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Senator Presses VA On Failure To Help Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 2:37pm

In response to an NPR investigation, Sen. Claire McCaskill says the VA has "shown no urgency in addressing 70 years of appalling mistreatment of these men."

NPR's Earbud.fm Newsletter Archive

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:37pm

Earbud.fm is NPR's friendly guide to great podcasts. Join the our mailing list, and get podcast recommendations in your inbox every Saturday morning.

Roundup: Here's What People Are Saying About Barbie's Diversity Makeover

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:25pm

Mattel is rethinking how the Barbie brand could represent women of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Some are buying it. Others, not so much.

Two Grad Students Use Science To Bust The Dinner Hoax Of The Century

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:22pm

In 1951, members of the scientific Explorers Club thought they'd dined on prehistoric meat dug out of the Alaskan tundra. The meal became legend. Now two Yale students have unraveled the deception.

The Answer to Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis Might Be Gay Tourism

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:19pm

Puerto Rico is one of the few Caribbean islands that openly accepts gay people. That's starting to pay off economically, with an increase in gay tourism.

Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera Has Charlotte's Latino Community Fired Up

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:18pm

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is the second Latino head coach in Super Bowl history. And Charlotte's Latino community is talking about football like never before.

Puerto Rico's New Crop of Young Entrepreneurs

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:18pm

In spite of so many Puerto Ricans leaving their homeland, a small group of young entrepreneurs are staying behind looking for hidden economic opportunities.

The Battle for Puerto Rico on Capitol Hill

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:14pm

Where does Congress stand on Puerto Rico and will presidential politics play a role in a resolution for the island?

Why Are so Many Teachers Leaving Puerto Rico?

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:14pm

Across Puerto Rico, teachers are leaving for the mainland and schools are shutting down to save money. Joy Diaz looks at what is driving teachers to move away.

The Hot and Cold Love Affair Between the US and Puerto Rico

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:14pm

The debt crisis in Puerto Rico did not appear out of thin air. Juan Gonzalez, a Puerto Rican journalist and scholar, explains the peculiar relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Why Is Puerto Rico Billions of Dollars in Debt?

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:14pm

Puerto Rico is drowning is $72 billion in government debt. Latino USA unpacks how the island's fiscal crisis came to be, with help from Robert Smith of NPR's Planet Money.

Sia Reclaims Songs She Wrote For Others On 'This Is Acting'

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:10pm

The Australian songwriter who has written hits for Rihanna, Beyonce and Katy Perry just released an album of her own. Critic Ken Tucker likes Sia's singing, in part, because of its imperfections.

Gone Mot: The French Uproar Over Removing Some Circumflex Accents

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:04pm

Publishers in France are altering the spellings of around 2,400 words in textbooks and will drop the hat-shaped circumflex accent in some cases. That's causing outrage.

'Boy In The Bubble': Marco Rubio Taking Punches From All Corners In N.H.

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:58pm

"When everyone's attacking you, you must be doing something right," Rubio told reporters in Manchester this week.

Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:53pm

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.

'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies' Takes An Undead Spin On Jane Austen

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:52pm

As the movie hits theaters, we revisit our conversation with Seth Grahame-Smith, who penned the book the movie is based on.

Zika May Not Spread In Saliva Or Urine, Health Officials Say

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:23pm

Discovery of Zika virus in the saliva and urine of infected people is concerning but may not mean the pathogen can actually be transmitted through those fluids, experts caution.

Calif. Official Says Leaking Gas Well Might Be Sealed As Soon As Next Week

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:19pm

An adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown says the well that has been leaking since October could be capped in days — sooner than the end-of-February target that had been set by the utility that owns the well.

High Costs For Drugs Used By A Few Are Starting To Add Up

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:13pm

A cystic fibrosis drug that is expected to be taken by only a few hundred people may drain almost $36 million from California's general fund over two fiscal years.

Chinese New Year Brings Celebration, Horrific Travel Conditions

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:12pm

Long and crowded journeys are ahead for those returning home to ring in the Year of the Monkey.

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