Agee in Tennessee: An Interview with Paul F. Brown

Author Paul F. Brown discusses his new book: Rufus: James Agee in Tennessee. Near the conclusion of the interview Brown gives directions to the spot where Agee lived in Fort Sanders.

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A Seat at the Counter

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Brown vs. Board of Education, the landmark civil rights case that found segregated schools unconstitutional, brought hope that change was coming. But while the 1954 ruling may have marked the beginning of the end for “separate but equal,” in cities across the country, change was slow in coming. Six years after Brown, segregated facilities were still common - not just schools, but buses and restaurants, movie theaters, and hospitals.

A fire raced through the capital of Bangladesh on Wednesday night, killing at least 70 people and injuring dozens.

Fire officials say the blaze began in a partly residential four-story building in Dhaka as most people were sleeping.

When U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was growing up in Ashtabula, Ohio, in the 1950s, it was a thriving port town on Lake Erie where everyone who wanted one found a job. Ships brought in iron ore destined for the steel mills of Pennsylvania, and left with coal from the mines of Appalachia.

But as steel and coal have declined, the Ashtabula of Lighthizer's childhood has disappeared, taking a lot of jobs with it.

Historic preservationists are hoping that the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this summer will persuade the United Nations to do something to protect Neil Armstrong's footprints in the lunar dust.

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Morning News Brief

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As marijuana becomes legal around the country, blacks and Latinos are often left out of new business opportunities. Advocates say people of color are often reluctant to join the growing legal marijuana economy because they were targeted far more often than whites during the war on drugs. Studies show members of such communities were arrested and jailed for illegal marijuana use far more often than whites.


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