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2:31 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Teacher Tenure Challenge Spreads From California To New York

Campbell Brown of the Partnership for Educational Justice, with plaintiffs in their New York teacher tenure lawsuit.
Gwynne Hogan WNYC

Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting a second-class education in the U.S.?

That question is now at the center of the heated debate over teacher tenure. In New York today, a group of parents and advocates, led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown, filed a suit challenging state laws that govern when teachers can be given tenure and how they can be fired once they have it.

As WNYC's Beth Fertig reported, Brown announced the suit on the steps of City Hall:

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Goats and Soda
2:28 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Taliban In Pakistan Derails World Polio Eradication

A health worker gives a child the polio vaccine in Bannu, Pakistan, June 25. More than a quarter-million children in Taliban-controlled areas are likely to miss their immunizations.
A. Majeed AFP/Getty Images

Last January Salma Jaffar was shot while she was going door to door in Karachi, giving children drops of the polio vaccine.

"Even when they took out the pistol, I couldn't understand why he was taking out the gun," Jaffar says of the two men who pulled up on a motorcycle and started shooting at the vaccination team.

"But when he opened fire, that is when I thought it was the end of the life," she says. "My first thought was that I won't be able to see my children again."

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Law
2:27 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

In Colo., An Effort To Ease Court Confusion Over Same-Sex Marriage

The Colorado attorney general has asked the state's Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages. As Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee reports, he's trying to have the matter both ways — dropping his opposition to lawsuits against the state's gay marriage ban, while still pushing the courts to continue enforcing it.

Politics
2:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

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Commentary
2:23 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut, Sometimes You Just Drive One

After graduation, Mason Kerwick landed a nutty job — quite literally. For the next year, he'll drive the Planters Peanut Nutmobile, marketing the peanut brand. His first assignment? Driving the peanut-shaped truck into New York City for Macy's July Fourth parade.

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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets

A family checks in for an American Airlines flight at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport
Scott Olson Getty Images

The House voted Monday to allow airlines to advertise lower prices for their routes.

The Transparent Airfares Act, which was approved with minimal debate, would overturn a 2012 rule that requires airlines to post the full price of tickets, including taxes and fees.

Shoppers are smart enough to figure out the price of an airline ticket without federal regulation, said Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio, a bill cosponsor.

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Europe
2:13 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

International Court Rules Against Russia In $50 Billion Decision

Russia says it will appeal an unfavorable decision by a court in The Hague. The Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded $50 billion to shareholders of the defunct Yukos oil company. Russia seized the company in 2003 and put owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky in jail on tax and fraud charges.

Education
2:11 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Teacher Tenure Fight Spills Into N.Y., Where A New Lawsuit Brews

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Business
2:11 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

A Deal Between 'Dollar' Stores Raises The Stakes Against Wal-Mart

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Middle East
2:09 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

An Uneasy End To Ramadan In Gaza, Where Fighting Intensifies Once More

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Shots - Health News
1:43 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Medicare Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed

Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which finances about half of the health program for seniors and the disabled, won't run out of money until 2030, the program's trustees said Monday. That's four years later than projected last year, and 13 years later than projected the year before the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

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Movie Interviews
1:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei'

George Takei's personal story is illuminated in the new, funny documentary To Be Takei.
Victoria Will AP

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:44 pm

Many fans know George Takei from his role as Mr. Sulu on the 1960s show Star Trek. But in the past decade, he has drawn followers who admire him because of who he is — not just who he has played. Now, the new documentary To Be Takei may interest more people in Takei's life.

Takei's personal story offers insights into a couple of key chapters of American political and cultural history.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:12 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Jessica Williams On Piano Jazz

Jessica Williams.
Jimmy and Deana Katz Courtesy of the artist

Pianist and composer Jessica Williams has gained critical acclaim and multiple Grammy nominations for her writing and remarkable skill at the keyboard. Dave Brubeck called her "one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard."

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1992, Williams solos on "Why Do I Love You" and joins host McPartland for "Straight, No Chaser" — one of two Thelonious Monk tunes during the session.

Originally broadcast in the spring of 1992.

Song Travels
1:11 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Nick Waterhouse On 'Song Travels'

Nick Waterhouse.
Naj Jamai Courtesy of the artist

Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Nick Waterhouse has been called "the young man who makes old R&B" (LA Weekly). His first single, "Some Place," was recorded in an all-analog studio and released on vinyl. Although his records recall the sound of the 1950s, his style is all his own.

On this Song Travels, Waterhouse joins host Michael Feinstein to shares his love of 45 rpm records and raw, live rock 'n' roll. Joined by Jay B. Flatt on piano, the session includes his original songs "Sleeping Pills" and "Hands on the Clock."

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Music Reviews
12:52 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:30 pm

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The Salt
12:27 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties

An "Out of Stock" sticker on a menu picture of chicken nuggets at a McDonald's store in Hong Kong on July 25, 2014. A U.S. company that supplies meat to some fast food chains in China has pulled all its products, some of which were chicken nuggets sold in Hong Kong, made by a Chinese subsidiary.
Kin Cheung AP

A U.S. company that supplies meat to some of the world's largest fast food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a Chinese subsidiary, after reports that it was selling expired products.

The food safety scandal that erupted in China in the last week has also spread overseas, affecting chain restaurants in Japan and Hong Kong and prompted calls for tighter food safety regulation in China.

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines

A Boeing 737 jetliner operated by Southwest awaits loading at the Little Rock, Ark., airport.
Danny Johnston AP

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that it intends to fine Southwest Airlines $12 million for flying Boeing 737 airplanes without making proper repairs.

Beginning in 2006, Southwest began "extreme makeover" alterations to address cracking of aluminum skin on 44 jetliners, the FAA said in a news release.

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World Cafe
12:08 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

World Cafe Next: Sam Morrow

Sam Morrow.
Memry Anderson Courtesy of the artist

For our World Cafe: Next this week we are featuring the music of Sam Morrow's debut album, Ephemeral. Morrow is from the South. He's in his early 20s. His songs are almost all influenced by his recent struggle with addiction and the insights of its aftermath. But by no means is the album depressing — particularly the tracks we'll play today. Meet Sam Morrow.

Favorite Sessions
11:58 am
Mon July 28, 2014

KEXP Presents: Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett performs a show at Seattle's The Triple Door for KEXP VIPs.
Matthew B. Thompson KEXP

Courtney Barnett may prefer the mundane, but that doesn't mean we have to. In the songs on her debut album, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, really two early EPs mashed together, the young Australian singer-songwriter relates with hyperfocus the details of a day and moments of simply average significance. A failed attempt at gardening, an invitation to a friendly gathering, a post-breakup rant, an after-party adventure, a concerned call from mom — this can all happen to you!

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies

Margot Adler, seen here in 2006, was a longtime reporter for NPR. She died Monday following a battle with cancer.
Michael Paras NPR

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 2:20 pm

Margot Adler, one of the signature voices on NPR's airwaves for more than three decades, died Monday at her home in New York City. She was 68 and had been battling cancer.

Margot joined the NPR staff as a general assignment reporter in 1979. She went on to cover everything from the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic to confrontations involving the Ku Klux Klan in Greensboro, N.C., to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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