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2:33 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

High Stakes Financial News: From Greece To China

A Chinese stock investor monitors share prices at a securities firm in Fuyang, in China's Anhui province on June 19, 2015. Shanghai shares plunged 6.42 percent on June 19, ending a torrid week as the benchmark index was hit by tight liquidity and profit-taking after a powerful surge over the past year. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:30 pm

There are a number of dramatic economic stories in the news today. In Greece, banks and markets are closed, as the country edges towards a default and or exit from the eurozone.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico’s governor now says that the commonwealth cannot pay its $72 billion in debts. And in China, stocks have tumbled into a bear market, despite a move by the central bank there to cut interest rates to a record low.

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2:33 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

How Historic Was Last Week? A Historian Puts It In Context.

President Barack Obama sings "Amazing Grace" as he delivers the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service June 26, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:30 pm

President Obama won a series of huge victories in the Supreme Court last week, including health care and same sex marriage. And officials in South Carolina called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds after nine African Americans were gunned down in a Charleston church. Here & Now’s Robin Young asks historian Julian Zelizer to put the week into historical context.

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NPR Story
2:33 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Smart Meters: An Experiment In Power Grid Innovation

John Phelan with Fort Collins Utilities inspects the smart meter at his home. (Dan Boyce)

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:30 pm

Our electricity system is changing rapidly around us. New sources of renewable power are meeting technologies that can crunch unprecedented amounts of data. It’s all leading to a major shakeup for how utilities do business. Dan Boyce from Here & Now’s contributor Inside Energy takes us to Fort Collins, Colorado, for a peek into our utility’s possible future.

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NPR Story
2:32 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Paul Thurmond Explains His Change Of Heart On The Confederate Flag

The Confederate Flag flies on the South Carolina State House grounds in Columbia, South Carolina, June 24, 2015. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:30 pm

South Carolina state Senator Paul Thurmond, son of segregationist presidential candidate U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, has joined fellow Republicans in calling for the Confederate flag to be removed from a public monument across the street from the South Carolina State House, following last week’s deadly shooting at a historically black church in Charleston.

Lawmakers are expected to debate the flag’s removal as soon as next week. Sen. Thurmond speaks with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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Parallels
1:55 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Sri Lanka's War Is Long Over, But Reconciliation Remains Elusive

Manual Udaya Chandra's 24-year-old son disappeared in 2008, shortly before Sri Lanka's civil war ended. She holds out hope that he's still alive, though a government commission looking into those who disappeared has moved slowly.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:29 pm

Sri Lanka, a palm-fringed island in the Indian Ocean, is in the sixth year of peace. But as the country prepares for elections in August, the legacy of its long civil war still casts a shadow.

The intervening years have been especially painful for the families of the thousands who disappeared in three decades of conflict and remain unaccounted for.

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NPR Story
1:49 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

What Happens If Workers Become Obsolete?

Precision fitters and assemblers at work in the Ministry of Labour Training Centre at Waddon, England on May 19, 1931. Here, in a large factory building, miners from the depressed mining areas all over the country are being trained for entirely new jobs in a scheme which aims to cut unemployment figures. (AP)

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:30 pm

The rapid rise in technology and machines has some experts predicting that workers could become obsolete. As Derek Thompson writes in a cover article for The Atlantic, futurists have often looked at this in a positive way — with people having more free time for leisure.

But there are of course questions of what it would mean economically, and also culturally. Thompson writes that it would bring about a great social and cultural transformation.

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NPR Story
1:49 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Use Of Execution Drug

The gurney used to restrain condemned prisoners during the lethal injection process is shown in Huntsville, Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court, ruled lethal injection is legal in a 5-4 opinion ruled on June 29, 2015. (Pat Sullivan/AP Photo)

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:30 pm

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial execution drug.

The case was brought by a group of Oklahoma inmates who argued that a drug used by the state constituted cruel and unusual punishment because it did not guarantee that prisoners would be unconscious when additional drugs were administered to stop their hearts.

The drug was used in three botched executions last year that appeared to leave prisoners in excruciating pain. The court ruled that the Oklahoma prisoners did not prove that a better drug was available.

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Author Interviews
1:31 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

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Music Reviews
1:31 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

'BrotherLee Love' Offers A Fearless, Fresh Tribute To Trumpeter Lee Morgan

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NPR Story
12:58 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

SpaceX Rocket Explodes Minutes After Takeoff

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, June 28, 2015. The rocket was carrying supplies to the International Space Station. (John Raoux/AP)

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:30 pm

Astronauts at the International Space Station will have to wait little longer for their grocery order, after an unmanned SpaceX rocket launch ended in failure.

