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Jeff Koons Gives France A Giant Bouquet Of Flowers, But It Comes With A Price

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

The work of art is meant to honor the victims of the November 2015 terrorist attacks. Construction is already underway on Bouquet of Tulips -- but not all Parisians are pleased with the gift.

Is Trump's Deal With Carrier A Form Of Crony Capitalism?

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:53am

Steve Inskeep talks with former Commerce Secretary Donald Evans and libertarian economist Tyler Cowen about the problems that arise when a president pressures individual companies to do his bidding.

Quran Exhibition Shines A Light On The Holy Books' Dedicated Artists

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:49am

The Smithsonian show isn't about the words of the Quran so much as the people who laboriously copied it, letter by letter. When they made a mistake, they fixed it with flourish — and sometimes gold.

New York Yankees Great Derek Jeter Finds Golf 'Frustrating'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 6:17am

Retired baseball star Derek Jeter says he's addicted to the game of golf, and played the other day with Tiger Woods. Jeter says it is "probably the most frustrating thing" he's ever done.

In Make-A-Wish Request, Leukemia Patient Asks To Blow Stuff Up

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 5:23am

Luckily for the 12-year-old boy from Australia, the federal police like to blow things up. His two-day extravaganza included a mock-hostage crisis, and he got to blast through doors and brick walls.

Colombia Plane Ran Out Of Fuel Before It Crashed Near Medellin

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Authorities also released audio of the conversation between the pilot and the airport's communications tower during the doomed plane's final moments on Monday. Only six of 77 people aboard survived.

Ex-Defense Secretary Cohen On Foreign Policy Challenges Facing Trump

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Steve Inskeep talks to William Cohen, former Defense secretary under President Clinton, about the various security challenges the president-elect and his yet to be named Defense secretary might face.

S.C. Jury Deliberates Case Of Ex-Police Officer Who Killed Motorist

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Jurors in Charleston, S.C. are deliberating the fate of former police officer Michael Slager. He's accused of murder after shooting Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, as he fled after a traffic stop.

Russian Company Rustles Up Cowboys To Help Beef Up Demand For Steaks

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

The firm Miratorg is building an American-style beef steak industry from scratch. To make it work, it has to import everything from the cows, to the feed — right down to importing American cowboys.

Resolution Aims To Keep Trump's Businesses From Being A Conflict

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Steve Inskeep talks to Sen. Ben Cardin about Trump's potential conflicts of interest. The Maryland Democrat introduced a resolution requiring Trump to divest from his businesses or use a blind trust.

GAO Report: Student Loan Forgiveness Will Cost Nearly $200 Billion

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

The federal government is set to forgive more than $180 billion in student loan debt over the next few decades. That's according to a report out this week from the Government Accountability Office.

Rep. Bustos Recruited To Help Improve Democrats' Message

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has fended off a challenge to her long leadership reign. Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Cheri Bustos, who Pelosi invited to join the Democratic leadership.

Despite Criticism Of Candidate Trump, Romney Leads For Secretary Of State

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Trump's team says the secretary of State search has been narrowed to four candidates. Steve Inskeep talks to Katie Packer, who was deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

Amid Economic Crisis, Mongolians Risk Their Lives For Do-It-Yourself Mining

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:05am

Mining once boomed in Mongolia but as commodity prices fell, the economy tanked and companies went bankrupt. Unemployed men are taking over abandoned coal mines to extract what's left. Some have died.

North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:04am

When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.

Army Says It Fairly Dismissed Soldiers With Mental Health Problems, Brain Injuries

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:04am

An NPR investigation found thousands of soldiers with mental health problems or brain injuries were dismissed for misconduct. An Army review found commanders did nothing wrong, but experts disagree.

Boston's Christmas Tree Tradition Rooted In A Canadian Thank You

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:03am

Boston's Christmas tree is a thank you gift from Canada for help the city provided a century ago, a reminder not just that it's time to get into the holiday spirit but also what that's really about.

'A Poem For Peter' Recalls One Unforgettable 'Snowy Day'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:03am

In 1962, Peter — an African-American boy exploring his neighborhood after a snowstorm — broke the color barrier in mainstream children's publishing. A new book pays tribute to author Ezra Jack Keats.

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