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Does The NFL Need A Minor League System? Our Commentator Thinks So

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

As plans are announced for a new professional football league in Los Angeles, commentator Kevin Blackistone says it is only filling a void that college football should be taking care of.

There's A Lot Of Great Stuff Coming To All TV Platforms, Our Critic Says

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

TV critics from across the country are in Pasadena, Calif., for the Television Critics Association press tour. It's that time when networks, cable companies and streamers present their upcoming shows.

Cokie Roberts Answers Listeners' Inauguration Questions

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

On Friday, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president. Columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts, as part of our regular segment #AskCokie, answers questions about inauguration history.

A Closer Look At Trump's Pick To Head The Commerce Department

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Billionaire Wilbur Ross will testify in front of a Senate committee on Wednesday. Democrats have criticized him as one of the Wall Street elites that Trump is packing into his administration.

EPA Critic To Get Sharp Questions On Industry Ties As He Vies To Run Agency

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:59am

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has sparked controversy for his denial of climate science and his ties to fossil-fuel interests. Here's what to expect in Wednesday's confirmation hearing.

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5 Things To Listen For At The Hearing With Trump's HHS Nominee

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:56am

Rep. Tom Price goes before a Senate panel for the first time since being picked to head Health and Human Services. Expect sharp questions about Medicare reform, drug prices and his stock portfolio.

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Sen. Maggie Hassan: I Will Listen Carefully To What DeVos Has To Say

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 7:28am

Senate confirmation hearings begin on Tuesday for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for education secretary. Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, who has serious concerns about DeVos.

When A Maternity Ward Isn't Close, You Have To Plan Ahead

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 6:01am

People in a Swedish town learned that their only maternity ward was closing. The nearest one is more than 60 miles away. Two midwives are offering a training course on delivering a baby in a vehicle.

Shark That Reproduced Sexually Switches To Asexually, Report Says

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:18am

A shark gave birth last year to 3 baby sharks. She hadn't had contact with a male shark. A British magazine reports some animals that reproduce sexually can occasionally reproduce asexually.

Suspect In Turkey's Deadly Nightclub Attack Confesses, Officials Say

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

A Turkish official says the suspect confessed after he was arrested on Monday in Istanbul along with four other people. There are indications he was acting on behalf of the Islamic State.

Expletive-Laden Speech By Steelers' Coach Streamed On Facebook Live

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin warned his players to keep a low profile on social media in the run-up to Sunday's playoff game. Antonio Brown surreptitiously streamed the speech on Facebook Live.

Ohio Lawmakers Ban Use Of Plywood To Board Up Vacant Buildings

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

Ohio is the first state to ban the use of plywood for boarding up abandoned houses. Proponents say clear boarding prevents neighborhood blight. But safety officials say it poses potential hazards.

Trump Continues To Make Waves Both Overseas And At Home

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

In the days leading up to the inauguration, President-elect Trump has caused a stir after speaking out about NATO, and engaging in a feud with civil rights leader, Democratic Congressman John Lewis.

Trump Voter Plans To Celebrate The President-Elect's Inauguration

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

A lot has happened since November. Morning Edition will check in with some voters who participated in our Divided States series. First we hear from Annie Ruiz of Florida, who voted for Donald Trump.

EU Declares Freezing Conditions In Greek Refugee Camps 'Untenable'

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

David Greene talks to Philippa Kempson, who lives on the Greek island of Lesbos, just off Turkey's coast, and has helped tens of thousands of refugees who've landed on the beach in front of her house.

Wife Of Orlando Nightclub Shooter Arrested On Federal Charges

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

The FBI has arrested the wife of the Orlando gunman who carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Noor Salman is expected to be charged in federal court on Tuesday.

2 Economists With Opposing Views Weigh In On Trump's Economic Plan

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

Steve Inskeep talks to Jared Bernstein, a former chief economist to Vice President Biden, and Peter Morici, a professor and columnist, about Trump's picks for commerce and treasury secretaries.

Congressional Republicans Take Aim At Taxes On Imports And Exports

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

Big box retailers and advocates for the poor are teaming up for what could be a fight with congressional Republicans who want to change the corporate tax code. At issue is the border adjustment tax.

A Trip Back In Time: It wouldn't Be Inauguration Day Without Protesters

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

Demonstrators who are arriving in Washington to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump will be following a time-honored tradition that includes suffragists and opponents of the Vietnam war.

Kitty Dukakis: Electroshock Therapy Has Given Me A New Lease On Life

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

David Greene talks to Kitty Dukakis and her husband, former Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis, about their campaign to destigmatize electroshock therapy. She has used it to alleviate severe depression.

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