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Watch Bellows' Playful Pop Video For 'Thick Skin'

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:13am

This song and video from Oliver Kalb's eerie pop project have a playful sense of purpose. "Thick Skin" espouses the notion that the most freeing part of life is the search, not the arrival.

Top Stories: Deadly Attack On Pakistan Police; Trump TV Debuts

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 7:32am

Also: Obamacare rates will rise in 2017; France will dismantle the makeshift migrant camp in Calais; and controversial Christian cartoonist Jack T. Chick dies.

Amusement Park Accident In Australia Kills 4

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 7:13am

Four adults died on a water ride at Dreamworld amusement park in Queensland. The attraction — "Thunder River Rapids" — was reportedly a fairly mild ride.

More Than 60 Killed In Attack On Police Academy In Pakistan

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 6:31am

Most of the victims are young police cadets, NPR's Philip Reeves report. Gunmen stormed a dormitory at night, opened fire and detonated suicide vests. More than 100 people were injured in the attack.

What's In It For The Corpse Flower To Smell Like Death?

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 6:00am

The corpse flower is a botanical rock star — prized by botanic gardens around the globe. In a new video, NPR's Skunk Bear explores the biology of the stinky giant, which thrives by playing dead.

'From Tea Garden To Teapot': How Lipton Became An Empire

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 6:00am

Lipton is ubiquitous these days, just about synonymous with industrial Big Tea. So you might be surprised that once upon a time, Lipton was known as the "farm to table" of the tea world.

Fact, Fiction, History And Heart Converge In 'The Terranauts'

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 6:00am

T.C. Boyle's new novel is ripped from the headlines ... of 1993. It follows the misadventures of a group of scientists conducting experiments in a hermetically sealed, Biosphere 2-like environment.

Wanna Dress Like David S. Pumpkins? Sorry. Suit Sells Out

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 5:30am

Perhaps you saw the Saturday Night Live skit with Tom Hanks in a crazy pumpkin suit playing David S. Pumpkins. That suit of pumpkin printed fabric is now sold out.

Chicago Art Institute's Bronze Lions Don Cubs Caps

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 5:21am

It's a tradition for the big bronze lions that guard the doors of the school to wear the head gear of whichever local team is in the finals. For the first time, they're wearing Cubs baseball caps.

The Man Who Shed Light On Why College Keeps Getting More Expensive

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 5:10am

Remembering William Bowen, a former president of Princeton University and an important scholar of higher education, who died last week.

Can We Build Cities That Think Like A Planet?

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 5:09am

Do cities destroy nature or are they part of nature? Astrophysicist Adam Frank looks at a new book attempting to answering that question — which he says could be a key to our collective future.

Indians Vs. Cubs: Each Aims To End Decades-Long Championship Drought

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:05am

The Cleveland Indians host the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night. The Indians last title was in 1948 — the Cubs in 1908.

Pediatricians Release Updated Guide For Preventing Sudden Infant Deaths

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:05am

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends newborns sleep in their parents' rooms until they're at least 6 months old to avoid SIDS. David Greene talks to Natasha Burgert, doctor, mother and blogger.

With 2 Weeks To Go Before The Election, Trump Focuses On Florida

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:05am

For three straight days Donald Trump is campaigning in Florida, a state that is crucial to his hopes of winning the White House. If Trump loses Florida, he'll have no plausible path to the presidency.

King's Death Slows Tourist Visits To Thailand

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:05am

The death of Thailand's king this month left a hole in the hearts of many. It also created uncertainty for some in the tourism industry — which accounts for at least 10 percent of the country's GDP.

Obamacare Rates Will Be Approximately 22 Percent Higher For 2017 Policies

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:05am

The new rates for the Affordable Care Act were released, and they show an average 22 percent increase. Analysts say how people react to the price hikes will determine if the law succeeds.

U.N. Official Says War Crimes Are Being Committed In Aleppo

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:05am

David Greene speaks with Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, who called what is taking place in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, "crimes of historic proportions."

At Daughter's Insistence, Bourdain Includes Ratatouille Recipe In 'Appetites'

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:05am

For years, Anthony Bourdain was identified as a "bad boy" of the culinary world. The chef and TV host's new cookbook reflects his life as a dad. Renee Montagne talks to him about his book Appetites.

Calif. Voters To Decide On Background Checks For Ammunition

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:05am

Voters in four states will decide whether to strengthen gun laws next month. In California, a first in the nation ballot measure would make it much harder to buy ammunition and for felons to own guns.

Kurdish Journalists, Embedded With Peshmerga, Live Stream Mosul Battle

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:05am

Renee Montagne talks to Hemin Lihony, head of digital media for Rudaw, a Kurdish network that's been live streaming the battle for Mosul, Iraq.




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