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Thursday's Stories May 5, 2016

Alberta Fire Displaces 88,000, Spreads To New Communities

Over the last three days 1,600 homes and business have been destroyed, highways blocked and the airport closed.

Does Raising The Minimum Wage Hurt Jobs?

We examine how increasing the minimum wage impacts the overall economy and job sector.

One Breast Cancer Advocate On Why She Hates Fundraising Walks

Karuna Jaggar, who runs a breast cancer organization, expresses her concerns about the impact of large-scale fundraising walks.

It's Time! 17-Year Cicadas Are About To Emerge

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Earning $9 An Hour, Nearing Retirement

We speak with Helen Cheeks, who works as an unaccompanied minor agent at Reagan National Airport.

1:20 PM EDT 2 Comments

Sitar Player Anoushka Shankar's New Album Responds To Refugee Crisis

Shankar said she decided to focus her new album, titled "Land of Gold," on the refugee crisis.

1:12 PM EDT 4 Comments

Army Captain Sues Obama Over ISIS Fight

Capt. Nathan Michael Smith claims President Obama does not have the legal authority to wage war against ISIS because Congress hasn't authorized it.

1:06 PM EDT 5 Comments

Trump's Challenge In Uniting The GOP

Trump is now the apparent Republican candidate, but he needs to unite the Republican party behind him.

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PED Use Is An Issue Again In Major League Baseball

Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins has been suspended for 80 games this year after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

1:33 PM EDT 2 Comments

Zimbabwe Prints Money To Ease Cash Shortage

Zimbabwe's central bank will print its own version of the U.S. dollar in order to combat a cash shortage.

12:45 PM EDT 10 Comments

California Drought Eases, But It's Far From Over

Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, says water scarcity is a chronic condition in California.

12:40 PM EDT 6 Comments

FDA Clamps Down On E-Cigarettes

It's the first federal law regulating e-cigarettes and other "vaping" products.

12:11 PM EDT 13 Comments

Museum Exhibit Closes: Was It Due To Oil Industry Concerns?

An exhibit at the North Dakota Heritage Center that highlights renewable energy has been closed temporarily, after museum staff received complaints from the oil industry.

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Late Night Hosts Lampoon Presidential Candidates

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans discusses the role late night comedy plays in elections.

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From Deltron 3030 to Clams Casino.

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Diane Rehm On Medically Assisted Dying

Rehm speaks about her husband's battle with Parkinson's Disease and her new book, "On My Own."

A Candid Conversation With Public Radio’s Diane Rehm

The radio show host discusses her husband's illness and their often fraught marriage.

The Average Millennial Is Nothing Like The Stereotypes

Data shows that the average 29-year-old did not graduate from a four-year university and is living in a suburb.

Examining The Call For Increasing The Minimum Wage

Here & Now looks at the impact a raise would have on states, the federal government and workers themselves.

April 29 17 Comments

What’s A Delegate? And Why Do We Even Have Them In The First Place?

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Richard Pacelle, professor of political science at the University of Tennessee, to find some answers.

April 29 3 Comments

Bison Set To Become America’s First National Mammal

A bipartisan effort to name the bison the first national mammal of the U.S. has passed in Congress.

April 28 37 Comments

Men Read Mean Tweets At Women And The Video Goes Viral

Two Chicago-area sports journalists gathered the tweets directed at them and asked men to read them to their faces. The result went viral.

April 28 7 Comments

HBO's CEO On Virtual Reality And ‘Sesame Street’

In the second part of our interview with Richard Plepler, he discusses why the premium cable network picked up "Sesame Street."

Spotlight

Throughout the week, Here & Now is looking at the impact a raise in the minimum wage would have on states, the federal government and workers.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

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DJ Sessions: From Southern Fried Soul To Dance Party Duos

In this week's DJ Sessions, we spoke with KCRW's Raul Campos about "southern fried soul" from Texas and a dance duo from Los Angeles.

Mother Refuses To Gloss Over Addiction And Overdose In Daughter's Obituary

Kathleen Errico's daughter, Kelsey Endicott, lost her battle with opioid addiction in April, 2016.

How Did Donald Trump Become The Likely GOP Nominee?

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson traces Trump's path from his announcement to his primary election and caucus victories.

May 3 Comment

Letter From ‘Little Miss Flint’ Inspires Obama To Visit

Obama will visit Flint, Michigan on Wednesday to meet with residents who've lived with contaminated water.