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Despite NSA Claim, Election Vendor Denies System Was Compromised In Hack Attempt

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:04am

"Even though NSA says it's likely that we opened them, we did not," VR Systems COO Ben Martin says of emails that came into the company's system.

(Image credit: Courtesy VR Systems)

Australia Halts Airstrikes In Syria After Russian Military Threat

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:02am

Named Operation OKRA, the Australian Defense Force's effort to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria consists of around 780 personnel.

New Mix: Lorde, Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe, More

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:02am

We follow the Father's Day weekend with a mix of powerful new pop and rock from a lot of incredible women, including a raging, cathartic song from Zola Jesus and roaring doom metal from Chelsea Wolfe.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artists )

5 Surprising Facts About The Refugee Crisis

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:00am

Not since World War II have there been so many people who've fled their homes due to conflict. And children are hit especially hard by the crisis.

(Image credit: Emrah Gurel/AP)

Journey Force

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:36am

In an excerpt from his forthcoming book Equipment For Living, poet and critic Michael Robbins explains his enduring, totally not-shameful love of the ultimate schlock-pop-rock band Journey.

(Image credit: Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Watch Conductor Simon Rattle Turn Into A High-Tech Tangle Of Spaghetti

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:35am

With the aid of motion capture technology, and an imaginative digital artist, the gestures of the London Symphony Orchestra's conductor are transformed into trippy new animations.

(Image credit: Oliver Helbig/Courtesy of the Artist)

Patrick Watson, 'Lighthouse' (Live At Pickathon)

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:00am

The Canadian singer closed out his quirky performance at the intimate Woods Stage with a haunting rendition of his 2012 track.

(Image credit: Liz Devine/Pickathon)

These Dinner Parties Serve Up A Simple Message: Refugees Welcome

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 9:08am

Across the U.S., locals are hosting meals designed to help the community meet the refugees who live among them as neighbors, and to break barriers by breaking bread together.

(Image credit: Beck Harlan/NPR)

Songs We Love: Raymond Scott, 'A Rhythm Ballet'

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 8:59am

A new compilation spans Scott's innovations in electronic music from 1961 through 1971, including a cartoonishly joyful "ballet" that whirs away like overcharged robots.

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Michael Cerveris On Mountain Stage

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 8:54am

For this performance, Mountain Stage lured the singer-songwriter away from his Tony Award-winning stint on Broadway and back to the stage in his native West Virginia.

(Image credit: Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage)

NPR's New Podcast, "It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders," Is All About Conversations

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 8:35am

Sam Sanders recently teamed up with producer Brent Baughman to create a new NPR podcast: It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. In a Q&A, we talked about what listeners can expect from the new show.

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Top Stories: Company Won't Take Americans To North Korea; Senate On Health Care

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 8:20am

Also: A Georgia special congressional election is underway; tropical storm warnings are posted for southern Louisiana; and a trove of Nazi artifacts is discovered in Argentina.

With New Video, Grandaddy Finds Humor In Grief

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 8:00am

In his first interview since the loss of Grandaddy bassist Kevin Garcia, Jason Lytle talks about the band's indefinite hiatus and a new video that documents, in deadpan, his love of inanimate objects.

(Image credit: Dan Cronin/Courtesy of the artist)

Georgia's Special Election Has Been Longer Than Some Countries' National Elections

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 7:39am

Georgia's sixth-district special congressional election will be held 130 days after it was first announced. That's far longer than full national elections take in places like the U.K. and Mexico.

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Why You Should Play Video Games

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 7:28am

We live in a world of endless pressing concerns with so many competing avenues of being productive. A good game makes no demands: All that matters is the enjoyment of the doing, says Adam Frank.

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Conservationists Try To Thwart Climate Change By Planting In Cold Spots

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 7:14am

In Minnesota's north woods, foresters are planting thousands of pine trees to try to protect them from climate change. It's feared many iconic trees will decline or disappear as the climate warms.

Tour Company Used By Otto Warmbier Will Stop Taking Americans To North Korea

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 7:07am

The Young Pioneers company has also updated its North Korea FAQ page, starting with its top question: "How safe is it?"

(Image credit: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Refugees Struggle With Mental Illness, Suicide Attempts Increase

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 6:54am

The United Nations marks World Refugee Day on Tuesday. Many war refugees are languishing in camps, and aid groups say that as hope of resettlement dims, mental illness is on the rise.

Self-Imposed GOP Deadline Looms To Vote On Health Care Bill

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 6:46am

Senate Republicans aim to vote on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by July 4. To find out how things are going, Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Leonard Lance of New Jersey.

'The Alchemist's Daughter' Is No Frankenstein's Monster

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 6:00am

Theodora Goss's novel takes bits and pieces from several different monstrous mythologies — Jekyll and Hyde, Dr. Moreau and more — but she makes something new and deceptively intricate out of them.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

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