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Matt Damon Stars In 'Stillwater'; DACA Recipient Heads To Olympics

Matt Damon talks about his new movie "Stillwater." The film follows a man visiting his estranged daughter who's been accused of a murder she claims she didn't commit. And, DACA recipient Luis Grijalva got permission to leave the country for the Tokyo Olympics just two days before his deadline. Grijalva and his immigration attorney Jessica Smith Bobadilla tell his story.


The Problem With Calling Food 'Exotic'; Anthony Bourdain AI Voiceover

The word "exotic" is often used to describe food. Washington Post food writer G. Daniela Galarza says that word is problematic no matter what it's describing, and we should stop using it. And, in the new Anthony Bourdain documentary, the director used an artificially generated version of Bourdain's voice to read aloud from an e-mail he sent to a friend. MIT Technology Review Karen Hao joins us to discuss.


Remembering Journalist Priscilla McMillan; What's Killing Songbirds?

Host Robin Young remembers her neighbor and friend Priscilla McMillan. McMillan is known as the only person who knew both John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald. And, songbirds sick or dead from a mysterious illness have been reported in the eastern United States. Andy Kubis of The Allegheny Front reports.


Jackson Browne's 'Downhill From Everywhere'; Fox News, GOP On Vaccines

We speak with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Jackson Browne, whose new album "Downhill From Everywhere" drops Friday. And, Fox News premiered a PSA this week encouraging viewers to get vaccinated. The network still features hosts skeptical of the vaccine. The news comes as some GOP lawmakers have also started to encourage vaccination. NPR's David Folkenflik reports.


Black Lives Matter Marks 8 Years; Losing Everything In A Disaster

July marks the eighth anniversary of Black Lives Matter. Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Los Angeles' Black Lives Matter chapter, joins us. And, whether it's a wildfire or a condo collapse, a disaster services attorney and a survivor of the 2018 Camp Fire outline how to heal — physically and mentally — from such a sudden uprooting.


How Unarmed Crisis Teams Save Lives; School Supplies Shortage

Unarmed crisis teams respond to suicide threats, substance abuse calls, welfare checks and other moments where a counselor — instead of a police officer — can de-escalate a situation. We check in with the country's first such crisis response program known as CAHOOTS. And, for many kids, going back to school means shopping for new supplies. But a number of challenges this year have left retailers struggling to stock the shelves. MSNBC's Ali Velshi explains.


One Salvadoran Migrant's Journey Toward Asylum; History Of Cuba

Washington Post reporter Arelis R. Hernández has been following one Salvadoran woman who had been seeking asylum in the U.S. for more than a year. She shares Nancy's journey. And, Cuba is going through its largest protests against the government in half a decade. Professor Michael Bustamante gives us a primer on Cuban history from its time as a Spanish colony to the present.


Climate Change Amps Up Extreme Weather; U.S. Women's Soccer Team Loses

Over the past few weeks, deadly flooding rocked Germany and a blistering heat wave struck the American West. Professor Friederike Otto discusses climate change and extreme weather events. And, Sweden beat the U.S. women's soccer team in Tokyo on Wednesday. The U.S. team has a chance to recover with two upcoming games. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us with more.


A Paperclip For A House: The Trade-Up Economy; Milwaukee Bucks Win Big

A decade ago, Kyle MacDonald exchanged a paper clip for something a little more valuable, and so on and so on, until he had a home. His success went viral and inspired a fad, which gained traction during the pandemic. We talk to two college graduates with student loan debt who gave the trade-up fad a shot. And, the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Finals, beating out the Phoenix Suns. A. Sherrod Blakely, an NBA commentator, joins us to wrap up the season.


Canada's Indigenous Residential Schools; COVID-19 Concerns At Olympics

More unmarked graves have been unearthed at a former Indigenous residential school site in Canada. The graves are believed to contain remains of Indigenous children forcibly taken from their families from the late 1880s to the 1990s. We talk with Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald. And, there have been a number of COVID-19 cases among athletes, team officials and others who've arrived in Tokyo for the Olympics. NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports from Japan.


