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The Salt
5:11 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Composting On The Way Up In New York City High-Rises

Compost bins at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket in Brooklyn, N.Y. are part of a pilot program to get New Yorkers to recycle their food waste.
Courtesy of Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:45 am

High-rise apartment buildings might not seem like fertile ground for making compost.

But officials in New York want to capture and recycle more of the city's food waste — even in some of the nation's most vertical neighborhoods. They're expanding a pilot program that's also trying to encourage composting by turning greenmarkets and libraries into drop-off sites for residents' food waste.

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Around the Nation
4:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Texas Gov. Calls Special Session, Reigniting Abortion Debate

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The battle over a new abortion bill in Texas will resume now that Governor Rick Perry has called a second special legislative session. It's scheduled to begin on Monday. This past Tuesday night, an audience far beyond Texas watched as a Democratic state senator filibustered an anti-abortion bill for 12 hours. When Republicans cut her off, spectators jeered and the chamber erupted in pandemonium.

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Africa
4:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Opponents To Mark Morsi's First Year In Office With Protests

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Egypt's President, Mohammed Morsi, was sworn into office one year ago this Sunday. Opposition groups plan major protests to mark the anniversary. Egyptians face rising food prices, fuel shortages and power outages in blistering summer heat.

And Merritt Kennedy reports from Cairo, demonstrators are calling for early elections and vowing to stay on the streets until Morsi quits.

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Law
4:43 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Supreme Court: Congress Has To Fix Broken Voting Rights Act

Supporters of the NAACP hold signs outside the Supreme Court building on Tuesday. The court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which aimed at protecting minority voters, is unconstitutional.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 2:26 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the linchpin of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, freeing nine mostly Southern states from federal oversight.

By a 5-to-4 vote, the court invalidated the formula — adopted most recently in 2006 — used to determine which states had to get federal approval for changes in their voting laws.

The decision provoked dismay and outrage in the civil rights community.

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Around the Nation
4:42 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Extra Border-Security Spending Entices GOP, Raises Eyebrows

The immigration bill currently moving through the Senate would nearly double the number of Border Patrol agents.
Eric Thayer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 7:30 pm

A huge increase in border security spending was the key to getting Republicans onboard with the immigration bill now making its way through the Senate. The bill is set to pass by the end of this week.

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Law
4:40 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

In Alabama, Voting Decision Seen As Sign Of Progress, Setback

Shelby County, Ala., attorney Butch Ellis talks to reporters outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in February, when oral arguments were heard in the Voting Rights Act case.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 5:27 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act came in a case from the very state that helped shape the statute: Alabama.

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Music
4:39 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

A First Lady No Longer, Carla Bruni Returns To Music

Carla Bruni's new album, her first since her husband, former President Nicolas Sarkozy, left office, is titled Little French Songs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 7:06 pm

Ella Fitzgerald was known as the First Lady of Song, but Carla Bruni is the singer-songwriter of first ladies.

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Movie Interviews
4:37 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

'Let The Fire Burn': A Philadelphia Community Forever Changed

Throughout the '70s and '80s, the radical African-American MOVE organization had several dramatic encounters with police.
Courtesy of Amigo Media

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 1:05 pm

On May 13, 1985, after a long standoff, Philadelphia municipal authorities dropped a bomb on a residential row house. The Osage Avenue home was the headquarters of the African-American radical group MOVE, which had confronted police on many occasions since the group's founding in 1972.

The resulting fire killed 11 people — including five children and the group's leader, John Africa — destroyed 61 homes, and tore apart a community.

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All Songs Considered
4:34 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

New Music: Sigur Rós, Zola Jesus, Jon Hopkins, Ebony Bones, More

Clockwise from upper left: Jon Hopkins, Ebony Bones, Sigur Ros, Zola Jesus
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 1:38 pm

On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton split right down the middle when it comes to bringing the noise.

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Krulwich Wonders...
4:32 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

The Man With A 'Battery Operated Brain'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PFknl5YFsE

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 10:49 am

He calls himself the "human with the battery operated brain" because he does, in fact, have electrodes in his head, put there by his New Zealand doctors.

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