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StoryCorps
3:33 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Adoptive Dad Dreamed A Dream That Brought Him A Son

John Curtis with his 11-year-old son, John Wikiera.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 4:19 pm

In 1998, John Curtis and David Wikiera adopted a son from Vietnam and named him John Wikiera.

"I had always wanted to be a parent," Curtis tells his now 11-year-old son during a visit to StoryCorps in Rochester, N.Y. "So it was a dream I had, but I never dreamed would come true because Papa and I are gay. But we had some friends who started thinking about adoption and that got us thinking.

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U.S.
5:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Gun Registration Paper Trail Is Long And Convoluted

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:49 pm

Melissa Block talks with David Chipman, a retired agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, about the process set in motion when a buyer attempts to purchase a gun from a federally licensed firearms dealer.

Around the Nation
5:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Fair Or Foul? Pigeon Shoots Ruffle Feathers In Pennsylvania

A sportsman participates in a pigeon shoot in Pennsylvania in 2009. Animal-rights activists want to ban the tradition in the state.
The Humane Society of the United States

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:49 pm

Animal-rights activists are hoping for change in Pennsylvania, where they're fighting to end a tradition: live pigeon shoots. At the events, shooters compete to hit birds that are launched into the air.

Elissa Katz remembers feeling helpless at the site of a pigeon shoot, with feathers flying through the air and wounded birds falling to the ground. "They flutter up in the air as they are sprung from boxes. Shooters have shotguns, they are at fairly close range, and they blast away at the birds," she says.

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It's All Politics
5:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Looking To Broaden Appeal, RNC Heads To Hollywood

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the National Press Club in March. Priebus has irritated faith-based values voters and others in the GOP with his quest to retool the party following the losses of 2012.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:49 pm

The Republican National Committee is holding its spring meeting in the Democratic stronghold of Hollywood this week — part of an effort to broaden the party's appeal.

So far, there are sharp divisions among RNC delegates about the future direction of the GOP. But there's general agreement that the party isn't effectively communicating its message.

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Environment
5:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Nominee To Lead EPA Grilled Over Past Work At Agency

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:49 pm

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U.S.
5:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Army Chaplain Awarded Medal Of Honor For Korean War Heroism

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:49 pm

Amid renewed tensions on the Korean peninsula, President Obama awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor to Army Captain Emil Kapaun, a military chaplain who was taken prisoner during the Korean War.

U.S.
5:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Immigration Reform Gains Momentum In Congress

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:49 pm

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Law
5:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Shop Owner Sued By State After Denying Flowers To Gay Couple

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:49 pm

The Attorney General in the state of Washington is suing a small florist for refusing to provide flowers for a gay wedding.

Remembrances
5:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Designer Of Cold War-Era 'Doomsday Clock' Dies

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:49 pm

Audie Cornish and Melissa Block had remembrance of the designer of the Doomsday Clock. Martyl Langsdorf died March 26 at the age of 96.

Business
5:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Joint Airbag Recall Affects More Than 3 Million Cars

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 2:56 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

More than three million cars and trucks worldwide are being recalled. Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mazda, Nissan, and Pontiac all say some of their vehicles made between 2001 and 2003 could potentially have faulty airbags.

NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.

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