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NPR's Melissa Block talks with regular political commentators David Brooks of The New York Times and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution about this week's mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, and pending decisions from the Supreme Court.
For the first time, the U.S. Open golf championship will be played in the Pacific Northwest. The Chambers Bay course used to be a sand and gravel quarry next to Puget Sound. Players will have to use their imagination to conquer its quirks.
Trade negotiations, such as talks on the Trans Pacific Partnership, are done in secret. To understand what those negotiations are like, the Planet Money podcast looks at the last big trade deal.
Federal authorities are investigating the attack in Charleston, S.C., as a hate crime. NPR's Melissa Block speaks with former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones about what that means for the prosecution.
Charleston, S.C., is reeling in the aftermath of Wednesday night's mass shooting at a historic black church. At the church Friday, residents are coming to pay their respects.
NPR's Melissa Block talks to New York Times reporter Frances Robles who spoke with friends of Dylann Roof, the suspect in Wednesday's shooting.