'Subpar Parks' Turns Bad Reviews Into Art; 'Vesper Flights' Essays

Illustrator Amber Share talks about her new book "Subpar Parks: America's Most Extraordinary Parks and Their Least Impressed Visitors." She pairs one-star reviews of national parks with her illustrations. And, author and naturalist Helen Macdonald talks about her essay collection "Vesper Flights."


Summer Dessert Recipes; Ozarks Church Sponsors Queer Camp

Chef Kathy Gunst shares her recipes for three easy-to-bake berry dessert dishes to share this summer. And, in the wake of the passage of multiple anti-transgender laws in Arkansas, a Lutheran pastor decided to host a weeklong queer camp for kids ages 12 to 18. The idea is to provide a safe haven for LGBTQ youth and promote self-empowerment and fun. Jacqueline Froelich of KUAF reports.


The 'Ugly Truth' About Facebook; How The Pandemic Shaped Fashion

In "An Ugly Truth," New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang chronicle the series of scandals at Facebook between 2016 and 2021. The authors explore the inner workings of the company and its top executives. And, many people ditched the business-casual wear and dressy outfits during quarantine. GQ fashion critic Rachel Tashjian discusses pandemic fashion.


High School Musicals Return; LGBTQ Athletes In Olympics

A lot of high school experiences were lost last year because of the pandemic — graduations, proms and musicals. Now, one school is reclaiming a show they thought they'd lost. North Country Public Radio's Amy Feiereisel reports. And, Cyd Zeigler joins us for an update on the record number of LGBTQ athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics this year.


Shemekia Copeland Reflects On Chicago Blues; Streaming Services Take Over

Shemekia Copeland joins us to talk about the release of "50 Years of Genuine Houserockin' Music," an album that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Chicago's own Alligator Records. And, the Emmy nominations make it abundantly clear that streaming services are overtaking cable TV. Seven of the 10 most-nominated shows were created for streamers like Netflix, Apple TV+, and Hulu. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans joins us.


A Look At Cuban Protests; Giant Goldfish In Minnesota

Cuba's president acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that the government mishandled supply shortages in the country. But he also spoke out against recent protests that have led to violent confrontations between demonstrators and police. And, the city of Burnsville, Minnesota, warned residents against releasing their pet goldfish in lakes after massive goldfish were discovered. These feral goldfish could harm the environment and the water supply.


Amazon Rainforest Carbon Dioxide Crisis; Idaho Wolf Management

A new study finds that regions of the eastern Amazon now output more carbon dioxide than they absorb, indicating that the planet is losing a crucial buffer in the fight against climate change. We speak with the study's author. And, a new Idaho law expands lethal methods to control wolves and protect livestock. The state also has one of the most established non-lethal predator-livestock coexistence programs in the U.S. We look at the future of those efforts.


Alejandro Escovedo's SIMS Foundation; India's Cinema Woes

Singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, co-founder of the SIMS Foundation, joins us to talk about his efforts to help musicians and their families get help for substance abuse and mental health issues. And, edged out by multiplexes, India's old-fashioned single-screen theatres have been struggling financially for decades, the pandemic only speeding up their demise. Sushmita Pathak has the report.


Complicated History Of Color Indigo; Jingle Dress Healing Project

Renowned artist Firelei Báez's latest work explores the complicated history of the color indigo and pays homage to a majestic ruin in Haiti. And, a group of Native American women wearing traditional jingle dresses is traveling the U.S. to promote healing from COVID-19. The jingle dress was used for healing during another health crisis, the 1918 influenza pandemic.


Virtual Support For Dementia Caregivers; China's 'Red Tourism'

Caregiver support groups were forced to go virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But this helped some caregivers of loved ones with dementia find support for the first time. KJZZ's Kathy Ritchie has the story. And, as NPR's Emily Feng reports, China is promoting "red tourism" — visiting Communist Party historical sites that venerate Chairman Mao Zedong, and increasingly, the country's current leader Xi Jinping.