The Exchange: Post Collective Bargaining; The SC Int. Film Fest; Being Black at UI, and More

The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees union is suing the state in reaction to passage last week of House File 291. The bill basically ended most collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees in Iowa. Lawmakers debated the bill all through the night, with some emotional pleas from house and senate Democrats. We talked with state rep.s Chris Hall and John Wills. Many Iowa Democratic lawmakers have compared HF 291 with Act 10 passed by Wisconsin...

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When Lucille Horn was born in 1920, the odds of her managing to live out the year were long. A premature infant, Horn was just 2 pounds — small enough to be held in her father's hand. Her twin had died at birth, and at that point it looked for all the world as if she would soon, too.

Instead, with the help of an enterprising doctor and a rather odd sideshow at New York's Coney Island, Horn would go on to live another 96 years. She died on Feb. 11, according to Hungerford & Clark Funeral Home, nearly a century after nearly every expert told her parents she would.

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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The Democratic National Committee has wrapped up Round One of voting and officials are tabulating the votes for new chairman. We have just come back from a 5-minute break. But vote-counting is expected to take some 30 to 45 minutes.

Updated at 12:05 p.m.

A cluster of coordinated suicide attacks have claimed the lives of at least 32 people in the major Syrian city of Homs. The bombings, which targeted two separate security offices in the largely government-held city, killed one senior Syrian intelligence official and left another critically injured.

When new presidents address Congress for the first time, they can scarcely be said to be making a first impression. In recent years, even the youngest presidents have become familiar to everyone in the country via their careers, their campaigns and the constant attention of the media.


Ode presents a night of true stories Friday, April 7th at 7 p.m.

Told live at the historic Peirce Mansion. The theme is "Growing up Is Hard to Do."

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