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Former Ambassador Explains What's Next For U.S. And Russia After Sanctions

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 9:36am

Forrmer U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a professor at Stanford, joins NPR's Rachel Martin to discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin's response to the sanctions from the U.S.

Robert Hulseman Dies At 84, Created Red Solo Cup

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 5:33am

In the 1970's, Hulseman invented the cup for families to use at picnics. Use of the ubiquitous cup took off and it was embraced by all beverage drinkers — especially at tailgates and keg parties.

'Flockstars' Are Available To Play Weddings Other Gatherings

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 5:21am

A Maryland chicken gave his fowl musical instruments. A video on YouTube shows three chickens pecking away at a xylophone, keyboard and some drums. The newly minted band is called the Flockstars.

It's A Crucial Weekend For College And Pro Football

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:02am

The college football playoff begins with two games on Saturday. And on Sunday, the NFL's final regular season games will be played to determine playoff match-ups.

With 2016 About To End, Brazilians Look Forward To A Better Year

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:02am

Brazil ends 2016 reeling from a massive corruption scandal and the impeachment of its president. We consider the shaky footing on which the interim president seeks to lead the country into 2017.

Carrie Fisher Inspires Others To Speak Openly Of Bipolar Disorder

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:02am

In honor of Carrie Fisher, Ana Marie Cox, a culture critic and journalist, talks to Rachel Martin about "coming out" as bipolar. Until now, she had never disclosed her mental illness publicly.

How Will The Universe End?

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:02am

We've come to the end of our series contemplating the universe. Scientists think the end of the universe will look kind of cold and grim, unless they are all wrong — which is totally possible.

Kremlin Vows To Retaliate For U.S.-Imposed Sanctions

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:02am

Russia promises to eject U.S. diplomats after the U.S. expelled Russians. David Greene and Rachel Martin talk to NPR's Lucian Kim and Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Philadelphia's Mummers Parade Will Now Be Culturally Appropriate

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:02am

Participants' routines touch on topics of the day, with satire often veering into offensive. Parade leaders initiated sensitivity training — bringing in leaders from immigrant and LGBT communities.

Russian Hacking Allegations Will Follow Trump Into The White House

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:02am

President-elect Trump urged the country to "move on" after the Obama administration retaliated against Russia for hacking during the campaign. He'll meet with top intelligence officials next week.

Ring In The New Year With Listeners' Good Luck Rituals

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:02am

When midnight strikes on New Year's Eve, it's natural to see people cheer with a champagne toast. Others follow tradition to bring in a more prosperous and lucky new year.

Examining What The U.S. Relationship With China Will Look Like In 2017

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:02am

David Greene talks to Robert Daly, head of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the non-partisan Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., about U.S. relations with Asia.

U.S. Announces Sanctions Against Russia In Response To Cyberattacks

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:02am

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has been meeting with eastern European NATO allies. She talks to Rachel Martin about what the sanctions could mean for Russia's regional neighbors.

Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 3:59am

When educators are buried under problems beyond their control — here's a solution: Get mindful.

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For The Man With A Thousand Sorries, Apologizing Became Second Nature

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 3:42am

For 15 years, Fred Taylor Jr. apologized for a living. It was a "sorry" job, but someone had to do it, and for Taylor it became a way of life.

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In Pro-Brexit English City, A Jobs Crisis Is Averted — But For How Long?

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 2:49am

The town of Sunderland, where jobs depend on a foreign employer, Nissan, voted resoundingly for Britain to leave the EU even though that could work against its economic interests.

(Image credit: Frank Langfitt/NPR)

Canadian Man Rescues His Dog From Cougar's Grip

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 5:36am

The big cat had the husky named Sasha pinned down. William Gibb punched the cougar in the face. The cougar took some swings too, but Gibb won, and the dog got medical attention.

NYC Uber Driver Has A Gift For Making Green Lights

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 5:17am

Noah Forman bragged to the New York Daily News that on one 27-minute trip through Manhattan, he went through 240 consecutive green lights, no reds.

In A Massive City, This Bar Serves Up Diverse Drinks — To 8 People At A Time

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 4:11am

Bar Moju in Shanghai is tiny and only serves authentic concoctions created by its owner, Moe. To visit, you must make a reservation.

(Image credit: Rob Schmitz/NPR)

Shanghai Bar Offers New Year's Revellers A Simple, Yet Award-Winning, Cocktail

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 4:11am

The bar Moju will be serving a drink called the Sakura. It's made with Botanist gin, Cointreau triple sec, a twist of lemon and the bright pink syrup of the cherry blossom flower, imported from Japan.

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