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Morning News Brief: North Korea Sanctions, Venezuela's Political Crisis

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 4:01am

The U.N. Security Council voted to impose sanctions against North Korea for its missile launches. Anti-government fighters infiltrated a Venezuela military base — trying to start an uprising.

Soundtracks, Satire And A Sense Of Place: A Conversation With Randy Newman

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:51am

After spending several decades writing beloved children's scores, Newman is back with the acerbic Dark Matter. Hear a conversation with Steve Inskeep, plus a performance of some original songs.

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Flattening The 'Mummy Tummy' With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:50am

The technical term is diastasis recti and it affects many new moms. The growing fetus pushes apart the abdominal muscles and the separation often stays open. But science suggests this fix can work.

(Image credit: Talia Herman for NPR)

Chicago To Sue Feds Over Funding Threats To Sanctuary Cities

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 2:28am

The city is filing suit on Monday against the Department of Justice which announced it would withhold millions of dollars in police grant money from so-called sanctuary cities.

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209,000 New Jobs In July As Unemployment Dips To 4.3 Percent

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 8:17am

Employers added 209,000 jobs to payrolls in July and the unemployment rate ticked down to 4.3 percent. That's according to the government's latest jobs report released this morning.

Trump White House Looks To Quash 'Deluge' Of Leakers

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 6:44am

Leaks happen in any administration but there seems to have been a ton of leaks during Trump's short time in office. The attorney general on Friday is scheduled to update the investigation into leaks.

Behind China's VPN Crackdown, A 'Game Of Cat And Mouse' Continues

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 6:26am

Savvy Internet users in China can tunnel under the "Great Firewall" using virtual private networks. Even as the government finds new methods to block VPNs, providers find ways to go around the blocks.

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China Steps Up Efforts To Block Virtual Private Networks

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 6:26am

Savvy Internet users in China can tunnel under the "Great Firewall" using Virtual Private Networks. Even as the government finds new methods to block VPNs, providers find ways to end-run the blocks.

Probe Into Russia's Election Meddling Moves To New Phase

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 6:26am

Rachel Martin talks to Tom Dupree, former deputy assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush, about special counsel Robert Mueller using a grand jury in the Russia meddling probe.

The Archaeologist Who Hunts For Stolen Art

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

Christos Tsirogiannis, a forensic archaeologist, explains to Ailsa Chang how he persuaded U.S. authorities to seize an ancient Italian vase from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Uncovering A 'Little Pompeii' In France

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

Archaeologists in France have discovered the well-preserved ruins of a Roman town, whose inhabitants appear to have fled to avoid a fire — leaving their belongings and household objects behind.

Sen. Sherrod Brown On China's Trade Policies

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

Rachel Martin talks to Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown about some Democrats supporting the Trump administration's decision to launch an investigation into China's intellectual property and trade practices.

This Pilot Is Headed To Space With Or Without NASA

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

In 1961, Wally Funk trained to be an astronaut. But, she never got to go to space. Fifty years on, she still dreams of flying among the stars.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Wally Funk)

What's New In Maine Real Estate

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

The farm home of E.B. White, the author of Charlotte's Web, is for sale. He penned Charlotte's Web while living there. Another Maine property for sale inspired Stephen King's Pet Sematary.

Whistleblowers Come Forward Over Problems At New Hampshire VA Hospital

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

A dozen whistleblowers at the Manchester, N.H., VA hospital have exposed inadequate patient care and incompetence, leading to staff dismissals and an investigation.

What A Grand Jury Means For The Russia Investigation

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

Rachel Martin talks with Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of the website Lawfare, about what a grand jury could do in the Russia investigation.

Trump Calls Russia Story 'Total Fabrication'

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

President Trump held a rally with supporters in West Virginia just hours after news reports said special counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury in connection with his Russia investigation.

John Cho On Acting And 'Columbus'

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

Actor John Cho talks about his new film, Columbus, where he takes on a new character trait: subtlety. He tells NPR's David Greene that this role allowed him to explore a Korean-American character.

Saving Vultures With Nepal's 'Vulture Restaurant'

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

A unique conservation attempt is underway in Nepal to save vultures that have nearly been decimated through much of South Asia over the past few decades.

Usain Bolt's Final Race

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

Track and field's greatest sprinter is expected to run his last individual race Saturday in London. Jamaican Usain Bolt says he will retire after dominating his sport for a decade.

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