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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. John Telford, former Detroit Public Schools Superintendent and author of ‘Will The First: The Sage of Sports/Civil Rights Pioneer Will Robinson.’

Telford has written a spellbinding book about his coaching colleague at Pershing High School (Detroit, MI) – the late, legendary Will Robinson.  Both men were All-Americans – Telford as a sprinter at Wayne State University in the 1950’s and Robinson as a quarterback at West Virginia State in the 1930’s.

Whenever I'm out reporting in the field, I can tell many ranchers have a powerful connection with their cattle — it seems they can almost understand them. But researchers today are digging deeper to figure out exactly what cows are saying — and how they communicate through their moos.

I drove out to the research farm at the University of Missouri to ask cattle geneticist Jared Decker to share his expert insights.

Class Of 2025: 3rd Grade = Testing

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The Class of 2025 is in third grade. In Oregon public schools and across the country, that means they’re taking required standardized tests for the first time.

Oregon set a goal years ago to graduate 100 percent of students in the class of 2025. OPB is following a group of students from kindergarten to high school graduation to see how they do.

Rose has dealt with depression since high school. She'd put her head down, focus on school and get through. But during her senior year of college, Rose couldn't even concentrate on school anymore.

"I was struggling. I was feeling depressed. I was feeling isolated," Rose, now 24, says. "I was crying at Cheerios commercials, which is not normal."


When President Obama visits Hiroshima with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, it won't be a time for "repair work" on the narratives told about World War II. 

"Not a chance," says Carol Gluck, a professor of Japanese history at Columbia University. "They will not revisit history, they will not talk about President Truman, they will not talk about the decision to surrender."

Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov and HBO host John Oliver are locked in a public spat over a lost cat.

First, Kadyrov — the leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya whose forces have been accused of torture — asked his 1.8 million Instagram followers for help finding his missing cat.

From the Texas TribuneIn a stunning comeback, State Board of Education hopeful Keven Ellis won Tuesday's District 9 Republican primary runoff over Mary Lou Bruner, who drew national attention for social media posts touting far-right conspiracy theories and other fringe views.

The debate surrounding Olympic yoga

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Few people in the US think of yoga as a sport, let alone an Olympic sport, but that's not the case in India, where yoga expert Gopal Ji says it's been a competitive sport for over 1,200 years.

Ji is spearheading the movement to get yoga into the Olympics. In competitions, competitors are judged on balance, strength, poise, flexibility and grace. Ji says yoga as sport is popular in India and it's different than how Americans view it‹as primarily therapeutic means of relaxation.

Renewed controversy over heavy American military presence on the Japanese island of Okinawa swirled as President Obama arrived in Japan for the G7 summit. Just a week earlier, a former U.S. Marine allegedly raped and killed a local Okinawa woman, triggering protests on the island.

When Wilmot Collins and his wife Maddie arrived in Ghana after escaping the Liberian civil war in September 1990, he weighed just 90 pounds. Maddie was about 87 pounds. They were starving, dehydrated and sick. Both had to be rushed to the hospital.

As a kid, Jon Landstrom spent hours in the pool churning out lap after lap. His dedication paid off when he won a spot on the Roseville Stingrays, an elite regional swim team.

But an encounter with an assistant swim coach would change how he felt about going to the pool.

"He wanted to have his hands on me," Landstrom recalled. "Even if it was in front of people, he wanted to pet me or have his hands on me."

Today's Morning Edition music is from "Monday, Monday" by the Mamas and the Papas which was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago today.

Despite its success, the song was universally disliked by members of the group. Denny Doherty, who sings lead, called it a "dumb song about a day of the week." John Phillips, who wrote it, claimed he had no idea what the song meant.

It was the Mamas and the Papas only No. 1 hit.

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Tony Palumbo's water utility crew had opened a hole 7 feet deep under the sidewalk outside a small rental house in the city's Frogtown neighborhood when their target came into view.

Barely visible among the tangle of roots and dark soil sat an old lead pipe, about as big around as a quarter, one of 14,000 lead service lines the water utility owns. The pipe, likely 100 years old, was in fine shape. But Palumbo's team planned to rip it out anyway, replace it with a copper pipe, and move on to the next one.

The Minneapolis School Board has chosen Anchorage Superintendent Ed Graff as the district's new leader.

Members picked Graff over Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius in a 6-3 vote Tuesday night.

The district has gone through two superintendent searches over a year and a half, and the process been contentious at times.

The school board didn't try to hide the fact that Graff will have his work cut out for him in Minneapolis.

City leaders are considering a change that could add more affordable housing throughout Austin using the state’s Homestead Preservation District (HPD) designation.