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Opposition Disputes Early Results In Kenyan Election

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 4:02am

Kenyans voted for their next president in an election overshadowed by ethnic tensions. A disputed vote a decade ago resulted in 1,200 deaths as tribal allegiances resulted in bloodletting.

Lawyers Launch Initiative To Challenge Executive Power

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 4:02am

National security lawyers are launching a new effort called the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. They plan to sue over discrimination, privacy and national security issues.

The Financial Crisis, 10 Years On

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 4:02am

On Aug. 9, 2007, we witnessed the first tremor of a financial earthquake. Ailsa Chang talks with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the economy, 10 years later.

Zambia Experiments With Cash Aid

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 4:02am

Zambia recently ran a bold experiment: Instead of giving poor people traditional aid — seeds, or a cow or job training — officials handed out cash, with no strings attached.

Carson Promises To Help Residents Of Housing Projects His Department Is Shutting Down

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 3:52am

HUD Secretary Ben Carson visited the struggling Illinois river port, where his department is closing two public housing projects. Many of the town's remaining residents live in those developments.

(Image credit: Kirk Siegler/NPR)

Google Fires Engineer Who Criticized Diversity Efforts

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 7:19am

The software engineer's internal memo created controversy after it was leaked. The memo, called "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," criticized the company's efforts to diversify its workforce.

Will Tough New U.N. Sanctions Work Against North Korean Regime?

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 7:18am

Rachel Martin talks to former U.N. ambassador and diplomatic negotiator Bill Richardson about the limits of diplomacy and international law when dealing with Pyongyang.

Cover Lifted, A CIA Spy Offers His Take On Trump And Russia

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 6:50am

Former CIA operative Daniel Hoffman spent five years in Moscow. He's certain the Russians meddled in last year's presidential election, and intended that some of their activities be exposed.

(Image credit: Mary Louise Kelly/NPR)

Wealthy San Francisco Neighborhood Loses Private Street

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 6:21am

After a series of $14 tax bills went unnoticed, San Francisco auctioned Presidio Terrace off to the highest bidder — a couple from San Jose. They're thinking of charging residents to park there.

Minor League Baseball Player Shakes Off Getting Hit With The Ball

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 5:45am

Nick Zammarelli, who plays for the Clinton LumberKings in Iowa, was at bat when he hit a foul ball. The ball careened off the roof and hit him.

Does Israeli Corruption Probe Of Netanyahu Risk His Grip On Power?

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

Israeli police have been investigating possible corruption by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Now, his former chief of staff has struck a deal with authorities to become a witness for the state.

War Crimes Expert Carla Del Ponte Resigns From U.N.'s Syria Inquiry

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

David Greene talks to former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who has announced she is quitting a U.N. commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria because it "does absolutely nothing."

Children Orphaned By Boko Haram Become Nigeria's Top Priority

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

A young boy in northeast Nigeria has a sadness no child should have to endure. The boy, his brothers and mother were abducted by Boko Haram and his father was killed trying to rescue them.

Senators Aim To Protect Mueller From Being Fired As Special Counsel

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

David Greene talks to Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, who has cosponsored legislation to defend special counsel Robert Mueller against attempts by the Trump administration to fire him.

Our Backstage Pass Takes Us To The Wings Of The Globe Theatre

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

What's it like in the wings at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London? We discover what it's like as part of our Backstage Pass series.

Criticism Of The Fall TV Season Is Off And Running

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

The TV Critics Association summer press tour wraps up this week. We get a sneak peek at what's to come on TV this fall.

Baseball's Don Baylor, A Feared Hitter, Dies At 68

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

Outfielder and designated hitter Don Baylor died on Monday. He was known for his dedication to getting on base, closing his 19-year career with a record of 267 hits by a pitch.

South Africa's President Faces 6th Vote Of No Confidence

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

South Africa's parliament on Tuesday holds a no-confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma over allegations of corruption and mismanagement of the economy.

'Newsweek' Reporter Was At Venezuelan Military Base During Raid

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

Rachel Martin talks to Carlos Flores, contributing writer at "Newsweek En Espanol," who gives an eyewitness account of a recent raid of a military base in Venezuela.

Morning News Brief

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

President Trump will get a briefing on the opioid epidemic from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Governor Chris Christie. And the chief of staff for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to become a witness for the state in a corruption inquiry into Netanyahu.




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