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A dad in Mexico who planned an epic party for his daughter Rubi's 15th birthday. He made a video talking about the festivities - three bands, a horse race and at the end, he said, "everyone is cordially invited!" The video went viral and more than a million people said they would come to Rubi's party. It spawned all kinds of internet memes. Rubi's favorite? The one about Donald Trump allowing undocumented Mexican migrants in the U.S. to return to Mexico so they can go to her party. Copyright...

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The 2016 presidential campaign has in many ways become a question of character. Even though Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have incredibly loyal supporters, the two candidates also inspire some intensely negative feelings among voters. Clinton and Trump are the two most unpopular candidates since modern polling began. NPR's Rachel Martin hosts an hour-long special that digs into key moments over the decades that helped cement their reputations and looks at character traits that have...

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The armed standoff between anti-government militants and law enforcement in Oregon has lasted more than four weeks. After the arrest of 11 people last week, it was expected that the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge would come to an end, but the killing of the group's spokesman in an encounter with police has re-energized protesters. We have been here before. Back in the 1990s, there were several showdowns between armed anti-government extremists and the federal government....

In 10 months, Americans will go to the polls to pick the next U.S. president. When they cast their ballots, those votes will likely hinge on how they feel about the issues most important to them. But what are those issues? As a way of finding out, NPR's Rachel Martin centered her focus on one community going through a lot of change: Mecklenburg County, N.C. The whole county — including its biggest city, Charlotte — has been enjoying an economic boom. It's a major center for banking, there's a...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer in Washington. RACHEL MARTIN, BYLINE: And I'm Rachel Martin in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It's a country that, because of its vast oil reserves and political monarchy, has enjoyed a certain level of stability in a very turbulent part of the world. But in the past year, Saudi Arabia has found itself in new territory facing new threats. It's...

The definition of postpartum depression is broad. The symptoms can range anywhere from feeling exhausted and disconnected from your baby to paranoia that someone else might hurt your child or, even worse, that you yourself might do your baby harm. While this wide-ranging spectrum makes it hard to diagnose, the CDC says between 8 percent and 19 percent of women suffer from postpartum depression. A decade ago, Brooke Shields kicked off a national conversation when she talked publicly about her...

We could start this story as we usually do with reminding of you of all the recent school shootings — including one just Thursday night at Tennessee State University — reporting how many people were killed, what inspired the shooter. We could hear local leaders condemning the acts of violence. But this narrative is so much a part of our culture and our politics right now that we don't need to remind you how we got here. Instead, let's meet a couple of people who have dedicated much of their...

It used to be a given: When your kids reached school age, they'd strap on their backpacks and head for the neighborhood elementary school. Or, you'd pay a hefty tuition to send them to private school. In the last two decades, a third option has emerged. Today, there are more than 6,000 charter schools in the country. And lately, they've been the subject of passionate and often acrimonious debate about the right way to fix public education in America. Charters are publicly funded and privately...

Taliban forces stormed the Afghan city of Kunduz on Monday; after several days of fighting, Afghan forces claimed to have retaken the city. But fighting continued, and on Saturday, a U.S.-led airstrike appears to have struck and badly damaged a Doctors Without Borders hospital , killing doctors, staff members and patients. The week of violence has put the city back in the headlines. But the region's struggles aren't new. Over the past 12 years, the U.S. and NATO spent hundreds of millions of...

It's a phrase you hear everywhere now: work-life balance. How can women and men navigate the demands of a career and a family? In 2010, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg started telling working moms to "lean in." The conversation about work-life balance took on new heat when foreign policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote an article for The Atlantic about her own trade-offs. And women from all corners of industry have weighed in since. Slaughter's viral article chronicled her own choice to...

Thousands of migrants fleeing war in their home countries have have made it into Germany and to Berlin. Once they arrive here, they begin the waiting game. Germany is expecting at least 800,000 migrants this year alone, and Germans are struggling with the changes they bring. At Berlin's main processing center for migrants, at a social service ministry, people are handed a number on a slip of paper. They crowd around a digital screen in the ministry courtyard to watch for their number to flash...

A white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man on a Sunday last month in Cincinnati. The campus police officer was charged with murder for fatally shooting Samuel Debose after pulling him over for a missing license plate. By now we know the string of other similar events that have brought deep-seated racial tensions to the surface. Cincinnati has been confronting its own racial divisions for a long time. In 2001, an unarmed black teenager named Timothy Thomas was shot and killed by...

The National Football League held its annual hall of fame induction ceremony Saturday night, in Canton, Ohio. Eight players were given football's highest honor, including a posthumous induction for Junior Seau, the former linebacker for the San Diego Chargers who killed himself in 2012. After his death, Seau's brain showed signs of chronic damage — the same kind of damage that has been found in dozens of other former NFL players. Scientific studies have shown that the kind of repeated hits...

