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Freedom Summer activists sing before leaving training sessions at Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, for Mississippi in June 1964. Ted Polumbaum Collection/Newseum hide caption

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Code Switch

50 Years Ago, Freedom Summer Began By Training For Battle

Thousands of civil rights activists descended upon Mississippi in 1964 to help register African-American voters. For many, the first stop was intensive training — including how to take a beating.

A U.S. soldier walks the halls of an American military base set up in one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces in Tikrit, 2003. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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Simon Says

In Tikrit, Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

In 2003, NPR's Scott Simon and Peter Breslow were in Iraq. Back then, the city of Tikrit had just been liberated by U.S. troops. Today, Islamic hardliners are once again in charge.

Richard Roszkowski, convicted of murdering three people in 2006, listens during his sentencing in Bridgeport, Conn., in May. Connecticut is one of three states that has eliminated the death penalty only for crimes committed after the repeal took effect. Brian A. Pounds/AP hide caption

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Law

Despite Death Penalty Repeal, Conn. Hands Down A Death Sentence

Connecticut abolished capital punishment in 2012. But in May, a Connecticut judge sentenced Richard Roszkowski to death for three murders. The answer to the apparent contradiction is in the dates.

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Weekend Edition Saturday
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