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A 60,000-Pound Problem

What do you do when a 43-foot dead whale washes up on your beach? The National Marine Fisheries Service's Justin Viezbicke explains the options: tow it to sea, bury it, or cut it up.

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Barbershop: Trump, The Woman Card And Kelly Ripa

Karlyn Bowman of the American Enterprise Institute, Tracy Sturdivant of the Make It Work campaign, former Maryland delegate Jolene Ivey, and Lisa Bonos of The Washington Post discuss Trump's comments.

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Trump And Cruz Campaign At California GOP Convention

The remaining Republican presidential candidates have been making their case at the party's state convention. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler explains the divisions on display among Republicans.

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Taking On Poverty And Education In School Costs A Lot Of Money

In 1997, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered millions of dollars in additional funding to 31 of the poorest school districts in the state. Camden alone spends about $23,000 per student per year.

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Training Helps Inmates Build A Bridge To Life Outside Prison Walls

Loretta Lynch made her first visit to a federal prison as the nation's top law enforcement officer. She highlighted the need for more services to help inmates re-enter society.

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Up In Flames: Kenya Burns More Than 100 Tons Of Ivory

Nearly 30 years ago, Kenya burned 12 tons of ivory to try to halt the illegal ivory trade. Today it's burning 100 tons. How much difference does burning ivory make?

#NPRreads: Take Your Pick Of Space, Race Or Celebrity

In this weekly story roundup, NPR reporters, editors and producers share what they have been reading. Today's mix explores life away from Earth, forgotten photos and fallen stars.

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The Week In Sports

A Tweet might have cost an early favorite in the NFL draft millions of dollars in lost income, while an Instagram post could provoke an investigation of his school.

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Afghan Cycling Federation Coach Faces Corruption Charges

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Shannon Galpin, founder of the nonprofit Mountain2Mountain, about withdrawing her support of the scandal-plagued Afghanistan Women's Cycling Team.

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Former Indiana Basketball Coach Bobby Knight On Trump: 'Best Person For The Job'

Bobby Knight is not one known to make political endorsements. NPR's Scott Simon asks the legendary basketball coach about his endorsement of Donald Trump in Tuesday's Indiana primary.

Does America Have A Duty To Help Refugees In Europe?

May 2, 2016
A man walks on the rail tracks of a train station turned into a makeshift camp crowded by migrants and refugees, at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, April 29, 2016. Many thousands of migrants remain at the Greek border with Macedonia, hoping that the border crossing will reopen, allowing them to move north into central Europe. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

A top former US diplomat says refugees and tribalism are pulling Europe apart and that the US needs to get involved- to help Europe by helping refugees.

Transgender Public Accommodations Bill Moving Ahead In Legislature

April 29, 2016

A revised version of the bill released Friday adds language directing the state attorney general’s office to issue guidance for prosecuting anyone who asserts gender identity for an improper purpose.

U.S. State Department Envoy Responds To Murders Of Gay Activists In Bangladesh

April 29, 2016
Relatives and friends attend the funeral prayer of Bangladeshi activist Xulhaz Mannan in Dhaka on April 26, 2016. Two leading gay rights activists were hacked to death on April 25, at an apartment in Bangladesh's capital, police said, the latest deadly attack on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. (Rehman Asad/AFP/Getty Images)

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Randy Berry, the State Department’s first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons.

Why A ‘Moonshot’ To Cure Cancer Might Just Work

April 29, 2016
Vice President Joe Biden speaks with Nobel Laureate Dr. Paul Modrich, left, as Dr. A. Eugene Washington, Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University, right, and Vickers Burdett, wife of Dr. Modrich, middle listen in a laboratory at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Vice President Joe Biden visited Duke to speak about his Cancer Moonshot initiative. (Ben McKeown/AP)

With increased investment and strategic management, we have a shot at a cure for cancer.

