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service is seen in an undated handout photo. (Khue Bui/AP)

For a look at who the government is letting into this country — and why — Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd digs into the numbers

Why Racial Bias And Militarization Are Eroding Trust In The Police

August 18, 2014
Carol Rose and Carl Williams: "Police who stop or search people based on race rather than evidence of criminal activity are not keeping us safe. Arming police as if they were waging a war against their fellow Americans does not keep us free." Pictured: Helen Shaw talks to people during a rally outside Greater Grace Church, Sunday, August 17, 2014, for Michael Brown Jr. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Police who stop or search people based on race rather than evidence of criminal activity are not keeping us safe. Arming police as if they were waging a war against their fellow Americans does not keep us free.

State House Roundup: Summer Harvest

August 15, 2014

Hearings, backroom dealings and early morning enactments bore fruit this week with the careful marks of Gov. Deval Patrick’s commemorative pens.

Retailers Face Rising Pressure Over Chemical Triclosan

August 15, 2014
A bottle of antibacterial soap contains the active ingredient triclosan, an antibacterial and antifungal agent that has been linked to cancerous cell growth and disruptions in development in animals. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The antibacterial agent is often used in products like soap and toothpaste, and has been linked to health problems in animals.

Training Police To Put Aside Their Biases

August 15, 2014
Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Criminologist Lorie Fridell says police officers can and should be trained to recognize their own internal biases.

Animal Abuse Bill Heading To Gov. Patrick’s Desk

August 14, 2014

Massachusetts lawmakers have given final passage to a bill that would toughen penalties for those who abuse animals.

Independent Gubernatorial Candidate Jeff McCormick's Plan For Massachusetts

August 14, 2014
Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick in WBUR's studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

In his campaign, the Boston venture capitalist is emphasizing his private sector experience and job creation goals.

NASA Chief On Past And Future Of U.S. Space Program

August 14, 2014
A Perseid meteor streaks through the Earth's atmosphere, as seen and photographed by astronaut Ron Garan while aboard the International Space Station on August 13, 2011. (NASA)

Charles Bolden, who is also a former astronaut, joins us for a wide-ranging conversation.

Gov. Patrick Refiles Non-Compete, Liquor License Bills

August 14, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick has re-filed legislation intended to limit the use of so-called “non-compete agreements” in the private sector.

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