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William G. Porter, a 26-year-old police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, is downtown today to stand trial in the case.
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EllisonReport Nov 27: #AffirmativeAction; Polling Pitfalls; Danger Rhetoric; #Racism & Textbooks

This week’s installment of The ER: comparing race-based and class-based affirmative action: which one is it? The troubling aspects of the language employed in this election. Examining the policy response to migration trends. The future of polling. Is Trump trending from his frontrunner status? The linkage between racist cops – and history textbooks.
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As he prepared to leave office this month, Education Secretary Arne Duncan reunited with a former student as part of a StoryCorps interview project.

More than 25 years ago — when he was working at the Chicago Public Schools — Duncan took part in a mentorship program run by the "I Have A Dream" Foundation at Shakespeare Elementary School in Chicago. And Lawanda Duncan (no relation) was one of the young students he mentored.

Seeking to calm growing criticism about his administration's handling of police misconduct cases, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will appoint a new "police accountability task force."

In a press release, the mayor's office said the task force "will review the system of accountability, training and oversight that is currently in place for Chicago's police officers."

Hi Code Switch readers! I'm here from NPR Music, where I mostly cover jazz. I thought you might be interested two big performances we recently featured in which the artists took a moment to talk about police intimidation and violence against African-Americans.

'Your Brother's Blood' Gives New Life To The Undead

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What does it take to make a zombie novel fresh and intriguing? Dozens of authors have tried to answer this question over the past few years, as the zombie wave swelled into a zombie glut. But few have deconstructed the genre with the heart and soul David Towsey has in Your Brother's Blood. First published in 2013 in Towsey's native England, this debut novel is finally seeing the light of day in the U.S.

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Four years ago, libertarians were an important force in the Republican presidential race. In the campaign for the 2012 nomination, Ron Paul was routinely drawing big crowds on college campuses.

Chances are, you've picked up some chatter about the new global talks on climate change. If you can't quite see how it matters to you, personally, you might want to take a peek inside your pantry. Or your candy jar. Because it might just affect your access to everything from cheese to chocolate.

"It's very clear now that a changing climate will have a profound effect on agriculture," says Molly Brown, a geographer at the University of Maryland.

Take one simple example, she says: Vermont.

Los Angeles is a region better known for Hollywood, but it actually has more manufacturing jobs than any other metro area in the U.S. Of the more than half-million manufacturing jobs in the region, about 50,000 of them are in the garment industry.

Fashion is a big part of LA's identity, and you feel it in the Fashion District downtown. It has changed a lot since the late 1980s, when plain beige towers called California Mart bustled with all things related to the garment industry.

Brian Weitman grew up around the garment industry and remembers Cal Mart's heyday.

"If I'm allowed to have a favorite forger, which I know sounds a little bit funny, it would be Eric Hebborn, who's really the prince of art forgers," Noah Charney says. "He's the only one of over sixty that I look at in my book who I think is at the same level as the artists he forged."

This week on Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam explores how we tell real from fake, when it comes to fine art and fine wine. As Noah Charney, author of The Art of Forgery explains, the primary motivation for many of the forgers he studied is not money, but revenge.

Providence is considered by many to be the finest restaurant in Los Angeles, a gourmet seafood eatery run by chef Michael Cimarusti. He's won several James Beard awards and two highly coveted Michelin stars. He is also a fisherman who is piloting a program to support local, small-scale fishermen.


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Thursday Morning Jam Session: Remembering Arnold Sterling

The Baltimore Blend honors the life of Arnold Sterling, a Baltimore native and nationally recognized jazz saxophonist, through conversations with those he taught and loved.
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November CD: Spur of the Moment's "N2 Deep"

I got excited when I heard the DC-based band Spur of the Moment was recording a new project. Spur of the Moment has been blessing us with some incredible music for the last two decades. After a hiatus from recording, they return with an incredible CD titled, “N2 Deep.”
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November Community Cares Partner: Office of Student Activites

Morgan State University’s Office of Student Activities strives to foster a campus environment that promotes the total education of each student. Its primary goal is to assist individual students and student organizations in the creation, implementation and evaluation of programs that contribute to the academic growth and personal development of all students.
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WEAA Launches Documentary Series: "Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City"

WEAA is proud to announce “Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City” — a new project produced by Stacia Brown and funded through AIR media.
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Jazz Master of the Month: Charlie Rouse

Charlie Rouse was born in Washington D.C. in 1924, and is mostly remembered as Thelonious Monk’s featured tenor saxophonist from 1959 to 1970. His articulate solos were always full of joy, with each of his fluid phrases perfectly connected to the one before.
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