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10:44 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Emotions Run High As Supreme Court Hears Adoption Case

This October 2011 photo provided by Melanie Capobianco shows her adoptive daughter, Veronica, trick-or-treating in Charleston, S.C. The child has been the focus of a custody battle between her adoptive parents and her birth father.
Courtesy of Melanie Capobianco AP

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 7:42 pm

Emotions boiled over at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices heard arguments in a case testing the meaning and reach of the Indian Child Welfare Act, known as ICWA.

The 1978 law was enacted after Congress found that more than a third of all Native American children were being taken from their families and given to white adoptive and foster parents.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:36 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Appreciating A Pillar Of The Chicago Sound: Trumpeter Bud Herseth

The late trumpeter Bud Herseth, former principal player for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years.
Jim Steere courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 9:06 am

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Around the Nation
10:35 am
Fri April 19, 2013

The Kindness Of Strangers After The Tragedy In Boston

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 11:07 am

In the hours after two explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon, social media was alight with offers of assistance — from restaurants inviting guests to pay what they could, to Bostonians offering couches and inflatable mattresses to anyone who needed a place to stay.

NPR's Celeste Headlee talks with three Bostonians who offered help to strangers after the crisis.

Interview Highlights

Jim Hoben, owner, El Pelon Taqueria in Boston, offered pay-what-you-can service at his restaurant.

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Code Switch
10:34 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Repealing Law In 'Baby Veronica' Case Would Be 'Tragic,' Says Author

This October 2011 photo of "Baby Veronica" provided by her adoptive mother, Melanie Capobianco, shows Veronica trick-or-treating. The child has been the focus of a custody battle that hinges on a law meant to keep state workers from removing Native American children from their relatives and placing the children into white foster families.
Melanie Capobianco AP

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 2:40 pm

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning in the oddly named and much watched Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl case. And the more you dig into the details of the case — known on the talk show circuit as the "Baby Veronica" case — the messier the whole affair becomes.

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The Two-Way
10:34 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Minor Quakes Shake Oklahoma Overnight

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 10:19 am

Five earthquakes rocked central Oklahoma early today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The most powerful tremor struck at about 2:00, central time this morning, northeast of Luther. That's a little less than 30 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The quake's magnitude was 4.2. Other tremors had magnitudes between 2.8 and 4.2.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:32 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Who Stands Where In A Crowded Elevator And Why?

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 12:22 pm

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Six Years After Shooting, Virginia Tech Remembers

The memorial Hokie stones at Virginia Tech, erected to honor the 32 victims of the 2007 campus shooting.
Virginia Tech

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 8:38 am

With so much attention given to the violent bombings in Boston, Virginia Tech is remembering a terrible tragedy of its own today. It's been six years since shooter Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and injured 17 on the Virginia Tech campus, and then shot himself to death. Today, his victims are being remembered in a series of events.

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Book Reviews
10:25 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Stars In His Eyes, Sending Smoke Signals To Mars

ESA Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 6:03 am

In his slim but beguiling novel Equilateral, Ken Kalfus places us inside the heads of his characters with such deftness that the line between what is true and what they believe to be true fades to obscurity. It's no coincidence that the heads in question belong to scientists who pride themselves on their evidence-based worldview; Kalfus delights in having readers continually gauge and recalibrate the distance between the world and his characters' seemingly objective observations of it.

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10:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Letters Of Heartbreak Find Some Love In Verona, Italy

The Juliet Club (Club di Giulietta) mailbox in Verona, Italy. Volunteers answer by hand every single letter that the club receives.
Courtesy of the Juliet Club

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 7:55 pm

Each year, the town of Verona, Italy — home of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet — receives thousands of letters of heartache and unrequited love addressed to the play's star-crossed heroine.

The tradition of sending letters to Juliet very likely goes back centuries. People started by leaving notes on a local landmark said to be Juliet's tomb. Later, many started sending mail directly to the city. By the 1990s, Verona was receiving so many letters, it created an office to deal with it. And each letter — the Juliet Club office gets more than 6,000 a year — is answered by hand.

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The Two-Way
10:16 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Blast: Man Knocked Over By Explosion, Got Up, Finished Race

Police officers with their guns drawn hear a second explosion down the street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The first explosion knocked down a runner at the finish line.
John Tlumacki Boston Globe via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 4:22 am

We'll leave you tonight with some good news from Monday's horrific explosions at the Boston Marathon.

In photographs and videos, you can see there is one runner who is closest to the blast. When the device explodes, he's knocked over by the force. You can see him clearly in this looped Vine video shared more than 39,000 times on Twitter:

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