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Obama Gets One More Vote Closer To 'Yes' On Iran Deal

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley announced he's backing the Iran deal despite "significant shortcomings." It brings Obama within three votes of sustaining a veto against congressional disapproval.

As Democrats Grow Nervous, Clinton Tries To Appeal To Party Leaders

Hillary Clinton tried to rally important Democratic delegates to her side at the party's summer meeting in Minneapolis. But, as she looks increasingly vulnerable, rivals are pressing their own cases.

Jefferson Davis Statue Comes Down At University of Texas

The larger-than-life sculpture of the president of the Confederacy was removed after an appeal to block the move was rejected last week.

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How A Once-White Church Broke Down Racial Barriers

Fifteen years ago, Peoples Church in Cincinnati was called First Christian Assembly of God. After race riots shook the city in 2001, Pastor Chris Beard refocused the church on racial reconciliation.

Motive Still Sought In Fatal Shooting Of Texas Sheriff's Deputy

Authorities have charged 30-year-old Shannon J. Miles in the "execution-style" murder of Deputy Darren Goforth, but investigators have yet to make public any motive for the killing.

Sanders Gaining On Clinton. '2008 All Over Again'?

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has the energy, the enthusiasm and now showing strength in the poll numbers as the Democratic nomination contest looks more and more like a race every day.

A White Teen Was Killed By A Cop And No One Took To The Streets. Is That A Problem?

Chenjerai Kumanyika writes from the small South Carolina town where Zachary Hammond was killed last month and one question is on everyone's mind: "Where's the outrage?"

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Nothing, Not Even Recovery, Moves Quickly In New Orleans

Ten years after hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, former NPR correspondent Gwen Thompkins reports on the struggles of her beloved hometown, New Orleans, to rebuild lives.

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Marginalized Young American-Somalis Look East To Join ISIS

The Twin Cities area has the largest Somali population in America. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Minneapolis Councilman Abdi Warsame about young people arrested for allegedly conspiring to join ISIS.

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Western Wildfires Outpace Weary Firefighting Crews

As Washington State's wildfires rage, high temperatures and winds threaten more land. Firefighter Renee Jack tells NPR's Rachel Martin what it's like to be on the front line.

Re-Examining The Legal Definition Of Sexual Assault

August 31, 2015
While the jury still deliberates, former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie, left, leaves the Merrimack Superior Court at the end of day with security in tow Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Concord, N.H.  Labrie was convicted by a jury of several misdemeanors, but ruled not guilty in the most serious felony sexual assault charges. (AP)

A verdict in the New Hampshire prep school rape trial. And calls for changing sexual assault laws.

Looking Past A Shooting At American Gun Culture

August 31, 2015
A television photographer takes video of a memorial for the two slain journalist in front of the studios of WDBJ-TV7 in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from the station were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday.  (AP)

Lessons from the Roanoke TV shootings. We’ll look at the way forward with the New York Times’ Nick Kristof and other top thinkers.

Is It Time To Put Diver Greg Louganis On The Wheaties Box?

August 29, 2015
Julie Sondgerath says Greg Louganis is the best diver of all time. (Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images)

Olympic champion Greg Louganis might be the best diver of all time, but he never appeared on the front of the Wheaties box. Julie Sondgerath has started a petition to change that, and she joins Bill Littlefield.

No Sibling Rivalry Here: Katie And Michael Ledecky

August 29, 2015
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At this month’s world swimming championships in Russia, Katie Ledecky won five gold medals. There to cheer her on was her No. 1 fan: older brother Michael. The Ledecky siblings join Bill Littlefield to talk about their close relationship, their earliest days in the pool and Katie’s first win against her brother.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

August 29, 2015
Don't celebrate too soon! But the Chicago Cubs just might make the play-offs this year. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

This year, some universities will begin to cover the full cost of attendance for athletes, but football players at Cincinnati have to follow the rules to get their checks. Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce says this might be another way to exploit free labor. Plus, Bill and Charlie will discuss the Chicago Cubs’ likely playoff berth.

‘Year Of The Dunk’ Extends Above The Rim

August 29, 2015
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Having beaten cancer and entering into his mid-30s, Asher Price set out on a quest to dunk a basketball for the first time in his life. Price chronicles that year-long journey in his book, “The Year of the Dunk: A Modest Defiance of Gravity.” The author joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his attempt and to share what he learned.

