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'Westworld' Returns With More Plot, Less Philosophy

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 4:00am

HBO's sci-fi-infused drama takes place in the world's trippiest theme park. Season one was a complex meditation on consciousness and memory — and season two is a lot more straightforward.

(Image credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)

Alexa, Tell Me A National Security Secret: Amazon's Reach Goes Beyond The Post Office

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 4:00am

It's little known that the CIA uses Amazon Web Services to store its data, and, now, it's the favorite for a big-money Pentagon contract to do the same. Amazon's tentacles go to other agencies, too.

(Image credit: Reed Saxon/AP)

Logan Richardson: Tiny Desk Concert

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 4:00am

Hear a triumphant fusion of jazz, rock and blues that moves with momentum and fresh anticipation. Logan Richardson plays with a lyrical intensity that is both focused and free.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'Last Man Standing'

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 4:00am

The country music legend is still writing and recording original material at age 84. His latest stresses good cheer in the face of hard times.

(Image credit: James Minchin/Courtesy of the artist)

Building Museum Exhibit Chronicles Scourge Of Evictions, Homelessness

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:59am

An exhibit at the National Building Museum has been adapted from Matthew Desmond's 2017 Pulitzer-Prize-winning book Eviction: Poverty and Profit in the American City into an "immersive" experience.

Police In Tenn. Search For Gunman Who Killed 4 At Waffle House

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:59am

Four people were shot to death Sunday at a Waffle House in Nashville. The toll could have been far higher if a bystander hadn't wrestled the weapon away from the gunman.

Senate Panel Expected To Vote Against Pompeo To Lead State Department

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:59am

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee votes Monday on President Trump's pick for secretary of state. But, it's looking like Mike Pompeo will not get the panel's backing.

Goldberg's 'Suicide Of The West' Tackles Ills Of Identity Politics

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg about his new book, Suicide of the West. Goldberg argues that the "miracle" of liberal democratic capitalism is at risk.

Supreme Court Preview: Immigrants' Rights And Notice To Appear

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:59am

The Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case that could affect thousands of undocumented immigrants. At issue is eligibility for a program that lets some long-term residents avoid deportation.

Macron To Press Trump On Trade And Iran Nuclear Deal

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:59am

David Greene talks about the significance of French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to the U.S. with former French Ambassador to the U.S. Francois Bujon de L'Estang.

In 'At My Table,' Nigella Lawson Celebrates Home Cooking

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to author Nigella Lawson about her latest cookbook: At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking. She says that home cooking is a creative arena.

Nicaragua Withdraws Social Security Changes That Sparked Unrest

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:59am

The president of Nicaragua has recalled a welfare overhaul package that started days of protests. The Nicaraguan Human Rights Office says at least 25 people have been killed in the protests.

Rep. Tim Walz Calls On VA To Study Medical Marijuana Use For Veterans

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 4:10pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks to Democratic Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota about his proposed bill that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to study the use of cannabis as a painkiller.

Controversial Statue Of 19th Century Gynecologist Removed From Central Park

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 4:10pm

On Tuesday, a statue of J. Marion Sims, known as the "father of modern gynecology," was removed from New York's Central Park. NPR's Michel Martin talks with historian Vanessa Gamble about Sims' experiments on enslaved black women.

For Decades, HUD Actively Engaged In Discrimination, Author Says

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 4:10pm

Sheryll Cashin, author of the Place, Not Race: A New Vision for Opportunity in America, explains why equal access to housing is so essential for economic progress.

Fair Housing Act Never Fully Enforced, Walter Mondale Says

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 4:10pm

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 sought to end racial discrimination in housing, but American cities remain deeply segregated. NPR's Michel Martin looks back with former Vice President Walter Mondale, who co-wrote the bill.

How Does Kim Jong Un Define 'Denuclearization'?

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 4:10pm

Korea expert Jean Lee of the Wilson Center tells Michel Martin Kim Jong Un's understanding of "denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula may be very different from what President Trump expects.

Taliban Bombing Targets Afghan Polling Station

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 4:10pm

A suicide bombing killed more than 50 people at a voter registration center today in Kabul today. Journalist Ahmed Rashid and Michel Martin discuss Afghanistan's fragile security situation.

How Rhiannon Giddens Reconstructs Black Pain With The Banjo

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 4:10pm

The renowned folk songwriter stops by NPR's Washington D.C. headquarters to play two songs from her latest album and discuss the historical African-American roots of her music and of her instrument.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

Violent Unrest Continues In Nicaragua Over Social Security Reforms

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 2:14pm

A local human rights group says more than 20 people have been killed, and that the government is to blame.

(Image credit: Alfredo Zuniga/AP)

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