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Cleveland Protesters Arrested After Officer's Acquittal

Cleveland police in riot gear made a number of arrests overnight Saturday as angry residents protested the acquittal of a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects.

All Things Considered

Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As Cleanup Efforts Continue

Workers continue to clean the coastline near Santa Barbara, where some 105,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled. Several pelicans, both dead and alive, have been found soaked in oil.

All Things Considered

Cleveland Simmers In Wake Of Officer's Manslaughter Acquittal

Cleveland residents are on edge after a white police officer was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting deaths of an unarmed black driver and his passenger. The shooting ended a high-speed car chase.

Email Slip Reportedly Reveals United Kingdom Plan For Possible EU Exit

In the communication that The Guardian says it received accidentally from the Bank of England, officials outlined details of the plan known as "Operation Bookend."

Weekend Edition Saturday

Cleveland Police Officer Receives Not Guilty Verdicts

The verdicts for Officer Michael Brelo came on allegations of voluntary manslaughter and lesser charges, stemming from a 2012 police shooting of an unarmed couple.

Cleveland Officer Acquitted In 2012 Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Suspects

Michael Brelo was one of 13 officers involved in the incident that included 137 shots and killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after a high-speed car chase.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Robert Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

The former secretary of defense says that even stepping up the rules of engagement for U.S. troops in Iraq might not keep ISIS in check. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says.

Dozens Dead In Mexican Shootout Between Gangs, Police

At least 43 people were killed in what is being described as the worst gun battle with drug gangs in recent memory.

Weekend Edition Saturday

'They're Not Gang Members': Bikers Protest Mass Arrests In Waco

Bikers claim that many who were arrested in the Waco, Texas, brawl last week were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. But police say the bikers were "known criminal gang members."

Weekend Edition Saturday

Historian May Have Discovered Henry I's Final Resting Place

Yet another English monarch might be buried underneath an English parking lot. Scott Simon has more.

The Last Unicorn

May 26, 2015
The Last Unicorn, by William DeBuys

With guest host Jane Clayson. Endangered species and the search for one of the world’s rarest creatures deep into the wilds of central Laos. Guests William DeBuys, Conservationist and author of The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures.  Azzedine Downes, CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. (@AzzedineTDownes) Reading List The New York […]

What Free Speech Really Means

May 26, 2015
Blogger and activist Pamela Geller speaks at a conference she organized entitled “Stop Islamization of America,” in New York on Sept. 11, 2012. (David Karp/AP)

Two new books on free speech–one by a former New York Times correspondent, the other a Fox News contributor. They don’t see eye to eye—and tell us why.

Farm To Fork: Island Creek Oysters

May 25, 2015
Island Creek Oyster's nursery in Duxbury (Dan Mauzy/WBUR)

We visit Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury as part of our “Farm to Fork” series.

‘Cape Cod Modern’ Tells The Story Of A Hidden Architectural Community

May 25, 2015

We speak to the co-authors of “Cape Cod Modern” about the community of American bohemians and Europeans who built modern houses in the woods of the Outer Cape in the mid-20th century.

Keeping The Esplanade Clean With Border Collies

May 25, 2015
Len Ellis with his daughter Amy on the Esplanade. Lynn and Flo, border collies, sit at their feet.

What’s the secret to keeping the Esplanade clear of geese poop? Chase them away, twice a day, with border collies.

Using Nature’s Signals To Find Your Way

May 25, 2015
John Huth, author of "The Lost Art of Finding Our Way," at Nobscot Scout Reservation in Sudbury. (Meghna Chakrabarti/WBUR)

After nearly get lost in a kayak on a foggy day, John Huth taught himself navigation through purely environmental cues.

Medford Veteran Recalls World War II

May 25, 2015
"A Man from Ohio." (Courtesy, Edward Clark)

Edward Clark shares his experience of going to war and finding his place in the world once he returns home in a trilogy of autobiographies called “A Man from Ohio.”

Veterans Find Comradery Of War In Hike Along Northeast Corridor

May 25, 2015
“The Last Patrol” follows four men linked by combat as they travel the East Coast in honor of a fallen peer. (Guillermo Cervera/Courtesy of HBO)

The documentary “The Last Patrol” by Sebastian Junger is a meditation on war and coming home, following Junger and two veterans as they hike along the railroad lines of the Northeast Corridor.

Regina Carter’s Jazz Goes Almost Everywhere

May 25, 2015
Violinist Regina Carter warms up in the On Point studio on Friday, October 17. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

Regina Carter turns her jazz violin down home with her new album “Southern Comfort.”

It's A Question Of 'Character'

May 25, 2015
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a history of American moral character in his new book, "The Road to Character." Former US Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (R), is one of the subjects he profiles in his books. (David Burnett / AP)

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

Competitive Hoop Rolling: A Wellesley College Tradition

May 23, 2015
Class of 2014 seniors storm the course at the start of the race. (Arthur Pollock/Boston Herald)

For ages, children rolled hoops for fun. The game has faded from popular culture, but at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, a hoop rolling competition has survived. And as society has evolved, so has the definition of what it means to win. Wellesley graduate Zoë Sobel has our story.

‘League Of Outsider Baseball’ And The Sino-Japanese War

May 23, 2015

Baseball has plenty of well-known heroes — guys like Ted Williams and Babe Ruth. But what about the game’s obscure and unappreciated stars? You’ll find some of them in Gary Cieradkowski’s new book, “The League of Outsider Baseball.” The author joins Bill Littlefield to share the story of two pitchers — one Japanese, one Chinese — who went head-to-head in the Pacific Coast League during the Sino-Japanese War.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

May 23, 2015
The Tampa Bay Lightning have gone to some unusual lengths to make sure no one in the stands is wearing New York Rangers gear. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Which league has been worse on the concussion issue, the NHL or the NFL? Can the Lightning silence New York Rangers fans in Tampa Bay? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the week’s news in sports.

‘(Dis)Honesty’ Explores Why People — And Athletes — Cheat

May 23, 2015
Tim Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison after the 2007 NBA betting scandal. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

A new film titled “(Dis)Honesty — The Truth About Lies” looks at why we cheat. Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy and Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke, join Bill Littlefield to discuss dishonesty in sports.

Can A Love Of Horse Racing And A Love Of Animals Co-Exist?

May 23, 2015
Horse racing writer Teresa Genaro arranged for Tie Break to retire in 2011 after his trainer could no longer afford to keep him. The 14-year-old lives at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, N.Y. (Courtesy Teresa Genaro)

With American Pharoah preparing to race for the Triple Crown on June 6 in the Belmont Stakes, we asked turf writer Teresa Genaro to tell us about how she balances her love of horse racing — a sport where the stars are sometimes mistreated — with her love of animals.

American Pharoah Could Win Triple Crown … But Won’t Save Racing

May 23, 2015
(Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal joins Bill Littlefield to predict whether American Pharaoh will be the first to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

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