NPR7 min read
A Fire Lookout On What's Lost In A Transition To Technology
The number of manned fire lookouts in the U.S. is dwindling, as technology is increasingly used to spot and monitor wildfires. But can technology replace a human watch?
NPR6 min readSociety
'We Don't Want To Die': Women In Turkey Decry Rise In Violence And Killings
"Domestic violence never happens because there's a problem with the woman. The men are killing. They are the problem," says a rights activist in Istanbul.
NPR1 min read
Sunday Puzzle: It's Game Day
Listener Holly Ashworth of Oak Park, Ill., plays this week's puzzle with New York Times puzzlemaster Will Shortz.
NPR4 min read
A Portrait Of Molly Ivins, Maverick Texas Journalist, In 'Raise Hell'
A new documentary about the political columnist and author takes a personal look at a woman who used her scalding wit and investigative skills to skewer politicians for nearly four decades.
NPR3 min read
'Homesick' Is A Boundary-Expanding Story Of Devotion And Growing Up
Accomplished translator Jennifer Croft's first non-translated work is a hybrid, mixing photography and impressionistic autobiographical writing to tell the story of Croft's artistic coming of age.
NPR2 min readPolitics
UAW Votes For Nationwide Strike To Begin Before Midnight Sunday
The move comes after failing to agree to a new contract with General Motors over wages, health care and profit-sharing. Nearly 50,000 workers will be affected when production halts.
NPR3 min read
The Next Stage: How Young Venezuelan Artists Continue Their Studies In The U.S.
More than 200,000 Venezuelans have fled to South Florida in recent years. Now, with the help of Miami arts programs, young dancers and musicians are getting scholarships to keep doing what they love.
NPR15 min read
'Drag 'Em': How Movement Shaped The Music Of Mary Lou Williams
Before settling in Harlem, Mary Lou Williams traveled the country playing with big bands. The road shaped her sound, and her theory of black music as "the greatest and only true art in the world."
NPR3 min read
'Don't You Forget About' This Charming, Deliciously Dramatic Romance
Mhairi McFarlane's latest follows the unfortunate, aimless Georgina as she deals with her father's death, a bad boyfriend and a worse job — until her first love unexpectedly walks back into her life.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Mugabe's State Funeral Proceeds, But His Burial Plan Has Been Mired In Controversy
Zimbabwe's longtime president Robert Mugabe was honored with a state funeral on Saturday — put on by the president and military leaders who had forced him out of office just two years ago.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Osama Bin Laden's Son Killed In U.S. Counterterrorism Operation, Trump Says
Hamza bin Laden was killed in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region, according to a statment by the president on Saturday. He said his death "undermines important operational activities" of al-Qaida.
NPR3 min read
British Authorities Scramble To Find Stolen Solid Gold Toilet
Titled America, it is a work of art by Italian Maurizio Cattelan that had been installed at England's Blenheim Palace. A 66-year-old man has been taken into custody.
NPR4 min read
What Happened To The American Dream? 'Transaction Man' Aims To Explain
Nicholas Lemann's book seeks to put into context the turn that, little more than a decade ago, led to a caving economy — and takes a look at where things have gone since.
NPR4 min readPolitics
Houthi Drone Strikes Disrupt Almost Half Of Saudi Oil Exports
The attacks on oil facilities by the Iran-backed Yemeni rebels sent large plumes of smoke into the air, the trails visible from space, and impacted an estimated production of 5 million barrels a day.
NPR3 min read
MoviePass Has Officially Shut Down, And We Don't Know If There Will Be A Sequel
The service announced Friday that it would be suspending service for an undefined amount of time.
NPR1 min readPolitics
Judge Blocks Removal Of Confederate Statue That Sparked Charlottesville Protest
An effort to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee sparked the white nationalist rally in 2017 that resulted in the deaths of counter-demonstrator Heather Heyer and two state police officers.
NPR7 min readPolitics
Democrats Get Closer To Serious Field Of Trump Challengers
Something happened this week that was hard to pin down, but palpable. Not the contrast of night and day, but perhaps the difference between dusk and dawn.
NPR4 min read
You'll Want To Open Every One Of 'The Ten Thousand Doors Of January'
Alix E. Harrow's debut novel, about a young woman growing up in a mysterious mansion at the turn of the last century, will lead you on a journey through books within books and worlds within worlds.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Opinion: President Trump Claims He Was At Ground Zero On Sept. 11. But Was He?
He continues to say he rushed to the wreckage of the twin towers after the Sept. 11 attacks to help. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the heroic work of the rescue crews.
NPR2 min read
Ken Burns Gets To The Heart Of 'Country Music'
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with filmmaker Ken Burns about his latest PBS documentary, Country Music.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Democratic Debate Exposes Deep Divides Among Candidates Over Health Care
A large chunk of Thursday's Democratic primary debate featured policy brawls about health care policy — including costs, coverage and worries about whether the party is growing too extreme.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Microsoft President: Democracy Is At Stake. Regulate Big Tech
Brad Smith says governments need to step in and set rules for the Internet giants. "Almost no technology has gone so entirely unregulated, for so long, as digital technology," he says.
NPR2 min readPolitics
What Is The Filibuster — And Why Do Some Democrats Want To End It?
The majority does not rule in the Senate, and that has some Democrats — including presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren — pushing to change how things work. Others warn that could backfire.
NPR3 min readPolitics
China's Data Centers Alone Will Soon Use More Electricity Than All Of Australia
China's data centers draw particular scrutiny because they are still mostly powered by coal.
NPR5 min readSociety
Actress Felicity Huffman Sentenced To 14 Days In College Admissions Scandal
The TV and film star is the first parent to be sentenced in connection with the years-long, multimillion-dollar scheme. The case has resurfaced questions about college access, race and privilege.
NPR3 min read
The Lumineers Trace The Cycle Of Addiction: 'It's A Progressive Disease'
Wes Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers break down the three generations of addiction depicted in the band's latest album, III.
NPR5 min readPolitics
Greta Thunberg To U.S.: 'You Have A Moral Responsibility' On Climate Change
The young Swedish activist led a protest at the White House on Friday. But she wasn't looking to go inside: "I don't want to meet with people who don't accept the science," she says.
NPR3 min readPolitics
'The Accusation' Tracks The False Narrative Of Blood Libel
Edward Berenson looks at what led up to the false narrative that Jewish people murder Christian children and use their blood, its perpetuation, and the single 1928 U.S. allegation of blood libel.
NPR2 min read
She Was His Crew Boss — And His Mom — On The Fire Line
Ian Bennett followed in his mother's footsteps when he joined the Forest Service. The pair later fought an active fire together in Oregon's Elkhorn Mountains.
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