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NPR's flagship evening newsmagazine delivers in-depth reporting and transforms the way listeners understand current events and view the world.

Every weekday, hosts Amy Kiley,Robert Siegel, Audie Cornish, Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers present two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special – sometimes quirky – features.

When Donald Trump won the presidential election, he made a pledge to every citizen: that he would be president for all Americans. In the weeks before Trump's inauguration, we're going to hear about some of the communities that make up this nation, from the people who know them best, in our series Finding America.

Holdenville, Okla., is home to about 5,800 people. It has a small downtown with banks, restaurants and a few shops, though some are closed down.

While supporters of Donald Trump prepare for Friday's inauguration, so, too, are thousands of protesters.

Several dozen attended a training session this past weekend, run by a group called DisruptJ20. The group opposes just about everything the incoming administration stands for. Its goal is to disrupt, if not stop, Trump's inauguration.

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Thousands are expected to march in Atlanta this week in response to Donald Trump's inauguration.

The largest march likely will be this Saturday, the day after the president-elect's sworn in.

The Georgia NAACP is organizing the rally, in coordination with local community and advocacy groups.

State NAACP president Francys Johnson said the plan is to send a message that they'll be defending civil rights.

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Gynecologist Lilian Schapiro scooted up to her patient, who was already in stirrups on the exam chair. Her patient was a mother of two in her early 40s. She was seeing Schapiro to get her IUD replaced.

“I-U-D stands for intrauterine device,” Schapiro said.  “A speculum is put in, it [the IUD] goes through the cervix and stays inside the uterus.”   

It’s a form of long-lasting birth control, and depending on the type, can last anywhere from three to 10 years. They can cost up to $1,000 out of pocket.

All Things Considered co-host Ari Shapiro is on a road trip leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20. He is driving through North Carolina and Virginia, on the way to Washington, D.C. These are two swing states that went in opposite directions in November, each by a close margin: North Carolina for Trump, Virginia for Hillary Clinton. As the country faces dramatic changes, we're asking people what they want from that change — and what concerns them.

Most Broadway musicals that close after 16 performances barely prompt memories, let alone documentaries. But in 1981, the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth opus, Merrily We Roll Along, rolled along so bizarrely, it became the stuff of Broadway legend, worthy of a 2017 post-mortem. Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened is a theatrically captivating documentary in which a director looks sideways at a musical that goes backwards.

Annual MLK Day Service Looks Towards Trump's Inauguration

Jan 16, 2017
Crowds watched, cheered and stood for the many speakers who took the podium during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on January 16, 2017.
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There was no avoiding the incoming Trump administration during Monday’s Martin Luther King Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, which included speakers from Dr. Bernice King to Sen. Johnny Isakson to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Over the weekend the president-elect criticized Georgia Rep. John Lewis in a series of tweets after Lewis said he would not attend the inauguration, because he does not consider Trump’s presidency legitimate.

Christina Marshall-Valdez is the CEO of Taelur, a web and mobile platform that connects plus-size women to clothes that fit them.
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Downtown Atlanta is home to one of the first programs in the U.S. dedicated to funding and developing startups founded by black and Latino women.

It's called the BIG incubator and on Saturday, four teams are graduating from the three month bootcamp.

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Christina Marshall-Valdez is the founder of the start-up called Taelur, the French word for tailor. On her computer, she selects images of clothing, styles and body parts.

"The quiz is what's informing our artificial intelligence, so that's the engine for our site," she explained.

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A Fulton County judge has denied a request from District Attorney Paul Howard to stop a prominent Atlanta lawyer from selling his late wife's assets.

Claude “Tex” McIver faces involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct charges in the shooting death of his wife, Diane, in September.

Last month, McIver held a sale of her clothing and jewelry. An auction of more items is planned for this weekend.

On Friday afternoon, Judge Constance Russell denied Howard’s emergency motion to stop McIver from auctioning her belongings.

APD, APS Police Chiefs Agree To Share Information

Jan 13, 2017
Atlanta Public School police Chief says there's no need for the Atlanta City Council to pass a resolution.
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The police chief for the Atlanta Public Schools system says there will be no need for a city resolution to get his department to share information with the Atlanta Police Department.

Atlanta City Council members introduced a resolution earlier this month asking the school police force to provide the APD with regular updates on truancy and crime statistics in the school district.

They pointed to a recent crime spree at gas stations that city police say is largely the work of juveniles.

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Atlanta's music scene is legendary, and recording studios are a big part of it.  But, some studios have caused noise complaints.  A few have seen deadly shootings.

That prompted a proposed city ordinance to regulate new recording spaces.  It's set for a full council vote on Tuesday.

If the ordinance passes, new studios would have to be sound proof and have a special use permit.  They also couldn't open within 300 feet of homes. 

So far, more than half of all U.S. states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and eight (plus the District of Columbia) have legalized the drug for recreational use. Varieties of cannabis available today are more potent than ever and come in many forms, including oils and leaves that can be vaped, and lots of edibles, from brownies and cookies to candies — even cannabis gummy bears.

The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, Colo., has begun moving into Poland as part of the biggest U.S. military deployment in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

It's part of an Obama administration effort to deter perceived growing Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. The Kremlin isn't happy.

"These actions threaten our interests, our security," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "Especially as it concerns a third party building up its military presence near our borders. It's not even a European state."

It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Mike Sutter, food critic for the San Antonio Express-News, about his "365 days of Tacos" series, in which he eats at a different taco joint every day for a year. He's done it before, in Austin, where he ate more than 1,600 tacos in 2015. But now he's moved to San Antonio, and he's finding that the taco scene there is a bit different, and in fact is tied to a cultural identity that spans back many decades.

