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2:37pm

Mon May 6, 2013
It's All Politics

Is Jeff Flake The Most Unpopular Senator In The Country?

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:00 pm

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., shown on Capitol Hill on April 23, voted against a bill expanding background checks on gun sales, which has upset some of his constituents.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Congress is coming back to Washington after a weeklong recess, and for Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, the return may come as a relief.

Some of his constituents in Arizona are still livid over his recent vote against expanded background checks for gun sales. They say the freshman senator is ignoring their calls for a public meeting.

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12:08pm

Mon May 6, 2013
Radio Diaries

Teenage Diaries Revisited: A Gay Teen's Family, 'Evolved'

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 9:19 am

Amanda as a teenager (left). She now lives in Manhattan and works as a massage therapist.
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Name: Amanda Brand

Hometown: Queens, N.Y.

Current city: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Massage therapist

Then:

"My mother's always yelling at me, 'How are you supposed to find a man?'... I tell her, I'm like, 'I'm not interested in men.' "

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4:44pm

Sun May 5, 2013
National Security

The Hidden Cost Of The Drone Program

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:02 pm

A model of a drone is hoisted in the air at a protest of the U.S. military's use of drones during a demonstration on April 3 in New York.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

A faint light has begun to shine in recent weeks on the secretive U.S. program of drone strikes and targeted killings.

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3:08pm

Sun May 5, 2013
Religion

A Search For Faith In 'Godless' Washington

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:03 pm

The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C, is one of the world's largest cathedrals, and the seat of the Episcopal Church.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

War has brought the act of faith to the forefront for those who occupy the White House. President Lincoln famously issued a call to prayer during the Civil war. Franklin Roosevelt announced D-Day to the nation with a prayer.

Today, President Obama receives a daily spiritual meditation. The man who sends those messages is a Pentecostal minister named Joshua DuBois.

When he first moved to Washington, D.C., DuBois says he had already formed an impression about the spiritual life of the town.

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2:49pm

Sun May 5, 2013
Music Interviews

A Funky-Fresh Sound From Somalia, With A Political History

Originally published on Sun May 5, 2013 6:20 pm

The cover image of Dur-Dur band's Volume 5.
Album cover

Imagine the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, in the 1980s. You can't, right? Neither can most music critics. That's why the recent re-release of a record by a popular '80s-era Mogadishu dance band has caught the attention of critics lately.

The founders of Dur-Dur Band now live in Columbus, Ohio. Weekends on All Things Considered asked members Abdinur Daljir and Sahra Dawo to go to a studio there — accompanied by an interpreter — to talk about the newly reissued record and the story that precedes it.

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