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StoryCorps
7:11 am
Sun August 24, 2014

An Outcast Teen Attacked With Slurs, Fists, Gasoline And A Match

Darnell Moore (right) tells his friend Bryan Epps about growing up in Camden, N.J., where a group of boys once attacked him and attempted to light him on fire. Moore now mentors LGBTQ teens.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 1:55 pm

When Darnell Moore was a teenager in the late 1980s, living in Camden, N.J., he didn't know he was gay — but he did know he was an outcast.

"At 13 I was a nerd," Moore tells his friend Bryan Epps, during a visit to StoryCorps OutLoud in New York. "I took such great pride in wearing dress pants and button-up shirts, unfortunate white socks like I was a preacher."

"My grandmother would send us to the store, and I hated going to the store because I know that somewhere between my grandmama's house and the store there would be somebody wanting to pick on me for some reason."

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Code Switch
6:59 am
Sun August 24, 2014

50 Years Before Ferguson, A Summer Of Riots Racked The U.S.

Police officers struggle with a man dripping wet from the blast of a fire hose during rioting in Rochester, N.Y., in 1964.
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Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 9:02 am

Fifty years ago this summer — a half-century before the protests in Ferguson, Mo. — riots broke out in seven cities in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Pennsylvania, sparked by confrontations between black residents and their predominantly white police forces.

In Philadelphia, the violence began after dark, in late August.

"It was a hot day and just wasn't too much activity in the hood, as they say," remembers Kenneth Salaam, who was 15 years old in 1964.

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Sunday Puzzle
5:03 am
Sun August 24, 2014

A Puzzle Hokey Pokey, That's What It's All About

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Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 9:13 am

On-air challenge: Every answer is a made-up, two-word phrase, in which the first word has 5 letters. Drop its last letter and read the remaining 4 letters backward, and you'll get the second word of the phrase.

Example: A Scrabble piece used by a select group of people = ELITE TILE

Last week's challenge from American puzzlemaker Sam Lloyd: You have a target with six rings, bearing the numbers 16, 17, 23, 24, 39 and 40. How can you score exactly 100 points, by shooting at the target?

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Author Interviews
4:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Louise Penny Builds A Magical Ensemble In 'The Long Way Home'

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:37 am

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Sports
4:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Giants, 49ers Lack Pre-Season Spark: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 9:02 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Now that rousing song was not written by BJ Liederman, but he did write our theme music. Still it's good to hear this because the drum line means that Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast from slate.com, is here to talk sports. Mike, hi.

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Arts & Life
7:56 am
Sun August 17, 2014

At Life's Last Threshold, Choir Brings Comfort

Tammy Heinsohn (left) and Carolyn Wilson sing in the meditation room of Alive Hospice in Nashville. They're part of the Threshold Choir, which sings to the dying.
Emily Siner Nashville Public Radio

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 8:39 am

The Threshold Choir brings music to those on the threshold of life — people who are dying. The first group started about a decade and a half ago. Now there are choirs in 120 cities, and even a few countries.

One of the newer chapters is in Nashville. On a recent day, Tammy Heinsohn and two other choir members were going room to room at a hospice there, introducing themselves and offering to sing some lullabies.

They waited at one doorway until 86-year-old Avis Moni told them to come in, then walked to her bedside and began singing.

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Around the Nation
5:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Police And Protesters Clash Over Curfew In Ferguson

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 8:39 am

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Remembrances
5:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

A Video Game Tribute To Robin Williams

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 8:39 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF COMMERCIAL)

ZELDA WILLIAMS: Stop stealing my rubies.

ROBIN WILLIAMS: They're mine now - mine.

Z. WILLIAMS: It is not over yet.

R. WILLIAMS: What move was that? Oh, don't do that. No, no, no.

Z. WILLIAMS: It's over. You lose.

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Author Interviews
5:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Chemical Dump Poisons A Texas Town In 'Friendswood'

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 8:39 am

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The Sunday Conversation
7:16 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Entrepreneur Looks Beyond Africa's Problems To Focus On Solutions

Vital Sounouvou is an African entrepreneur who founded Exportunity.com, a company to help promote trade in Africa.
Courtesy of Vital Sounouvou

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:04 am

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Vital Sounouvou comes from Benin, a small country in West Africa. To help promote global trade in Africa, he founded the company Exportunity.com after some sobering advice from a college professor.

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