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As a GMO Pillar Wobbles, Biotech Companies Promise New Insect-Killing Genes

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:50pm

Scientists have discovered a soil microbe with a gene that kills the corn rootworm, an insect that farmers spend $1 billion each year trying to control.

Tulsa Police Officer Will Face Manslaughter Charge In Unarmed Man's Death

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:47pm

"A warrant has been issued for her arrest," Tulsa's district attorney says of Betty Shelby, the police officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher last Friday.

Theater Artist Anne Basting Named MacArthur Fellow

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews Anne Basting, a theater artist and educator at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, about being awarded the MacArthur fellowship this year. She describes her work with people with cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer's and dementia, using improv theater and storytelling techniques to improve their lives.

Family Urges Iranian President To Release British Prisoners

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

Two British men go to the United Nations to appeal to the Iranian president for the release of relatives held in jail in Iran.

Obama Awards 2015 National Arts And Humanities Medals

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

President Obama awarded the 2015 National Arts and National Humanities Medals at the White House Thursday. Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman, Berry Gordy and Philip Glass are among the many honorees.

Yahoo Confirms Massive Data Breach By 'State-Sponsored Actor'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

Yahoo confirmed Thursday that information connected to at least 500 million accounts was stolen from the company in 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor.

Public Defender Points To 'Growing Frustration' Over 'Unjust System'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Kevin Tully, the Mecklenburg County public defender, about the recent unrest in Charlotte, N.C., and police-community relations in the city.

'Fresh Air' Host Terry Gross Awarded National Humanities Medal

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Fresh Air host and executive producer, Terry Gross. President Obama awarded her with the National Humanities Medal on Thursday. Gross has hosted Fresh Air since 1975 and was selected "for her artful probing of the human experience."

Stanford Biologist Invents Ultra Low Cost Scientific Tools

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Manu Prakash, a physical biologist and inventor at Stanford University, about being awarded a MacArthur fellowship this year. He talks about his work using bioengineering, not just for basic research, but to invent ultra low cost scientific tools, such as microscopes kids can use anywhere in the world.

Swedish Scientist Starts DNA Experiments On Healthy Human Embryos

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

A scientist in Sweden has started experiments on healthy human embryos in which DNA is altered. The aim is to determine the causes of infertility. It's the first known use of so-called "gene-editing" tools on healthy human embryos, and critics say it could potentially lead society down a very dangerous path.

Charlotte, N.C., Police Shooting Echoes 2013 Death Of Jonathan Ferrell

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Roll Call columnist and Charlotte, N.C., resident Mary C. Curtis about the 2013 police shooting of Jonathan Ferrell, and how it has since affected the community.

Charlotte, N.C., Police Prepare For Third Night Of Unrest

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

Law enforcement in Charlotte, N.C., is preparing for a third night of violence following Tuesday's fatal shooting of a man by police. The National Guard has been called in to help.

James Horner's Posthumous Works Tell A Story Of His Life

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

The composer passed away a little over a year ago. Two final works, a film score for The Magnificent Seven and a horn concerto, prove that his emotional approach to storytelling endures.

Call It The Great Sidewalk: Chinese Officials Under Fire For 'Repairs' To Great Wall

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:10pm

A local government tried to repair a section of the Great Wall by apparently paving it over. Now, a stretch of the wall looks more like a skateboarding ramp than a global treasure.

Can Pigeons Spell? New Study Suggests They Can Recognize Words

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:00pm

The smartest pigeon learned to recognize about 60 four-letter words. It's the first time an orthographic brain has been recorded in a non-primate.

Syrian President Bashar Assad Says U.S. 'Not Genuine' About Cease-Fire

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:50pm

In an interview with The Associated Press, Assad blamed the U.S. for the collapse of a fragile truce earlier this week and denied carrying out well-documented human rights abuses.

Yahoo Inc. Confirms Data From 'At Least 500 Million' Users Was Stolen

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 1:57pm

The company says its investigation suggests the stolen data doesn't include payment and bank account information.

Kentucky Governor Can't Cut Universities' Budgets, Court Rules

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 1:30pm

The case is one of three lawsuits the state's Democratic attorney general has filed against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin since Bevin was sworn in last December.

Where Did National Forests Go? Green Spaces Disappear From Google Maps

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 1:29pm

#FindYourPark? Numerous forests, nature reserves and wilderness areas lost their green markings on Google's and Apple's maps, catching forest officials by surprise.

Watch Glass Animals Play 'Life Itself' Live In The Studio

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:53pm

The song is a highlight of the U.K. rock band's new album, How To Be A Human Being. Here, the band performs it live for KCRW.

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