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Notorious F.D.A.? Feds Turn To Hip-Hop To Tamp Down Teen Smoking

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 3:26am

For its latest anti-tobacco campaign, the the Food and Drug Administration wants to harness hip-hop swagger to reach minority teens — who disproportionately suffer the consequences of smoking.

N. Korea Wants Economic and Nuclear Expansion, But One Undercuts The Other

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 3:25am

North Korea's powerful are gathering for its first ruling party conference in decades. Kim Jong Un is working to consolidate his power at home — and regionally — with an expanded nuclear arsenal.

Perhaps It's Time To Celebrate A Day In Honor Of Caregivers

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:33pm

Caregiving for family members is an essential and difficult job, especially with the number of Americans 65 and older projected to double by 2060. So, NPR's Michel Martin proposes a new holiday.

Ken Burns Delves Deeply Into America's Complex Racial History

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:30pm

The documentary filmmaker has been chosen to deliver this year's Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the highest honor bestowed by the federal government for work in the field.

Is Klingon A Living Language? That's For (Human) Courts To Decide

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:24pm

A copyright battle over the fictional Star Trek language Klingon is getting interesting, with a legal brief submitted to the court in Klingon, translated by the language's creator.

Why You Might Be Hearing About A Thing Called Turinabol

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:16pm

Turinabol is an oral steroid commonly given to East Germany's young athletes competing in the 1970s and '80s. As ESPN's T.J. Quinn explains, drug is making a come back in Major League Baseball.

For Founders Of Tropicalia, Raucous Music Made A Political Statement

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:16pm

Two legends of Brazilian music, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, have teamed up for a new album. They've been close friends since the 1960s, when they helped launch the Tropicalia movement in Brazil.

Take A Second To Salute Anna Jarvis, The Mother Of Mother's Day

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:16pm

The first official Mother's Day services took place in May 1908 in West Virginia, to honor Anna Jarvis' mother. Olive Ricketts, director of the Anna Jarvis Museum, discusses the day's origins.

A Man Scribbles In A Notepad — Terrorist Plot, Or Simple Math Problem?

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:16pm

On an American Airlines flight this week, a passenger took went too far with "see something, say something." She flagged economist Guido Menzio as suspicious for working on a math equation.

In The Midst Of A Downturn, Some In Oil Industry Are Prepping For A Bounce

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:16pm

The plunging price of crude oil is good for motorists but bad for those in the industry. And nowhere is that pain more acute than in West Texas, where many are hunkered down with an eye on the future.

Revisiting A Mother's Day Story Of Separation

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:13pm

For Mother's Day in 2007, Michel Martin interviewed Cheryl Coleman, who was searching for her son. Since then, she's found him — but says she's spending this year's Mother's Day without him again.

Iran Through The Eyes Of A Teenage Amateur Astronomer

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:01pm

Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars is not only a hopeful film, but it is also a telescope that provides us with a view of a culture halfway across the globe from us.

Radio Drama's Leading Man, Still Adventuring

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 3:08pm

Radio drama is in the midst of a resurgence. And producer Tom Lopez, who's been working from his upstate New York farm since the 1970s, has found a new audience, thanks to the Internet.

Is American Oil 'Dead'? T. Boone Pickens Says Yes ... But Only For Now

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 3:06pm

Prospects in the industry are dim, and even the billionaire investor, who made his fortune in oil, has turned to alternative energies. Still, the self-described "realist" says they aren't the answer.

Mercury Will Cross In Front Of The Sun In A Rare Event. Here's How To Watch

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 2:57pm

Stargazers, ready your (solar-filtered) telescopes: Mercury will pass directly across the sun on Monday for more than seven hours. And you can watch when it does — if you do it just right.

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