Trump Delays Immigration Raids, Giving Democrats 'Two Weeks' To Change Asylum Laws

Updated at 7:25 p.m. ET President Trump is delaying immigration raids that were set to begin this weekend, saying he will give Congress two weeks to make changes to asylum law before dispatching Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents around the country to deport undocumented immigrants. Immigration rights advocates had been preparing for the planned sweep of recently arrived migrants, which, according to sources familiar with the planned raids, were set to begin as soon as Sunday in 10...

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Is the United States really a democracy? What will the EU look like in 50 years? What should 2020 candidates be doing to demonstrate civility? Those are just a few of the questions we received from Democracy Works listeners around the country and around the world. This week, the Democracy Works team answers some of those questions about democracy and the topics we've covered on the show.


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Evergreen park in Kane has 19 acres of lush greenery and, as the name suggests, tall pine trees.  This is where the artists gather each year to sell their wares at the annual Art in the Wilds juried art show.

“We have 40 artists, all in their own white tents,” says Marilyn Blackmore.  She grew up in Kane, and is executive director of Art in the Wilds. 

This I Believe: I Believe In High Heels

Jun 20, 2019

I believe in high heels.

I can still remember prancing around the living room of my childhood apartment in my mother’s white satin stiletto sling backs. They were a gift from my father and she wore them for special occasions. When my mother took an afternoon nap, I quietly removed the shoes from their box, slid them over my small feet and stepped out across the parquet floor. I felt great. I couldn’t wait to grow up and wear heels every single day.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signs one of the nation's most restrictive abortion bills, banning the procedure on or beyond eight weeks of pregnancy, Friday, May 24, 2019 in Jefferson City, Mo.
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There aren’t many students in Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Student Union this time of year, but the community members and students who are there have mixed thoughts about the abortion laws passed by almost a dozen states in recent months.

Aman Kaur from State College said women should be able to make their own decisions when it comes to ending a pregnancy.

Three-quarters of the Cuba family standing near home plate at Heindl Memorial Field.
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Loud cheering is typical for a Tuesday evening at the Ruth and Dennis Heindl Memorial field in DuBois. The field hosts the Challenger League on Tuesday and Thursday nights – a league meant specifically for mentally and physically disabled athletes – but according to League Commissioner Bill Cuba the league started ten years ago on a dirt softball field with only two teams.

We tend to think about congressional oversight in very academic terms — checks and balances, the Framers, etc. But what does it actually look like on the ground in Congress? To find out, we're talking this week with Charlie Dent, who served Congress for more than a decade until his retirement in 2018. He argues that amid all the talk about subpoenas, impeachment, and what Congress is not able to do, we're losing sight of the things they can do to hold the executive branch accountable.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on June 15, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Conor Oberst, Merle Travis, R.L. Burnside, Etta James, The Black Keys, Robert Johnson, Chris Smither, John Lee Hooker, Greg Brown, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Frank Zappa, and more.

In the second hour, hear Dave Spenser & Barkerville Smith, Albert King, Corky Siegel, Larry Gamer, Eric Bibb, David Honeyboy Edwards, Big Time Sarah, Cephas & Wiggins, B.B. King, and more.

Charles Fergus' "A Stranger Here Below" is set in Pennsylvania in the 1830s, but draws from the author's real-world experiences.
Charles Fergus

A writer and native of central Pennsylvania, Charles Fergus is best known for his books and articles about nature and wildlife. But, his latest book is a mystery novel and period piece.

Set in Pennsylvania in the 1830s, “A Stranger Here Below” is the story of Sheriff Gideon Stoltz trying to understand what would lead the local judge to kill himself. The book draws on Fergus’s expertise as a nature writer and his personal experience with murder. 

WPSU Jazz Archive - June 14, 2019

Jun 14, 2019
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on June 14, 2019 and hosted by Rana Glick. 

In the first part, hear tracks from Steve Rudolph, Tomasz Stanko Quintet, Betty Carter, Phillip Glass, Eric Reed, and more.

In the second hour, hear Chris Botti, Milt Jackson, Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis, Josephine Baker, Jacky Terrasson, Gary Burton, Joey D. Francesco, and more.

