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Ghanaian Rapper Hopes To Take His 'Afropolitan Dreams' Back Home

Host Michel Martin speaks with rapper Samuel Bazawule, better known as Blitz the Ambassador, about his new album, "Afropolitan Dreams."

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Despite Progress Of LGBT Rights In U.S., Challenges Remain Abroad

Around the world, it can still be very hard to live as an openly gay man. Host Michel Martin learns more from two LGBT activists: Jamaican Maurice Tomlinson and Nigerian Bisi Alimi.

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Mexican Journalist Hopes His Reporting Can 'Bridge The Gap'

Tell Me More has regularly turned to Alfredo Corchado for insight on Mexico. He gives host Michel Martin one last look into his reporter's notebook.

How Will You Die?

Cooking dinner, having sex and going to the bathroom are three of the riskiest things you can do in many parts of the world.

What Somebody's Mummy Can Teach You About Heart Disease

Mummies from Ancient Egypt, Peru and the U.S. all show signs of hardened arteries. But why? Researchers say bad hygiene, open hearths and maybe some deeply ingrained genetic factors were to blame.

Morning Edition

Fighting Continues To Block Investigators From MH17 Wreckage

Financial Times reporter Guy Chazan tells Linda Wertheimer that while the world is focused on the crash site of MH17, civilians are dying in battles between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russia rebels.

Morning Edition

Argentina Is In Default. What Does That Actually Mean?

Talks between Argentina and holdout bondholders collapsed Wednesday. With no additional talks scheduled, it appears Argentina has defaulted for the second time in about 12 years.

Morning Edition

Why Hamas Is A Bigger Challenge For Israel Now Than In The Past

Christian Science Monitor reporter Christa Case Bryant tells Renee Montagne why the Israeli army is finding Hamas a more formidable foe now than during the 2009 war.

Morning Edition

Life In Gaza Deteriorates As Water, Power Shortages Intensify

Tens of thousands of displaced Gazans face skyrocketing prices for limited water supplies, and severely disrupted electricity service. As well, long lines are developing for staples like bread.

Morning Edition

As Volunteerism Explodes In Popularity, Who's It Helping Most?

More young adults and teens are swapping sun tanning and sightseeing on vacations for working in orphanages, building schools and teaching English abroad.

Widow Of American Ebola Victim Speaks Out

July 31, 2014
Decontee Sawyer, wife of Liberian government official Patrick Sawyer, a U.S. citizen who died from Ebola after traveling from Liberia to Nigeria, cradles her 1-year-old daughter Bella at her home in Coon Rapids, Minn., Tuesday, July 29 (Craig Lassig/AP).

We hear from Decontee Sawyer of Minnesota, whose husband, a Liberian government official, became the first American to die in this outbreak.

Facebook Targets Zambia With Free App

July 31, 2014
Facebook-founded aims to increase Internet accessibility on a global level. (

Altruism or good business? The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson discusses the latest move in Facebook’s initiative.

Deaths In Worst Recorded Ebola Outbreak Top 700

July 31, 2014
UNICEF health workers teach people about the Ebola virus and how to prevent infection in Conakry, Guinea last March. (Youssouf Bah/AP)

The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities.

International Inspectors Return To MH17 Wreckage

July 31, 2014
Inspectors from the Dutch government examine items at the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site on July 21, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

They say there is still untouched wreckage and human remains at the site, which remains under the control of pro-Russian rebel forces.

Israel Vows To Destroy Hamas Tunnels

July 31, 2014
An Israeli army officer gives journalists a tour of a tunnel at the Israel-Gaza Border allegedly used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks. (Jack Guez/AP/Pool)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip “with or without a cease-fire.”

Taking The Temperature Of The US-Russia Face Off

July 31, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  (AP)

The US and Europe face off against Russia. Are we looking at Cold War II? Something hotter?

As War And Conflicts Proliferate, Children Become Unwary Victims And Targets

July 30, 2014
The latest video released by Boko Haram of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls shows the girls dressed in full hijab and chanting passages from the Koran. (Screenshot)

Kids have always suffered during war and crisis, but there’s a sense the burden of instability is being increasingly borne by children.

Argentina Scrambles To Avoid Default

July 30, 2014
Retired citizens await the opening of the Banco Provincia bank headquarters in the financial district near Plaza de Mayo square to collect their pensions, in Buenos Aires on July 30, 2014. Last-ditch talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years were to resume Wednesday in New York, after Tuesday's marathon session failed to reach a deal. (Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)

An American judge has ordered Argentina to make debt payments of $1.5 billion to American creditors. But time is running out.

Over 200,000 Gazans In U.N. Shelters As Fighting Continues

July 30, 2014
A displaced Palestinian child takes shelter at the Abu Hussien UN school in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip after the area was hit earlier in the morning by Israeli shelling on July 30, 2014. Israeli bombardments early on July 30 killed dozens of Palestinians in Gaza, including those at at a UN school, medics said, on day 23 of the Israel-Hamas conflict. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

A strike on a United Nations refugee camp killed at least 20 Palestinians early this morning.

West Bank Simmers As Fighting Continues In Gaza

July 30, 2014
Masked Palestinian militants of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, march during a demonstration against the Israeli military action in Gaza, in Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (Nasser Ishtayeh/AP)

Many Palestinians in the West Bank have little sympathy for Hamas, but the Gaza conflict has seen Palestinians united in their anger.

Amateur Boxing Drops The Headgear In Glasgow

July 30, 2014
Head guards like these are a thing of the past for male boxers at the Commonwealth Games after a 2013 rule change that will also affect the Olympics. (Matt King/Getty Images)

A major change for the sport of boxing is on display at the Commonwealth Games. Male boxers at the Games in Glasgow are fighting without headgear. That same change is also coming to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Boxers have worn headgear during Olympic bouts since the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

Hashtags, Hamas And Israel-Gaza On Social Media

July 30, 2014
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. (AP)

Social media is changing how the world sees and talks about Israel and Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians. We’ll look at the impact.

Watch: President Obama Delivers Statement On Situation In Ukraine

July 29, 2014

President Obama is scheduled to deliver a statement on the situation in Ukraine at 2:50 p.m.

Israel Escalates Campaign Against Hamas

July 29, 2014
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City Tuesday. (Hatem Moussa/AP)

Israel hit symbols of the militant group’s control in Gaza, and fired tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip’s only power plant.

Has Britain’s Economy Fully Recovered?

July 29, 2014
Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney delivers the Bank of England Financial Stability Report to reporters in London on June 26, 2014. (John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images)

Much of the growth is based on advances in the service sector. Still, officials say the British economy is now growing faster than Germany’s.

U.S. ‘Border Crisis’ In A Global Context

July 29, 2014
Immigrants receive food and water after disembarking from an Italian military ship on July 19, 2014 in the port of Salerno, southern Italy, following rescue operations at sea. (Mario Laporta/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill Frelick of Human Rights Watch says what the U.S. is seeing is dwarfed by the massive flow of refugees into other countries, such as Italy.

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