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1:56 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

College Sports Legal Battle Wraps Up First Week

Former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev., in September 2010. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

The biggest legal battle in college sports history is wrapping up its first week of arguments in a courtroom in Oakland, California.

Former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon is the lead plaintiff in a class action suit against the NCAA.

Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca discusses what’s at stake in the lawsuit with host Jeremy Hobson.

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1:56 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

States Reconsider Common Core

Richard Burton works with his second grade class at George Buck Elementary School in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The day before, Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill that made Indiana the first state to revoke the Common Core standards. (AJ Mast/AP Photo)

The Common Core education standards have been a point of contention for school boards around the country. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards which aim to create a more homogenous education across the country.

While many states signed on, some states have already completely dropped the program and others make modifications in state legislatures where there are currently more than 340 bills addressing college and career readiness programs.

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1:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Debut Novel Asks: What's A Little Fakery For Family?

Boris Fishman is author of "A Replacement Life." (Rob Liguori)

In Boris Fishman‘s debut novel “A Replacement Life,” Slava is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union who wants to make it as a writer at a prestigious magazine. In order to do so, he moves to Manhattan and minimizes contact with his family in Brooklyn.

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1:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Charles Wright Named 20th U.S. Poet Laureate

Charles Wright, pictured here in 2006, has been named the 20th U.S. Poet Laureate. (Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress has chosen Southern writer Charles Wright to serve as the nation’s next poet laureate beginning this fall.

Wright hails from Pickwick Dam, Tennessee. For years, he was a professor at the University of Virginia.

He began writing poetry while he was stationed in Italy with the U.S. Army, inspired by the work of Ezra Pound.

In announcing the selection, Librarian of Congress James Billington says Wright is a master of the “meditative, image-driven lyric.”

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1:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Does Lockdown Training Save Lives?

Students receive training for barricading a classroom door in the event of a shooter entering their school as part of the ALICE program. (ALICE Training Institute)

New details are emerging today about the school shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, earlier this week.

Officials have identified the shooter as freshman student Jared Michael Padgett, and say he was armed with an AR-15 rifle and carrying nine loaded magazines, which could have shot off several hundred rounds. The gun and ammunition belonged to the boy’s family. Padget killed fellow freshman Emilio Hoffman and wounded a teacher.

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1:49 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Taxi Strikes Across Europe Protest Uber App

Roads are snarled on June 11 in London as taxi drivers stop their black cabs, blocking the street to protest over new technology they say endangers passengers. The strike action by taxi drivers hit many European cities, Wednesday, sparked by fears about the growing upheaval in the travel and transport industry, largely due to digital technologies like Uber. (Sang Tan/AP Photo)

City streets across Europe are jammed today as tens of thousands of taxi drivers block traffic. Cabbies in Madrid, Milan, Paris and London are protesting Uber, the smartphone app-based chauffeur service that they say is threatening their livelihood.

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1:49 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Environmental Risks Of Corn Production

Nearly one-third of all U.S. cropland is used for corn. Growing corn uses a lot of water and fertilizer, and some of these production techniques, coupled with the effects of climate change, are threatening U.S. corn production. (Chris Bartnik/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 12:18 pm

Nearly one-third of all U.S. cropland is used for corn — but it’s not all the type you eat off the cob. More than a third of U.S. corn is used for animal feed, with another third grown for ethanol for cars.

Growing corn uses a lot of water and fertilizer, and some of these production techniques, coupled with the effects of climate change, are threatening U.S. corn production.

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1:49 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Political Thriller Author Brad Meltzer Wants To Thrill Kids With History

Brad Meltzer's "Ordinary People Change the World" series tells the stories of famous Americans such as Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks -- as children. (Eric Ogden)

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 2:33 pm

Brad Meltzer is known for writing political thrillers like “The Inner Circle” and hosting the History Channel series “Decoded.” But he’s also the author of “Ordinary People Change the World,” a series of children’s picture books.

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1:59 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Police: Gunman Kills Student In School Shooting

Police in Oregon say a gunman fatally shot a student at a high school near Portland.

Authorities said Tuesday the suspect also was dead and the situation is stabilized.

The Multnomah County sheriff’s office said there were reports of shots fired about 8 a.m. at Reynolds High School in Troutdale.

Authorities say they’re now focusing on reuniting students with their parents.

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1:59 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

World Cup Preview

The 2014 World Cup gets underway on Thursday, when host country Brazil takes on Croatia. Then 63 more soccer games will be played until one of the 32 teams is crowned winner on July 13.

Bill Littlefield, the host of NPR’s Only A Game, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson and Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about the teams and the players, who are carrying with them the hopes of entire countries.

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