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Days after Charles Kinsey was shot by North Miami police as the behavioral health care worker tried to help a patient, we now know more about the officer who fired the shot — and according to the head of the local police union, the officer was trying to shoot Kinsey's patient, a man with autism, not Kinsey.

"Fearing for Mr. Kinsey's life, the officer discharged his firearm, trying to save Mr. Kinsey's life," says John Rivera, president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association. "And he missed, and accidentally struck Mr. Kinsey."

Who hasn't dreamed of visiting France? The two most popular tourist destinations in the country are Paris and Nice, on the French Riviera. But now they've both been hit by deadly attacks — three large-scale attacks in a year and a half.

Last Thursday's truck rampage in Nice killed 84 people on a seaside promenade watching fireworks. It's taken a serious toll on the French spirit – and has made some tourists reconsider a visit.

In The Fifty-Year Mission, Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman's massive new oral history of Star Trek, creator Gene Roddenberry recalls why NBC declined his initial pilot episode of the landmark series: "It was too cerebral ... it didn't end with a chase and a right cross to the jaw, the away all manly films were supposed to end." But the suits were intrigued enough to commission a second pilot, a highly irregular gesture.

The middle-class American vacation: a history

Jul 22, 2016
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Mitchell Hartman

There is a sprawling colony of tiny cabins, family bungalows, dining and lecture halls, and recreation facilities on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado, that shows just how accessible and affordable regular vacations were for some middle-income Americans in the past.

Today, the 26-acre Colorado Chautauqua center, at the edge of public parkland near the popular Flatirons hiking area, operates as a nonprofit lodging and events facility (it is also a national historical site).

The first time Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and starred in a film (Sleepwalk With Me) he played a stand-up comic. This was not a huge stretch for him, as he is, himself, a stand-up comic.

His second film, Don't Think Twice, doesn't stray too far from that model. It's about an improvisational comedy troupe a lot like the one in which Birbiglia got his start. And if this seems like quite a bit of navel-gazing for one filmmaker, rest assured that Birbiglia's been keeping it funny.

Etharin Cousin heads the United Nation's World Food Programme — but lately she sounds more like the captain of a ship facing some very ugly weather.

"We are seeing all the indicators of a perfect storm coming toward us in Southern Africa," Cousin said in a recent press call this week. "And we are saying that we have the opportunity to move this boat in a different direction and to avoid the storm."

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, July 22, 2016

Jul 22, 2016
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On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, Marketplace Washington, D.C., reporters Kimberly Adams and Nancy Marshall-Genzer join Lizzie to go long and short on topics related to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Marketplace D.C. Bureau Chief Andrea Seabrook reports from Cleveland about political outsiders there. Later, listeners weigh in on compromises they've made in their financial lives, and CBS business analyst Jill Schlesinger gives some advice about how to make everyone happy in a financial negotiation.

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Marketplace Weekend Staff

In our latest Marketplace Edison Research Poll we found that a lot of you aren't taking vacations regularly.

That's why for this week's conversation, we're talking about vacation and work-life balance.

How do you balance your work and personal time?

Are you decisions based on money? Family? Guilt?

Overcoming racial and economic struggle in Philadelphia, Mississippi

Jul 22, 2016
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Marketplace

The 2016 Democratic National Convention begins Monday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Delegates of the Democratic Party will officially announce the nominee for president and vice president of the United States in the election.

On today's show, we'll talk about Donald Trump's assessment of the economy; the intersectional challenges that Latino victims of the Pulse shooting are facing; the reasons why some studios are reluctant to show footage of their upcoming films at Comic-Con; and a rankings shift in Bloomberg's list of the world's billionaires.

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The news that sexual harassment allegations have cost Roger Ailes his job threatens to obscure Ailes' singular career and his almost unrivaled influence in the public sphere.

But no contemporary figure has done more to shape the intersection of American media and politics than Ailes, who, until Thursday, had been the Fox News chief since its very first day on the air in 1996.

In his long career, Ailes advised a succession of Republican presidents on how to gain power and maintain it — both on their payrolls and off the books.

More than 20 athletes who won Olympic medals in Beijing are among 45 athletes from the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games whose anti-doping samples contained banned substances, a reanalysis has found. The International Olympic Committee says the findings nearly double the number of implicated athletes from those games.

That number of has now risen to 98. And while the IOC isn't identifying the 45 athletes or their countries who have what it calls an "Adverse Analytical Finding" at this point, here's what the organization is saying:

You probably know Neil deGrasse Tyson as an astrophysicist with a seemingly endless stream of science fun facts at his command. You might not be aware that he is also a great oenophile and lover of food.

Some 16 years ago, before I was a journalist and illustrator, I worked with Neil at the American Museum of Natural History. He would sometimes carry around a small canvas tote bag. As I recall, the bag would contain one of two things: either a weighty, mango-sized meteorite to show to guests of the museum, or a bottle of wine to gift to a colleague.

Welcome to our sand box.

For months now, the NPR Ed Team has been playing with what we like to call "long listen" ideas — worthy stories that we can't tell in three or four minutes.

Three countries leading the effort to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people aboard, say they plan to suspend their search for the missing airliner. While the search has turned up tantalizing clues, officials say hope of finding the jet is fading.

It has been said that "to cleave" is the only verb in English that connotes one specific action and its direct opposite. To cleave sometimes means to hold together, and it can also mean to split apart.

That's why Cleveland was the perfect city to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Because this week, in this town, the GOP demonstrated both its persistent divisions and its instinct for overcoming them.

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In the summer of 2004, after two decades of estrangement, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Susan Faludi received an e-mail from her father. It read:

Dear Susan,

I've got some interesting news for you. I've decided that I have had enough of impersonating a macho aggressive man that I have never been inside.

The letter was signed, "Love from your parent, Stefánie." Faludi's 76-year-old father, Steven, had had gender reassignment surgery.

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Editor's note: This story is part of the latest episode of NPR's show and podcast Invisibilia, exploring the power of clothes.

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Lane Wallace

The Orlando Pulse massacre in June shocked the country, and it quickly became clear that the shooting had taken place in a gay nightclub. But it was also Latin night at Pulse, and the shooting took place on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day festival. The 49 victims were largely Latino and gay, many of them Puerto Rican.

Latino and Latina LGBTQ people and their families already face challenges others may not, from language barriers to fear of deportation. That divide became more apparent in the effort to get support to victims and their families.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, July 22, 2016

Jul 22, 2016
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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about the murder of Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch by her brother, along with similar cases happening in the country. Plus, we'll play this week's Silicon Tally with Erika Bergman, the co-founder of Global Engineering and Exploration Counselors. 

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On today's show, we'll talk about the economic themes of Donald Trump's keynote at the RNC on Thursday night; Roger Ailes' exit from Fox; and the film industry's new, subtle anti-piracy strategy.

In an apparent first, a Republican convention speaker on Thursday took the stage during the final, most high-profile night, just minutes before the nominee himself, and uttered these words: "I am proud to be gay."

Painting a grim picture of America, Donald Trump promised to protect the country and restore "law and order" by putting "America First" in his address Thursday evening formally accepting the GOP nomination for president.

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