"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters, and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she made disparaging comments about him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb" comments about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.


Reactions To D.C. Mayor Calling Residents 'Slaves'

Apr 20, 2012
Originally published on April 20, 2012 2:23 pm



And now it's time for Backtalk. That's where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere and hear from you, the listener. Editor Ammad Omar is here once again.

Ammad, what do you have for us today?

AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: OK, Michel. In just a few minutes we're going to hear the next installment of our Muses and Metaphor series - that's in honor of National Poetry Month and we've been asking listeners to tweet poems in 140 characters or less.

Now, a lot of listeners have been emailing and posting on the website, asking if they can send us poems in other forms instead of Twitter.

MARTIN: Phoebe Nicely(ph) of East Aurora, New York wrote in. What's not to like about a Twitter poem, you ask? Plenty, I say, as one who cannot tweet. Two years with no voice for verse. Embrace us all.

OMAR: Well, Michel and Phoebe, I hate to say it, but rules are rules. We actually...

MARTIN: I don't hate to say it.

OMAR: Well, we actually got some really nice email poems, but they are longer than 140 characters and that's why it's got to be through Twitter. All you need to do is go to Twitter.com, sign up, write in your poem and type the pound sign or hash tag and the phrase TMMPoetry. We know you can do it. If you can email, you can tweet.

MARTIN: That's what I'm saying. We know you can do it. And we will have one of those tweeted poems coming up later in the program. What else, Ammad?

OMAR: Well, we got quite a bit of email after we spoke with the mayor of Washington, D.C., Vincent Gray, on Monday. It was Emancipation Day, which is the anniversary of the end of slavery in the district, but Mayor Gray said residents here aren't exactly free.

MARTIN: Right. The mayor reminded us that residents of the city have no representation in the United States Senate, no voting members in Congress, and it has to send its budget to Congress for approval, even though most of the revenue is generated locally. And this is what Mayor Vincent Gray said about that.

MAYOR VINCENT GRAY: When you can't spend your own money, you are a slave.

MARTIN: Matthew Hud(ph) from Lansdale, Pennsylvania wrote that he's sympathetic to the mayor's cause, but he says he doesn't agree with the rhetoric.

MATTHEW HUD: Could you look a real slave in the eye and say that? Despite emancipation 150 years ago, real slaves in bondage for sex and other economic reasons exist in Washington, D.C. Mayor Gray would be much better off to spend the day mounting an effort to root out slavery in all its horrible forms within the boundaries of our nation's capital.

MARTIN: Thanks, Matthew, and thanks to others who wrote in. What else do you have, Ammad?

OMAR: Well, we've got a news update. We spoke last month about a group called ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. Its membership is made up of state lawmakers and also corporations and the group drafts and lobbies for laws they'd like to see enacted. One of those laws that they advocated for in several states was the so-called Stand Your Ground law. Of course, that was cited in the killing of Trayvon Martin. It lets someone use deadly force if they feel threatened.

Well, that case brought so much negative attention to ALEC that several companies pulled out of the organization. ALEC has now disbanded the Public Safety and Elections Taskforce that advocated for laws like Stand Your Ground. The organization says it's doubling down on economic issues.

MARTIN: OK. Any other stories to bring us up to date about?

OMAR: Well, we have some congrats in order. Time magazine is out with its list of the 100 most influential people in the world and a lot of those people were on this show before they got on that list. I'm talking about Jeremy Lin from the New York Knicks, the actress Viola Davis, the chef Jose Andres, Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards and educators Freeman Hrabowski and Walter Isaacson.

MARTIN: And we don't want to brag, but we are. Two of our recent guests won Pulitzer Prizes as well - Matt Apuzzo for his investigative work on the New York Police Department surveillance of Muslims, especially Muslim students; and Wesley Morris for his film criticism. So congrats to all of our influential guests.

Ammad, anything else?

OMAR: Yeah. Michel, we spoke this week about the reopening of the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. and one of the former ushers there told us about one of his favorite performances, the song "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Roy Hamilton. Well, James Gibbs (ph) from Philadelphia writes in to remind us that the original version of that song is from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel."

MARTIN: Well, thank you, James. And you know what? Let's play a little bit of that now.


UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Singing) When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark.

MARTIN: And, remember, with TELL ME MORE the conversation never ends. To tell us more, you can call our comment line at 202-842-3522 or visit us online at NPR.org/TellMeMore. Please remember to leave us your name. We've had conversations this week with Michelle Obama, the first lady, Senator Dick Durbin, former attorney general Alberto Gonzales - that are generating a lot of discussions online, and you can join in and you can also find us on Twitter. Just look for TELL ME MORE/NPR.

Thanks, Ammad.

OMAR: Thank you. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.