The Two-Way
2:47 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

ISIS: An Islamist Group Too Extreme Even For Al-Qaida

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria celebrate on vehicles taken from Iraqi security forces in Mosul, Iraq, on Thursday.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 6:26 pm

The Sunni militant group ISIS, known for its brutal tactics and harsh interpretation of Shariah law, is pushing farther into Iraq. The organization is considered so extreme that even al-Qaida leaders want nothing to do with it.

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Texas Matters
2:08 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Looking At Both Sides Of "Reparative Therapy"

Texas Matters: In their new platform, the Republican Party of Texas has called for a right to reparative therapy – a controversial method that claims to turn gay people straight. We look deeper into this therapy practice that critics say doesn’t work.

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Shots - Health News
2:01 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

6 Questions About Contraception Coverage And The Supreme Court

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store on March 25, in Antioch, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 7:06 am

One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one seeking to guarantee no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance plans.

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Movie Reviews
1:58 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths

Jenny Slate plays Donna, a standup comic who gets pregnant after sleeping with an earnest, Vermont-bred business student named Max (Jake Lacy).
Courtesy of A24 Films

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 3:33 pm

Obvious Child centers on Donna Stern, an aspiring standup comic in her late 20s who's out of her depth in the grown-up world. After getting smashed and having unprotected sex with a guy she barely knows, Donna discovers she's pregnant and decides to have an abortion. It shouldn't be a particularly earthshaking turn. But in a world of rom-coms like Knocked Up and Juno, in which the heroines make the heartwarming decision to go ahead with their pregnancies, this modest little indie movie feels momentous.

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Author Interviews
1:58 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:34 am

Scott Anderson's book explains how British officer T.E. Lawrence used his knowledge of Arab culture and medieval history to advance British causes. Originally broadcast Aug. 19, 2013.

NPR Story
1:56 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

States Reconsider Common Core

Richard Burton works with his second grade class at George Buck Elementary School in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The day before, Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill that made Indiana the first state to revoke the Common Core standards. (AJ Mast/AP Photo)

The Common Core education standards have been a point of contention for school boards around the country. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards which aim to create a more homogenous education across the country.

While many states signed on, some states have already completely dropped the program and others make modifications in state legislatures where there are currently more than 340 bills addressing college and career readiness programs.

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NPR Story
1:56 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

College Sports Legal Battle Wraps Up First Week

Former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev., in September 2010. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

The biggest legal battle in college sports history is wrapping up its first week of arguments in a courtroom in Oakland, California.

Former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon is the lead plaintiff in a class action suit against the NCAA.

Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca discusses what’s at stake in the lawsuit with host Jeremy Hobson.

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NPR Story
1:56 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

In Connecticut, The Charles W. Morgan Sails Again

After months of preparation, the oldest wooden whaling ship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan, began her 38th voyage as she is towed down the Mystic River on her way to New London. (Brad Clift/WNPR)

The only wooden whaling ship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan, has just emerged from a painstaking five-year restoration, and is about to depart on its 38th voyage into the waters of the Atlantic.

But instead of hunting whales, today, the Morgan is all about saving them.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, WNPR’S J Holt has the story.

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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Man Exonerated By DNA Faces New Murder Charge

An undated photo of Andre Davis provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections before his release in July 2012 on exculpatory DNA evidence. Davis is now facing a new murder charge.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 2:06 pm

A man who spent 32 years behind bars for rape and murder before DNA evidence exonerated him in 2012 is facing a new murder charge in Chicago for allegedly cutting a man's throat.

Andre Davis is being held without bond after being charged with murder and kidnapping in the death of Jamal Harmon, 19.

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NBA Finals
1:25 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Spurs Fans Brave Weather, Greet Team At Airport Gate

Spurs fans greeting the team at the San Antonio International Airport
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat last night by a score of 107-86, the second game in row with 20 point edge. In a sea of silver and black, fans of the Spurs crowded outside the team's private airport terminal early this morning to wait for the team to arrive back home.

About 200 fans stood under flashing skies following a torrential downpour less than an hour before. A DJ played music to keep them entertained. Superfan Lindsey Garcia said she drove from Lytle to welcome the team.

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