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Brash Leftist Candidate Shakes Up France's Presidential Election

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:57am

Jean-Luc Melenchon is surging in polls less then two weeks before France's election. He's using fiery populist speeches, a fight-the-rich video game and holograms to appeal to disaffected voters

Turkish Voters Grant More Power To The President In Historic Referendum

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:57am

Turkey's president has won a referendum granting him sweeping new powers. Steve Inskeep talks to Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute about what this means for U.S. relations with Turkey.

Untangling The Mystery Of Why Shoelaces Come Untied

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:46am

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have figured out why shoelaces seem to come untied at the worst moments, like when you're running.

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'Powwow Sweat' Promotes Fitness Through Traditional Dance

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:46am

Native Americans are 60 percent more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites. The Coeur D'Alene Tribe in Idaho is using traditional dance to get fit and lose weight. They call it "Powwow Sweat."

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Tax Filings Seen Dipping Amid Trump Crackdown On Illegal Immigration

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:45am

Last year nearly 4.5 million people without Social Security numbers filed federal tax returns. Many were in the U.S. illegally. But there are signs that fewer such immigrants are filing this year.

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In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:44am

The Osage tribe in Oklahoma became spectacularly wealthy in the early 1900s — and then members started turning up dead. David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon describes the dark plot against them.

(Image credit: The Osage National Museum/Courtesy of Doubleday)

At Intel, A Retirement Perk That Can Kick Off A New Career As A Paid Fellow

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:42am

The tech company pays retirement-age employees a stipend to transition to jobs with mission-driven nonprofits. And for some, the fellowship can turn into a second act.

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From Moonscape To Lush: Photographs Capture California Drought's Story

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:41am

Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan's "before-and-after" images show how recent rains in California swelled formerly dry reservoirs and turned brown landscapes green.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Door-To-Door Poet Touches Lives By Writing Poems And Delivering Them

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 6:45am

Every morning, poet Mathias Svalina rises early to bicycle around the city he's visiting to drop off dream poems to subscribers. He reads a poem he wrote for Morning Edition listeners.

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Probe Of Veterans Affairs Hospital Shows Patients Were Put At Risk

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 6:42am

Steve Inskeep talks to VA Inspector General Michael Missal about an investigation into the D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center. It found serious issues regarding the handling of medical equipment.

Bomb Dropped On Afghan Province Was Historic In Size

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 6:41am

The Pentagon says the U.S. dropped the largest conventional weapon ever used in combat to hit an underground ISIS complex. Some speculate the action was also meant to send a message to North Korea.

Mass. Mans Spends $82 To Frame 2 Cent Check From U.S. Treasury

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 5:38am

Bruce Rideout received a windfall from the government. The Treasury Department sent a check for 2 cents. He doesn't know why. The Daily Item reports it's not his tax refund, which he already received.

Trip To Hospital Waits Until After The Penguins' Playoff Hockey Game

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 5:17am

A Pittsburgh man who owns an auto detail business was stabbed with a screwdriver. Paramedics arrived but he refused treatment because the hockey game was on. He later drove himself to the hospital.

Online Video Producers Caught In Struggle Between Advertisers And YouTube

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:31am

YouTube has tweaked algorithms to prevent ads from appearing next to objectionable and extremist videos. But the moves have left YouTube content creators earning less money.

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Online Video Producers Caught In Struggle Between Advertisers And YouTube

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:31am

YouTube has tweaked algorithms to prevent ads from appearing next to objectionable and extremist content on YouTube. But the moves have left YouTube content creators earning less money.

NBA Playoffs Begin This Weekend

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:06am

David Greene talks to Marcus Thompson — who covers basketball for the Bay Area News Group — for a preview the NBA Playoffs, and a possible historic meeting between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals.

New York Auto Show Focuses On The Need For Speed

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:06am

The typical car has about 140 horsepower which is more than enough to navigate the nation's roads. But as consumers turn away from sedans and toward SUVs, companies are amping up the horsepower.

After 3 Years, Boko Haram Holds Nearly A Third Of Kidnapped Shibok Girls

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:06am

Friday is the third anniversary of Boko Haram's kidnapping of 300 schoolgirls. Nigeria says it's doubling efforts for the release of the remaining 83 in captivity.

Twitter Bot BOTUS Will Buy And Sell Stock Based On Trump's Tweets

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:06am

Planet Money built a stock trading Twitter bot. The big puzzle is figuring out which company to buy or sell, and how to get a computer to tell the difference between Apple the company and the fruit.

World Brief: North Korea Speculation, Turkey's Constitutional Referendum

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:06am

There are concerns that North Korea could conduct a nuclear weapons test over the weekend. And in Turkey, approval of a constitutional referendum on Sunday would grant the country's president more power.

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