U.S.
2:38 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems?

A fence surrounds the state prison in Florence, Ariz., where Joseph Rudolph Wood was put to death on Wednesday. The execution process took nearly two hours.
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Kevin Cooper was convicted of murdering a married couple and two children, and was sentenced to die.

That was back in 1985. Cooper is still awaiting execution on California's death row.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos, who is handling the case, blames the long delay on Cooper's multiple appeals in state and federal courts.

"This is all a big strategic plan to really manipulate the system to attack capital punishment, not just in California, but in the United States," Ramos says.

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NPR Story
2:33 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Crisis On The Border Comes To The White House

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 3:09 pm

President Obama meets today with leaders from Central America to discuss what to do about the influx of thousands of children coming into the U.S. illegally from their countries. He’s meeting with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Today’s meeting comes as the president considers a plan to give refugee status to young people coming from Honduras. But Congress is deeply split on a response to the crisis, which President Obama’s critics say was triggered by his own policies.

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2:33 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Ebola Epidemic Strikes Top Health Worker

A picture taken on June 28 shows a member of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, Guinea, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. (Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:10 pm

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are continuing to suffer from the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded. The World Health Organization is reporting more than 1,000 cases and more than 600 deaths.

And those trying working to stop it are being struck by the disease as well. This week, Sierra Leone’s top health worker focused on Ebola, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, was confirmed to have the disease himself.

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NPR Story
2:33 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From

Facebook reportedly boasts impressive employee perks, but a competitive retirement plan is not among them, according to Bloomberg (Marco Paköeningrat/Flickr).

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 3:09 pm

Bloomberg has ranked the best and worst companies to retire from, and some of the results are surprising: ConocoPhillips provides some of the most generous retirement benefits to employees, while Whole Foods and Facebook are ranked near the bottom.

Bloomberg’s Michael Regan joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti to explain how the publication calculated the rankings.

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NPR Story
2:19 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

What The Latest Corporate Earnings Say About The Economy

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 3:09 pm

It’s been a week of corporate earnings reports. Financial analyst Julianne Niemann joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to take a look at which industries and sectors are doing well and which are not and what the reports say about the U.S. economy.

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NPR Story
2:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

ER Physician Documents 'Lost Underground' of WWI

Dr. Jeffrey Gusky has seen more than 100 of the vast underground cities that were home to thousands of soldiers for months on end during the "Great War." (Stan Wolenski)

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 3:09 pm

Dr. Jeffrey Gusky is one of few people outside the world of scholars and local landowners who have seen the artwork carved by WWI soldiers on the walls of vast quarry systems throughout France, beneath the trenches that defined the so-called “Great War.”

These underground cities — often outfitted with telephones, electricity, theaters, hospitals and even street signs — were home for months on end for soldiers on both sides as they engaged in the bloody warfare on the western front of the war.

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Interviews
1:13 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Tim Gunn: On And Off The Runway, 'Life Is A Big Collaboration'

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 2:00 pm

"Make it work," the fashion guru tells designers on Project Runway. But life hasn't always "worked" for Gunn. He talks with Terry Gross about being bullied, being gay in the '60s and '70s, and how his mother thinks he should "dress more like Mitt Romney."

Originally broadcast on Feb. 5, 2014.

Movie Reviews
1:13 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis has lunch at the Vatican workers' cafeteria on Friday.
AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 1:52 pm

Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Philadelphia in September 2015, a trip that would mark his first to the U.S. as pontiff.

Catholic News Service quotes Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi as saying that the pope has expressed "his willingness to participate in the World Meeting of Families" in Philadelphia, and that he's also received invitations to visit New York, the United Nations and Washington, D.C., which he's considering.

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Politics
12:28 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful?

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