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Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim declared victory in the referendum bid to convert Turkey from a parliamentary to a strong president system of government.

The historic referendum, which passed by a narrow margin, grants more power to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who promised when he was elected in 2014 to be a "different kind of president."

Stick the word "bread" behind my last name on a Google search. Go ahead. Do it.

What you'll find is a Czech food tradition rooted in Easter: a Czech Easter bread.

Mazanec is a sweet bread with rum-soaked raisins and dried fruit and topped with slivered almonds. It's round with a cross on top, to represent Christ. And it is eaten throughout the Holy Week.

North Korea launched an unidentified missile, unsuccessfully, on Sunday morning from its east coast, near Sinpo, say U.S. military officials.

"The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed," the U.S. Pacific Command says in an emailed statement.

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After more than two years as WBEZ’s vice president of content and programming, Ben Calhoun is returning to the staff at This American Life. His last day at WBEZ was Friday. 

Ben Calhoun started at WBEZ in 2000 as an intern, later became a political reporter and then worked for 5 years at This American Life. In 2013, Calhoun was part of the reporting team that received a Peabody Award for a two-part documentary on Chicago’s Harper High School.

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Large corporations like Nestlé, General Mills, General Electric and Duke Energy have announced they’re taking on bigger roles in protecting the environment. This has been welcomed by many environmentalists; however, the New Republic’s Emily Atkin notes that many of these corporations also participate in much of the alleged environmental damage these corporations claim to be countering.

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While the legislature and the school system continue to work on the state’s $400 million deficit, Wyoming Public Radio’s education reporter, Tennessee Watson, sat down with Brian Farmer from the Wyoming School Boards Association. Farmer says local school boards offer a critical perspective on spending and educational outcomes, because it’s a conversation they are constantly having on the local level.

Some advice from an Arab son. If your career choice is to become a comedian, don't expect your dad to be very excited.

Here's how Lebanese American Nemr Abou Nassar's dad responded: "You want to become a clown?" No, explained Nemr, a stand-up comedian. His dad remained skeptical. "Oh, you're going to stand up and be a clown!"

Maps Show A Dramatic Rise In Health Insurance Coverage Under ACA

Apr 14, 2017

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau present the most detailed picture yet of the dramatic rise in the number of people covered by health insurance since the Affordable Care Act went into effect.

County-level data going back to 2010, when the law was signed, show a patchwork of people living without health insurance that ticked down slowly for the first three years under the ACA. But once the online insurance exchanges opened at the end of 2013 and Medicaid expanded, the population living without coverage dropped noticeably.

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Volunteers at Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church removed Christmas decorations, old china and other items from the church’s small attic this week. They were readying the storage space to become two bedrooms and a living room where immigrants at risk of deportation could temporarily seek safety. 

“There are a lot of things we can’t offer because we’re not a huge [congregation],” said Pastor Beth Brown. “But one of the things we can offer is space — we do have space.” 

How Can Nicaragua Be So Happy When It Has A Stack Of Sad Statistics?

Apr 13, 2017

On a scorching afternoon in March, Agner Balladares Cardoza drives along Managua's chaotic main road, the Masaya Highway, jammed each day by the city's stressed-out commuters.

Balladares, 36, is the father of a 6-month-old girl. He has no formal job and makes his living selling whatever he can get his hands on — pants, used car batteries, baseball caps — and by working as a driver on occasion. When he has nothing to sell and no one to drive, Balladares stays at home and takes care of his little girl.

The tiny Balkan country of Montenegro may be best known for its stunning coastline on the Adriatic sea — and as a setting for the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.

But in February, news broke that sounded like a twist right out of a 007 thriller.

Montenegro's special prosecutor, Milivoje Katnic, announced that "Russian state bodies" had backed a plot to overthrow the government and kill the prime minister during elections last October.

Ep 8: A Visit From An Outsider

Apr 13, 2017

He noticed something moving in the back of the cell. In this final episode, inmate James Trent describes an encounter that he'll never forget. 

Victor Pizarro, who runs a cab company in Plattsburgh, N.Y., started noticing something unusual in January, around the time of President Trump's inauguration.

People who didn't speak English were getting off at the bus station in the city, located about 20 miles from the Canadian border, and handing his drivers a piece of paper that read, "Take me to Roxham Road. How much?"

Pizarro had never heard of Roxham Road. It's a narrow street that dead-ends in a ditch marking the border between the U.S. and Canada.

Ep 7: What Isn't Here

Apr 11, 2017
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My cell is notable for what is not there rather than what is.

I don’t have a glass mirror. I have not seen a true reflection of myself in five years. The plastic mirrors sold in prison are small, 5 x 4 inches, and distort and cloud one’s appearance. I normally cut my own hair, but every few years I go to the prison’s barber shop. On this last occasion in the shop’s glass mirror, I noticed for the first time some gray hair and a few deep wrinkles around my eyes.     

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