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We are seeing people ‘pushed to the edge.’ That’s how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar describes the protests in the Los Angeles Times this week. We speak with the former NBA star.

Officials in New York are investigating an attack Wednesday night in Brooklyn that left three officers injured. Some news reports have suggested the violence might be terror-related, citing anonymous sources. The mayor's office and the New York City Police Department have not linked the violence to terrorism.

The late-night attack occurred in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood when police said a man approached an officer assigned to an anti-looting patrol and stabbed him in the neck.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is apologizing for saying players who kneel in protest when the NFL season starts would be “disrespecting the flag.”

Brees was asked during an interview with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday how the league should react if more players kneel in protest during the national anthem, as Colin Kaepernick did in 2016.


This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in today for Terry Gross. When police used smoke, flash grenades and chemical spray to clear protesters from Lafayette Square near the White House Monday night for a photo op of President Trump holding a Bible in front of a historic church, the action drew heated criticism. But not much of it came from congressional Republicans, who were mostly silent or supportive.

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A memorial was held Thursday for George Floyd, who died last week after a police officer pressed a knee into his neck while detaining him in Minneapolis, triggering protests across the country.

In front of a golden casket and flower bouquets, and against a backdrop of artwork depicting Floyd saying, "I can breathe now," his brother Philonise shared memories of growing up together, eating banana mayonnaise sandwiches and sleeping in the same bed as kids.

Thousands of people around the world are protesting against racism, police brutality and the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

One scholar argues to fully understand the way systems of oppression work, we must examine the construction of whiteness and what it means to be white in America.

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Americans wear face coverings in public this April, demand for cloth face masks shot up. Today, they’re easy to purchase from major retailers like Old Navy, Adidas and even Disney.

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis has called the decision to clear peaceful protesters from outside the White House this week an “abuse of executive authority.”

What Reopening Has Meant For COVID-19 Cases

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COVID-19 cases are rising in a number of states, with more progress made in other states as re-opening continues. Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley speaks with Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Charges against Derek Chauvin, the officer at the center of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, have been elevated to second-degree murder. And three other officers at the scene now face third-degree murder charges.

But protests in response to Floyd’s killing continue. Atlanta has seen demonstrations for nearly a week. Stephannie Stokes from member station WABE reports.

San Francisco is lifting a city-wide curfew on Thursday after days of protests over police brutality and the death of George Floyd. 

Several cities nationwide have issued curfews in an effort to tamp down on the few among thousands that have taken part in vandalism and looting. Many peaceful protesters have ignored those orders. 

In 1973, Bruce Lee seemed to find stardom overnight following the premiere of the martial arts film “Enter the Dragon.”

But fame came too late for Lee, who died before the film’s opening at age 32. During his short career, Lee broke the long-held stereotypes of Asian men even when those stereotypes threatened to hold him back, as director Bao Nguyen shows in the new ESPN documentary “Be Water.”

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Snapshot Of NYC Protests From The Ground

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Thursday marks a week of protests in New York City over the death of George Floyd.

Host Tonya Mosley and WNYC reporter Gwynne Hogan look at how protests have escalated and the violent tactics police have used against protesters.

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I first saw Shirley months ago, back in January. It's strange to be revisiting it now. Like a lot of very good movies, it doesn't speak to this extraordinarily fraught moment, and it doesn't offer a mindless escape from it, either. What it does offer is a smart, fascinating glimpse into an artist's mind, and I hope you'll seek it out now or in the future.

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday defended the decision to order that protesters be driven back from a park near the White House this week and said extremist groups were involved in sometimes violent demonstrations in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.

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Virginia will remove a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the city of Richmond "as soon as possible," Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday.

"Today, we're here to be honest about our past and talk about our future," Northam said, adding: "We have to confront where we've been in order to shape where we're going."

The statue will be placed into storage, where it will remain until government leaders and the community can discuss its future, according to the governor.

Many hip-hop albums that top the Billboard 200 these days share a few telltale characteristics. Future's latest No.

Hong Kong's legislature has passed a bill making it a crime to poke fun at China's national anthem — a move that puts new limits on anniversary events marking the Tiananmen Square massacre. Under the ban, it is illegal to alter the lyrics of the anthem, or to sing it "in a distorted or disrespectful way."

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The coronavirus pandemic has pushed unemployment to its highest level since the Great Depression, but the pace of layoffs has been easing. And there are now some signs that the job market could slowly start to recover.

The Labor Department says another 1.87 million people filed claims for unemployment insurance last week. That's down 249,000 from the previous week. While still very high by historical standards, the number has been declining steadily from a peak of 6.8 million the week ending March 28.


The dam started to break a couple of days ago. The former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Admiral Mike Mullen, said he could no longer remain silent. Mullen said he was sickened by seeing security personnel, including members of the National Guard, use force and violence to clear a path for the president. Then last night, former Defense Secretary and retired Marine General James Mattis released a statement condemning President Trump and urging Americans to come together without him.


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In 1921, my grandmother moved from the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan to Rochester, New York to get married. There she lived until her death at age 109, outlasting my mother by eight years.

Nana lived in a high rise close to Mom's childhood home, a home I came to know after Mom died. Rochester was a stark and lonely place for me.

A nun in headphones is on the radio — offering expectant families advice for stimulating fetal development.

"Tell the husband to pat [your] tummy," she laughs. "And speak to the [baby]!"

When Sister Astridah Banda, a Catholic nun and social worker in Zambia, first went on the air, she recalls that people were jolted by her manner. "People are always surprised to see sisters can joke," she says. "They think you're always serious and praying – and in such instances, I look at myself and say 'Madame, you and I are one and the same."

Like most public school educators, Jesse Hagopian has spent the spring struggling to teach his students online. Some are homeless, while others are working frontline jobs to support their families.

And now many of his students, like others around the country, are on the front lines in another sense: protesting the deaths of George Floyd and other black people at the hands of police.

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A full autopsy report on George Floyd, the man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police last month, reveals that he was positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The 20-page report also indicates that Floyd had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death, although the drugs are not listed as the cause.

When the story of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police began making news last week, Anthony McGill felt something roiling up inside him.

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Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says President Trump is a threat to the Constitution.