NPR7 min readPolitics
How Does 1 Man Have So Much Power Without Being President?
Mitch McConnell's status stems from his post as the Senate majority leader. But few who have held this office before have been able to wield it with this kind of result.
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PHOTOS: 'African Spirits,' From A Guy On A Bike To Cardi B
The images at an exhibit at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York are infused with the spirit of African identity.
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Darkness And Beauty Go Hand In Hand In 'Black Light'
In her debut collection, Kimberly King Parsons writes with the unpredictable power of a firecracker, bringing flashes of illumination to sharp, compassionate stories about longing and disappointment.
NPR3 min read
Their 'Tough' Mom Was Also The Navy's 1st Asian American Woman Officer
Susan Ahn Cuddy didn't fit the 1950s housewife mold. For one, she was an expert in air combat tactics. It wasn't until after her death in 2015 that her kids understood the full extent of her legacy.
NPR3 min read
Netflix Curbs Tobacco Use Onscreen, But Not Pot. What's Up With That?
TV networks have standards that minimize tobacco use on shows, and Netflix now does, too. But streaming companies lack public policies about smoking cannabis onscreen, and doctors say that hurts kids.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Opinion: Hong Kong Protesters Might Bother Tourists, Or Pierce Their Conscience
The Hong Kong protesters are appealing to U.S. authorities and to international travelers as they press their government to keep its distance from Beijing.
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Mother, Matriarch And Mentor
There really was no precedent for Maybelle Carter, who learned to play from her own mother and spent much of her life teaching her children — as well as generations of country stars that followed.
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Dialogue Drives The Story In 'The Silence Between Us'
Author Alison Gervais suffered permanent hearing loss as a child; her new book follows a deaf girl who's tossed into a hearing high school when her family moves just before her senior year.
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Devastating Banana Fungus Arrives In Colombia, Threatening The Fruit's Future
A fungus that has destroyed banana plantations in Asia is now in Latin America. The disease moves slowly, but there's no cure, and it could mean calamity for the continent's banana industry.
NPR2 min readPolitics
North Korea Calls Off Further Talks With South, Launches More Projectiles
Following a speech by South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowing to reunify the Koreas, Pyongyang said it would no longer pursue peace with Seoul.
NPR4 min read
Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures Series Is Joyous Dad-Joke Fantasy
Robert Asprin's rollicking Myth Adventures books get their laughs from whimsy, lightheartedness, buddy-movie banter, and, um, comic myth-understandings. They're a welcome antidote to grimmer series.
NPR7 min read
Burn, Don't Freeze: Sleater-Kinney On Making Art In The Midst Of Change
The Center Won't Hold casts an uneasy gaze on technology and politics; it's also the band's last album with its longtime drummer. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker.
NPR2 min read
Antoni Porowski: Queer Eye For The Quiz Guy
Antoni Porowski, a charming fifth of Netflix's Queer Eye, talks about his love for cooking and corgis, and is given a choice to play a game about guacamole or a game about books. Which does he choose?
NPR2 min readSociety
Coming Out As Transgender When There Was No Language To Describe It
In the late 1960s, Elizabeth Coffey-Williams' family kicked her out after she told them that she was transgender — before many knew what that meant. A little brother's embrace welcomed her back.
NPR4 min readSociety
New Drug Could Be Game Changer For Drug-Resistant TB. But A Question Looms
People with drug-resistant tuberculosis take many pills over a long period of time. Cure rate is low. The FDA has now approved a drug with great promise. But Doctors Without Borders has concerns.
NPR3 min readSociety
True Medical Mysteries Get The TV Treatment On Netflix's 'Diagnosis'
The Netflix series Diagnosis is like true crime with diseases instead of murderers, and it's even better when it pauses to consider the real challenges of health care shortfalls.
NPR2 min readSociety
Family Wants Independent Probe In Fatal Police Shooting Of Teen In Colorado
Colorado Springs police say De'Von Bailey reached for a firearm prior to running from officers. Bailey's family says newly released body camera footage disputes that version of events.
NPR1 min read
Kian Soltani: Tiny Desk Concert
Watch a young cellist on the rise, offering music of virtuosity, sweet lyricism and a little fire from his Persian roots.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Greenland Says It's 'Not For Sale' After Reports That Trump Wants To Buy It
The president was reportedly considering purchasing the island, which a Greenlandic politician says has strategic value. But "it sounds a little bit like a joke," Aaja Chemnitz Larsen told NPR.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Israel Allows Visit After Rep. Rashida Tlaib Agrees To Restrictions
Israel said it would allow entry to the Michigan congresswoman to visit her aging grandmother in the West Bank after announcing earlier that it would bar her from visiting.
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Exploring The Legacy Of Elvis Presley
Friday marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of music legend Elvis Presley. Last year, Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson spoke to Eugene Jarecki, whose documentary “The King” looks at how Presley continues to resonate today. Watch on YouTube. On Elvis as
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A Lost Album From John Coltrane Is Found, With Thanks To A French-Canadian Director
Coltrane recorded the album in New Jersey, at the admiring behest of a Québécois filmmaker named Gilles Groulx, who used it to score his docufictional film Le chat dans le sac.
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Researchers Memorialize First Major Icelandic Glacier Lost To Climate Change
Researchers are installing a memorial plaque to recognize the "dead" glacier as a message to future generations.
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'Drive Your Plow' Is Philosophical Lament, Disguised As A Whodunit
Olga Tokarczuk's novel, first published in Polish in 2009, follows an eccentric recluse in a village on the Czech-Polish border who's convinced she knows why dead bodies keep turning up around her.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Rural Hospitals Say ‘Medicare For All’ Would End Up 'Closing Our Doors'
Hospital administrators from Texas to Maine say adopting a single-payer government health care program that covers all Americans would force more rural hospitals to close.
NPR4 min readPsychology
Fresh Starts, Guilty Pleasures And Other Pro Tips For Sticking To Good Habits
For most of us, sticking to a good habit is a battle of will. But the researchers who study habit formation turn to science to help curtail their own tendency to slack off.
NPR2 min readSociety
Jeffrey Epstein's Death Ruled A Suicide By New York Medical Examiner
The findings come nearly a week after the wealthy financier was found unresponsive in his cell. Epstein had been facing federal sex trafficking charges.
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Brunch Query: What Does It Really Mean To 'Go Dutch'?
On this week's Word Watch, we take a look at how the term "going Dutch" went from insult to the norm.
NPR2 min readSociety
Maryland Court Rules Marijuana Odor Not Enough To Search A Person
The state's Court of Appeals said officers violated a man's Fourth Amendment rights by conducting a warrantless search of his person, after he was approached in a car that smelled of pot.
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