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Watch Margo Price Sing From A Balcony At NPR Music's 10th Anniversary Concert

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:41pm

Standing on a balcony at the 9:30 Club, Margo Price sang songs from her first two albums.

(Image credit: Beck Harlan / NPR)

Decorating Injuries Show That Hanging The Holly Isn't Always Jolly

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

Reckless decorating is a thing, and a serious one at that. At least 240 people a day go to the emergency room after falling off ladders, getting cut, or getting burned when trying to put up holiday cheer. Two years ago, super decorator Kurt Farmer of Alexandria, Va., was one of them.

Secretary Of State Tillerson Holds Town Hall At State Department

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has been trying to push back against reports that he's gutting the State Department, addressed his employees in a rare town hall on Tuesday. Tillerson spoke about foreign policy changes and department reform plans, including a promise to streamline security clearances.

How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

All week, All Things Considered is offering Highly Specific Superlatives in honor of the year that was. On Tuesday, we look at the weirdest leap forward in brain science. Researchers can now grow mini brains in a petri dish and then experiment on them.

'Village Movement' Allows Elderly To Age In Their Homes

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

The so-called "village movement" coordinates crucial services for the elderly, allowing many to age in their homes. It's now expanded to 200 spots around the U.S., as advocates adapt the model to different communities.

Iraqi Prime Minister Celebrates Defeat Of ISIS, But Still Faces Pressure

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

Iraq is celebrating the defeat of ISIS as Prime Minister Haider al Abadi declared Dec. 10 the country's newest national holiday. The prime minister has also won a face-off with Kurds, but still faces pressures from inside and outside his country.

California Firefighter On Battling The Thomas Wildfire

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

The Thomas Fire is now the fifth-largest fire in modern California history. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with battalion chief Fred Burris about what battling this wildfire is like.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with retired Judge Lillian Sing about the life of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died on Tuesday. Sing knew him as an activist since he graduated from law school.

Federal Terrorism Charges Filed Against Manhattan Subway Bombing Suspect

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York has filed federal and local terrorism charges against Akayed Ullah. He was arrested on Monday for detonating a homemade bomb in a busy pedestrian tunnel in New York City as part of an attempted suicide bombing.

What's At Stake With Alabama's Special Election?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

The closely watched U.S. Senate race in Alabama could have national implications for both the Republican and Democratic parties in Washington. Republican Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the state supreme court, is vying for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old Senate seat against Democrat and former prosecutor Doug Jones.

Deathless Prose Added To Our Collective Memories In 2017

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

Fred Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, talks about his top 10 quotes for 2017. The quotes span politics, Hollywood, sports and international affairs.

Survey Shows Americans Expressing Greater Concern About Government Corruption

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

Almost one year after President Trump took office, international watchdog Transparency International has found that Americans are much more cynical about corruption in the White House and government. The research shows similar negative attitudes toward Congress.

Writer Will Leitch Defends His Position That The NFL Is Ending

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with writer Will Leitch about his piece in New York Magazine: "Is this the End of the NFL?" In his piece, Leitch notes that football used to bring people together across political lines, but that's not the case anymore.

NTSB Shares Recommendations For Maritime Shipping Industry In El Faro Report

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

The National Transportation Safety Board released a report on Tuesday after the death of 33 mariners in the 2015 on the cargo ship El Faro. A key question remaining is why the captain ignored forecasts and sailed directly into Hurricane Joaquin.

How Repealing Net Neutrality Could Affect Schools' Internet Access

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

If the Federal Communications Commission chooses to repeal net neutrality regulations, it could affect access to the Internet for schools across the country. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, about the potential impact on classrooms if net neutrality is repealed.

All Eyes Are On Alabama's Special U.S. Senate Election

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

In Alabama, the U.S. Senate special election has been a contentious race between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore. A look back at what both candidates' visions are and what the race has been about.

Voters In Alabama Split As They Go To Polls To Decide State's Next U.S. Senator

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

Voters in the Alabama are split between Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones in the state's special U.S. Senate election. During this election cycle, Moore has been accused of sexual assault against teenage girls years ago, while Jones is up against a historically red state.

NTSB Releases Findings On What Sank The Doomed Ship El Faro

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:08pm

In draft findings that are expected to be adopted Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board found a range of problems with the freighter that sank in a 2015 hurricane, killing its whole crew.

(Image credit: National Transportation Safety Board via AP)

The Prophetic Struggle Of Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.'

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:58pm

With faith and fate hanging in the balance, the most celebrated album of the year dares us to grapple with the politics of personal responsibility in America. But is anybody really listening?

(Image credit: Rich Fury, Kevin Winter (2)/Getty Images)

Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:41pm

Industry trailblazers are trying to lessen the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.

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