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Applications opened Thursday for a new online master’s degree program at Georgia Tech. The university is hoping to repeat the success of its first online master's program in computer science, launched in 2014.

A recent Harvard study said that program alone will likely increase the number of Americans earning computer science degrees by seven percent.

When Donald Trump won the presidential election, he made a pledge to every citizen: that he would be president for all Americans. In the weeks before Trump's inauguration, we're going to hear about some of the communities that make up this nation, from the people who know them best, in our series Finding America.

Gabriel Otero's family has lived in Tucson, Ariz., for five generations. The region about 70 miles from Mexico has a complicated history. Lots of people have called it home.

The City of Atlanta is handing over 10 out of 44 property deeds to Atlanta Public Schools.
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A battle over property deeds continues between Atlanta Public Schools and the city of Atlanta.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he's currently working to hand over one property deed to the school system. 

But according to APS board Chairman Courtney English, there's a problem. Not only does APS want all 44 deeds, but English says "the properties belong to us [APS]. So there's no question who owns the properties."

Reed doesn't deny that, but he says there's a reason the city's held onto the deeds.

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Gov. Nathan Deal pushed for more access to mental health care services, called for changes to education and warned against big healthcare policy changes during his annual State of the State address Wednesday.

Deal proposed a 19 percent pay raise, on average, for caseworkers with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), which handles foster care cases in the state.

He also announced that his proposed budget would include money to expand healthcare coverage for children with behavioral issues, as well as for people diagnosed with autism.

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Television and movies have a $6 billion impact on Georgia's economy each year.

Now, some lawmakers are eyeing more arts to bring in money: the for-profit music industry.

State Reps. Spencer Frye, a Democrat, and Matt Dollar, a Republican, are members of a study committee that explored how to support that industry. 

Now, they're ready to propose legislation.  The two representatives spoke with WABE's Amy Kiley.  Dollar began with an overview of the committee.

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President Jimmy Carter says he plans to meet with President-elect Donald Trump to highlight the effort to eradicate Guinea worm disease.

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Residents and officials in Douglasville will hold a public meeting Thursday night about a proposed rock quarry.

A company called Georgia Stone Products LLC wants to put a new one in Douglasville; it would be the city's second.

Jonathan Lynn is Douglasville's Community and Development Services director. He said arguments in favor of the quarry are pretty clear.

“Job creation, additional tax revenue, you know, just being able to create additional business and growth opportunity for Douglasville,” said Lynn.

The tiny village of Newtok near Alaska's western coast has been sliding into the Ninglick River for years. As temperatures increase — faster there than in the rest of the U.S. — the frozen permafrost underneath Newtok is thawing. About 70 feet of land a year erode away, putting the village's colorful buildings, some on stilts, ever closer to the water's edge.

Recently, NPR brought you the story of one of 2016's most successful musicians: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Last year, the Universal Music Group released a 200-CD box set of the composer's works. Multiply that by the 6,000-odd sets sold worldwide as of early December, and you had 1.25 million CDs. And that, we said, had given Mozart a hit release.

President Obama's adopted hometown of Chicago is often the stage for pivotal moments in his career. He claimed victory in Chicago in 2008 and again in 2012. And it's where he will give his farewell address on Tuesday night.

Many Chicagoans use the word "pride" when talking about Barack Obama. You can hear it in their voices. In this city, where President-elect Donald Trump got only 12 percent of the vote, admiration for President Obama is strong.

Kim Chisholm stood with thousands of others in the bitter cold this weekend to get a ticket to Obama's speech.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal delivers his budget address at the state Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Atlanta. Deal spoke Thursday afternoon to lawmakers charged with reviewing his $45 billion spending plan. Deal limited his comments Thursday to criminal
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Georgia is set to boost the cybersecurity industry in Augusta with a state-owned training facility that’s part of a $50 million plan combining public and private interests, according to a source who was not cleared to speak about the plan until a more formal announcement Wednesday.

Georgia colleges and universities, the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Security Agency are set to be involved in the plan.

A DeKalb County commissioner has kicked off the new year by proposing another new city.

The city of Prosperity would include Panthersville, Ellenwood, Glenwood and more neighborhoods within DeKalb's 3rd District, in the southern part of the county. Commissioner Larry Johnson represents the area and announced the proposed city at a public meeting Tuesday.

"If people keep taking all of our valuable pieces of land – the cities – they'll be nothing left for us to make sure that we have and then our taxes will go up with nothing to protect us," Johnson said.

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There have been more reports of coyote sightings in the metro Atlanta area recently, and state officials say that's not a surprise.  

“It’s not unusual for them to be spotted in a park or along a golf course or even green spaces around subdivisions. You know, they’re looking for the easy prey, easy meals,” said Lee Taylor with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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Conventional wisdom says for-profit employees work for paychecks, and nonprofit employees want to make a difference.

Two Atlanta companies have turned that wisdom on its head. They made philanthropy a part of their business model and found it has paid off.

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An Atlanta neighborhood group is telling the city to take back an ordinance that abandons certain downtown streets or face a lawsuit.

The city council voted last month to relinquish control of parts of Pryor Street, Alabama Street and Plaza Way to help complete the sale of Underground Atlanta.

But the Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association said the move violated the city's own codes.

That's because the city didn't give proper notice to nearby property owners or hold a public hearing, the group said.

For years, women have been told that regular mammograms can help reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by catching tumors at their earliest, most treatable stages.

But a Danish study is the latest research to challenge that assumption. Researchers followed thousands of women in Denmark over more than a decade and found that perhaps one-third of the abnormalities detected by mammograms may never cause health problems.

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