BookMark: "Fallen Mountains" By Kimi Cunningham Grant

Jun 13, 2019

“Fallen Mountains” is Kimi Cunningham Grant’s first novel, but hopefully not her last. The book details life in the fictional town of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania. Grant grew up in Huntingdon, which lends to the small-town Central Pennsylvania feel when she describes the residents of this close-knit community. In fact, Grant lives here now and teaches in a local school district.


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Trump Delays Immigration Raids, Giving Democrats 'Two Weeks' To Change Asylum Laws

Updated at 7:25 p.m. ET President Trump is delaying immigration raids that were set to begin this weekend, saying he will give Congress two weeks to make changes to asylum law before dispatching Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents around the country to deport undocumented immigrants. Immigration rights advocates had been preparing for the planned sweep of recently arrived migrants, which, according to sources familiar with the planned raids, were set to begin as soon as Sunday in 10...

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'It Hurt. And It Was Against My Will': Trump Accuser Stands By Her Story

The advice columnist who says President Trump sexually assaulted her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s says she is "very glad" she published her accusation, even as the president denied her story on Saturday and claimed he had "no idea who she is." E. Jean Carroll spoke to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro on Weekend Edition . She reiterated that Trump assaulted her in the '90s. "It hurt. And it was against my will," she said. Trump on Saturday doubled down on his denial and...

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At Sunday School, Jimmy Carter Extends Praise To Trump For Restraint On Iran

For the second time since breaking his hip a month ago, former President Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Ga. this weekend. Addressing an audience of approximately 500, the 94 year old used his scripture lesson to discuss a topic he is intimately familiar with: Iran. "I agree with President Trump on his decision not to take military action against Iran ," he said. "I had a lot of problems with Iran when I was in office." Carter's remarks...

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Doctors Learn The Nuts And Bolts Of Robotic Surgery

Across the country, surgeons are learning to use more than just scalpels and forceps. In the past decade, a growing number of medical institutions have invested in the da Vinci robot, the most common device used to perform robot-assisted, or robotic, surgery. Compared to traditional open surgery, robotic surgery is minimally invasive and recovery time is often shorter, making the technology attractive to patients and doctors. But the da Vinci surgical system is expensive, costing as much as ...

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Meet The Residents Of A Norwegian Island Who Want To Kill Time — Literally

It's midnight in Sommaroy, but the sun is still shining on this Norwegian island. The clock strikes 12, but the island's residents are playing, working, fishing and socializing. Nighttime commands sleep, but Sommaroy doesn't want to listen. If the 350 residents of Sommaroy get their way, the clocks will stop ticking and the alarms will cease their noise. A campaign to do away with timekeeping on the island has gained momentum as Norway's parliament considers the island's petition. "Why do we...

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A New Hope: Seal Learns To Sing Star Wars Theme

Researchers at Scotland's University of St Andrews have coaxed a seal to "sing" the first notes of the Star Wars theme song and "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star". In a video released by the university , a gray seal named Zola hears a computer play the first seven notes of the Star Wars theme, and then barks the tune back, stretching the last two notes. University of St Andrews / YouTube Amanda Stansbury did the research while earning her Ph.D. at St Andrews under Vincent Janik, the director of...

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Opinion: The 'Filthy And Uncomfortable Circumstances' Of Detained Migrant Children

If you knew of a child who was being forced by a parent or guardian to sleep on a cold concrete floor, in overcrowded surroundings, with screaming lights always on overhead that made it hard to sleep, with limited access to a bathroom, no way to brush their teeth, no soap and no towel — would you do something? Call the police or juvenile authorities to say, "A child is being mistreated. You should do something." This week, the U.S. government went to court to argue that it's acceptable to...

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Amazon Explores Having Its Drones Provide 'Home Surveillance' For Customers

Going on vacation and want some extra security around your home? Someday you may be able to call Amazon's drones. The Seattle tech giant is moving closer to making that scenario a real possibility after winning approval from federal officials this month for a patent for "home surveillance" drones. Company officials stress that the plan is still in its infancy, but the patent papers describe a future in which Amazon customers order drones to hover around a home and scan for things such as a...

