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Staff At Britain's Windsor Castle May Strike Over Low Wages

It's the first time Queen Elizabeth is facing a possible strike by employees of the royal family. At issue is whether employees should be expected to do extra work for no additional pay.

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Alabama Judge Says Raising Money To Be Elected Is 'Tawdry'

Mixing judges with campaign contributions can lead to conflicts of interest. Fresh Air talks to retired Judge Sue Bell Cobb and the Center for American Progress' Billy Corriher.

If Drones Make You Nervous, Think Of Them As Flying Donkeys

In Africa, where there aren't always roads from point A to point B, drones could take critical medicines to remote spots. But the airborne vehicles make people uneasy for lots of reasons.

Meet The Bacteria That Make A Stink In Your Pits

Scientists say they've IDed the bacteria that emit that rank smell after a hard workout. Future deodorants might target that bad actor rather than blocking sweat glands or nuking all bacteria.

U.S. Promises To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up To 28 Percent By 2025

The new target was submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Tuesday. It is part of a plan for a new international treaty to be hammered out in December in Paris.

The Fear Of Black Men In America: Join Our Twitter Chat #FearAndRace

This week, NPR's Michel Martin has been leading challenging conversations about the fear of black men. Now we want to hear from you.

From 'Dragon Tattoo' To The 'Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson's Heroine Returns

The late Stieg Larsson's Millennium series of novels is getting an addition, The Girl in the Spider's Web. The book, written by David Lagercrantz, just got its title and a U.S. release date: Sept. 1.

Challenge: Curb Violence In Most Violent City. Hint: Nuns Can Help

This year, at Emory University's global health challenge, students had to come up with clever solutions for a pressing problem. Only it wasn't a superbug. It was the extreme violence in Honduras.

Deadline Day Arrives For Iran Nuclear Talks

The six nations that have been debating a plan to curb Iran's nuclear program — and ease economic sanctions — will hit the deadline for a framework agreement at 6 p.m. ET.

Indiana Governor Stands By 'Religious Freedom' Law But Promises Fix

"We'll fix this and we'll move forward," Gov. Mike Pence says, adding that he was "taken aback" by criticism of a law that's seen as allowing businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians.

U.S. Promises To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 28 Percent

March 31, 2015
US President Barack Obama (2L), Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Liz Sherwood-Randall (2R) and Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt (R) listen while Eric Haukdal, an energy manager at the Department of Energy headquarters, speaks about the solar panels on the roof at the Department of Energy, March 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Obama administration is pledging to cut emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025, but it has not yet explained how it will do that.

Indiana Governor Wants Changes To Religious Freedom Law

March 31, 2015
Demonstrators gather outside the City County Building on March 30, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The group called on the state house to roll back the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say can be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Gov. Mike Pence says he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week, clarifying that the new law does not allow discrimination.

Gay Rights And Religious Freedom In Indiana

March 31, 2015
Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence stand on the Statehouse's south steps during the 2-hour-long rally. (AP)

Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Critics call it anti-gay. Business leaders say bad for the economy. The governor’s not backing down. We’ll dive in.

MBTA Lays Out Plan For Future Snow Service

March 31, 2015
The MBTA is laying out a plan to avid a total shutdown of service next winter. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Next winter, instead of trying to keep everything running only to shut everything down, the MBTA will follow limited schedules during snow emergencies.

Reclaiming A Heritage Of Debate

March 31, 2015
Julie Wittes Schlack: An increasingly polarized American Jewish community must find ways to directly discuss and debate the conflicts in the Middle East -- our identity depends on it. (Steve Rhodes/flickr)

An increasingly polarized American Jewish community must find ways to directly discuss and debate the conflicts in the Middle East — our identity depends on it.

Hi-Tech Now An Essential Tool On Southwest Farms

March 30, 2015
Robots still haven't caught up to the precise hand/eye coordination of human hands. Here, a crew strips heads of iceberg lettuce, and gets them ready to be packed and shipped for Dole. (Kate Sheehy/KJZZ)

As labor shortages on American farms increases, farm owners are looking more and more towards robotic solutions.

GNC Agrees To New Testing Of Supplements

March 30, 2015
In this photo illustration, supplements purchased at Wal-Mart and Walgreens stores are shown on February 4, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. An investigation by the New York State attorney generals office into store-brand supplements being sold at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, GNC and Target found that many did not contain the herbs shown on their labels and some included potential allergens not identified in the ingredients list. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The country’s largest specialty retailer of dietary supplements has agreed to new quality control testing.

Sen. Warren: Not Interested In Reid's Job And Still Not Running For President

March 30, 2015
Senator Elizabeth Warren joined us in the studio for an interview about her new book. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Elizabeth Warren insists she has no plans to jump into the 2016 race. She joins us to discuss her current political goals.

Indiana Says New Law Does Not Discriminate Against LGBT Community

March 30, 2015
Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence stand on the Statehouse's south steps during the 2-hour-long rally. (Rick Callahan/AP)

Lawmakers in Indiana are defending a bill that sparked controversy this weekend, saying that it does not discriminate against gays and lesbians.

New Kidney Donation Guidelines Begin To Pay Off

March 30, 2015

Joanna Richards of WCPN catches up with 31-year-old Mike Brown, who recently got a kidney transplant.

Is Schumer A Shoo-In For Senate Leadership?

March 30, 2015
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Democratic leaders meet with reporters after Republicans gave up on their quest to stop funding for the Homeland Security Department unless it contained roll backs to counter President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

NPR’s Domenico Montanaro discusses Sen. Chuck Schumer’s influence and whether anyone could challenge him for the role.

The Enduring Value Of A Liberal Arts Degree

March 30, 2015
Sweet Briar College, an all-women's liberal arts college in Virginia, announced in early 2015 that it would unexpectedly close its doors at the end of the school year. (Courtesy Sweet Brian College)

Fareed Zakaria weighs the value of a liberal arts education in our technology-driven time.

Oversight Hearing To Examine Winter Transportation Woes

March 29, 2015
New England's harsh winter crippled the MBTA this year. (Bill Sikes/AP)

The snow is melting and public transportation is returning to full service. But the investigations into the massive breakdowns that plagued the MBTA during a record-setting stretch of winter weather are continuing.

New Law To Protect Domestic Workers To Take Effect This Week

March 28, 2015

The law requires people who hire nannies, caregivers and other domestic workers in Massachusetts to adhere to established labor standards and other worker protections.

Harry Reid Stepping Down, Ted Cruz Stepping Up

March 27, 2015
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (left), pictured on March 17, 2015, will not run for reelection (Molly Riley/AP). Sen. Ted Cruz pictured on March 10, 2015, has announced he's running for president. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev and NPR’s Don Gonyea discuss the latest in 2016 politics and Capitol Hill news.

IRS Cuts Can Make Filing Difficult

March 27, 2015
Susan Dean, 78, says doing her taxes by hand would be impossible without the IRS instruction booklet, which the IRS no longer widely distributes. (Sara Lerner/KUOW)

Are you among those who wait until the last minute to file your taxes? This year, that might not be the best idea.

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