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8:33 am
Tue March 31, 2015

The Fear Of Black Men In America: Join Our Twitter Chat #FearAndRace

Chat with us on twitter today at 12:30 p.m. ET using the hashtag #FearAndRace.
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NPR's Michel Martin led two challenging conversations about race this week, focusing on fearful perceptions of African-American men and how these fears play out in people's everyday lives. Guests including author and Georgetown University Law Professor Paul Butler examined the research and the complicated emotions behind this fear.

"When you're in an elevator or walking behind somebody and you feel like you have to perform to make them feel safe, it's like apologizing for your existence," says Butler.

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The Two-Way
8:16 am
Tue March 31, 2015

From A 'Dragon Tattoo' To The 'Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson's Hero Returns

The cover to the book's U.S. edition is designed by the same artist who designed the covers to the original trilogy:€” Peter Mendelsund.
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Just about a full decade since the girl with a dragon tattoo was introduced to readers, she'll be making her grand return to fiction — albeit with another author's name on the cover. Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy of crime novels is set to become something more on Sept. 1, when the series' new addition hits store shelves as The Girl in the Spider Web. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf released the book's title and cover art Tuesday.

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Goats and Soda
7:16 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Challenge: Curb Violence In Most Violent City. Hint: Nuns Can Help

A police office is silhouetted through the emergency room door at a public hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. With 91 murders per 100,000 people, the Central American nation is often called the most violent in the world. The homicide rate is roughly 20 times that of the U.S. rate, according to a 2011 U.N. report.
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Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 8:12 am

The most pressing health threat in the Latin American country of Honduras has nothing to do with germs or superbugs.

It's from the barrel of a gun.

Every day, patients with gunshot wounds seek treatment, overwhelming the country's few hospitals. Violence is the third-leading cause of death in the country of 8.2 million people. For four years running now, The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime has ranked San Pedro Sula, the second-largest city in Honduras, as the world's most violent city.

So how do you stop it?

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The Two-Way
7:06 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Deadline Day Arrives For Iran Nuclear Talks

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:13 am

The six nations that have been debating a plan to curb Iran's nuclear program and ease economic sanctions will hit the deadline for a framework agreement at 6 p.m. ET. Ahead of that deadline, there are signs both that a deal is in the works — and that it might not be a sweeping arrangement that lays out future terms.

Early Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he believes an agreement will be reached by the end of the day.

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The Two-Way
6:04 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Indianapolis Mayor: Religious Law's Backers 'Missing The Bigger Trend'

Demonstrators gather outside the City County Building in Indianapolis Monday, calling for the state house to roll back the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say can be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
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Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:50 am

A new Indiana law that has set off a firestorm of criticism and threats of boycotts should be repealed or revised, says Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the law has drawn protests from critics who say it allows businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians.

Ballard tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that those who support the law are "missing the bigger trend."

He added, "Everything changes over history. We have to get to a certain point where we have that balance."

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