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Sen. Richard Blumenthal Weighs In On How Congress Could Regulate Facebook

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:30pm

Congressional staffers are slated to meet with Facebook officials this week. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and a member of the Commerce and Judiciary committees, about what action Congress could take to regulate how Facebook uses user data.

Blockbuster Plans To Close 1 Store In Alaska, Taking Total Number Down To 5

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:30pm

A Blockbuster store in North Pole, Alaska is set to close in April. Alaska is home to most of the Blockbuster stores in the U.S. due to slow internet speeds, but foot traffic has been on the decline.

Insurgents In Nigeria Release Most Of 101 Schoolgirls Abducted Last Month

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:30pm

In a surprising move, extremists in northeastern Nigeria returned most of the 101 girls schoolgirls abducted a month ago. Their return came with a warning: no more school. Five girls reportedly died in the kidnapping and at least one girl remains captive.

As Steel And Aluminum Tariffs Take Effect, WH Considers Trade Sanctions On China

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:30pm

It's a big week for trade policy as new steel and aluminum tariffs take effect and the White House mulls tariffs on a wide range of exports from China.

Will Facebook's Cambridge Analytica Scandal Actually Cause Users To Delete The App?

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:30pm

News about how Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data has sparked the hashtag #DeleteFacebook. But past research has shown users are often apathetic about privacy settings. NPR's Michel Martin talks with University of Virginia media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan about whether this is a watershed moment for Facebook users.

Senate Intelligence Committee Recommends More Security For Midterms, Not How To Fund It

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:30pm

The Senate intelligence committee met Wednesday to review its recommendations about improving election security ahead of the 2018 midterms. Senators recommend more funding and IT support, but there is no consensus about how much or how to pay for it.

Trump vs. Trudeau: Both Right, Both Wrong

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:51pm

Trump says we have a trade deficit with Canada. He's right... and he's also wrong.

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'Seize This Moment': Doug Jones Tackles Gun Control In First Senate Speech

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:47pm

The Alabama Democrat said recent student protests remind him of the civil rights movement. He called for tighter control of gun purchases and expressed respect for the Second Amendment.

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'He's Not A Psychopath,' Says Friend Of Austin Bombings Suspect

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:27pm

A friend of the suspect, Jeremiah Jensen, describes Conditt as shy, smart and thoughtful. "He was an intense person and could be hard to love but he was a person," he says.

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Mississippi Is Sending Its First Woman To Congress. Here's When Your State Did That

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:26pm

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith will be Mississippi's first woman in Congress when she takes over for Sen. Thad Cochran, leaving Vermont as the only state that has never sent a woman to Capitol Hill.

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Federal Regulator Cites Baltimore Hospital After Patient Left At Bus Stop In Gown

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:14pm

The investigation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found that the hospital failed to protect the patient from "harassment and potential harm."

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This Is What A Good NPR Correction Sounds Like

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:08pm

...And one correction that could been better handled.

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In Oaxaca, Mexico, A Locally Made Soda Takes Aim At Coca-Cola's Supremacy

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:07pm

Oaxacan restaurants are offering diners an alternative to the ubiquitous Coke by selling Zega-Cola, an artisanal soda made in small batches nearby. Its maker hopes that will translate into local jobs.

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Episode 831: The Golden Rules

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 1:42pm

Planet Money joins the gold rush 170 years late. And the rules are still about the same. How did that happen?

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WATCH: Robotic Fish Moves Like The Real Thing — So It Can Observe The Real Thing

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 1:25pm

MIT researchers unveiled a Soft Robotic Fish prototype in hopes of boosting aquatic observation. It can wiggle like a fish, dive to 18 meters, work autonomously — and hopefully avoid getting eaten.

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Congress Set To Unveil $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 1:19pm

The spending bill includes dozens of unrelated policy "riders" added by party leaders in closely-held negotiations.

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What Do You Think Are The Greatest Albums Made By Women?

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 1:04pm

In July, we published a list of the 150 greatest albums made by women, as chosen by a group of women within the NPR universe. Now, we're turning the list over to you.

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'Amazing' News About The Awful Guinea Worm

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:56pm

Despite an ongoing civil war, South Sudan has successfully stopped transmission of the horrific parasite. The milestone means the worm is circulating in only three countries.

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Austin Resident: 'News That It May Be Over Couldn't Have Come Any Faster'

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:55pm

Sandie Coco, who lives in the Harris Ridge neighborhood of Austin, Texas, where the first bomb exploded, discusses the string of bombings and the death of the apparent suspect.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Singing The Land

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:53pm

Hear music from Karine Polwart's award-winning theatrical event "Wind Resistance" and excerpts from fiddler Duncan Chisholm's "Sandwood," named for the finest and least accessible beach in Scotland.

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