Fowling: Football-Bowling Hybrid Strikes Detroit

August 29, 2015
Chris Hutt has turned a sport he invented into a full-time job. (Zak Rosen/Only A Game)

What do you get when you combine football and bowling? Fowling! Reporter Zak Rosen visited the Fowling Warehouse in Detroit and shares the story of the sport’s origins.

Rugby Star Leaves Australia For Try At The NFL

August 29, 2015
Jarryd Hayne was an Australian-Rules Football League MVP. Now, Hayne is trying to make the San Francisco Giants roster. (Getty Images)

Jarryd Hayne, a two-time National Rugby League MVP, was due to make $4 million this season in Australia. Instead, he left his home country to try and make it in the NFL. He’s been impressive in his pre-season showings for the 49ers. Julie Tullberg, former sports editor for Melbourne’s Herald Sun, joins Bill Littlefield to discuss Hayne’s chances at an NFL career.

The Future Of Sports Betting, The Mets’ Surge And The Value Of ‘Team Chemistry’

August 29, 2015
New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

Should sports betting be legalized? Does “team chemistry” really matter? And how about those Mets? Best-selling author George Vecsey and Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports join Bill Littlefield for this week’s rendition of 3 Stories You Should Know.

10 Years Post-Katrina, The Role Of Sports In New Orleans’ Recovery

August 29, 2015
Katrina ravaged the Superdome like it did to much of New Orleans. But 10 years later. Tthe Superdome has been back in use, but parts of the city have yet to be restored. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

In the days after Hurricane Katrina, the Superdome was a place of desperation in New Orleans. How did it become a symbol of the city’s ongoing recovery? Bill Littlefield speaks with Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden.

Commentary: How Comedians Would Rank The Presidential Candidates

August 28, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pulls his hair back to show that it is not a toupee while speaking during a rally at the TD Convention Center Thursday in Greenville, S.C. (Richard Shiro/AP)

Before Labor Day signals the beginning of more serious political analysis, let’s review how comedians have been treating the 2016 presidential candidates.

How One Mass. Town Adopted A City Devastated By Hurricane Katrina

August 28, 2015
Homes were left in ruin, including these in St. Bernard Parish near New Orleans, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Wayland became a sister city to Waveland, Miss.

Personal Trainer Regulations Have Gyms Sweating

August 28, 2015
Dawn Lillington does a deadlift during a CrossFit workout at Ross Valley CrossFit on March 14, 2014 in San Anselmo, California. CrossFit, a high intensity workout regimen that is a constantly varied mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics and Olympic weight lifting, is one of the fastest growing fitness programs in the world. The grueling cult-like core strength and conditioning program is popular with firefighters, police officers, members of the military and professional athletes. Since its inception in 2000, the number of CrossFit affiliates, or 'boxes' has skyrocketed to over 8,500 worldwide with more opening every year. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Physical Therapy Board in Washington, D.C. is preparing new guidelines that would place further requirements on the industry.

Ruling Gives Unions Leverage In Negotiations With Franchises

August 28, 2015
Juan Hernandez, 8, protests with his mother, who works for McDonald's, and other fast food workers and community activists outside a McDonald's restaurant in the Loop on June 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The protesters were calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The demonstration was staged to coincide with the 4th hearing of the Wage Board in New York City as it debates the $15-dollar-per-hour increase for its workers. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The ruling from the National Labor Relations Board gave contract workers and employees of franchises more leverage to unionize.

Californians Cut Water Use By 31 Percent Last Month

August 28, 2015
Gillian Flaccus' daughter leaned to brush her teeth without leaving the water running at the family's home, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 near Los Angeles. Flaccus, an Associated Press reporter, and her husband are using the California drought to teach their children life lessons about conservation. (Chris Carlson/AP)

New data shows that residents have surpassed the mandatory water restrictions for the second month in a row.

After Katrina, New Orleans Media Didn’t Leave

August 28, 2015
Times-Picayune staff photographer Alex Brandon swims away from the paper in the flooded city of New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Brandon had swam to the building to get a memory card of photos to the paper. (Bill Haber/AP)

The hurricane shut down the Times-Picayune’s presses but that didn’t stop the staff from covering the storm around the clock.

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