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Why Are 'Biggest Loser' Contestants Regaining Lost Weight?

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Dr. Donna Ryan, an obesity specialist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana, about how many winners of The Biggest Loser reality show contest regained their weight, and why this has happened to them and others who have lost huge amounts of weight.

Teachers Shut Down Nearly All Detroit Public Schools In Sick-Out Protest

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

Nearly all of Detroit's 97 public schools were closed Monday because too many teachers called in sick. Teachers there have known for months that Detroit Public Schools will run out of money after June, unless lawmakers approve hundreds of millions of additional dollars. But anger boiled over when they found out they might be working for free right now.

As Europe Closes Door To Refugees, 2 Fathers In Greece Face Tough Choices

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

With European doors closed to most new refugees, thousands are stranded on what they hoped would be the road to a new life. NPR looks at the excruciating choices facing two fathers stuck in Greece.

Religious Freedom Faces 'Serious And Sustained Assault' Around The World

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

At a time when "religious liberty" has become associated in the U.S. with the right to oppose LGBT protections and same-sex marriage, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom reports on the "serious and sustained assault" on religious people and practices abroad. The organization cites attacks on Muslims in the Central African Republic and Burma to the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and the repression of all religious activity in North Korea.

Ringling Brothers Officially Retires Circus Elephants

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

On Sunday night, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus featured elephants for the last time. The circus elephants are retiring to Florida.

Indiana Primary Becomes Last Hope For Stop Trump Movement

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

This week's primary in Indiana has become a do-or-die test for the #StopTrump movement and the campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz. Donald Trump hopes a big victory for him will settle the Republican race.

In Riverhead, N.Y., Guatemalans Trace Their Roots Back To One Man

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

There are hundreds of Guatemalans in Riverhead, N.Y., and most of them come from the same small town back home. What they may not know is that they can trace their history in Riverhead back to one Guatemalan who moved to Riverhead in the 1970s.

Puerto Rico Defaults On $422 Million Debt Payment

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

Puerto Rico's governor has issued a debt moratorium on a $422 million payment that the U.S. territory was supposed to pay off on Monday.

In Iraq, Sectarian Militias Threaten To Distract From Fight Against ISIS

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with intelligence expert Derek Harvey about what recent instability in Baghdad means for the United States.

'Biggest Loser' Lessons: Why The Body Makes It Hard To Keep Pounds Off

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

New research into the lives of past Biggest Loser contestants found many regain much of the weight they lost in the show --sometimes 100 pounds or more — because their biology works against them.

World Cafe Next: Black Pistol Fire

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:24pm

Hear a stomping blues-rock duo that sounds like a two-person Led Zeppelin reincarnation.

Halliburton, Baker Hughes Kill $28 Billion Merger Amid Regulator Opposition

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:17pm

The two oilfield-services companies faced pressure from U.S. and European regulators concerned that a merger would stifle competition. The Justice Department filed suit in April to stop the deal.

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:15pm

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of X join Fresh Air to discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. "[It] didn't matter how old you were."

Misty Copeland Inspires A Barbie 'Sheroes' Doll

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 1:19pm

Misty Copeland says she played with Barbie dolls until she was 13 — the same year she started ballet.

eighth blackbird: Tiny Desk Concert

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 1:00pm

Watch the Grammy-winning Chicago sextet perform classical compositions by David Lang, Bryce Dessner and Robert Honstein.

Keeping The Navajo Language Relevant

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:45pm

There’s a new effort to not only preserve the endangered language, but to revive it.

'Touch Tours' Help Blind Experience Philadelphia's Historic Food Scene

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:43pm

A hands-on tour of Philadelphia's historic Italian Market includes time to appreciate the scents and sounds — and opportunities to sample the district's delicious chocolate, cheeses and fresh pastas.

The Little Team Of Underdogs That's Energizing English Football

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:40pm

England's modest Leicester City Foxes are one game away from being crowned champions of the English Premier League.

Puerto Rico To Default On Debt Payment Monday

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:33pm

The country is in the midst of a financial crisis and Congress is weighing whether to intervene.

A Candid Conversation with Public Radio's Diane Rehm

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:20pm

The former radio show host discusses her husband illness and their often fraught marriage.

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