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Say, What? Monkey Mouths And Throats Are Equipped For Speech

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 1:01pm

Monkeys weren't thought to have the right sort of vocal tracts to speak. But a study finds they can make many sounds common in human speech; it's just that their brains aren't "language ready."

Weekend LISTening: 5 Japanese Bands You Need To Hear

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 1:00pm

Naoko Yamano of the pioneering Japanese pop-punk band Shonen Knife recommends some of her favorite rising stars from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Pets Help People Manage The Pain Of Serious Mental Illness

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:55pm

People living with schizophrenia or other serious mental illnesses say a pet can be not just a comforting companion but a reason to stay engaged with other people — and with life.

Shooting Victims Find Hope, Care In Medicaid Expansion

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:52pm

President-elect Trump has said he will dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act and possibly privatize Medicaid, the insurance program for the very poor.

Horror In Aleppo: Civilians Trapped As Syrian Government Tightens Siege

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:44pm

"I don't even know how to describe the kinds of things that are landing on us" a dentist trapped in one of Aleppo's last rebel-held neighborhoods tells NPR.

'Acid House With Pop': Australia's Genre-Bending Jagwar Ma

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:40pm

The group, which came up in a recent Here & Now DJ Session, has a new album out and is now on tour.

Savvy Credit Card Users Chase Incentives That Cost Banks Big

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:33pm

JP Morgan Chase's CEO told investors that its popular Sapphire rewards credit card will cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in profit.

Singer Allyson Seconds Revitalizes Power-Pop On 'Little World'

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:27pm

The second album by the California-based singer features an optimism often associated with West Coast pop. Critic Ken Tucker says Little World creates an "alternate universe of the sunniest sounds."

Fantastically Stylized 'La La Land' Is A Musical Tour-De-Force

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:27pm

A jazz keyboardist and an aspiring actress fall in love in Damien Chazelle's new romantic musical. Critic David Edelstein says La La Land features thrilling chemistry and magical music numbers.

Remembering Grant Tinker, 'Mary Tyler Moore' Producer And NBC Chair

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:27pm

David Bianculli offers an appreciation of Tinker, who died last month. Also, we listen to a Fresh Air interview with Tinker from 1994, and an interview with Tinker's wife, Mary Tyler Moore, from 1995.

Inside A Genetic Time Capsule For Seeds

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:26pm

Grace Hood from Colorado Public Radio takes us to a seed vault that's created tiny genetic time capsules for future use.

Social Media Buzz: From A Syrian Girl's Tweets To A Viral Christmas Ad

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:20pm

Al Jazeera's Femi Oke tells Here & Now’s Robin Young about some of the stories trending on social media.

NPR News Nuggets: Purple Lights, Christmas Cheer & Top Selling CD Of 2016

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 11:20am

Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

Navigating Newscasts at NPR

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:28am

A look at how the newscasts come together.

Recommended Dose's Favorite Electronic Albums Of 2016

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:16am

We're not anointing the best. We're telling you what amazed us in a difficult year — music by visionary women and men.

Songs We Love: Shiba San, 'Up & Down'

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:01am

The South Beach heat is working its way into the French producer's booty-shaking house music. "Here, it's like paradise," he says. "It's a whole new way of working."

Far-Right Dutch Politician Found Guilty Of Hate Speech But Will Not Be Penalized

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 9:57am

The case is rooted in comments the lawmaker made at a 2014 rally, when supporters chanted that they wanted fewer Moroccans in the country. He then told them, "We're going to take care of that."

Something Fishy

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 9:47am

Our finalists get nautical in this final round where every answer contains a form of marine life.

Mis-Direction

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 9:47am

The never-ending struggle with your confused GPS hits an all-time high in this game about national landmarks. Contestants figure out where a virus-afflicted GPS is trying to direct them to.

Allads

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 9:47am

If Jonathan Coulton sang the Cyndi Lauper song "Time After Time," but the lyrics were about the show Project Runway after Tim Gunn retires, the answer would be "Time After Tim."

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