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The First 100 Days: Trump's Action Plan Annotated

Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan . He called it his Contract With The American Voter.

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Congress Focuses On Averting Shutdown, But Trump Wants More In Budget Deal

Congress returns Tuesday from its spring recess, facing yet another down-to-the-wire spate of deal-making — and a White House anxious to claim its first major legislative win. On Friday night, the funding measure lawmakers approved last year to keep the federal government running will expire. The timing leaves members of the House and Senate just four days to reach a new agreement to fund the government, or risk a partial shutdown of federal agencies on Saturday — the 100th day of Donald...

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People with few means but big hearts stepped in to help Cliff Missen as he transitioned in and out of foster care as a child. When he turned 18, Missen made a vow to pay it forward and live a life in ​service of the poor. He made good on that promise when he brought well-drilling technology to rural villages in Liberia and an information technology program to Joss, Nigeria.

The nightly call-in program Indivisible wraps up its 100 Day run on WUNC on Thursday April 27th.   In addition to insightful interviews with lawmakers and opinion leaders, Indivisible gave listeners the chance to engage.  Every night the program's hosts opened up the phones and encouraged Americans to talk to one another.  

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Drivers in the area may notice an outcropping of signs that say "Welcome to Raleigh, Y'all." The yard signs and murals give the greeting in 17 languages. The creators say it's a welcome message to people of different cultures.

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The Raleigh-Durham International Airport will begin renovations on its central parking garage on April 24 and will continue through the end of the year. Airport officials recommend travelers arrive two hours early this summer.

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On this episode of the WUNC Politics Podcast, a conversation with long-time political reporter Mark Binker.

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This week in state politics, a conversation about the projected effects of tax cuts, a constitutional challenge to the General Assembly, judicial restructuring and a failed craft beer proposal.

By Source - Fair use March for Science

Tens of thousands of scientists are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., this Saturday for the March for Science. Partner marches are set up in more than 500 cities around the world to bring together scientists and science supporters. Threats to budget cuts at the National Institutes of Health, and the Trump administration’s position on scientific research have galvanized the march movement.

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In North Carolina, more kids are aging out of the foster care system without permanent families. That number has been on the rise for more than a decade, but it spiked again last year.

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In his latest novel, “The Moon and The Other” (Simon & Schuster/2017), science fiction writer John Kessel envisions a collection of people living on the moon in the middle of the 22nd century. The story follows four main characters as they navigate the social structures of each colony, including the “Society of Cousins,” where men receive societal privileges but are denied the right to vote.

 

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Georges Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” is an opera that pits the dynamics of a love triangle against the union of brotherhood. The opera, set in historic Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, features one of the most famous duets in opera history. The North Carolina Opera presents their interpretation of “The Pearl Fishers,” an opera that was only popularized long after Bizet’s death.

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Bridging The Information Gap Worldwide: Meet Cliff Missen

People with few means but big hearts stepped in to help Cliff Missen as he transitioned in and out of foster care as a child. When he turned 18, Missen made a vow to pay it forward and live a life in ​ service of the poor. He made good on that promise when he brought well-drilling technology to rural villages in Liberia and an information technology program to Joss, Nigeria.

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A State Divided: HB2 and Transgender Rights

North Carolina’s bathroom bill set off a national debate about gender identity, religion, politics and power.

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Since at least the 1990s, partisan politics haven’t had a place in most school board races in North Carolina. Historically, just a small minority of state’s 112 school boards have been elected on a partisan basis. But that may be changing. In the last five years, the state legislature has more than doubled the number of school boards elected on party lines.

The 2017 election laid bare stark divisions between urban and rural areas of the United States, and North Carolina was no exception. While highly-regarded research universities and the creation of Research Triangle Park helped turn the state’s economy around in the 1950s, they also created an economic and political wedge that continues to grow to this day.

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Note: This program is a rebroadcast from February 20, 2017.

Phyliss Craig-Taylor was part of the first wave of black students to integrate public schools in Alabama. She started attending an integrated school in third grade, and it was a challenging and formative experience. White children taunted her and threw projectiles at her, and she collected each item in a cigar box. These objects later served as evidence in a lawsuit to push for stronger integration of public schools.

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