According to NASA, the astronauts still have at least four months of food and supplies left, although they were looking forward to receiving a new water filtration system.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship exploded minutes after takeoff.

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NPR Story
12:57 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

To Be Young And Greek In A Time Of Crisis

Pro-Euro protesters take part in a rally in front of the Parliament on June 22. 2015 in Athens, Greece. Thousands of people attended the rally in support of Greece remaining in the European Union. Greek banks are closed for six days amid the uncertainty about the bailout deal. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

In Greece, a breakdown in negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors has put Greece on the verge of default and an exit from the eurozone.

Greek banks were closed after a flood of fear-driven withdrawals, and they won’t open until next week. Greek citizens are being asked to decide the fate of the country in a referendum Friday on the economic terms that creditors are asking for in exchange for fresh aid.

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NPR Story
12:57 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

3 More Decisions From The Supreme Court

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:30 pm

Last week might have felt like a grand finale, with decisions on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, but this morning the Supreme Court announced three more decisions, relating to capital punishment, power plant emissions and congressional redistricting. NPR’s Ron Elving joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss what what they all mean.

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NPR Story
12:57 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Confederate Flag Flying Again, After Activist Bree Newsome Took It Down

Bree Newsome of Charlotte, N.C., climbs a flagpole to remove the Confederate battle flag at a Confederate monument in front of the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, June, 27, 2015. She was taken into custody when she came down. The flag was raised again by capitol workers about 45 minutes later. (Bruce Smith/AP)

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:30 pm

The two people arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse have been released from jail in the state capital.

Officer L. Tucker of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center said 30-year-old Bree Newsome and 30-year-old James Ian Tyson were released from jail Saturday after posting bond.

Both Newsome and Tyson are from Charlotte.

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All Songs Considered
12:20 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Upbeat Vocals, With Teeth: Bad Bad Hats Premiere 'Fight Song'

Bad Bad Hats.
Avalon Moon Courtesy of the artist

Your first impulse on hearing "Fight Song," the latest single from Minneapolis trio Bad Bad Hats, might be to lean in. Lead singer Kerry Alexander's bright, lively lines swim over catchy acoustic guitar and velvety keyboard. Impeccable production by Brett Bullion (Bon Iver, Poliça) is programmed to fire all neural pathways associated with carefree indie rock fun. But beware: These lyrics will bite.

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Metropolis
11:47 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Metropolis: 6/27/15

Hear two tracks from Basement Jaxx on this week's show.
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This Week's Playlist

  • Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique, "Love Is Free [feat. Maluca]"
  • Frankie Knuckles, "Baby Wants To Ride [Underworld vs. Misterons Cover]" (Junior Boys Own)
  • Eyes, "Cosmic Love [Higher Dream Dub]" (Atlantic Jaxx)
  • Basement Jaxx, "Fly Life [Flylife Extra]" (Astralwerks)
  • Basement Jaxx, "Where's Your Head At" (Astralwerks)
  • Jauz, "Feel The Volume"
  • Julio Bashmore, "Holding On [feat. Sam Dew]" (Broadwalk)
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The Two-Way
11:33 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Blocks Obama Administration Plan On Power Plant Emissions

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 3:36 pm

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

The Supreme court has ruled against an Obama administration effort to limit toxic mercury emissions from power plants, saying the costs of compliance should be taken into account at the very earliest stages of the regulatory process.

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Law
11:19 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Wraps Up Big Term With Death Penalty, Redistricting And More

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:22 pm

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Shots - Health News
11:16 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage

The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Friday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will likely boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans.

The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the insurance available to same-sex partners who aren't married. Virtually all of them offer coverage to spouses.

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The Two-Way
10:47 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Redistricting Commission Targeting Gridlock

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:47 pm

U.S. states' efforts to counter extreme gerrymandering won a victory Monday, as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a bipartisan Arizona panel that draws the state's districts. The court's vote was 5-4; Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, as did Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote the opinion for the majority, in which her citations included James Madison writing in The Federalist Papers.

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The Two-Way
10:46 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Says Use Of Lethal Injection Drug Is Legal

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:47 pm

Updated at 10:46 a.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, says the sedative used in Oklahoma's lethal injection cocktail does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Here's the background to the case, in the words of SCOTUSblog:

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