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NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Maurice Chammah, staff writer for the Marshall Project and author of a new book, Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty.
It's common knowledge that the FBI has a database of people's fingerprints. Many local police have their databases, too. And so, it turns out, does the United States military.
Kids are sponges. They soak up their idea of the world by observing what's around them.
The students-recognizing that A) their professors were cowards, and B) this was an opportunity to make serious mischief-had a meeting that night and basically beat any dissenters into submission and presented a unanimous front the next morning that, yes, we definitely want this ... "lady" medical student [to study with us].
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Insight strikes at all hours of the day. For me, it can be early in the morning or when I'm sipping coffee in the afternoon.
In the 1840s, Elizabeth Blackwell was admitted to a U.S. medical school - in part because the male students thought her application was part of an elaborate prank.
"I can't find my plague doctor." "Your what?" says my mother. "My plague doctor." "I don't know what that is," says my mother.
I am a lifetime reader. The ritual of crawling into bed, opening a book, and feeling my eyes get heavy is the only way I can fall asleep.
At almost eighty, I wondered if I could find reasons to live.
I kept begging my son to print out pages of my mother's scrapbook, which was on his computer.
When Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech 58 years ago, he changed the course of history with his aspiration.