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'Missing Richard Simmons' And The Nature Of Being Known

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:44am

The Missing Richard Simmons podcast came to an anticlimactic end as a mystery, but it says a lot about the demands of being a public figure.

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At Trump's D.C. Hotel, A U.S.-Turkey Relations Conference Stirs Up Ethics Questions

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:42am

Holding the event at the Trump hotel could be seen as a way to "purchase access to the Trump administration by enriching President Trump and his family," says government ethics scholar Kathleen Clark.

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Special Series: Our Land

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:05am

Over the next several months, Melissa Block and Elissa Nadworny are reporting from communities large and small, capturing how people's identity is shaped by where they live.

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Hunger, Boredom And Disappointment Are A Literary Feast In 'Bleaker House'

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:00am

Nell Stevens retreated to a remote corner of the Falkland Islands in an attempt to write a novel. She came away with something better: This oddly winning memoir of deprivation, rain and penguins.

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Secretary Of State Tillerson Will Visit Russia In April, But Will Miss A NATO Meeting

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:17am

News of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's trip to Russia emerged on the same day FBI Director James Comey said his agency is investigating possible coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

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Bittersweet Little Rock And Roller

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:10am

Chuck Berry's life story includes serious mistreatment of women, but fully reckoning with his legacy means also acknowledging the women and girls who made his groundbreaking rock and roll possible.

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Sampha: Tiny Desk Concert

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:00am

A Tiny Desk Concert as intimate as it gets (that's saying something). Just Sampha, a piano and three heart-wrenching songs that seem to double as coping mechanisms.

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Listen: NPR's Live Special Coverage - Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:55am

Listen: NPR's Live Special Coverage - Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing

Republicans Aim To Have Neil Gorsuch Confirmed By Early April

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:43am

Supreme Court nominee Judge Gorsuch appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Rachel Martin talks to Sen. Charles Grassley, who as chairman of the panel, leads the confirmation effort.

Harvard Scientists Call For Better Rules To Guide Research On 'Embryoids'

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:01am

Some recent studies in synthetic biology, they say, raise new questions about the ethical limits of creating entities that might feel pain or resemble human embryos — or mimic humans in other ways.

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Martin McGuinness, A Former IRA Leader And A Peacemaker, Dies At 66

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:33am

The unusual arc of Martin McGuinness's public life culminated in his 2012 meeting with Queen Elizabeth II; both of them called it an important moment for peace.

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Why Play Curling When You Can Play Extreme Curling?

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:11am

In the sport of curling, players slide stones across the ice. In an extreme version played in Russia's Ural Mountains, they slide cars on the ice. An auto insurance firm sponsors the tournament.

Nescafe Opens A Nap Cafe In Tokyo

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:01am

Patrons can snooze on reclining beds for up to two hours as long as they buy an item from the menu. And guests get a free cup of coffee.

'Lucky You' Is A Perfect Balance Of Humor And Tragedy

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:00am

Erika Carter's intelligent, unpretentious debut follows an aimless group of friends in their 20s, whose lives spin out of control during a supposedly detoxifying trip to a remote house in the country.

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U.S. Limits Electronic Devices On Flights From 8 Muslim Countries

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:00am

Passengers on flights coming into the U.S. will be allowed to carry smartphones into the plane's cabin. But all larger electronic devices, like laptops and cameras, must be placed in checked baggage.

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Archaeologists In Syria Use 'Data Water' To Confound Antiquities Smugglers

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:01am

Syrian archaeologists are using a new product to try to stop the illegal flow of antiquities. It's a high-tech liquid visible under special light that carries tagging data on where items come from.

Groups Behind Trump Resistance Look To Use Windfall Wisely

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:01am

Progressive groups have enjoyed a fundraising bonanza since Trump's election. Whether it's the ACLU or Planned Parenthood, the cash is flowing in to organizations opposed to Trump and his policies.

Hindu Priest With A History Of Bigotry Selected To Run India's Uttar Pradesh

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:01am

The party of India's prime minister swept state assembly elections in the country's largest state. Over the weekend, a controversial Hindu priest was picked to the influential post of chief minister.

Can An Obamacare Architect Find Common Ground With Trump?

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects of Obamacare, who is now advising President Trump on how to replace it. Emanuel met for the third time with Trump on Monday.

Martin McGuinness, Irish Rebel Turned Politician, Dies At 66

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:01am

The Sinn Fein revolutionary turned peacemaker Martin McGuinness has died at the age of 66. McGuinness never tried to hide that he had been a commander of the IRA — classified as a terrorist organization by the British, Irish and U.S. governments.

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