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Pentagon Officials Say Transgender People Can Enlist In Military Next Year

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

Pentagon officials say starting on Jan. 1, 2018, transgender people can enlist in the U.S. military. President Trump has opposed allowing transgender people to serve, but the Pentagon decision comes as courts are ruling against efforts to bar transgender enlistment.

Congressional Republicans Hope To Pass Tax Overhaul Bill By Dec. 25

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

Congressional Republicans are working to merge House and Senate versions of a GOP tax bill. They're hoping to reach their first major legislative milestone by Christmas.

The Challenges Of Regulating Autonomous Weapons

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

Autonomous weapons, capable of operating independent of human control, are being developed by several countries around the world. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Paul Scharre of the Center for a New American Security about this new military technology and the challenges of regulating it.

FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality Despite Millions Of Fake Public Comments

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

Millions of public comments in advance of the FCC's vote on net neutrality turn out to have been faked. Some used phony names, others came from Russian email addresses. The FCC says it will go ahead with its vote this week nonetheless.

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Steps Aside After Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has stepped down from daily operations at his restaurant company after allegations of sexual misconduct. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Amanda Kludt, Editor-in-Chief of the online publication Eater, which broke the story.

Suspect In New York Subway Blast Had 'Low-Tech' Device

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

Police are calling an explosion in a crowded corridor between two New York City subway stations Monday morning an attempted terror attack. Officials say suspect Akayed Ullah detonated an improvised pipe bomb that was strapped to his body.

Before Voting Begins, A Look At Alabama's Special Senate Election

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

One of the most contested and high-profile special Senate elections of recent times is drawing to a close in Alabama. A day before voting begins, a look at where Republican Roy Moore stands against Democrat Doug Jones.

The Worst Accents And Best Props From Movies In 2017

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

It's the time of year when you start hearing superlative lists — best of, worst of, least, most, etc. This week on All Things Considered you'll hear some "Highly Specific Superlatives." First up, a movie roundup including best prop trend, worst accent and best coats.

Ask Code Switch: Who Can Call Themselves 'Brown'?

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

"Brown" is a word that's sometimes used to describe people who aren't white, including some people who also identify as Asian-American. NPR's Code Switch team recently got a question from a listener: Should light-skinned Asian-Americans — like some East Asians — be able to call themselves "brown"? The answer is complicated, and has to do with how diverse "Asian-Americans" are.

Wisconsin Voters Aren't Enthusiastic About Republican Tax Bill

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

What do voters think of the tax bills currently under debate in Congress? In the swing state of Wisconsin, many voters don't know much about the legislation — but don't like what they see so far.

Pope Francis Suggests Translation Change To The Lord's Prayer

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

Last week, Pope Francis weighed in on how the line "lead us not into temptation" in the Lord's Prayer might be improved. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Rev. James Martin, editor-at-large of America Magazine, about the translation changes Pope Francis has proposed.

Women Who Accused President Trump Of Sexual Misconduct Want Congress To Investigate

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

With allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the forefront of politics, women who have accused President Trump of misconduct are renewing calls for him to be held accountable.

Bitcoin, Unemployment, and Mythical Beasts

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:39pm

Our guest, Tyler Cowen, has smart insights into a ridiculously wide range of subjects. Our conversation is a lightning round that touches everything from the stock market to dystopian novels.

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'Godless' Creator Says He Wanted To Embrace Every Single Western Cliché

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:38pm

Frank Scott packed his Netflix mini-series with train robberies and shoot-outs, but Godless isn't exactly a typical Western. For one thing, the town at the center of the story is run by women.

(Image credit: Ursula Coyote/Courtesty of Netflix)

President Trump Is Sending NASA Back To The Moon

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:19pm

"Space Policy Directive 1," which Trump signed Monday, sees Mars as the ultimate destination. But analysts wonder whether money will follow to support the plan.

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How The Food Industry Uses Cavitation, The Ocean's Most Powerful Punch

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:46pm

Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer.

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Mario Batali Steps Aside From His Restaurants Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:12pm

Four women described how Batali touched them inappropriately, and others said they witnessed bullying and lewd comments. Batali doesn't deny the allegations, saying they "match up" with past behavior.

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Amid Alabama's Special Election, Meet Birmingham's New Mayor

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:52pm

At 36, Randall Woodfin is the youngest person to be elected mayor in more than a century. He discusses being a Democrat in a deeply Republican state, Tuesday's special election and more.

Desert Testing Attracts Major Automakers To Arizona

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:45pm

Desert conditions bring major auto companies looking to test out brand new cars. KJZZ's Casey Kuhn reports how Arizona's test tracks are a major part of the car business.

Tax Prep Advice For The End Of 2017

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:33pm

With the end of the year coming, tax experts are advising clients how to maximize their deductions -- and there could be big changes coming with the pending tax law.

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