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Health Care Debate Opens A Wound Between House And Senate GOP

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

It has become clear that Republicans can't agree with one another on what to do about the Senate health care bill. Scott Simon talks to Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard about the GOP divide.

Amamda McBroom Credits Jacques Brel For Her Becoming A Songwriter

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

Scott Simon talks to singer-songwriter Amanda McBroom about her new CD Voices, and what the hit she wrote for Bette Midler has meant to her life and career.

Canadian Comics Celebrate Their Country's Birth At LA Comedy Clubs

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

Canada turns 150 on July 1 and a celebration is underway in Los Angeles comedy clubs, of all places, in honor of the long comedy tradition between the country to the north and LA.

'To The New Owners: A Memoir Of Martha's Vineyard'

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

Martha's Vineyard has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Scott Simon talks to Madeleine Blais about her new book, To the New Owners, a memoir and a tribute to the popular island.

The Impact Of The 'Summer Of Love' Still Reverberates

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967 became a soundtrack for an emerging counterculture.

Strike Force Is Created To Combat Chicago Gun Violence

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

President Trump announced the strike force, but Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is skeptical. Scott Simon talks to Carol Marin, political editor at NBC 5 in Chicago, to discuss how the city reacted to the news.

Word To The President: 'Professionalism'

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

NPR's Scott Simon says he's unsure if calls for respect, civility and dignity are reaching President Trump. Simon says professionals do their jobs and don't kvetch when other professionals do theirs.

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Roséwave 24/7: This Holiday Weekend, Embrace Your Basic Side

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:13am

Smash that play button, unscrew a bottle of pink and get into summer music that is, at turns, silly, basic, emotional and maybe a little trashy — sometimes all at once.

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As Hong Kong Marks Handover Anniversary, A Push And Pull With China Over Identity

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:00am

There's anxiety in Hong Kong over things appearing from mainland China. But the continued presence of things not found on the mainland shows there's still a gap between this and other Chinese cities.

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The Charm Of 'Spoonbenders' Is No Cheap Trick

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:00am

Daryl Gregory's new novel spans decades in the life of the Amazing Telemachus Family — a con-man, card-sharping patriarch and his troublesome psychic children, whose powers haven't helped them any.

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NPR Continues To Find Hundreds Of Cases Of Advanced Black Lung

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 5:00am

Black lung results from exposure to coal dust. PMF is an especially aggressive form of the disease blamed on inhalation of silica dust, which results from the cutting of quartz rock and coal together.

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DeVos Loosens For-Profit College Rules; More State Cash May Head To Religious Schools

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 5:00am

Two new court decisions, and other education news, including significant new research on the effectiveness of voucher programs.

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To Solve Gruesome Desert Mysteries, Scientists Become Body Collectors

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 4:30am

People are dumping corpses in the high desert of western Colorado. But those unloading bodies aren't criminal masterminds. They're scientists. And out here, the usual rules of human decay don't apply.

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'Healing Children': A Surgeon's Take On What Kids Need

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 4:00am

Dr. Kurt Newman has spent his career caring for children. In a new book, he argues that children are not just smaller adults, and the differences matter for their treatment.

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Gunman Who Ambushed Baton Rouge Officers Searched For Police Home Addresses

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 8:37pm

A report following a nearly year-long investigation says the gunman also posted videos urging violence against police before he killed three officers and wounded three, and was himself shot to death.

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Gunman Opens Fire In Bronx Hospital, Killing 1 And Injuring 6

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 7:03pm

Authorities say a man opened fire inside a hospital in the Bronx, N.Y., killing at least one person and wounding several more before taking his own life.

State Officials Of Both Parties Reject Requests For Voters' Identification Details

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 7:01pm

More than a dozen states say that they won't comply with a White House commission request for the personal data. Even a commission leader isn't able to turn over all of his state's records.

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Trump White House Staff Payroll Nearly $36 Million And Top-Heavy

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 6:00pm

Among those making the maximum salary are chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon, press secretary Sean Spicer and former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault.

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Duke Jordan On Piano Jazz

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 5:52pm

Hear the jazz pianist and bebop innovator duet with host Marian McPartland on "Groovin' High" and his original "Jordu."

(Image credit: South Carolina Public Broadcasting)

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