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How U.S. Foreign Policy Has Changed In Trump's First Year In Office

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:16pm

As the end of President Trump's first year in office approaches, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Walter Russell Mead, a professor of foreign affairs at Bard College and former editor of The American Interest, about how U.S. foreign policy has changed during Trump's term.

Nearly All Of The National Park System Advisory Board Has Resigned

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:16pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, who has resigned from the National Park System Advisory Board. He, along with eight others, have said that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has failed to meet with the board once since being confirmed last March.

Daniel Pink's 'When' Shows the Importance Of Timing Throughout Life

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:16pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author Daniel Pink about his new book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. In his book, Pink examines the importance of timing in various aspects of life.

Victims Of The Las Vegas Shooting Are Still Trying To Get Assistance

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:16pm

It's been just over three months since 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured at a country music festival in Las Vegas. It is the single deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, but the fund set up to collect and distribute donations to the survivors and the families of the dead has fallen short of other tragedies.

When Can The White House Use Executive Privilege?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:16pm

The White House may have tried to invoke its "executive privilege" to keep former chief strategist Steve Bannon from answering questions from the House Intelligence Committee. But can it make a soft invocation without actually sending a letter that fully cites that doctrine?

How An American Rose To The Upper Ranks Of ISIS

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:16pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Seamus Hughes, deputy director at George Washington University's Program on Extremism, about their two-year investigation that revealed an American in the upper ranks of ISIS.

Why 'Legal Immigration' Doesn't Apply To Early Immigrants To The U.S.

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:16pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Kevin Jennings, president of the Tenement Museum in New York City, about why the phrase "legal immigration" does not apply to early immigrants to the U.S., who came to this country before immigration laws were enacted.

Thriving After Prematurity, Fiona The Celebrity Hippo Turns 1

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:34pm

Fiona, a Nile hippopotamus, was born six weeks premature at the Cincinnati Zoo. "I think beginning to end she's a feel-good story," a zookeeper said. "She's a feel-good hippo."

(Image credit: John Minchillo/AP)

Are Implanted Medical Devices Creating A 'Danger Within Us'?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:10pm

Medical journalist Jeanne Lenzer warns that implanted medical devices are approved with far less scrutiny and testing than drugs. As a result, she says, some have caused harm and even death.

Strange Weather Triggered Bacteria That Killed 200,000 Endangered Antelope

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:51pm

Over a three-week span in 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in Kazakhstan. The animals would be grazing normally, then dead in three hours. A new study points to heat and humidity.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Joint saiga health monitoring team in Kazakhstan (Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity, Kazakhstan, Biosafety Institute, Gvardeskiy RK, Royal Veterinary College, London, UK))

Pop-Punk Bassist Accused Of $27 Million Fraud Scheme

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:39pm

Michael Davenport, a former member of The Ataris, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of selling fake real estate listings to people looking for a bargain.

(Image credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

The Decemberists Announce A New Album — And Share The Synth-Driven 'Severed'

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:19pm

I'll Be Your Girl, out March 16, promises to take the band in a new, aggressive, synth-friendly direction, courtesy of new producer John Congleton.

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Black Holes: Where Reality Beats Fiction

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:07pm

We still have a lot to learn about gravity, including how it relates to black holes; it's ironic that the most familiar of forces is also the most mysterious, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

(Image credit: L. Calçada/ESO)

Days After Oil Tanker Sinks, Large Slicks Observed In East China Sea

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:06pm

Chinese authorities say they've found the Iranian tanker that sank Sunday after a collision and several explosions. The incident left the crew presumed dead — and released two miles-long oil slicks.

(Image credit: Liu Shiping/Xinhua via AP)

Berlin's New Adidas Sneakers Feature Sewn-In Transit Tickets

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:59pm

These shoes are made for taking the metro. They may seem pricey, but they're about a quarter of the cost of an annual transportation pass in Berlin.

(Image credit: Via Overkill)

California Company Develops Breathalyzer For Measuring Marijuana Impairment

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:52pm

Is it possible to test if someone is too high to drive? Eli Wirtschafter from KALW reports an emerging industry is trying to answer that question.

Openly Gay Figure Skater Adam Rippon On Making His Olympic Debut At 28

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:40pm

Rippon is the first openly gay man to represent the U.S. at the Winter Games — and the oldest debut figure skater since 1936.

Citigroup Says It Will Raise Salaries Amid Pay Gap Data Release

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:33pm

The corporation has released data from an employee survey that shows a slight pay disparity between women and minorities compared to men.

Sen. Bob Dole To Receive Congressional Gold Medal

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:31pm

Dole served more than three decades in Congress, was the Republican presidential nominee in 1996 and was an early supporter of President Trump, who will attend the ceremony.

(Image credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

The Widening Gap Between Civilians And The Military

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:27pm

Less than 1 percent of Americans are currently on active duty in the military, compared with about 9 percent during World War II.

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