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Court Gets Unusually Specific On Police Taser Gun Use

On Friday's All Things Considered, I have a story about how a recent federal court ruling is restricting when police may 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.But the ruling isn't only about Tasers. It has deeper implications for police use of force, generally speaking.What surprised the experts are...
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With the assistance of Russian airstrikes, President Bashar Assad's forces are pressing ahead with a major offensive around the northern city of Aleppo, a development that has sent another wave of Syrian civilians seeking refugee in neighboring Turkey.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

'Egyptian Jon Stewart' Bassem Youssef Will Now Satirize U.S. Democracy: Bassem Youssef created what became the most popular TV show in Egypt's history, but the government had the show cancelled, and Youssef fled Egypt.

One of the Vatican's most prominent critics, who pushed for greater protections for children and harsher punishments for pedophile priests, has taken a leave of absence from the pope's advisory commission on clerical sex abuse.

North Korea has announced it will be firing a rocket into orbit next week — moving up a launch originally planned for later this month.

Pyongyang told the U.N. International Maritime organization the launch will be held between Feb. 7 and 14, NPR's Elise Hu reports. It had previously been scheduled for sometime between Feb. 8 and 25.

Israel made a decision last week that supporters are calling game-changing. Men and women will be allowed to worship together at the holiest place where Jews can legally pray. This could lead to other changes in Israel.

Batya Kallus, who helped negotiate the deal that led to the government decision, is jubilant.

"This is groundbreaking," she says. "We've reconceived what the Western Wall includes."

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WCBE Presents The Travelin' McCourys Live From Studio A Thurs. Feb. 11, 2016 @ 2PM!

The Travelin' McCourys will play a few songs during the Global Village in advance of their show that night at the Park Street Saloon with Billy Strings! Tune in for live music, conversation and chances to win tickets to the show!It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at www.wcbe.org!www.wcbe.org/listen - LISTEN LIVE!BIO:No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury,...
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Making Science Teaching More Than 'A Backup Plan'

"Squat! Squat! Squat! Higher! Faster!"In the basement of the Duane Physics and Astrophysics building at the University of Colorado Boulder, a science demonstration is going on, but it looks more like a vaudeville act.One by one, students balance precariously on a rotating platform. Then they are handed what looks like a spinning bicycle wheel, holding it by two handles that stick out from either side of what would be the hub of the wheel. When you flip the wheel over, like a pizza, your body...
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Maurice White Of Earth, Wind & Fire Dies At 74

Maurice White, the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, the band known for hits like "Shining Star and "Boogie Wonderland," died in his sleep overnight. He was 74.Verdine White posted the following message on the group's Facebook page:"My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing...
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