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Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill, But Most Won't Get It

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 7:08am

GOP efforts to repeal the ACA are still in flux, and there's more talk now of trying to work out bipartisan fixes for Obamacare. But most suggested remedies won't fix the problems in remote regions.

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Heavy Rotation: The Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 7:08am

Need some new summer jams? Our panel of public-radio music buffs recommends tracks by Nooky Jones, Juana Molina, Downtown Boys and more.

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Millions At Risk Of Starvation And Most Americans Don't Know

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 7:08am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee about near-famine conditions in Africa and the Middle East, and what Americans know about the crises.

What Really Happened At That Robotics Competition You've Heard So Much About

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 6:31am

The controversy surrounding a highly-anticipated robotics competition for teens from around the globe overshadowed an otherwise upbeat event focused on kids, robots and changing the world.

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Sing Different: Steve Jobs' Life Becomes An Opera

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 6:15am

The Apple co-founder's complicated story is the subject of The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs, by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell. It premieres Saturday in Santa Fe.

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Former Child Bride Is Pedaling Her Way To A Brighter Future

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 6:00am

After Jenipher Sanni was married at 14, she dropped out of school for a year. Today, she's a a global girl advocate for the U.N. Foundation.

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Life Lessons (With Zombies) In 'Minecraft: The Island'

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 6:00am

Max Brooks' latest novel is set in the world of the popular video game Minecraft — and once you get past that, it has a lot of valuable ideas for young readers, cleverly disguised with plenty of fun.

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A Bother, A Brotherhood: Living Among The Mines In Coal Country

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 6:00am

When Mary Jo and Mike Picklo bought their house in 2003, they expected to retire in it — until a coal mine opened across the street. They don't want it there, but they are nearly alone in their view.

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DeVos Protests In Denver; House To Make Cuts To Education

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 4:34am

More girls are taking the AP computer science exam, House Republicans rejected school choice expansions in Trump's initial budget request, and the education secretary spoke in Denver amid protests.

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I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 4:02am

After a security robot drowned in a fountain in Washington, D.C., NPR's Scott Simon muses on robot suicide, and how long it will be until a robot has the capacity to question its own existence.

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As Log Trucks And Fishing Boats Leave, Gold Beach Tries To Remake Its Identity

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 4:00am

Logging and fishing once dominated the economy in rural Gold Beach, Oregon. NPR's Jeff Brady returned to his hometown, finding a new focus on tourism and other pursuits.

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Senate Panel In Talks With Trump Jr., Manafort Over Closed-Door Testimony

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:05pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee says it is holding off on subpoenas while it discusses documents and testimony it is seeking from the two in connection with a probe into Russian election meddling.

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"In Some Respects, We're A Nation in Crisis Right Now," Former CIA Director Says

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 8:54pm

Two government veterans Friday unloaded on President Trump, his approach to Russia and his disparagement of the U.S. intelligence community. They spoke to the Aspen Security Forum.

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U.S. Intercepts Reportedly Contradict Attorney General On Russia Contacts

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 7:49pm

The Washington Post reports that spy agencies intercepted conversations with Russia's U.S. ambassador suggesting he and Jeff Sessions discussed campaign matters during mid-2016 meetings.

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Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns In Wake Of Officer Shooting Australian Woman

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 7:06pm

The outgoing chief said the force needs new leadership. The mayor said she had lost confidence in the chief. Protesters disrupted the mayor's news conference to demand that she herself resign.

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'Spicey Out!' 9 Highlights From Sean Spicer's Combative Tenure

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 6:43pm

The White House press secretary's six-month tenure involved some odd moments, some lighter ones and a memorable recurring character on Saturday Night Live.

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Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns After Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 6:29pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Andy Mannix, a reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, about the fatal police shooting in Minneapolis last week that resulted in the death of Justine Ruszczyk.

Al-Qaida Suspect Appears In Federal Court In Pennsylvania

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 5:10pm

Ali Charaf Damache is the first terrorism-related suspect to be sent to the U.S. since President Trump took office.

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Judge Promises Reduced Jail Time If Tennessee Inmates Get Vasectomies

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:56pm

According to an order issued in May, people serving time in White County Jail can shave 30 days off their sentences if they obtain long-term contraception. Critics say the order is unconstitutional.

Episode 785: The Starbury

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:43pm

Most athlete endorsements make a product more expensive. But what happens when an NBA All-Star uses his name to make a sneaker much, much cheaper? On today's show: How that worked out.

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