Campus protests over Gaza could affect graduation; Steve Inkseep interviews Blinken

By Suzanne Nuyen
Georgia State Patrol officers detain a demonstrator on the campus of Emory University during a pro-Palestinian demonstration on Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Atlanta.
Georgia State Patrol officers detain a demonstrator on the campus of Emory University during a pro-Palestinian demonstration on Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Atlanta.
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Hundreds of students have been arrested across the countrypro-Palestinian protests spread nationwide
  • Columbia officials on Wednesday gave students 48 hours to disperse, or they would consider “alternative options,” NPR’s Adrian Florido tells Up First. That deadline is now looming. Protesters suspect they will be forcibly removed, as the encampment is taking place at the center of the school’s graduation ceremony location. USC has already canceled its main graduation ceremony. Florido says other schools may begin to do the same because student protesters say they aren’t going anywhere.
  • Eleanor Stein is a college professor who protested in the Vietnam War as a student in 1968. On Morning Edition, she compares her past experience with the what’s happening at Columbia today.
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New York state’s top court has overturned the 2020 felony sex crime convictiondid not receive a fair trial
  • The New York trial judge allowed witnesses to testify to prior “bad acts” under the Molineux rule, whose precedent dates back to the 90s, NPR’s Anastasia Tsioulcas reports. But legal experts tell her allowing Molineux witnesses leads to a very subjective decision, which makes a conviction easier to challenge. 

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This essay was written by Steve Inskeep, Morning Edition and Up First host. Steve and the Morning Edition team have returned to China — and Steve has noticed it’s a lot different than when he was last there five years ago. He’ll share some of his observations and what he’s heard from locals on Morning Edition today and in the coming days.It’s been hard for outsiders to get a firsthand view of China in recent years.One of the ways we’ve looked at the economy is by talking to delivery drivers,Liu Shiwei, said business isn’t goodWhy are there so many drivers?Steve sits down with Secretary of State Antony Blinken following a meeting between Blinken and China’s President Xi Jinping and other top Chinese officials. Listen to Steve’s exclusive interview with Blinken here.

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  3. A Chicago woman is accusing American Airlines of racial discrimination after a flight attendant allegedly confronted her for using the plane’s first-class bathroom.
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