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How Facebook Has Shaped Democracy

Sep 10, 2018

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And I'm Audie Cornish with All Tech Considered.

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When you open the new novel Housegirl, you'll find a glossary on the first pages — dozens of words and phrases in Twi, a Ghanaian dialect. Author Michael Donkor was born in London to Ghanaian parents and the glossary hints at the push and pull between two worlds.

Take, for example, the term for second-hand clothes: "Oburoni wawu literally means 'the white man is dead,' " Donkor explains. "The idea is that when the white man dies, his family sends over his second-hand clothes to Africa, to be sold in the market."

Throughout the summer, All Things Considered has been on the hunt for great reading recommendations.

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You might not know his name and you might not know his face, but there are two things you might very well know about DeRay Mckesson: his blue vest and his tweets.

Both became synonymous with the protest movement that developed in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014.

Obama Hits Midterm Campaign Trail

Sep 8, 2018

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Barbershop: Online Censorship

Sep 8, 2018

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Stop us if you've heard this before.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #1: That's Serena Williams back in a U.S. Open final.

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President Trump is ramping up trade tensions with other countries. Today, he said he's ready to impose even more tariffs on Chinese imports, and he hinted that he may take similar action against Japan. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

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Midterm elections are less than two months away, and a familiar Democratic voice has returned. In a speech at the University of Illinois, former President Barack Obama gave his first direct public rebuke of President Trump. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.

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Sometime next year, TV viewers may hear this sound in a new spin-off of a familiar show.

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