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Former Inmate Gives Advice To Prisoners With Commuted Sentences

59 min 24 sec ago

Former inmate Norman Brown gives advice to inmates who had their sentences commuted Tuesday by President Obama.

With A Little Magic, Small Budget Horror Films Pack A Big Punch

59 min 24 sec ago

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, about the magic of micro-budget horror films.

U.N. Health Officials Warn Gonorrhea Is Becoming Untreatable

1 hour 21 min ago

The World Health Organization released new treatment guidelines that acknowledge an entire class of antibiotics is now all but useless against the sexually transmitted disease.

Spanish Parliament Debates No Confidence Vote On Caretaker Government

2 hours 1 min ago

Spain could be facing its third election in a year if parliament passes a no-confidence motion in the country's caretaker government this week. Many Spaniards say they have already lost confidence in the country's entire political class.

Facebook Faces Trending News Problems After Firing Curators

2 hours 1 min ago

On Friday, news site Quartz reported that Facebook fired its "news curators" and replaced them with algorithms to compile the news that ends up on Facebook's "Trending" news section. Many users took note when a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was trending.

European Commission Orders Apple To Pay $14.5 Billion In Taxes

2 hours 1 min ago

European Union regulators on Tuesday said Apple must pay a tax bill of $14.5 billion on its European profits earned in Ireland. Lots of people are reacting, including the Irish finance minister, the White House and stock analysts.

Clemency Project Races To Prepare Thousands Of Applications For Review

2 hours 1 min ago

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Cynthia Roseberry, staff director of Clemency Project 2014, on the group's efforts to prepare thousands of clemency applications for review before President Obama leaves the White House.

Cannabis Growers Seek Blue Ribbons For Their Buds At Oregon's State Fair

2 hours 1 min ago

This year, Oregon's legislature designated marijuana, which is legal there for recreational use, as a farm crop. It debuted among funnel cakes, livestock and zucchini this summer at the State Fair.

Italian Coast Guard Rescues More Than 6,000 Migrants In Mediterranean

2 hours 1 min ago

Italy's coast guard rescued more than 6,000 migrants from scores of boats in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya Tuesday. It was one of the largest rescues in a single day this year.

Apple Tax Ruling Presents Broader Implications For U.S. Companies

2 hours 2 min ago

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Edward Kleinbard, professor of business and law at the University of Southern California, about the implications of the Apple tax ruling for U.S. companies in Europe.

Hotel Shortage Prompts Cubans To Host Tourists

2 hours 2 min ago

As Cuba's once staunchly socialist government loosens state controls and American tourists pour into the island, the need for hotel rooms will skyrocket. Some Cubans are already taking advantage of opportunities for private enterprise.

Republicans Consider Lasting Impression Of Trump On Their Party

2 hours 2 min ago

Republicans are debating whether — win or lose — Donald Trump has already altered the DNA of the Republican Party.

Mark And The Giant Peach: Orchard Owner Enters Guinness World Records

2 hours 2 min ago

Last week, Mark Angermayer of Tubby Fruits Peach Orchard in Kansas City picked a "Lady Nancy" peach so big, he submitted it to Guinness World Records for the title of heaviest peach.

Economists Point Out Abnormalities As Housing Market Appears To Heal

2 hours 2 min ago

It's been almost a decade since the worse housing crash since the Great Depression. And while the housing market has healed in some ways, in others it's far from normal. Single family home construction is rebounding from the trough, but still far below historical norms and the homeownership rate just keeps falling.

Air Force Chief Of Staff Describes Major Role In Fight Against ISIS

2 hours 2 min ago

Gen. David Goldfein was sworn in about two months ago as the 21st Air Force chief of staff. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Gen. Goldfein about the challenges faced by the Air Force in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

3 hours 17 min ago

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.

Islamic State Says One Of Its Senior Leaders Has Been Killed

3 hours 25 min ago

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani was in charge of propaganda and was one of the first to oppose coalition forces in Iraq. The Islamic State's semi-official news agency announced his death.

#IfAfricaWasASchool, Who Would Be The Nerd? Jock? Most Popular?

3 hours 29 min ago

A trending hashtag on Twitter invites people to personify countries in Africa with various schoolyard archetypes.

Jollof Rice: West Africans Dish It Up With A Hefty Serving Of Smack Talk

3 hours 33 min ago

Jollof rice is a celebration dish in West Africa. Each country in the region has its own take — and the rivalry over which version reigns supreme is constant fodder for a delicious war of words.

Obama Grants Clemency To 100+ Prisoners; DOJ 'Confident' It Will Clear Backlog

3 hours 35 min ago

Thousands of petitions are still pending, but the Justice Department tells NPR that despite doubts from advocates it plans to consider each of them before President Obama leaves office.




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