Ten years ago this month, the monster storm Hurricane Katrina thundered through New Orleans and coastal Mississippi and Alabama. Many who survived the storm and its aftermath are still feeling its terrible impact. This week on For the Record : Hurricane Katrina's mark on one family, 10 years later. In 2005, sisters Regina and Talitha Halley had just moved out of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans into a new house on Spain Street. Regina, now 33, took care of her sister full time while their...

In cities with high crime rates, like Newark, N.J., figuring out the right balance of police engagement is especially hard. In 2013, Newark had 40 homicides per 100,000 residents, the third-highest homicide rate in the country. Last fall, the new mayor, Ras Baraka, announced a plan to tackle the crime and neglect that have plagued the city's worst neighborhoods. He started by focusing on two of the toughest: Clinton Hill and the Lower West Ward. I asked him in January how he'll know the...

There is a grim kind of math that comes with war. Most of the troops who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were flown to Dover Air Force base in Delaware. And for most of the wars, those dignified transfers were off limits to the press. That changed in 2009, when President Obama lifted the media ban and paid a visit to Dover himself. From 2009 to the end of 2014, there were more than 2,400 dignified transfers at Dover. While the numbers are far smaller today, the planes are still...

It is part of the American dream, the notion that if you have a good idea and a fire in your belly, you can turn an idea into a successful business. It's that entrepreneurial spirit that drives the global economy. That message is everywhere in our culture. President Obama echoed it last week, at a summit on entrepreneurship at the White House. "We have a lot of brainpower here," he said. "We've got innovators and investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs. We've even got a few Sharks." He was...

Bruce Jenner's national TV interview with Diane Sawyer in April ended months of speculation. The former Olympian turned reality TV star revealed that he now identifies as a transgender woman — though he still prefers to be called "he" for the time being. Jenner was hailed as a hero for his openness on an issue that has caused real heartache for many. National surveys show an unusually high rate of attempted suicide among people who are transgender. Conversations with family about...

Forty years ago this month, North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon. The long war in Vietnam was coming to an end. In the midst of the political fallout, the U.S. government announced an unusual plan to get thousands of displaced Vietnamese children out of the country. President Ford directed that money from a special foreign aid children's fund be made available to fly 2,000 South Vietnamese orphans to the United States. It came to be known as Operation Babylift. The first plane to leave as...

Public perceptions of marijuana have come a long way. Once a symbol of the counterculture, pot has become part of the culture. In Colorado, it's part of everyday culture. Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2001, but voters amended the state constitution in 2012 to allow private marijuana consumption for adults aged 21 or older. The first-ever stores to sell state-regulated recreational pot opened their doors on Jan. 1, 2014. The law has raised serious concerns for parents and those...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now, to a grim anniversary in the mountain climbing world. It was a year ago that 16 Nepalis guiding climbers up Mount Everest were swept away by a hanging glacier that had peeled off the mountain. It was the worst single accident in the history of Everest. Last year's tragedy focused attention on the risks Sherpas take far more than their western clients. Expedition companies were accused of...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TRUCKIN'") GRATEFUL DEAD: (Singing) What a long, strange trip it's been. MARTIN: It has been a long, strange trip for the VW Bus. From the hippie mobile to the family camper, the iconic van captivated America from the start. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: A Volkswagen is a nice station wagon to have...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: In Lucille Ball's hometown of Celoron, N.Y., there stands a statue of the famed comedian. But the statue isn't so popular with a lot of residents. An anonymous Facebook group titled "We Love Lucy, Get Rid Of This Statue" picked up some steam this past week, more than three years after the page was created. Residents complain that the statue is, well, terrifying. The creator of the Facebook campaign to...

#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag , and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog. This week, we bring you threes reads and — we're cheating — one watch. First, from Rachel Martin, host of Weekend Edition Sunday: Visiting Hours – A Memoir of...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Police in Farmington, N.H., are issuing tickets all over town. But these are tickets you might not mind getting. CHIEF JOHN DRURY: They're for a slice of pizza or a small French fry. MARTIN: That's Farmington Police Chief John Drury. And these tickets, or coupons really, are being handed out for good behavior. DRURY: Someone shoveling a sidewalk or pushing a car out of a snowbank. MARTIN: There's been...

Some childhood symbols straddle the line between adorable and terrifying. Like clowns. Or Furbys . Some dolls fit the category, too, with spooky eyes that seem to move or a porcelain pallor. They're not all Chucky , but some of them just don't seem quite right. Listener Anne McLaughlin grew up with a cabinet full of dolls — including a pretty dancer doll and a set of wooden nesting dolls. But one, she says, stood out. "One of the dolls in the cabinet was absolutely terrifying," she says. ...

We all lie sometimes. But if you're in the public eye, the lie can take on a life of its own. NBC's Brian Williams became the victim of his own story last month , exaggerating the danger he faced while reporting in Iraq in 2003. It lead to an on-air mea culpa and a temporary suspension from the anchor desk. A couple weeks later, another public figure, Robert McDonald, the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, told a homeless veteran that he was in the special forces — but he wasn't....

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