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3:18 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Boston Marathon Bomber Apologizes For The First Time

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized for the deadly attack for the first time Wednesday just before a judge was set to formally sentence him to death.

“I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done – irreparable damage,” the 21-year-old college student said, breaking more than two years of public silence.

To the victims, he said: “I pray for your relief, for your healing.”

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3:18 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

What Is The Supreme Court Doing Behind The Scenes?

The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on two landmark cases in the next few days – same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act. Advocates and critics of the death penalty are also watching for a ruling on the constitutionality of some lethal injection drugs.

But why do all these big cases come at the same time? What goes on behind the scenes of the Supreme Court as a session winds down? Here & Now’s Robin Young asks NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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3:18 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

CEO Activism And The Corporate Battle Against The Confederate Flag

A search for Confederate flags in Google Shopping on June 24, 2015, did not match any shopping results. (Screenshot)

As politicians across the South are stepping in to call for the removal of the Confederate battle flag and other symbols of the Confederacy, big businesses are also joining the fray. Wal-Mart, eBay, Amazon and others have promised to pull merchandise tied to the flag, in some cases adding strong arguments against the products.

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3:28 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Garlic Scapes, Green Garlic And Roasted Garlic: Recipes And Tips

Clockwise from top left: garlic scapes, mature garlic and green garlic. (Kathy Gunst)

Of all the ingredients she uses in her dishes, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst prizes garlic above all. “Garlic is the spine of all my cooking. I cannot imagine cooking without it,” she told host Robin Young.

Kathy gave us this primer on garlic scapes, green garlic and roasted garlic. She also brought us these four recipes:

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3:28 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

What Will It Take To Prevent Future Russian Aggression?

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg adjusts his spectacles during a debate of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittee on Security and Defence, in Brussels on March 30, 2015. (John Thys/Getty Images)

As NATO defense ministers gather for a meeting in Brussels tomorrow, they face a central question: Just how serious is the threat from Russia? Some say they have much bigger problems than Vladimir Putin, but others fear the Kremlin is growing dangerously hostile.

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