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Expanding Human Habitat Puts Giraffe Population At Risk

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:59am

The International Union for Conservation of Nature says giraffes are on the way to extinction. Rachel Martin talks to Julian Fennessy of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation about the animals' status.

1 Of 3 Remaining Shakers Dies In Maine At Age 89

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:59am

Sister Frances Carr, leader of the nearly extinct religious group, has died. Shakers advocate pacifism, communal ownership and celibacy. Two other members remain at the Shaker community in Maine.

Trump Enjoys Going After The Press, Ex-Presidential Spokesman Says

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:59am

Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, talks to Rachel Martin about President-elect Donald Trump's relationship with the press.

Article 50 Will Guide United Kingdom's Exit From The European Union

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:59am

U.K. officials are making plans to leave the European Union. They'll do it using the EU's own constitutional rules. Our Planet Money teams looks into why the EU has a built in exit clause.

What Is House GOP Trying To Do With Vote On Congressional Ethics Office?

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:44am

NPR's political director gives us the latest on moves by House Republicans to curb an independent ethics watchdog. President-elect Donald Trump has already weighed in.

Trump Picks Robert Lighthizer To Be U.S. Trade Representative

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 7:48am

Donald Trump's transition team made the announcement Tuesday. Lighthizer was deputy trade representative under Ronald Reagan, and is seen by many as a longtime advocate of more protectionist rules.

House Republicans Act In Secret To Weaken Ethics Panel

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 7:45am

GOP members voted to strip the Office of Congressional Ethics of its independence. Rachel Martin talks to Richard Painter, the chief ethics counselor for President George W. Bush. about the vote.

Fan Sings About Buffalo Bills Missing The Playoffs, Again

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:34am

Greece native Jennie Fagen, who graduated from the University of Rochester, wrote a parody of "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" from The Sound of Music. The Bills haven't made the playoffs in 17 years.

Motorist Amped Up On Caffeine Is Pulled Over By Authorities

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:23am

In California, a man was pulled over after police saw him weaving in and out of traffic. When they did a blood test, the only thing that came up was caffeine — drunk driving charges were dropped.

What's Your 'Public Credit Score'? The Shanghai Government Can Tell You

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

The app gathers personal data and gives residents a rating. A good score ensures discounts. A bad score may lead to problems. It's part of China's effort to create nationwide social credit system.

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The Water Supply To Damascus Is Disrupted By Syria's Civil War

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

A cease-fire is still technically in place but some fighting continues. The government is pressing an offensive on the valley of the Barada River and Damascus' water supply is badly affected.

Rep. Adam Schiff Weighs In On Russian Hacking Evidence

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Community, about Russia's alleged role in hacking the DNC, and Trump's doubts about U.S. intelligence findings.

Indian Farmers Hit Hard By Government's Currency Restrictions

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

Millions of farmers in India are struggling after the government removed two currency notes from circulation. The government stripped the economy of cash to expose tax cheats.

Obamacare Architect: Compromise Is Possible With GOP Foes

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

On Wednesday, President Obama will meet with Democrats to discuss how to prevent Republicans from repealing the Affordable Care Act. David Greene talks to Zeke Emanuel, an architects of the law.

Dreamworks' Movie 'Captain Underpants' Comes Out In 2017

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

The blockbuster kids' book Captain Underpants is coming to the big screen. Dreamworks hopes the film's got the same caliber of pranks and potty humor that turned the books into best-sellers.

How To Make New Friends In Rio: 'Go And Sit On The Little Wall'

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

When new to a big, international city, what's the best way to meet people? In Rio de Janeiro, it involves sitting on a low-slung wall.

'Celebrity Apprentice' Returns With Schwarzenegger In Charge

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

After Donald Trump starred on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice, a new host takes over the boardroom. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the show shifts from Trump Tower to sunny Los Angeles.

Rush Is On To Get Cleared Guantanamo Detainees Out Before Trump Takes Over

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

The White House is pushing to get the 23 cleared detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp before Donald Trump is sworn in. Rachel Martin talks to reporter Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald.

Hundreds Of Veterans Courts See Success; But More Are Needed

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

Veterans Courts are alternatives to the traditional justice system — an approach built around treatment and counseling rather than punishment. Vets who've gotten into trouble can get back on track.

Turkish Authorities Are On The Hunt For Istanbul Nightclub Gunman

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

Thirty-nine people were killed in the shooting. A Turkish news channel says a passport belonging to a man from Kyrgyzstan matches a man identified by officials as the suspect in Sunday's attack.

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