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EPA Chief To Testify Before Congressional Panel On Flint's Water Crisis

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 4:21am

Renee Montagne talks to Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, about the federal government's role in the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

GOP Spotlight Shines On Florida And Ohio. Who Will Win?

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 4:21am

Ohio is where Donald Trump faces his biggest challenge against Gov. John Kasich. Sen. Marco Rubio is hoping to win his home state of Florida even though polls show Trump is ahead.

The BuzzFeed BuzzSaw: Why Campaigns Should Fear These 4 Twentysomethings

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 4:00am

Even before he became "BuzzFeed Andrew," Andrew Kaczynski spent hours a day scouring archives for political research. The 26-year-old brings controversies and scoops to the public for the election.

Cancer And Arthritis Drugs Drive Up Spending On Medicines

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 7:01pm

Patients switching to generic medicines and hard bargaining with drugmakers helped moderate spending on prescription drugs in 2015, according to Express Scripts, a manager of drug benefits.

Despite Budget Cuts, London Hosts St. Patrick's Day Parade

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 6:20am

St. Patrick's Day is on Thursday. London's mayor has fought budget cuts to put on traditional celebrations. Defying what he said were "penny pinchers" with "no poetry in their soul."

Cargo Jet Deliveries Help To Ease Britain's Biscuit Shortage

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 6:14am

Flooding damaged the factory of a popular cookie factory, shutting down operations. After months of biscuit-less tea times, two cargo planes landed with the nation's favorite biscuits on board.

Selection Sunday Produces 2016 March Madness Bracket

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

Kansas is the overall No. 1 seed. North Carolina got another of the top spots. The other No. 1s, Virginia and Oregon, were considered surprises in some circles. The 68-team tournament starts Tuesday.

Math Enthusiasts Find Pi Pops Up In The Most Unexpected Places

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

It's Pi Day, the day regular people around the world gawk at the brilliance and beauty of a mathematical constant. They also eat pie. But, today, we focus on why pi still captures our imagination thousands of years after it was first calculated.

Gunmen Target Beach Popular With Tourists In Ivory Coast

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

Islamist extremists attacked a beach popular with tourists near Ivory Coast's capital and killed 14 people. It was was the third terrorist attack on Western targets in West Africa since November.

Clinton, Sanders Campaigns Expect Tuesday's Race In Ohio To Be Close

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

Ahead of Tuesday's primaries in Ohio, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders spoke to party faithful at a dinner Sunday night. Sanders has been hitting his message opposing free trade deals hard in the major industrial state. It's an issue that gave him traction in a surprise win over Clinton last week in Michigan — something he'd like to repeat.

GOP Mystery: Why Do Many Evangelicals Back Donald Trump?

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

Many election observers struggle to understand why evangelical Christians have embraced Donald Trump. Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, tells Renee Montagne we should try to understand what animates Trump's evangelical supporters.

The Spread Of The Zika Virus Is Just The Latest Crisis To HIt Brazil

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

Brazil is in crisis. It's facing its worst recession in nearly a century. The economic mess is worsened by multi-billion dollar fraud scandals that threaten to ensnare a beloved former president. And all of this comes ahead of Olympic games threatened by the growing Zika crisis.

Migrant Backlash Benefits Germany's Far-Right Party

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

In local German elections on Sunday, voters delivered a harsh blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats over her refugee policy that saw more than a million migrants arrive in the country and apply for asylum last year. The backlash benefited the far-right populist Alternative for Germany party, which now has seats in half of Germany's state legislatures:

Encryption And Privacy Are Larger Issues Than Fighting Terrorism, Clarke Says

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

David Greene talks to former national security official Richard Clarke about the fight between Apple and the FBI. The FBI wants Apple to unlock an iPhone that was used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

How To Pick A Tooth Paste

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

Go to any pharmacy or grocery store and stand in front of the toothpaste aisle and you will face an overwhelming array of choices. Each brand has a plethora of options

Turkey's Capital Suffers A Second Deadly Explosion In 2 Months

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

A car bomb exploded in a busy square in Turkey's capital, Ankara, killing nearly three dozen and wounding scores more. It was the second car bomb in Ankara in the last month.

U.S.-Backed Forces In Syria Becoming More Effective Against ISIS

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

The fight against militants belonging to ISIS continues in Syria. In the eastern part of the country, forces backed by the U.S. and its allies say they are pushing ISIS back. And U.S. officials say those forces are becoming more cohesive and effective.

Trump Rally Violence Stokes Primary Voters' Opinions In Ohio

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

Voters in Ohio decide their primaries on Tuesday. Republicans there react to the volatile mood that has overtaken the GOP primary race in recent days.

NPR Clarifies Cokie Roberts Role After Anti-Trump Column

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:11am

The veteran commentator co-authored a column calling on "the rational wing" of the Republican Party to prevent Donald Trump's nomination for president.

Lessons From The School Where I Failed As A Teacher

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:00am

For years, NPR's Claudio Sanchez has struggled with his decision to leave teaching and the children he had grown so fond of.

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