Vision Zero Boston: The Plan To Eliminate Car Crash Fatalities

April 28, 2016
Bicyclist riding down Mass. Ave at the intersection where a bicyclist died in a crash earlier this week. (Hadley Green/WBUR)

The philosophy behind the initiative, originally from Sweden, is that while people might fail, the road systems never should.

House Committee Votes To Register Women For The Draft

April 28, 2016
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), pictured here on May 29, 2014, sponsored the proposal that would require young women to register for the Selective Service System, but voted against it. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Rep. Duncan Hunter sponsored the amendment but voted against it, saying he only wanted to raise questions about women in combat.

Texas Businesses Gear Up To Defeat ‘Bathroom Bills’

April 28, 2016
Opponents say the measures allow discrimination against people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. (Owen Parry/Texas Tribune)

Opponents say the measures allow discrimination against people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

5 ‘Easy’ Ways To Fix America’s Most Pressing Problems

April 28, 2016
Detail of the National Debt Clock, a billboard-size digital display showing the increasing US debt, on Sixth Avenue August 1, 2011 in New York.  US Vice President Joe Biden said Monday he was confident that Congress would approve a major austerity plan to avoid a debt default as he met with skeptical members of his Democratic Party.AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Beyond the campaign sound and fury, how do we really solve our biggest national problems? One smart citizen thinker weighs in- with you.

Women Voters, The ‘Gender Card’ And Hillary Clinton

April 28, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a Women for Hillary event in New York, Monday, April 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Hillary Clinton and the women’s vote. How it’s broken against Bernie Sanders. How it might play out against Donald Trump.

Labor Secretary: States Lead The Way On Family Leave, But Mass. Could Do More

April 27, 2016
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez speaking in 2015. (Molly Riley/AP File)

Though the U.S. does not have a federal paid leave policy, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says states are leading the way. However, he said at a Cambridge roundtable on Wednesday, there more work to be done in Massachusetts.

House Unanimously Approves $39.5 Billion Budget

April 27, 2016
Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

House members agreed to pack into the budget scores of earmark amendments designed to pay for local projects.

Economist: NAFTA Benefits Economy Despite Job Losses

April 27, 2016
Back row, left to right: Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, at the initialing of the draft North American Free Trade Agreement in October 1992. In front are Mexican Secretary of Commerce and Industrial Development Jaime Serra Puche, United States Trade Representative Carla Hills, and Canadian Minister of International Trade Michael Wilson. (Wikimedia Commons)

Gordon Hanson explains his research on the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement and why he still supports it.

One Student Sees Two Sides Of Philadelphia Area Schools

April 27, 2016
The Miller family sits in the living room of their home in a Philadelphia suburb. They are part of an ongoing lawsuit, arguing Pennsylvania has neglected its constitutional responsibility to provide all children a "thorough and efficient" education. (Emily Cohen for NPR)

For NPR Ed’s School Money series, we meet Jameria Miller, a young woman who has been both “have” and “have not.”

Oil For Security? It’s Time to Reevaluate America’s Alliance With Saudi Arabia

April 27, 2016
President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Salman stand together at the Diriyah Palace during the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, April 21, 2016. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Saudi Arabia has long been a cornerstone in America’s Middle East strategy. Should it still be?

Beyond The Science Wars: Stories Of A Shared Future

April 27, 2016
Wade Roush: The gridlock in many areas of science and technology policy is not a sign that we disagree about the fundamental nature of reality. Mostly, I think we’re just avoiding difficult conversations about our core values. (Daria Nepriakhina/Unsplash)

Maybe the problem is that people on opposing sides aren’t having the right conversations.

How A City With 446 Bridges Deals With Infrastructure

April 26, 2016
More than 440 bridges are in use in the city of Pittsburgh, including at least six shown here crossing the Allegheny River. From foreground to background: Fort Duquesne Bridge, Roberto Clemente Bridge, Andy Warhol Bridge, Rachel Carson Bridge, Veterans Bridge, David McCullough Bridge. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)

Pittsburgh has more bridges than even Venice, Italy, but at least 20 are now labeled “structurally deficient.”

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