Pitching A 'Clintonville' Protest During The Democratic Convention

As tens of thousands of politicians, party delegates and protesters swept through the City of Brotherly Love this week for the Democratic National Convention, dozens of homeless Philadelphians and out-of-towners pitched tents on a grassy lot.They were part of a protest over the four days of the convention organized by Cheri Honkala, a Philadelphia-based activist with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.She put together a similar demonstration during Pope Francis' visit to...
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Man Charged In Fatal Boat Crash

A 24-year-old man has been charged with leaving the scene of a boat crash that killed an 8-year-old girl from Carlsbad, California who was vacationing at Lake George in the southern Adirondacks.
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Adam Summers used to trade Snickers bars to get free CT scans of dead fish.

He likes fish. A lot.

Summers is a professor at the University of Washington in the biology department and School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences.

"I've always been a fish guy," he says. "It's just been in my blood since I was as small as I can remember." Summers was a scientific consultant on Finding Nemo and did similar work with Finding Dory.

Updated at 6:30 p.m. ET with a reaction from Hillary Clinton provided by her campaign.

In one of the most powerful moments at the Democratic National Convention, a Muslim father of a fallen U.S. soldier took the stage with his wife beside him and spoke directly to Donald Trump.

That father, Khizr Khan, condemned the Republican presidential nominee for proposing a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

The Ulster County comptroller is warning that the lack of an information technology disaster recovery plan jeopardizes county records and the ability of the county to operate in the face of a major calamity. He says the current plan is outdated and a course of action is needed. 

The Democratic National Convention is over. Here are some of the big takeaways from a week in Philadelphia that had more suspense and drama than expected.

The Democrats Are Really, Really Good At This

Just like Barack Obama's two conventions, this one was flawlessly choreographed. Even the revolt of the Bernie Bros had a more-or-less happy ending.

A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people crashed in central Texas after catching fire, and the Caldwell County Sheriff said "it does not appear there were any survivors."

Sheriff Daniel C. Law said in a statement that "investigators are determining the number and identities of victims at this time."

As tens of thousands of politicians, party delegates and protesters swept through the City of Brotherly Love this week for the Democratic National Convention, dozens of homeless Philadelphians and out-of-towners pitched tents on a grassy lot.

They were part of a protest over the four days of the convention organized by Cheri Honkala, a Philadelphia-based activist with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.

Listener Essay- The Lovings And Why Race Matters

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"Almighty God created the races… and he placed them on separate continents. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix."

These were the very words used by a judge in Virginia in 1965 to defend the US state's segregation laws that prohibited interracial unions.

 

Former NASA space shuttle engineer and sci-fi author Darren Beyer has written extensively about the disparity of leading ladies in the science-fiction genre. His newest novel Casimir Bridge, follows the journey of a female science journalist, Mandisa "Mandi" Nkosi, as she works to uncover a conspiracy in an intergalactic economy brimming with futuristic technology.

RetConned is a podcast of assorted geekery - movies, comic books, video games and everything in between. You can subscribe to RetConned via wamcpodcasts.org, via iTunes, Stitcher, and the Google Play store.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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