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How Fossil Fuels Helped A Chemist Launch The Plastic Industry

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:33pm

A century ago, people relied on nature to make basic things: toothbrushes were made of silver, combs were made of ivory, and clothes were made of cotton. In a lot of ways, life as we know it today, is possible because of plastic. We can now afford phones, computers and medical devices in part because of one chemist's discovery a century ago. But his descendants have some regrets.

'Detroit News' Endorses Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Ingrid Jacques of the Detroit News editorial board about the paper's endorsement of libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

Hoboken Mayor Responds To N.J. Transit Train Crash

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the mayor of Hoboken, N.J., Dawn Zimmer, about the commuter train crash on Thursday that killed one person and injured more than 100.

Investigation Continues Into N.J. Commuter Train Crash

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:33pm

A commuter train crashed into a rail station during morning rush hour in Hoboken, N.J., Thursday killing at least one person and injuring more than 100. Trains are among the safest modes of transportation in the world, and crashes in the U.S. are rare. Crash investigators explain what might have gone wrong.

'Working' Then And Now: 'I Didn't Plan To Be A Union Guy'

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:33pm

Gary Bryner tells Studs Terkel about being a union member and working in an auto factory for General Motors. About 40 years later, he reflects on how factory work and the role of unions have changed.

Republican Senate Control Depends On Key Races

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR takes a look at the 2016 Senate races that matter to GOP prospects of maintaining control of the chamber.

Countries Gather For Wildlife Convention On Animal Trafficking

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ginette Hemley of the World Wildlife Fund about the CITES meeting and the challenges in trying to protect endangered species, particularly elephants.

Reykjavik Turns Off Street Lights To Turn Up The Northern Lights

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:29pm

Wednesday night's aurora borealis forecast was particularly strong, so Icelandic officials tried to reduce light pollution so the green glow would be more visible to people in the capital.

Giant Sinkhole At Florida Plant Leaks Polluted Water Into State Aquifer

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:22pm

A fertilizer company says third-party tests show the water contaminated with low-level radiation has not leaked off the site into nearby wells. Residents are upset they were not informed for weeks.

Supreme Court Takes Up Case That Could Affect Redskins Trademark

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:08pm

The court decided to review a lower court decision that found the government could not deny trademarks because of an offensive name.

Lucius On Mountain Stage

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 2:59pm

The band, led by singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, performs live in West Virginia.

Filmmaker Andrea Arnold On 'American Honey' And Preserving Mystery In Film

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:57pm

Arnold's latest film, which won the Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of a group of abandoned teenagers who travel together selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door.

In 'You're The Worst,' Even The Most Flawed Characters Find Love

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:57pm

Producer Stephen Falk and actress Aya Cash discuss their FXX series about two self-centered people who fall in love. The characters are "stand-ins for the dark parts of all of us," Falk says.

Uganda Crowns Mr. And Miss HIV Positive

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:44pm

There's a talent competition. A tiara for the winner. And a chance for people with HIV to speak out despite the stigma they face.

New Rule Preserves Patients' Rights To Sue Nursing Homes In Court

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:26pm

A new rule is the most significant overhaul of federal funding regulations for nursing homes in more than two decades. It bans so-called pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts.

Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:23pm

A Silicon Valley start-up wants to use technology to solve the pizza paradox. It's a food that's meant to be delivered, but never tastes quite as good upon arrival.

Forget Self-Driving Cars. Self-Driving Chairs Have Arrived

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:17pm

Nissan unveiled the ProPilot chair, a high-tech self-driving seat that the automaker says makes waiting in line "easy and fun" by using technology designed for semi-autonomous cars.

Are Golden Tickets That Speed Drugs Through FDA Worthwhile?

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:16pm

A voucher awarded to a company that finds a treatment for a rare childhood disease can be sold to the highest bidder and then used to fast-track the review of another drug. Are the prizes worth it?

'Big Papi' Bids Regular-Season Farewell To Red Sox Nation

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 12:52pm

David Ortiz spent 14 seasons with the Boston Red Sox and helped the team win three World Series.

Phone Emergency Alerts Will Begin Including Links, Phone Numbers

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 12:46pm

Regulators have voted to expand cellphone alerts to 360 characters from the previous cutoff at 90, and to begin including clickable URLs and phone numbers over the next year or so. But no photos, yet.

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