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With $100 Million Grant, Sesame Workshop Reaches Out To Refugee Kids

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:49pm

In January, Sesame Workshop will start creating programs for Syrian kids who've had to flee their homeland. The goal is to help them deal with the "toxic stress" of refugee life.

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Not Getting A Tattoo And Other Listener Regrets Of 2017

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:49pm

NPR's All Things Considered wanted to hear your regrets from 2017, so we asked you to tell us. Everything from not getting a tattoo to not finishing hiking the entire Appalachian Trail made the list.

President Trump Criticizes USPS-Amazon Relationship On Twitter

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:49pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Devin Leonard about President Trump's tweet saying the U.S. Postal Service should charge more to deliver Amazon packages. Leonard wrote a book about the U.S. Post Office called Neither Snow nor Rain.

Remembering Sylvia Moy And Her Contributions To R&B

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:49pm

Sylvia Moy is one of the notable people who died in 2017. Moy contributed greatly to American R&B music. She was the producer who helped Stevie Wonder continue his career at Motown after his voice changed.

Deadline Approaches For $10 Million Reward On Leads To Gardner Museum Paintings

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:49pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Stephen Kurkjian, former investigative reporter for The Boston Globe, and author of the book Master Thieves, about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist in 1990. The museum still hopes to get the artwork back and set a deadline on New Year's Eve for a $10 million reward on leads for the 13 missing paintings, that include works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Degas.

Should You Warm Up Your Car Before Driving To Work?

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:49pm

Temperatures are dropping across the country this week and many people are wondering if they should warm up their cars before driving to work. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Ray Magliozzi, of Car Talk fame, about what he does and what's best for cars.

The Potential Impact Of Increasing The Minimum Wage

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:49pm

People who work for the minimum wage in 18 states are getting a raise on Jan. 1. From Alaska to Maine, increases range from 4 cents to a dollar.

A Look At The First Year Of Trump's Presidency

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:49pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro takes a look back at the political news of 2017, and the first year of Trump's presidency, with Matt Yglesias, columnist, editor and co-founder of Vox, and Rachael Larimore, online managing editor of The Weekly Standard.

The 50-Year Newspaper

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 2:30pm

Daily news coverage gives us a lopsided view of the world. What would the top stories be if we only got a news update once every 50 years?

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Sue Grafton, Bestselling Author Of Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, Dies At 77

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 2:29pm

Grafton wrote 25 page-turners following the spunky female detective. "The alphabet now ends at Y," her daughter wrote on Facebook.

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No 'Easy Answer' To Growing Number Of Stray Dogs In The U.S., Advocate Says

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 1:52pm

Author Peter Zheutlin says the number of stray dogs in the U.S. has "cascaded out of control." He makes the case for why people should adopt abandoned dogs.

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