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Up First: Thursday, March 21st, 2019

It took New Zealand less than a week since a mass shooting to plan for gun control. How are gun owners responding? John McCain - war hero and longtime senator - still seems to torment President Trump from the grave. Why does the president spend so much time insulting a man who died seven months ago? And how is the opioid crisis spreading? A drug epidemic that was seen affecting rural white communities spreads rapidly among African Americans and in cities.

Story of the Day : NPR: Kushner Used Private Email To Conduct Official Business, House Committee Says

Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., is investigating alleged violations of federal records laws. Jared Kushner's lawyer disputes some of Cummings' assertions about what he told the committee.

Business Story of the Day : NPR: As Brexit Drags On, People In Ireland Wait To Learn Their Border Fate

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Frank Langfitt about a Brexit delay, and Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's ambassador to the U.S., about the Northern Ireland-Ireland border that is caught up in Brexit flap.

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Fresh Air: Did Russia Influence The Brexit Movement?

'New Yorker' journalist Ed Caesar discusses Arron Banks, the British businessman who funded the most extreme end of the pro-Brexit "Leave" campaign — possibly with help from Russia.<br/><br/>Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Carsie Blanton's new album 'Buck Up.'

1A: Raining Love With Lee Fields And The Expressions

Lee Fields is a veteran soul singer who's been walking his path for more than 50 years. Now, he's bringing old soul to a new generation — celebrated and sampled by popular artists like ASAP Rocky, J. Cole and Travis Scott.<br/><br/>We spoke with Fields about five decades in the industry.<br/><br/>Want to support 1A? <a href="http://donate.npr.org/1A">Give to your local public radio station</a> and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on <a href="https://twitter.com/1a">Twitter @1A</a>.

On Point: The Cases For Reparations: How 2020 Presidential Candidates Address The Issue

Democratic presidential hopefuls are talking about reparations for slavery. They’re talking seriously, but with few specifics. What would a reparations policy actually look like? Errin Haines Whack, William Darity and John McWhorter join Meghna Chakrabarti.

On Point: On Country Music Airwaves, Female Artists Fight For Equal Play

Women of country music are raising their voices against the old boys’ network in Nashville they say discriminates against them. Beverly Keel, Kalie Shorr and Kelleigh Bannen join Meghna Chakrabarti.

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