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Materials Used In London Building Under Scrutiny After Deadly Fire

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

The latest in the investigation into the deadly Grenfell Tower fire in London centers on the material used by contractors that may have made the building more susceptible to fire.

Trump Isn't So Naive When It Comes To Being Investigated

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

Some Republicans have defended President Trump against accusations related to an FBI investigation by saying he's naive in the ways of Washington. But Trump himself has shown knowledge of the process.

Republicans And Democrats Come Together To Play Ball

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

Democrats and Republicans faced off for the traditional Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night, in the wake of a shooting that left Rep. Steve Scalise critically wounded.

Investing In Bitcoin: A Wise Choice?

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

The price of bitcoin has been soaring, leading some amateur investors to jump into the virtual currency market. But even enthusiasts are worried the price surge might be a bubble about to burst.

NPR Reporter Recounts Detention In South Sudan

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

NPR's Eyder Peralta was recently jailed in South Sudan as he tried to report on the war-torn country. He talks about his experience, and the country's ongoing civil war.

Court Says Judge's Twitter Handle Is OK

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that a judge's Twitter handle, @JudgeCutie, is OK. A complaint had said that she demeaned the legal profession. Regardless, she hasn't tweeted since 2016.

Mark Kelly, Husband Of Gabrielle Giffords, On Baseball Shooting

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

After the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, Steve Inskeep talks to Mark Kelly. Kelly's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was a congresswoman when she was shot in an assassination attempt in 2011.

Morning News Brief: Trump Implementing Cuba Restrictions, Congress Plays Ball

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

President Trump is imposing new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba. Also, Democrats and Republicans faced each other in congressional baseball, and an update on the London fire investigation.

Two Dads And Their Experience With Foster Fatherhood

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

After caring for drug-addicted infants, two men became foster parents. It was hard saying goodbye to their first child, but when offered the chance to do it again they said, "How can you say no?"

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Atop Ancient Ruins, A Rock Opera About Emperor Nero Leaves Some Romans Unimpressed

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

A new musical seeks to present a different side of the emperor, known best for fiddling while Rome burned. But some historians object to what they see as the commercialization of Roman heritage.

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What Churchill And Orwell Had In Common: Both Could Say, 'My Side Is Wrong'

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

In his new book, journalist Tom Ricks explains how the conservative British politician and the leftist author of 1984 challenged their respective political parties.

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WATCH: What Makes Japan No. 1 In Toilet Technology

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

In NPR's Elise Tries series, correspondent Elise Hu tries out new experiences in East Asia. In this episode, Japanese toilets: so automated and comfortable, you might never want to leave the bathroom.

(Image credit: Illustration by CJ Riculan/NPR)

Polgreen Aims To Transform The Perception Of 'HuffPost'

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 6:33am

Huffington Post founder and editor Arianna Huffington has left the company after a corporate restructuring. Lydia Polgreen, the editor of the rebranded HuffPost, talks about her plans for the site.

Sen. Murray On Trump Obstruction Reports And Health Care Overhaul

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 6:32am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray about reports the president is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice and the health care bill being worked on in the Senate.

Podcasts And Audiobooks Reach Out To A New Audience: Children

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

There are so many entertainment offerings for children and their parents, it can be hard to choose. We look at podcasts and audiobooks for children.

Sen. Tim Kaine Responds To Baseball Shooting

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia speaks with Steve Inskeep and Domenico Montanaro about Senate reactions to the baseball shooting, and gives a Democratic perspective on the health care bill in the Senate.

Anita Pallenberg, Creative Influence To Rolling Stones, Dies At 73

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

Anita Pallenberg was a partner of both Keith Richards and Brian Jones and was a creative influence to the Rolling Stones. She was also an actor and a model.

Rep. David Schweikert On Political Speech And Violence

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

After Wednesday's shooting, Steve Inskeep speaks with Republican Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona about claims that political rhetoric can cause or exacerbate violence.

'Post' Reports Trump Under Investigation Over Possible Obstruction Of Justice

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

Rachel Martin speaks with Washington Post reporter Adam Entous regarding his report that President Trump is now the focus of a federal investigation for possible obstruction of justice.

Skateboarding Across The Country, And Back Again

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

Jake Freed is attempting a world record for longest distance ever traveled on a skateboard. He's already traveled 1,400 miles, and has more than 5,000 to go.

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