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The Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C., depicts Abraham Lincoln standing over a freed slave on one knee with chains broken. Formerly enslaved people raised the money for the statue but had no say in its design.

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The curfew in Serbia appears to have ended before it could even begin.

Two major international golf competitions, the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup, have announced that they are postponing their event dates by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers say they rescheduled the Ryder Cup because it was not clear fans would be able to attend safely this year.

President Trump is acknowledging that he may have to temper his expectations, adamant at times, that his acceptance speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention should be a big event in front of thousands of people.

"We're very flexible," Trump said when asked during an interview Tuesday with Gray Television whether he may not have as big a gathering next month as he's planned on to celebrate his renomination to lead the GOP presidential ticket.

We look at a 14-mile stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border. What does a border mean in an interconnected world?

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Gail Caldwell has been telling her own story for years now. 

In “A Strong West Wind,” the former book critic for The Boston Globe first wrote about her childhood in the 1950s Texas Panhandle. “Let’s Take the Long Way Home” was about her deep friendship with fellow author Caroline Knapp — their shared sobriety, love of rowing, dogs and their guys — until cancer took her far too young. 

For this week’s Senate tracker we turn to Montana, where Republican Sen. Steve Daines is being challenged by the Democratic governor and former presidential candidate Steve Bullock.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Eric Whitney, NPR bureau chief for the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered a mask mandate starting Wednesday in seven counties hard-hit by the coronavirus. Ohio is one of several states seeing an uptick in hospitalizations for COVID-19 and a rise in positive test results.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Dr. Tara Smith, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Kent State University in Ohio.

Trump biographer David Cay Johnston joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss how the forthcoming tell-all book by President Trump’s niece Mary Trump fits into Johnston’s 35 years of covering Donald Trump and his long hist

Twenty-seven-year old Aquarius Bunch was working at an assisted living facility in Iowa when she came down with COVID-19. She was six months pregnant. Bunch became severely ill and had to undergo a complex, invasive life support procedure to survive.

Natalie Krebs of Side Effects Public Media reports.

Rats will enthusiastically work to free a rat caught in a trap — and it turns out that they are especially eager to be a good Samaritan when they're in the company of other willing helpers.

But that urge to come to the rescue quickly disappears if a potential hero is surrounded by indifferent rat pals that make no move to assist the unfortunate, trapped rodent.

Welcome to Chechnya is a grimly ironic title for a documentary that plays like a chilling undercover thriller. The camerawork is rough and ragged; the sense of menace is palpable.

The movie opens on a dark street in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya, where a man smokes a cigarette and arranges secret meetings and transports by phone. This is David Isteev, a crisis intervention coordinator for the Russian LGBT Network, and he spends his days helping gay and transgender Chechens flee a place where they are no longer safe.

The University of California Board of Regents has made by history naming Dr. Michael Drake as the 21st president of the UC system. He was unanimously approved by the board and will be the first person of color to hold the position in the system's 152-year history.

He recently stepped down as president of The Ohio State University, a position he's held since 2014.

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the impeachment trial of President Trump, will retire Wednesday after 21 years in the military.

Vindman is leaving the Army "after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited," his lawyer, David Pressman, said in a statement. Recently, controversy has grown over an abnormal stall in his promotion to the rank of full colonel.

"Fake." "Nonsense." "Lies."

The Kremlin reacted the same way the White House did to news reports that U.S. intelligence had allegedly found Russia offered bounties on American troops in Afghanistan.

The Supreme Court Wednesday upheld a Trump administration rule that makes it easier for employers to deny women insurance coverage for birth control if the company has a religious or moral objection.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Dahlia Lithwick, who writes about the courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast “Amicus.”

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Food banks have their work cut out for them as unemployment has swelled across the country. And in West Texas, feeding people across a vast, remote stretch of land has become a major challenge.

Texas Public Radio’s Paul Flahive reports.

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Americans of all ages are grappling with the emergence of a deadly pandemic and a nationwide protest movement against racial injustice.

But how does Generation Z feel about it all? Here & Now checked in with three teenagers to hear their thoughts on COVID-19, anti-racism protests and the 2020 presidential election.

The U.S. has reported more than 3 million coronavirus cases as of Wednesday morning, with all but a handful of states struggling to control outbreaks of COVID-19. One million of those cases have been confirmed over the past month — part of a wave of infection that began after many states started to reopen their economies in May.

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Facebook's decisions to put free speech ahead of other values represent "significant setbacks for civil rights," according to an independent audit of the social network's progress in curbing discrimination.

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In the latest move from the Trump administration to push for states to reopen schools this fall, Vice President Pence couched guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to safely reopen schools, saying it shouldn't be used as a "barrier" to students returning to classrooms.

Trends often start in New York. The latest: quitting the city and moving to the suburbs.

If not quite an exodus, the pandemic has sent enough New Yorkers to the exits to shake up the area's housing market. Longtime real estate agent Susan Horowitz says she has never seen anything like it. She describes the frantic, hypercompetitive bidding in the suburb of Montclair, N.J., as a "blood sport."

"We are seeing 20 offers on houses. We are seeing things going 30% over the asking price. It's kind of insane," Horowitz says.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has made it more difficult for women to get access to birth control as part of their health plans if their employer has religious or moral objections to contraceptives.

The opinion upheld a Trump administration rule that significantly cut back on the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurers provide free birth control coverage as part of almost all health care plans.

I've just finished Mikel Jollett's memoir, Hollywood Park, and it's extraordinary. Mikel is best known as the front person in the band The Airborne Toxic Event, but his journey to his current life is both stunning and sad. The book opens with him as a child raised in a cult known as Synanon.

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