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Historian: Reckoning With Racist Past Requires Context

At a time when America is reckoning with much of its racist past, a historian says museums show that many historical figures were flawed people.

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You'll hear new music from the Hinds and many others right now on Highway 309
Alberto Van Stokkum

Spotify Playlist: New Music On Highway 309

You never know what you’ll hear traveling Highway 309 , but what you do hear ... will be good.

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You'll hear new music from the Hinds and many others right now on Highway 309
Alberto Van Stokkum

You never know what you’ll hear traveling Highway 309, but what you do hear ... will be good.

Springfield native Mary Jo Curry and her band are receiving much critical acclaim and airplay for their sophomore blues album "Front Porch." It’s an unlikely path for the Illinois State University theater program alum with training in classical voice and piano.

Releasing a new album during the coronavirus pandemic has a silver lining for the bluesy Peoria roots-rock trio Hoosier Daddy.

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President Trump signed legislation Saturday extending the deadline for small businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, enacted in the weeks following the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The original deadline to apply for the PPP was this past Tuesday night. But $130 billion still remained in the fund, out of $660 billion allocated. Both houses of Congress approved the extension unanimously earlier this week. With Trump's signature Saturday, businesses will now have until Aug. 8 to apply for the assistance.

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SACHA PFEIFFER, HOST:

A military helicopter descends into an Afghan mountain valley surrounded by switchbacks to a U.S. Army outpost-turned-sitting target for Taliban fighters.

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UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Captain - how're you doing, sir? Welcome to the dark side of the moon, gentlemen.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As character) Delighted, sir.

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SACHA PFEIFFER, HOST:

A military helicopter descends into an Afghan mountain valley surrounded by switchbacks to a U.S. Army outpost-turned-sitting target for Taliban fighters.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE OUTPOST")

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Captain - how're you doing, sir? Welcome to the dark side of the moon, gentlemen.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As character) Delighted, sir.

Movie Interview: 'The Outpost'

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SACHA PFEIFFER, HOST:

A military helicopter descends into an Afghan mountain valley surrounded by switchbacks to a U.S. Army outpost-turned-sitting target for Taliban fighters.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE OUTPOST")

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Captain - how're you doing, sir? Welcome to the dark side of the moon, gentlemen.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As character) Delighted, sir.

The grim news has taken no respite this Fourth of July.

The closing of the Murray Baker Bridge isn’t the only transportation issue facing central Illinois this summer.

Aaron Chess is announcing his candidacy for Peoria's 1st District council seat.

President Trump has said he had not been told about a suspected Russian bounty program to pay the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

At least 15 people are presumed dead and several more are missing after torrential rains pounded southern Japan on Saturday, flooding residential areas, causing mudslides and knocking out power for thousands. Officials asked more than 200,000 people to evacuate.

Fourteen of those found without vital signs were at a nursing home in Kuma village, where water and mud gushed into the building. Japanese medical officials declared that the victims were in "cardio-respiratory arrest" — a term used in Japan before death can be officially certified.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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