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Episode Two: Eddie-AFRO!

A history of the AFRO-American Newspapers. From Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City. An audio documentary series on WEAA-FM.
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First Edition Jan 29: The Week in Review with the AFRO American Newspapers

First Edition host Sean Yoes reviews some of the top news stories of the week from the pages of the AFRO American Newspapers with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, recurring guests Taya Graham and Stephen Janis (The Mod Squad) of The Real News Network report on Baltimore politics and law enforcement.
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A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook city of Tainan, on the southern end of Taiwan, just before 4 a.m. local time Saturday. The shallow quake reportedly caused multiple structures to collapse, including one residential building where it is thought hundreds live.

NPR's Elise Hu reports from Taiwan that rescue operations are underway and that the transportation agency in Taiwan has already announced that the trains in southern Taiwan will not run Saturday.

The Jordanian movie Theeb has been nominated for a best foreign language film Oscar. It's a beautiful, sweeping story set in 1916 in an area of western Saudi Arabia then known as the Hejaz. The film's director, Naji Abu Nowar, says Theeb covers a pivotal moment in the region's history.

"The First World War is kicking off ... and the war is coming towards this area of Hejaz," he tells NPR's Kelly McEvers. "The British are ... inciting the Arab tribes to revolt against the Ottoman imperialists. And so you're on the brink of a massive change."

On Friday's All Things Considered, I have a story about how a recent federal court ruling is restricting how police are allowed to use Tasers in the five Southeastern states covered by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a nutshell, police there may no longer shock a nonviolent, noncooperative suspect with a Taser stun gun— even if he is trying to escape custody.

The new movie, Rams, has absolutely nothing to do with Peyton Manning. It's a story from Iceland that involves sheep, snow, a herd-afflicting virus called scrapie, and sufficient sibling rivalry to power a Greek tragedy.

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As you know if you are interacting with American commerce or popular entertainment at the moment, the Super Bowl is this weekend. Stephen Thompson, as he has explained for NPR in the past, has an annual Super Bowl party and chicken-eating contest called Chicken Bowl. This year will be Chicken Bowl XX — that is, Chicken Bowl 20, for those of you who are not Romans.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., had strong words for Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday regarding the VA's failure to compensate thousands of World War II veterans who were exposed to mustard gas.

Which beer goes with guacamole? And which brew adds a nice clean, crisp finish to spicy wings?

Those are burning questions for anyone who wants to take his snack game to the next level this Super Bowl weekend. And two craft beer experts who wrote the book on beer pairings have the answers.

All that is solid melts in the presence of funk. Maurice White — the prolific songwriter, singer, producer, arranger, bandleader, organizer and conceptualist at the helm of multi-platinum act Earth, Wind & Fire who transitioned on Thursday at 74 after a 25-year struggle with Parkinson's Disease — gifted us with years of optimistic, exuberant music that could instantly evaporate your frown into thin air.

A hole-in-one is a cause for celebration, even (especially?) when a robot does it.

LDRIC, a cleverly named golf robot, aced the par-3 16th hole at Arizona's TPC Scottsdale course earlier this week on just its fifth try.

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Reggae Roots and Culture to Pay Tribute to Reggae Greats

February is not only Black History Month — it’s also Reggae Music Month. Tune in to Reggae, Roots & Culture on Saturday morning to hear a "Birthday Salute" to two of Reggae Music's Icons.
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Jazz Master of the Month: Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Lincoln, born Anna Marie Wooldridge, is one of the most fearless and uncompromising singers of our era. Singing in a style of both bold projection and expressive restraint, critics often compare her to Billie Holiday. Lincoln’s career ranged from acting in Hollywood films, to outspoken civil rights advocacy in the 1960’s.
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Thursday Morning Jam Sessions: Dawoud Said

Baltimore Blend hosts Mykel Hunter and Robert Shahid interview pianist Dawoud Said.
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