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10:20 am
Tue April 28, 2015

'Go Home. Please': 'Wire' Creator David Simon Urges Calm In Baltimore

David Simon, creator of The Wire, is urging calm in Baltimore.
Chris Pizzello AP

David Simon, creator of The Wire, the HBO show that chronicled the story of Baltimore's police department and its gangs, has appealed for calm in the wake of violence following the funeral Monday of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died April 19 after he suffered a serious spine injury while in police custody.

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The Two-Way
9:56 am
Tue April 28, 2015

'Criminals' Taking Advantage Of Situation In Baltimore, Obama Says

President Obama is condemning the unrest in Baltimore, saying a handful of "criminals" are taking advantage of the situation following the April 19 death of Freddie Gray.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 11:08 am

President Obama is condemning the unrest in Baltimore, saying that a handful of "criminals" are taking advantage of the situation following the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a serious spine injury while in police custody.

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To 4 States' Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

Demonstrators for and against same-sex marriage rallied in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 11:35 am

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Tuesday about whether states have the power to ban same-sex marriage. A dozen couples are challenging the bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Parallels
9:34 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Measuring Earthquakes With More Than Just One Scale

An elderly Japanese woman carries water past a home destroyed several days earlier on Jan. 17, 1995, by a powerful earthquake centered in Kobe, Japan. More than 6,000 people were killed and destruction was widespread, but the city was rapidly rebuilt.
Lois Bernstein AP

When a major earthquake pummeled Kobe, Japan, in 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed, many buried as their traditional wooden homes collapsed under the weight of heavy, unstable tile roofs.

The quake's power was extraordinary and demonstrated Japan wasn't as prepared as it thought it was. Still, it was no match for Japanese resilience.

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All Songs Considered
9:03 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Viking's Choice: Weedeater, 'Bully'

Weedeater.
Scott Kinkade Courtesy of the artist

Guys, the sticky is not the only thing on Weedeater's mind. Truth is, these Southern sludge rabble-rousers have been through some hard times — health scares, a lost member — but that doesn't shake up their fifth album, Goliathan. At 1:47, "Bully" isn't technically Weedeater's shortest song (if you count intros and interludes), but is a squirrely sludge-punk bruiser with bassist Dixie Dave cackling like a supervillain.

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