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Man Charged With Terrorism-Related Murder In Attack At London Mosque

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:33am

Darren Osborne faces charges over the attack that used a rental van to plow through a crowd of people outside a mosque Monday.

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Songs We Love: The Beach Boys, 'Aren't You Glad'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:31am

Out of the frustrating Smile sessions came a reset: the Beach Boys' deceptively simple Wild Honey. A new box set collects 54 rarities from 1967, including a new stereo mix of this under-loved song.

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Laura Galante: Are All Of Us Vulnerable To Fake News?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:24am

Technology allows us to choose information to support our beliefs. In this new reality, cybersecurity expert Laura Galante says, it's easier for foreign governments to influence public opinion.

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Stephanie Busari: What Happens When Real News Is Dismissed As Fake?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:24am

Stephanie Busari discusses the flip-side of fake news: denying real news. She recounts the kidnapping of Nigeria's Chibok schoolgirls and how some Nigerians believed the news was a government hoax.

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Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:23am

After visiting a bookstore, Carrie Poppy started feeling odd: pressure on her chest and auditory hallucinations. She thought it was a spirit – until she found another explanation for her symptoms.

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Michael Specter: What Happens When We Ignore Scientific Consensus?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:23am

Michael Specter explores why some deny scientific evidence — such as the safety of vaccines and GMOs, or climate change. He says denying can provide a sense of control in an unsure world.

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Deborah Lipstadt: How Do You Stand Up To A Holocaust Denier?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:23am

After publishing the book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt was sued for libel in the UK by Holocaust denier David Irving. Rather than ignore the case, she chose to fight it — and won.

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Top Stories: Cause Of London Building Fire; More On The GOP Health Bill

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:20am

Also: A real estate firm with ties to President Trump may build the new FBI building; Tropical Storm Cindy's remnants rain on the South; and the world's ugliest dog contest is underway in California.

Grizzly Bear's New Song, 'Four Cypresses,' Is A Foreboding Look At A World In Chaos

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:18am

"Four Cypresses" is a slow-simmering, moody reflection on the state of a displaced world, where "it's chaos, but it works."

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Holly Macve: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:00am

Backed by a suitably low-key band, Macve would sound subtly radiant just about anywhere, from your nearest country bar to the most dreamily lit stage in Twin Peaks.

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Despite Claims To Contrary, Trump Has Signed No Major Laws 5 Months In

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 7:42am

The president has been boasting about all the laws he's signed, but compared to other recent presidents, it's not that many — and he still hasn't gotten any major pieces of legislation.

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Massive Fire At London High-Rise Started In A Refrigerator, Police Say

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 7:19am

Investigators also say some of the building's exterior materials failed safety tests. Police say they're considering manslaughter charges over the blaze, in which at least 79 people died.

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Prodigy And The America That Raised Him

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 7:00am

Mobb Deep's unapologetic poetry rose from the blacked-out hallways of this nation's ongoing nightmare, Kevin Powell writes.

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German Government Dodges Opposition Attempts To Debate Same-Sex Marriage

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 6:38am

Germany's ruling party wants to avoid debating same-sex marriage before this year's election. Unlike most other western nations, "equal marriage" still isn't legal in Germany.

Is It Really So Offal? 'Ugly Food' Boot Camp Entices Chefs And Diners

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 6:00am

Teams of cooks are making dishes from food that many American consumers would overlook — or even consciously avoid — as part of a sustainability project aimed at reducing food waste in the U.S.

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How It All Turned Out: A Kindergarten Story, 13 Years Later

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:08am

NPR was there for 5-year-old Sam's first day of kindergarten back in 2004. His parents wondered if he was was ready. This month, as he graduated from high school, they're still asking that question.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'GLOW' And Lena Waithe

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:00am

The gang tackles Netflix's new wrestling-themed dramedy, and then Linda Holmes interviews Master Of None costar Lena Waithe onstage in Los Angeles. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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What The New GOP Health Plan Would And Wouldn't Change

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:02am

We analyze the new Republican health care bill unveiled by the Senate.

Rep. Charlie Dent On GOP Health Care Proposal

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:02am

Following the Senate releasing its own version of the Republican health care bill, Steve Inskeep talks with Republican Rep. Charlie Dent, who voted against the GOP bill in the House.

Boys Skirt The No-Shorts Rule

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:02am

A group of boys at an Exeter, England school wore skirts to school in protest that they were not allowed to wear shorts. One boy told The Guardian it was "quite refreshing" in the heat.

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