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Washington Apple Growers Sink Their Teeth Into The New Cosmic Crisp

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:13pm

A new apple variety is on its way. It's called Cosmic Crisp, and farmers in Washington state are planting these trees by the millions. They're making a risky bet that consumers will like it.

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Join The Punk Parade For RVIVR's 'The Tide' Video

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:00pm

RVIVR is the pep-punk band of your life. But for its new video, a ragtag group dances around a dude who has no interest in cheering up.

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President Buhari's Absence Is Looming Large In Nigeria

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:59am

Nigerians are raising concerns about the health of Muhammadu Buhari, who hasn't been seen in public for more than a week and has missed his third straight cabinet meeting.

(Image credit: Sunday Aghaeze/AFP/Getty Images)

In This California City, Navigation Apps Are Causing Traffic Headaches

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:52am

Most of us have apps on our phone that calculate the fastest route. But what happens when everybody starts using the same shortcuts?

A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:47am

Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a "state-sponsored system of segregation," in which people of color were purposely excluded from suburbs.

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Paramore's 'Told You So' Video Gives Us Red Beret Envy

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:43am

"Told You So" is a polyrhythmic workout of a pop song with some of Taylor York's most athletic guitar work yet.

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DJ Sessions: Music For That Bank Robbery Scene

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:40am

KCRW DJ Liza Richardson shares music that's caught her ear, including one song that could be the backdrop to a bank heist.

Upstate New York Residents Scramble To Hold Back Lake Ontario

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:33am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a state of emergency this week in response to flooding along the lake's south shore.

New Mix: Feist, Beth Ditto, Frankie Cosmos, Rostam, More

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:30am

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Lars Gotrich to share the week's best new music, including another cut from Sufjan Stevens' Planetarium collaboration and Feist.

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Ahead Of French Election, Concerns About Europe's Future

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:25am

Economist columnist Tom Nuttall joins us to discuss what could happen if Marine Le Pen wins in France and also tries to pull the country out of the E.U.

Could There Be A Two-Hour Marathon?

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:20am

The time would be nearly three minutes faster than the current record for men. Journalist Ed Caesar tells us more about three runners making an attempt.

Northern Canada's Ice Roads Are Melting Too Soon, Stranding Some Towns

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:11am

The roads have been freezing later and melting earlier in the year, creating hazards for truck drivers and cutting off some towns from supply routes.

Republicans Discuss Tweaks To Health Care Bill

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:06am

GOP lawmakers are considering adding more money to the bill to help some people with pre-existing medical conditions afford higher insurance premiums.

Holly Macve On World Cafe

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:03am

Some coffee and an open mic were all this U.K. singer needed to land a record deal. Hear the conversation and performance.

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Facebook Plans To Add 3,000 Workers To Monitor, Remove Violent Content

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:03am

"If we're going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly," Mark Zuckerberg wrote Wednesday. The hiring spree comes amid a spate of violent videos uploaded to the site by users.

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For The Deal-Making Trump, Compromise Seems To Be A Dirty Word

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:01am

Ironically, President Trump seems irritated with the need to make deals. He's eager to make threats and change rules, but the American system was set up to curb a president's power.

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Urgent Care Services For Cancer Patients Offer A Gentler ER Alternative

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:42am

Some hospitals and oncology practices are setting up urgent care sites tailored to the needs of cancer patients, to help keep them out of the emergency room when complications or side effects arise.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine)

Jamila Woods' Hair-Raising Video For 'Holy' Is A Psalm Of Self-Love

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:41am

Some black girl magic and a little reassurance is just what the Chicago native ordered to get over an old flame.

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2 Dead, Dozens Reportedly Trapped In Iranian Coal Mine Blast

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:40am

Iranian state media say that as many as 80 people may be trapped in multiple areas of the mine in northern Iran.

A Chinese Border City Gives Tourists A Glimpse Of Life In North Korea

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:40am

From Dandong, across the Yalu River from North Korea, middle-class Chinese tourists can buy North Korean cigarettes and souvenirs, and gaze through binoculars at North Korean farmers plowing fields.

(Image credit: Rob Schmitz/NPR)

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