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This Tiny Desk Contestant Rapped A Love Letter To Her Immigrant Mother

Quinn Christopherson may be the winner of the 2019 Tiny Desk Contest, but this year's 6,000-plus entries included many outstanding performances. One of those standouts came from rapper Ruby Ibarra and her band The Balikbayans, a group of Filipino-American musicians based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Ibarra — who was born in Tacloban City in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States with her family in the 1990s — calls the song she submitted, "Someday," an ode to her mother....

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Tsampa: The Tibetan Cereal That Helped Spark An Uprising

On rare occasions as a kid, Renzin Yuthok and his family got to share a special breakfast. They'd gather around a table in their home in Bellevue, Wash., his dad would roll tsampa flour, butter and tea into balls called pa, and then he'd hand them out to his kids. The meal served a symbolic purpose for Yuthok: "From a very young age, [Tibetans] are taught that ... reclaiming our homeland ... is what our highest aspiration could be," he says. Yuthok's family fled Tibet in the 1950s, but their...

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'I Didn't Think It Was Possible': North Carolina City Rings In Its First LGBTQ Pride

On a beautiful June afternoon in the Blue Ridge Mountains, dozens of tiny rainbow flags lead the way toward a park pavilion. A couple walks up to the pavilion, each holding a gallon of iced tea. In the parking lot, people are unloading their lawn chairs. The small city of Hendersonville, N.C., celebrated Pride for the first time. Unlike many Pride celebrations in bigger cities, there was no parade or festival. It was a potluck picnic. Hendersonville is about 30 miles from the scenic, eclectic...

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'Stonewall' Opera Marks Uprising's 50th Anniversary

June 28 marks the 50th anniversary of an event that proved to be a catalyst for a simmering gay-rights movement. On that day in 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. Now a new opera, Stonewall , at the New York City Opera , dramatizes that historic moment. The idea for the opera, which was commissioned for NYCO's 75th anniversary, came from Michael Capasso, the organization's general director. Capasso points to the NYCO ideals that align with the show. "City Opera had...

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Move Over, Goat Yoga. Alaskans Now Have Reindeer Yoga

If you want to incorporate quality time with animals into your yoga practice, you have a lot of options these days. There's puppy yoga, cat yoga, and perhaps the most famous — goat yoga . Now, in Fairbanks, Alaska, there's a new offering: a yoga class with fauna particular to the cold northern climes of the subarctic. Reindeer. In a grassy pen at the Running Reindeer Ranch, adult and baby reindeer are milling around — grazing, nosing curiously at water bottles, and pawing yoga mats as people...

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14 Essential Summer Festivals And Concerts, As Chosen By NPR Music Stations

If you're looking for some of the best possible music-festival experiences this summer, look no further. Below you'll find a list of some of the festivals, concerts and other performances that our NPR member stations don't want you to miss. Whether it's pop, jazz, punk or the latest in Latin music, there's a live event to fit every taste, suitable for any summer road trip, day trip or weekend getaway. It's a great way to discover new music or experience some of your favorite headliners in...

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1st-Time Homebuyers Are Getting Squeezed Out By Investors

It's gotten a lot harder for first-time homebuyers to nab that dream house. The pool of smaller, affordable starter houses is low. And increasingly, first-time homebuyers are competing with investors who are buying up these homes. Last year, investors accounted for 1 in 5 starter-priced homes, according to data released by CoreLogic on Thursday. The rate of investor purchases of starter homes has been rising and has nearly doubled since 1999. Tonya Jones, a Realtor in metro Atlanta, says it...

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Could FDR Have Saved Anne Frank? Historian Looks Back At World War II Immigration Quotas

Anne Frank, the Jewish girl famous for chronicling her experiences under Nazi rule in her diary, would have turned 90 this month. Frank was 15 years old when she died in a concentration camp in 1945. Franks diary entries, written while she was in hiding with her family in the Netherlands, have been widely read around the world. But what is less known about her story is how Frank, and the millions of people like her trying to escape the Nazis, could have been saved including by the United...

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