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4:36am

Sun August 16, 2015
Author Interviews

Equal Parts Memoir, Cookbook And Lit-Crit, 'Voracious' Tells Delicious Stories

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 8:34 am

Emily Bogle NPR

Cara Nicoletti loves food almost as much as she loves books. Over the years she has found herself thinking about the delicious dishes woven into the stories she loved as a child. In fact, she tells NPR's Rachel Martin that when she re-read her old books, she found underlines that she didn't remember making in the sections about food.

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4:17pm

Sat August 15, 2015
Author Interviews

The Transformation Of The LAPD — And The Work That Remains

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 5:56 pm

Emily Bogle NPR

High-profile, officer-involved fatalities across the country have put police departments everywhere under more scrutiny than ever.

For a lesson in how to move forward, they could look at the history of the Los Angeles police.

In the '80s and '90s, Los Angeles was trapped in a cycle of crime, crack and gang warfare. Investigative journalist Joe Domanick says back then, the Los Angeles police just made things worse with its crime-fighting strategy — which involved using military-style tactics to subdue and arrest suspects, who were mostly from minority neighborhoods.

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6:03am

Fri August 14, 2015
Code Switch

Walter Mosley: Watts Riots 'Paved The Way For A Lot Of Change'

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 8:44 am

Author Walter Mosley in front of his childhood home in the LA neighborhood of Watts. He's standing with his father.
Courtesy of Walter Mosley

In this season of anger in many black communities that are reacting to police brutality, we're remembering the largest urban riot of the civil rights era.

Fifty years ago this week in Los Angeles, the African-American neighborhood of Watts exploded after a young black man was arrested for drunken driving. His mother scuffled with officers and was also arrested, all of which drew an increasingly hostile crowd.

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4:07am

Wed August 12, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama Hopes To Seize Momentum For Criminal Justice Reform

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 6:29 pm

NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House on Thursday.
Morgan Walker NPR

President Obama's perhaps most notable statement on race came recently in Charleston, S.C. That's where he gave the eulogy for nine African-Americans killed by a white man in a church.

The president has also continued to address the killings of black men at the hands of the police, and he's pushing to reduce the number of prison inmates, who are disproportionately black.

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4:20pm

Tue August 11, 2015
Parallels

Obama: Iran Will Face Longer 'Breakout Time,' Though Not Indefinitely

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 11:04 am

President Obama says Iran's "nuclear breakout" time will be extended from the current two or three months to at least a year under the nuclear agreement. But he acknowledges that some restrictions will fall away after 15 years and the breakout time would again shrink.
Morgan Walker NPR

One of the key questions surrounding the Iranian nuclear deal is what it means for the country's so-called "breakout time." That's the length of time Iran would need to produce enough highly enriched uranium to make one nuclear weapon.

The deal would limit Iran's nuclear activity in ways that stretches the breakout time. There's a general consensus that the current breakout time is around two to three months, and that would be extended to around a year under the agreement.

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