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In California, Disneyland has announced its reopening will be postponed. It had been scheduled for July 17. But in Florida, Disney World is set to begin a phased reopening starting next month. From Miami, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

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Frogs have had a role in storytelling for ages. The Brothers Grimm had "The Frog Prince." Aesop used them, too, in his tales.

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In the 1950s, there was a "Looney Tunes" cartoon about a singing frog.

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For 16 years, Jon Stewart's brand of satire exposed the absurdity of American politics.

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NASCAR has finished its investigation and says it still doesn't know who tied a noose that was discovered this past weekend in the garage stall used by African American stock car driver Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

It's raining statues all across America. Artworks that have stood in public places for generations are being defaced or deposed, destroyed or relocated, as Americans confront attitudes on race and stereotyping.

President Trump again referred to COVID-19 as the “Kung flu” in Arizona on Tuesday night. 

Koreas Mark War's 70th Anniversary

Jun 25, 2020

People on both sides of the heavily armed border between North and South Korea marked a solemn anniversary on Thursday.

The Korean War, which killed and injured millions, started 70 years ago on June 25, 1950. This is often called “The Forgotten War” — overshadowed by World War II — but close to 40,000 Americans also lost their lives in the conflict.

The Kentucky Derby will take place in the fall with spectators, racing venue Churchill Downs announced on Thursday.

The most famous horse racing event in the world, usually held in May, will now take place from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5. The Kentucky Derby will be on Sep. 5, and the Kentucky Oaks — a race for 3-year-old fillies — will run a day earlier.

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Guatemalan police have arrested four evangelical Christians in the torture and murder of a Mayan healer, an internationally renowned expert in Indigenous medicines.

Reporter Maria Martin has the story.

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Polls are close in Iowa in both the presidential race and a big Senate race, where Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is facing a challenge from Democrat Theresa Greenfield.

Radio Iowa news director O. Kay Henderson joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.

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Renaming Military Bases

Jun 25, 2020

The call for changing the names of 10 Southern military bases gaining momentum in Washington raises the question of what names might replace those of the Confederate generals. Jay Price from member station WUNC reports.

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The Kinsa smart thermometer began mapping out coronavirus hotspots in mid-March with accuracy that caught the eye of public health experts around the country.

The thermometer was developed eight years ago to track illnesses like seasonal flu. The data is uploaded immediately after people use the thermometer and is available for free to scientists, public officials and the people who use the device.

Disney is putting off plans to reopen its southern California parks until state officials issue guidance on how theme parks can allow visitors back, The Walt Disney Company said on Wednesday.

Dolphins learn special foraging techniques from their mothers—and it's now clear that they can learn from their buddies as well. Take the clever trick that some dolphins use to catch fish by trapping them in seashells. It turns out that they learn this skill by watching their pals do the job.

The discovery, reported in the journal Current Biology, helps reveal how groups of wild animals can transmit learned behaviors and develop their own distinct cultures.

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A man who murdered two people on a commuter train in Portland, Ore., in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors showed Jeremy Christian was motivated by white supremacy. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Conrad Wilson reports.

This review contains spoilers for the first two seasons of Search Party.

"What does this mean for ME?"

That's Search Party's text — as in, a line of dialogue that crops up several times, in different characters' mouths — and its pervasive subtext. Because the true subject of the series, which began life on TBS but returns for a third season on HBO Max today, is self-important, self-involved, self-justifying selfishness.

Vesta Gul, a widow in her seventies, has relocated from the Northern Midwest leaving behind the home she shared with her husband Walter, for a cabin at a decommissioned Girl Scout camp in an unspecified Northeastern state. There she lives simply with her beloved dog Charlie, taking long rambling walks through the woods and interacting with virtually no one.

Until the day when Vesta finds a note under a rock that reads: "Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body."

The presidential election is just a few months away.

Who votes and who doesn't — and why — is a complex question. Kim Wehle, a law professor at the University of Baltimore, has written a book she calls "one-stop shopping" to help address this — and to break down voting into small, managable questions and answers.

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Gone With The Wind has returned to the streaming service HBO Max after it was removed earlier this month because of its benign portrayal of American slavery. The film now features a new introduction by film scholar and Turner Classic Movies host Jacqueline Stewart.

In the introduction, Stewart addresses the film's problematic depiction of the Antebellum South.

The Trump administration is defending plans to close 13 federally run coronavirus testing sites in five states at the end of the month.

The testing sites are located in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas. They are the last of 41 federally operated testing sites.

Federal officials say the sites have been closing or transferring to state or local control because it's more efficient to run testing that way. In other instances they argue there are readily available testing sites nearby.

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As the number of new coronavirus cases surges each day in many parts of the country, some states are hitting pause on their plans to reopen.

Whether it's online-only consultations, closed pharmacies or having to wonder whether going into an office is safe, the coronavirus has upended access to health care. And it has presented particular challenges for women and reproductive health.

Boston is poised to ban its use of facial surveillance technology, becoming the second-largest community in the world to do so.

The city council unanimously voted on Wednesday to ban the use of the technology and prohibit any city official from obtaining facial surveillance by asking for it through third parties. The measure will now go to Mayor Marty Walsh with a veto-proof majority. Walsh's office said he would review the ban.

The in-person Democratic National Convention will be scaled down significantly as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the Milwaukee event now relying heavily on "live broadcasts and curated content," organizers have announced.

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