The WPPB St. Patrick's Day Party - Irish Soul at Its Best!

On Friday evening St. Patrick's Day the WPPB Hosts, Staff and Supporters all gathered together to support Long Island's Only NPR Station during a live broadcast of Friday Night Soul. Hosted by Ed German. The station was live fundraising during the event and it was a unique opportunity for listeners to see the behind the scenes activities at the station. All of the local WPPB hosts were in attendance including: Bonnie Grice, Ed German, Brian Cosgrove and Michael Mackey. Wally Smith made...

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Minerva Perez is one of those people who will not only go out of her way to help someone in need, she's an advocate and activist who works tirelessly every single day to give voice to the voiceless.

Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

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Even as they lick their wounds from a failed Affordable Care Act repeal effort, Republican leaders in Washington are looking ahead to the next battle — over taxes.

"I would say that we will probably start going very, very strongly for the big tax cuts and tax reform," President Trump told reporters Friday. "That will be next."

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed, though he conceded that the defeat on health care was a setback.

"This does make tax reform more difficult," Ryan said. "But it does not in any way make it impossible."

Washington, D.C.'s Capital City Public Charter School feels like a mini United Nations. Many of the school's 981 students are first-generation Americans with backgrounds spanning the globe, from El Salvador to Nigeria to Vietnam. So when the staff of the literacy non-profit 826DC began a book-publishing project with the junior class, they picked a topic everyone could relate to that also left room for cultural expression: food.

Editor's Note: This story includes videos and descriptions of violent encounters between police and civilians, as well as language that may not be appropriate for all readers.

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If you're a fan of The Americans, you probably have strong feelings about Alison Wright's character, Martha. Poor, loving, trusting Martha had to be smuggled out of the U.S. because she married a man who was no good for her — a man who turned out to be a Russian spy.

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And it's time for sports.

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There were plenty of disagreements at the Senate confirmation hearings for, of course, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, but Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina tried to get Committee consensus on at least one point.

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Investigations scheduled then postponed; votes set then stopped; finger-pointing, leaking - a whirlwind week in Washington, D.C. NPR senior Washington editor and correspondent Ron Elving joins us. Ron, thanks so much for being with us.

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Bonnie in the Morning

Join Bonnie for a hip, authentic perspective on our community, events on our planet, and rockin’ musical sets.

The Afternoon Ramble

Join Brian for a celebration of American music mixing Blues, Folk, Gospel, Standards, Country, Soul, Jazz, Americana and R & B.

Long Island Morning Edition

Join Michael as he provides frequent local weather updates as well as regional news stories, urgent traffic reports, and his Throwback Thursday feature.

Friday Night Soul & The Urban Jazz Experience

Join Ed for a mixture of dance and romance music from the 50s to the 80s, including Soul, Disco, Latin and Old-School hip hop.