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President Trump says the U-S needs new laws to cut down on illegal immigration. But illegal border crossings are actually down since 2000.

Meanwhile, asylum cases are up.

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W. Kamau Bell has a new Netflix stand-up comedy special called Private School Negro.  His CNN series United Shades of America is in its third season. And he has a new web miniseries investigating his ancestry and turning up some big surprises—including one about his white great-great-grandfather.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and his 7-piece band, The Night Sweats, got their big break in 2015 when they performed "S.O.B." on The Tonight Show, and the song went platinum. On this encore edition of the World Cafe, they join host Talia Schlanger in the studio to share about some of the tough conversations that inspired their latest album, Tearing at the Seams. And we'll hear what happened to Nathaniel's faith and his relationship to music after losing his religious father at a young age. Plus, an explosive live performance.

California Update for Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Jun 27, 2018
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• The Supreme Court struck down California’s Reproductive Fact Act Tuesday, siding with anti-abortion groups who argued the policy tread on free speech.


• An initiative that would allow Internet users to learn what companies like Facebook and Google know about them — and stop the sharing or selling of their data — has qualified for California’s November ballot.


Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola

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This week on Friends of the Blues,  music from John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Valerie Wellington, and Albert Castiglia. Also, Kim Wilson, Hash Brown’s Texas Blues Revue f/ Sam Myers & ZuZu Bollin, Tommy Castro, and Tab Benoit.

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As Mexico prepares for elections, the country faces an unprecedented wave of political violence. More than 100 candidates and campaign workers have been killed this election season.

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Host Terry Gross talks with journalist Alissa Quart, author of the new book Squeezed.  And we hear from Frank Newsome, who sings acapella hymns in a style that’s one of the oldest American music traditions. He’s a former Virginia coal miner who now has black lung disease. Join us. 


The Ruen Brothers channel 1950s rock n roll on their debut album, All My Shades of Blue. After years spent honing their skills in the pubs of Northern England, the brothers recently traveled to Malibu to record with legendary producer Rick Rubin, receiving some extra help from famous musicians like Lana Del Rey and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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• California lawmakers hope voters will free up $2 billion in housing bonds for the homeless that have been stalled in court.


• The Red Cross has set up a shelter due to the Pawnee Fire in Lake County that has forced three-thousand people to evacuate.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Drew Sandsor.

On this week’s Mountain Stage, Shemekia Copeland, John Németh & The Blue Dreamers, Bridget Kearney, T Sisters, and Edward David Anderson.

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On the next Fresh Air the ongoing crisis with contaminated water and lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan. Terry Gross talks with pediatrician and public health advocate Mona Hanna Attisha, about the research that led her to sound the alarm back in 2015.  Nearly three years later, she still doesn’t drink tap water there.  She’s now the director of an initiative to deal with the crisis.


We’re bringing the funk – specifically we’re bringing the sound of GO-GO -  to the world café with Rare Essence, one of the pioneers of go-go music, from the city where it was born: Washington DC. they’ve been making music for over four decades. We’ll talk about the origins of Go Go music, why call and response is a MUST and have one heck of a dance party.

Thursday, June 28th, marks 49 years since the Stonewall riots launched the modern day LGBT civil rights movement.  They weren’t the first riots of their kind to happen in the country, but they were the first to make headlines.

Sunday’s LGBTQ pride celebrations commemorated the riots at Stonewall and all the others that fueled the movement.  Today’s Outbeat News segment takes a look back when it all started.

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California Update for Monday, June 25, 2018

Jun 25, 2018
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• Californians will vote this fall on whether to strengthen the state’s laws governing how farm animals are confined and raised.


• A new report from the state health department shows that more than half of people who requested lethal drugs under California's aid-in-dying law last year died after taking the medication. The policy is currently tied up in a legal battle.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

This week on Milk Street Radio, water fights (and eating well) in Myanmar; cheesier pasta; and Adam Gopnik on wine and philosophy. Also a recipe for Coconut–Lemon Grass Shrimp with Rice.

