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Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:02pm

Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.

Episode 740: Burnout

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 7:08pm

All types of companies are struggling with burnout. Many try to fix it. Most of them fail. One exception: A 26-year-old call center manager, with stress balls and costumes in her arsenal.

What Legal Recourse Do Victims Of Fake News Stories Have?

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 6:04pm

Real people hurt by fake news can sue under defamation law. But University of Denver law professor Derigan Silver notes that winning monetary damages doesn't undo the damage to a person's reputation.

Diver's Ambassador Life Showed Bigotry Is Never Far From The Surface

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 5:42pm

Years after Pearl Harbor and decades before a proposed "Muslim Registry," Sammy Lee tried to "prove that in America, I could do anything." America hasn't always been convinced.

Deadly Fire In Oakland May Spark Crackdown On Off-The-Grid Artists' Spaces

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 5:17pm

Rents in the Bay Area are among the highest in the country, pushing many artists into illegal work/live spaces like the Ghost Ship, where a fire left 36 dead. Now, officials vow to step up regulation.

Behind Trump's Taiwan Phone Chat, A Veteran Washington Insider

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:52pm

Former GOP senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole helped Taiwan connect with the Trump transition team. Federal disclosure reports show Dole has lobbied for Taiwan for nearly two decades.

Information Overload? Not Everybody Is Feeling It, Pew Study Says

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:25pm

A Pew Research Center study finds that people do not feel as overloaded by information as they did a decade ago. In fact, people with more access to information find it helps them simplify their life.

Study: Child Laborers In Bangladesh Are Working 64 Hours A Week

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:17pm

A new report from the Overseas Development Institute finds that impoverished children are working long hours in violation of the country's labor laws.

School Choice 101: What It Is, How It Works And Does It Work?

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:16pm

President-elect Donald J. Trump said on the campaign trail that school choice is "the new civil rights issue of our time." But talk of school choice is, at best, confusing.

Mental Health Care Gets A Boost From 21st Century Cures Act

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:08pm

Early intervention for treating psychosis and grants to train more psychologists and psychiatrists are just some of the ways the 21st Century Cures Act would change mental health care.

Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later: U.S. Recalls A Shocking Attack

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:02pm

America remembers the fallen — and how the nation responded to what President Franklin Roosevelt called a "date which will live in infamy."

Energy Giant Shell Inks Oil Deal With Iran

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:00pm

Royal Dutch Shell has signed an agreement to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, despite the nuclear deal's uncertain future. It's the largest energy company to return since sanctions were lifted.

Trump Taps Former Wrestling Magnate To Head Small Business Administration

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:49pm

Linda McMahon, the co-founder of the pro-wrestling enterprise World Wrestling Entertainment. She ran to become the first female Senator of Connecticut, but lost both bids.

Brexit Vote Comes With Risks For English City Home To Nissan Plant

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:31pm

A Nissan auto plant in Sunderland, England, is the town's biggest employer. It builds cars for the whole European market, but locals still voted to leave the European Union, putting Nissan's investment — and their own jobs — at risk.

Senators Deliver Farewell Tribute To Vice President Joe Biden

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:31pm

Senators bid farewell to Vice President Joe Biden, who spent much of his career in the Senate, during a special tribute in the Senate chamber.

Trial Of Accused Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Begins

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:31pm

The trial of Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine worshippers at a church in Charleston, S.C., begins Wednesday.

Bob Dole Lobbied Trump Team On Outreach To Taiwan

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:31pm

Bob Dole, a former GOP senator and presidential candidate, has been working as a foreign agent for the government of Taiwan, according to disclosure documents filed with the Justice Department. The filing shows that the World War II hero, now acting as a lobbyist with the Washington law firm Alston & Bird, coordinated with Trump's campaign and his transition team to set up meetings between Trump's advisers and Taiwan officials.

Trump's Plan For China Tariffs Could Lead To 'Collateral Damage On Both Sides'

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Mark Wu, assistant professor at Harvard Law School and a former U.S. trade negotiator, about how Trump would impose a 45 percent tariff on Chinese goods, as he has promised.

Trump Names Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad As Next Ambassador To China

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:31pm

The Trump transition team announced Wednesday that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will be the next ambassador to China.

Trump's Cabinet Of Ex-Generals Indicates Focus On National Security

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:31pm

President-elect Trump plans to nominate at least three former top generals to his cabinet, and he is said to be considering more former top four-star military commanders. NPR takes a look at why Trump favors the brass and what effect a cabinet of such leaders could have on the way he runs the government.




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