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In An International First, Surfer Conquers The Atlantic Alone On A Paddleboard

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:08pm

Chris Bertish set out from Morocco to become the first to make the crossing alone on a stand-up paddleboard. On Thursday, after 93 days, he paddled into the West Indies, with a whole ocean behind him.

(Image credit: Courtesy Brian Overfelt for The SUP Crossing)

Middle Kids, 'Never Start' (Live)

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:00pm

The Aussie rock trio plays a standout track from its new self-titled EP.

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Julian Assange Says WikiLeaks Will Share CIA Code With Tech Companies

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 11:43am

WikiLeaks on Tuesday disclosed the hacking tools from the so-called Vault 7 series. Now Assange says his group will be working with big manufacturers to develop fixes.

(Image credit: Frank Augstein/AP)

Looking Into The Horse Milk Story That The Dalai Lama Told John Oliver

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 11:34am

The spiritual leader says he brought down Mongolia's rate of alcoholism by encouraging a switch from vodka to horse milk.

(Image credit: Screenshot by NPR/HBO)

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Questions Basic Facts About Climate Change

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 10:48am

In an interview with CNBC, President Trump's EPA administrator said he did not believe carbon dioxide is a major contributor to global warming.

(Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

Iceland Plans To Become World's First Country To Require Equal Pay For Women

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 10:28am

"We may rank number one in the world at the moment, but the job is not done still," Iceland's Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson says.

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Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade Organizer To Reconsider Ban On Gay Veterans Group

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 10:11am

Politicians said they would not attend the event after parade organizers voted to exclude a group of LGBTQ military veterans, saying their rainbow logo was too sexually suggestive.

(Image credit: Steven Senne/AP)

Remembering Dave Valentin, The Dazzling Latin Jazz Flutist

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 9:53am

Valentin, who died Wednesday, is remembered by his longtime bandmate Robby Ameen.

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'Monsieur Mayonnaise': The Sandwich King Who Saved Jewish Children From Nazis

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 9:33am

For years, Philippe Mora wondered how his father earned this nickname. A new documentary reveals the answer: He slathered passports in mayo and hid them in messy, hard-to-inspect baguettes.

(Image credit: Courtesy of NOISE Film PR)

Songs We Love: Jealous Of The Birds, 'Goji Berry Sunset'

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 9:00am

In two deceptively simple minutes, Irish singer Naomi Harrison constructs an intimate space that's instantly, indelibly compelling.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Chris Bathgate Returns In A Wash Of Dreamy Imagery

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 9:00am

The Michigan singer-songwriter's first full-length album in six years, Dizzy Seas, comes out May 19. To kick it off, he's released a lovely, brooding six-minute ballad called "Northern Country Trail."

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Songs We Love: Benjamin Booker, 'Witness (Feat. Mavis Staples)'

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 8:00am

The New Orleans-based guitarist and songwriter returns with a personal, political gospel track, lent moral urgency by Mavis Staples. Hear the song and read Booker's accompanying essay.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Why Reality Is Not A Video Game — And Why It Matters

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 7:39am

There's a philosophical discussion considering the possibility that we are in a computer simulation, run by posthumans. Marcelo Gleiser asks: Why would an advanced species waste their time this way?

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Skeptics Mull Trump Wiretapping Allegation

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 7:14am

Steve Inskeep talks to Michael Mukasey, who served as attorney general under George W. Bush, about President Trump's charge that former President Obama ordered surveillance on Trump Tower.

Trump Reportedly Selects Jon Huntsman As U.S. Ambassador To Russia

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 7:04am

Responding to reports of Huntsman's selection, the Kremlin says it would welcome any U.S. ambassador who wants to create a dialogue with Russia.

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Elliot Moss' Midnight Drone Turns Utah Into An Alien Planet

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 7:00am

When you watch the strangely illuminated world that unfolds in this new video from singer Elliot Moss, for his song "Closedloop," it's hard to believe any part of it is real.

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5 Key Takeaways From The GOP Health Overhaul Plan

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 6:58am

The bill proposes big changes to state and federal Medicaid programs and tax advantages for people who can afford to save up for health care costs.

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First Listen: Jacaszek, 'KWIATY'

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 6:02am

The electronic composer presents a boundless book of forgotten remnants, daring listeners to construct the stories behind them.

(Image credit: Paweł Grześ/Courtesy of the artist)

Myth And History Collide In 'The Erstwhile'

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 6:00am

The second installment of B. Catling's trilogy is full of oddities and quirks and familiar characters.

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