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A Cease-Fire In Name Alone

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

NPR's Scott Simon considers the breathtaking toll of the violence in Syria.

'Good Wife' Creators Say They Wanted To End The Show 'While It Was Still Good'

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

"There was seven seasons-worth of story to tell in the education of Alicia Florrick, and we've come to the end of that story," says co-creator Michelle King. The Good Wife series finale airs May 8.

Puerto Rico Headed For Default As Congress Tackles Relief Plan

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

The U.S. territory is expected to default May 1 on a debt payment of nearly half a billion dollars. Scott Simon examines the impact of a default with Wall Street Journal correspondent Nick Timiraos.

American Stars Jam With Cuba's Best Musicians In Havana

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

American and Cuban musicians played together in Havana in the first official cultural exchange in half a century. Among them: Usher, Dave Matthews, X Alfonso, and Smokey Robinson.

Harassment Woman Faced Before Her Death Underscores Rampant Sexism In Firefighter Culture

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

NPR's Scott Simon asks veteran firefighter Mary Beth Michos about how sexism in the firehouse has escalated with the rise of cyberbullying.

David Cameron's Former Advisor Wants To Revamp The U.S. Conservative Movement

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

British political operative Steve Hilton tells NPR's Scott Simon what he thinks the conservative movement needs both in the U.K. and the U.S.

Song Of My Self-Help: Follow Walt Whitman's 'Manly Health' Tips (Or Maybe Don't)

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 5:49am

In 1858, the poet published a series of advice columns — titled "Manly Health and Training" — in which he recommends wearing a beard, taking a cold bath every morning and avoiding condiments.

Joining ISIS: It's Not Always For Reasons You Might Assume

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 5:01am

Two ISIS fighters captured in Syria say they joined the militant group as a way to fight an oppressive regime. But it also provided friendship, and it didn't seem much more violent than other options.

4 Ways Donald Trump's Pro Wrestling Experience Is Like His Campaign Today

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 5:00am

At least none of Trump's political opponents have been strapped down and had their heads shaved by him.

Why Are Highly Educated Americans Getting More Liberal?

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 5:00am

Today, more than half of Americans who went to graduate school are liberal. Less than one in three were in 1994.

Let's Not Hug It Out With Our Dogs

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 4:55am

Your dog doesn't like your hugs. Psychologist and author Stanley Coren says that when he looked at a random sample of pictures showing people hugging dogs, most of the dogs showed signs of stress.

Tighter Alcohol Curbs For All Help Reduce Teen Motor Vehicle Deaths

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 4:00am

Raising the cost of alcohol with taxes makes it less likely that teenagers will die in a drunk-driving accident, a study finds. Some teen-specific policies like graduated drivers licenses help, too.

#MemeOfTheWeek: The Woman('s) Card

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 9:56pm

Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton was playing it this week. And then it seemed the entire Internet joined in the game.

Fact Check: Has President Obama 'Depleted' The Military?

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 9:14pm

Republican presidential candidates, led by Donald Trump, claim President Obama has slashed defense spending and will leave his successor with a weaker force. We break it down.

Episode 698: The Long Way Home

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 6:18pm

Housing subsidies are often given out through a lottery. But why do we let random chance decide who gets help with the rent? We don't do that for food stamps or health care, so why housing?

The Bison Is Poised To Become The U.S. National Mammal

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:44pm

Legislation adopting the bison as the U.S. National mammal passed the House and Senate this week. Now it's waiting for President Obama's signature.

Ebola Carriers? Why The Virus Keeps Coming Back

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:37pm

A country is declared Ebola-free. Then the virus flares up again. Doctors now know why.

Friend Of Charleston Shooter Pleads Guilty To Hiding Information

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:29pm

Dylann Roof told Joey Meek about his plans to shoot people at a historically black church in South Carolina last year. Meek's possible eight-year sentence could be reduced if he helps the prosecution.

This Syrian Dad Has One Of The World's Most Dangerous Jobs

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:23pm

Five years ago, Raed Al Saleh was a businessman. Now he heads the 3,000-strong Syrian Civil Defense, rescuing civilians from the rubble after airstrikes.

'Never Crossing The Botox Rubicon': Amanda Peet Explores Aging In Hollywood

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:24pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with actress Amanda Peet about her Lenny Letter essay, "Never Crossing The Botox Rubicon," and how to navigate aging in the image-obsessed entertainment industry.

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