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What will it take to begin to heal the deep wounds between women and men? What is the role of men in this transformation? Cynthia Brix and Will Keepin from Gender Reconciliation International say that only by bringing these wounds into the light can we heal them. Patriarchy destroys men’s souls, too, so a revolution in gender relations can liberate women and men.

Are GMOs the answer to our planet’s food shortage? Or do they jeopardize our health, crops, and climate by creating a destructive cycle of Roundup resistance? Like many issues these days, it depends on who you believe. Supporters of genetically modified organisms say that altering the DNA of corn and other crops is just another tool in the farmers’ toolbox - an innovation that will help feed a world whose food production has been disrupted by climate change.


Some scientists say we’re in a new geological age where humans are having an unprecedented impact on Earth. This hour, TED speakers ask what this means for the future of our planet, and our species.

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On this program, we're highlighting a new project from bassist and composer Ark Ovrutski, called "Journey Moments," which includes two players who have become almost "regulars" on this show, pianist Benito Gonzalez and drummer McClenty Hunter Jr.. Ark Ovrutski grew up in Ukraine. He was born in Kiev and started out on violin as a child. His father loved jazz, and pretty soon so did Ark, who switched to the bass, and cites Charles Mingus as a major inspiration.

Your favorite new artists of 2018 (so far) are largely genre-defying. From the whimsical, idiosyncratic pop collective Superorganism to the Sudanese-inspired violin, electronics and hip-hop beats of Sudan Archives, the bands most mentioned in last week's listener poll largely defy categorization. They borrow indiscriminately, playing with influences and synthesizing disparate sounds, all the while exposing the arbitrariness of music classifications.

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A lot of things can make it difficult to raise a child, but what if you have to do it from the inside of a prison? Snap proudly presents Ear Hustle's "Thick Glass.”

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Democrats are pretty united in how they feel about President Trump. But they’re wrestling with each other over what their party is, and what it stands for. In this year's pivotal midterms, before Democrats slug it out with Republicans, they’re slugging it out with each other.

On the next Fresh Air - The secret doomsday plans in case of nuclear attack to maintain the continuity of government.  Terry Gross talks with Garret Graff, author of the book Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S, Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die.  It’s now out in paperback. 

Performing as Kississippi, Zoe Reynolds crafts confident, emotional songs about love and loss. Her music is inspired by the songwriting style of Liz Phair and the emotionally-charged work of Dashboard Confessional – who, in a dream come true, invited Kississippi to open for them on a recent tour. On the next World Cafe, Zoe joins host Talia Schlanger to perform a solo set and discuss her radiant debut album, Sunset Blush.

California Update for Friday, June 22, 2018

Jun 22, 2018
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• Proponents of an initiative headed for the November ballot that would give Californians new Internet privacy rights have reached a deal with state lawmakers.


• A bill that moves California toward eliminating daylight saving time is on its way to the Governor’s desk. Proponents of the change say shifting the clock is bad for our health.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola.

To kick off the summer season, American Routes is riding the airwaves to exotic destinations, swinging and surfing to all manner of beachside rhythms from the Beach Boys, Toots and the Maytals, Wilco, and the Kinks. We also stay home to bask in the sultry heat of "Summertime," composed by George Gershwin and novelist Dubose Heyward in 1934 for the opera Porgy and Bess. It's one of the most covered tunes in the American songbook with over thirty thousand renditions. We'll hear takes from Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Sam Cooke, and the Zombies.

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Polls show that President Trump's policy of separating children from migrant families at the southern border was opposed by a majority of American voters, but supported by most Republicans. This week, President Trump reversed that policy - signing an executive order that would require migrant families to be detained together.

The House could vote on TWO immigration bills, but neither one appears likely to pass.

Republicans are split and Democrats are angry over family separation. What's next for immigration legislation on the next on All Things Considered from NPR News.

California Update for Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018
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• A push for California to establish its own “net neutrality” doctrine, after the Trump administration rescinded federal rules, has technically advanced in the state Legislature. But the bill’s author says his proposal has been “eviscerated."

• The hostile takeover of the net neutrality bill isn’t the first time the California Legislature has obliterated a measure without an author’s consent. But similar power plays in recent years haven't always worked.