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Martin Kaste

Martin Kaste is a correspondent on NPR's National desk. He covers law enforcement and privacy, as well as news from the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to general assignment reporting in the U.S., Kaste has contributed to NPR News coverage of major world events, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 uprising in Libya.

Kaste has reported on the government's warrant-less wiretapping practices as well as the data-collection and analysis that go on behind the scenes in social media and other new media. His privacy reporting was cited in the U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 United States v. Jones ruling concerning GPS tracking.

Before moving to the West Coast, Kaste spent five years as NPR's reporter in South America. He covered the drug wars in Colombia, the financial meltdown in Argentina, the rise of Brazilian president Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, and the fall of Haiti's president Jean Bertrand Aristide. Throughout this assignment, Kaste covered the overthrow of five presidents in five years.

Prior to joining NPR in 2000, Kaste was a political reporter for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul for seven years.

Kaste is a graduate of Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota.

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5:03pm

Thu October 2, 2014
Politics

Fueled By Outside Money, Alaska Candidates Struggle To Connect At Home

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 9:26 pm

Dan Sullivan, Republican candidate for election to the U.S. Senate, fired back when his opponent attacked him for having a non-resident Alaska fishing license.
Becky Bohrer AP

Politics in Alaska is an intimate business. People expect to reach their senators on the phone, and they refer to their candidates by their first names.

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4:05am

Thu September 25, 2014
Research News

For Police, A Debate Over Force, Cop Culture And Confrontation

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:00 pm

New York City police officers stand guard in Times Square earlier this month after a blog affiliated with the so-called Islamic State militants mentioned the area as a target for bombing.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Protests in Ferguson and New York this summer rekindled an old debate about how American police use force.

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4:29pm

Thu September 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Court Says Navy Investigators Illegally Scan Civilian Computers

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:23 pm

An appeals court ruling has offered a rare glimpse at the extent to which military police investigations reach into civilians' computers. Apparently, they scan civilian computers quite often — and to a degree that a 9th Circuit appeals court has now found violates the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act.

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5:08pm

Thu August 28, 2014
Around the Nation

Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 10:57 pm

Police arrest a woman in Ferguson, Mo., protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown. Most officers in Ferguson and nearby Jennings are white, but the neighborhoods they police are predominantly African-American.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The protests that followed the shooting death this month of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing, especially in the St Louis area.

Many male African-American residents there say police scrutinize them unfairly. "Every time you see a cop, it's like, 'OK, am I going to get messed with?' " says Anthony Ross. "You feel that every single time you get behind your car. Every time."

Now, police officers in and around St. Louis are becoming more vocal about defending themselves against the charges of bias.

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4:10pm

Wed August 27, 2014
Men In America

Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 10:17 am

Danny Done, 26, worshipful master of the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge in Seattle. The fraternity is "a really interesting social network that's not online," he says.
Martin Kaste NPR

The members of the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge near downtown Seattle are on the young side. The guy in charge is 26.

Danny Done, the lodge's worshipful master, is lounging on his designated chair in the room reserved for private ceremonies.

His title comes with a top hat, though he avoids putting it on — he says it makes him look dorky. But he does like other aspects of Masonic regalia, like his Templar sword. Done uses it to point to a diagram on the wall that charts out the different kinds of Masonry.

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