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Though Andra Day plays the jazz legend with conviction, The United States vs. Billie Holiday fictionalizes the particulars of Holiday's life, where the real story is dramatic enough.

The film One Night in Miami imagines a night in 1964 where Cooke, Clay, Malcolm X and Jim Brown meet. We listen back to interviews with biographers Peter Guralnick, Jonathan Eig and Alex Haley.

An All-Star Panel Discusses Jazz and Race

Feb 26, 2021

On Sunday, Feb. 28, SFJAZZ wraps up Black History Month with an online panel discussion examining the historical context and current state of jazz music. Featuring four world-renowned musicians, writers, critics and educators, the two-hour long event also includes a Q&A session during which viewers can submit questions to the panelists.

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President Biden arrived in Texas on Friday to inspect the damage from a sequence of strong winter storms and intense cold. The system thrust much of Texas into record low temperatures, knocking out power and bursting pipes. Dozens of people died, including several who were reportedly killed by hypothermia in their homes.

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With coronavirus infections on a steady, six weeks long descent in the U.S., it's clear the worst days of the brutal winter surge have waned. Yet researchers are still not sure how sustainable the decline is. And a small but concerning uptick in cases in the last three days has health officials on edge.

The owner of British Airways is calling for digital health passes for passengers as a step toward getting airlines back in the sky after devastating losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nigerian authorities are searching for hundreds of schoolgirls who were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in a raid early Friday morning, according to police in the northwestern state of Zamfara.

We’ve all done it: put on a silly voice and talked on behalf of our pets. The fancy word for it is ventriloquating, and in 2019, The Atlantic talked to pet-owners about why they did it. (“The voice I give my dog is somewhat sarcastic or critical,” one 31-year-old man admitted.

Shamima Begum, who left London in 2015 to join ISIS, cannot return to Britain while she fights to restore her citizenship, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled on Friday. Begum was 15 when she ran away to Syria with two friends; she's now being held in a detention camp in northern Syria.

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Black History ... And The Future

L.A Black Business Owner Struggles After Initial Surge in Customers

Millions of people marched to support the Black Lives Matter Movement following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  With that came a call to support Black-owned businesses, which saw an initial surge of new customers, but many are now struggling to stay afloat.Guest: Hank Jenkins, Owner of Plant Provocateur in Los Angeles

Governor Promises to Ramp Up Teacher Vaccinations

Following a year of frequent armed protests, some of which turned violent, the Washington Senate voted Thursday to ban the open carry of firearms at the state Capitol and within 250 feet of permitted demonstrations anywhere in the state.

The mostly party-line vote was 28 to 20.

“Guns and polarized politics is a bad combination and it poses serious risks to public health and safety,” said Democratic state Sen. Patty Kuderer, the prime sponsor of the bill.

Some say they’re orange, others say pink. But whatever color the bright beaks of black oystercatchers are, they stand out against the squeaky bird’s stark black feathers. And against the backdrop of their nesting habitat: boulders encrusted with mussels and chalky barnacles.

Diane Bilderback tracks where black oystercatchers make their nests and whether chicks survive. She showed me a spot in August here in Bandon on the southern Oregon Coast where these birds do better than in other areas.

“Making art from heartache” could be one way to describe a sculpture project that uses salvaged metal from the Holiday Farm Fire. The finished piece will honor the fortitude of McKenzie River Corridor residents.

Roughly two truckloads of scrap metal from locals in the fire-ravaged areas have been gathered, totaling about a ton of material. Jamee Savitch is with the McKenzie Community Development Corporation, which called for the donations. She describes the theme of the sculpture.

North Korea is using forced labor from its network of prison camps to mine coal and other minerals to boost exports and earn foreign currency, using the cash to support its nuclear weapons programs, according to a South Korean human rights group.

A report by the Seoul-based Citizens' Alliance for North Korea Human Rights said an intricate network of government ministries and other entities relies on prison labor and other illicit operations to bring in money to the isolated Asian country.

Vijay Iyer recorded Uneasy, his forthcoming ECM album, at the close of 2019, in the waning light of what's sometimes wryly hailed as "the before-times."

"It was really on the cusp of, well, the rest of everything," Iyer, a pianist and composer of exceptional renown, tells NPR Music. "I'm really glad to have this document of what we used to be, and what we will be again. This is a reminder of what's possible: how we can be together, how we can move together, how we can build something together."

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Psychiatric experts are warning obstetricians to monitor their patients for signs of postpartum mental illness, including postpartum psychosis, after one hospital noticed a steep rise in cases of the disorder during the pandemic.

At the Women’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Jessica Coker saw four cases of postpartum psychosis in January, when the hospital’s normal rate is two or three a year.

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San Francisco's Poet Laureate, Tongo Eisen-Martin, has a call to action for poets out there:
Get Active!

Last fall, KQED launched a new, five-part podcast about possible solutions to the housing crisis. It’s called SOLD OUT: Rethinking Housing in America, hosted by housing reporters Erin Baldassari and Molly Solomon.

Since then, Erin and Molly have also received lots of questions and comments from listeners who are curious about what’s happened on the housing front since the podcast dropped. 

In 1995, 14-year-old Tony Hicks got involved with a gang in Southern California. One night, as he and fellow gang members attempted to rob a pizza delivery driver, Tony shot and killed him.

That driver was Tariq Khamisa, a 20-year-old student at San Diego State University.

Tony became the youngest person in California to be charged as an adult. He served the majority of his sentence in maximum security prisons before he was released in 2019.

It was in the prison's visiting room where, a few years into his sentence, he first met Tariq's father, Azim Khamisa.

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U.S. Launches Military Airstrikes Against Syria

Feb 26, 2021

The U.S. launched an air attack in Syria Thursday. Pentagon officials say they targeted facilities used by Iranian-backed militias responsible for a deadly rocket attack on a U.S. base in Iraq.

We've heard a lot about how hard it's been for restaurants to stay open during the pandemic. But what we often don't hear is that closing can be just as tough.

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