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
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.
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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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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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.