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First Listen: Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams, 'Vanished Gardens'
There's a pivotal, possibly apocryphal scene in Bob Dylan's Chronicles, Vol. 1, wherein the author walks into a bar. He's taking a breather from a wan rehearsal with The Grateful Dead, circa 1987, in Marin County, Calif. What draws him into the bar i
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Some DNA Dismissed As 'Junk' Is Crucial To Embryo Development
Formerly considered useless, or maybe a parasite, the stretch of DNA known as LINE-1 actually plays "a key role" in creating an embryo and embryonic stem cells, research shows.
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First Listen: Graham Nash, 'Over The Years...'
If his own memoir and various other accounts are credible, Graham Nash was right in the middle of the burgeoning cultural awakenings of the 1960s. First as a member of the U.K. pop band The Hollies, then in Los Angeles as a third of the groundbreakin
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A Worm That Can Really, Really Get Under Your Skin
And once it's there, it moves around. And around. There's a new report on the worm out this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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First Listen: Milk Carton Kids, 'All The Things That I Did...'
The darkness that seeps into the duo's new songs is leavened, as always, by the sun-dappled beauty of two voices, perfectly paired.
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House Immigration Bills Set For Thursday Votes Expected To Fail
Immigration votes in the House show deep divisions inside the House Republican conference and spotlight a controversial debate just months ahead of the midterm elections.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Gives Birth; First World Leader To Do So In Decades
Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a 7.3 pound baby girl in an Auckland hospital. Her pregnancy sparked a national conversation about working mothers.
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Derek Smalls On World Cafe
Spinal Tap's legendary bassist drops by with a few songs from his new reflective solo record, Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing).
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Firm Prepares To Mine Land Previously Protected As A National Monument
The land used to be within the boundary of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. President Trump slashed the protected acreage by nearly half last year.
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'Why Are They Shooting?' Anger Grows In Pittsburgh Over Police Killing Of Black Teen
Antwon Rose, 17, was riding in a car suspected of having been used in an earlier shooting. He ran after police stopped the vehicle and was shot three times by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
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Koko The Gorilla Dies; Redrew The Lines Of Animal-Human Communication
Koko fascinated and elated millions of people with her facility for language and her ability to interact with humans. She also gave people a glimpse of her emotions.
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Watch Sylvan Esso's Lively, Electric Concert Video For 'Signal'
Sylvan Esso's live performance is where it's at. Anyone who has seen the duo perform is immediately engrossed by their indomitable energy and raw, idiosyncratic style.
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'Tell The Machine' Is A Lucid Dream Of Sci-Fi Perfection
Katie Williams' debut novel follows a woman who works for a company that can tell you infallibly how to become happy — and a drifting group of characters who aren't really looking for happiness.
NPR2 min readPolitics
'White Civil Rights Rally' Approved For D.C. In August
White nationalists and their allies are set to gather on the anniversary of last year's "Unite the Right" rally. The National Park Service approved an application for a rally near the White House.
NPR1 min readSociety
Sara Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister's Wife, Is Charged With Fraud
Sara Netanyahu is accused of ordering some $100,000 worth of food and having the government pick up the tab, despite having a cook on staff at her home.
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Seeking To Cut Down On Corrections With A 'CQ'
Can NPR reduce the number of monthly mistakes it makes in half, by October? That's the newsroom's ambitious goal. On Monday, referencing an error rate that he called "unacceptable," NPR's standards and practices editor Mark Memmott laid out a new new
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Roséwave: This Summer, Think Pink
We fill you in on how to shade your summer pink with unapologetically good pop music that is ready for any mood.
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Summer Horror Poll: Meet Our Expert Panelists!
We asked you to tell us about your favorite horror novels and short stories, and you gave us more than 6,500 titles. Now, meet the expert judges who'll take those parts and create a beautiful monster.
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In 'A Story In The Times,' Robin Bacior Digs Her Own Roots
Bacior's radiant new song reflects on feelings of rootlessness, alienation and the ways people can form an identity without a single place to shape and define them.
NPR5 min readPolitics
Rohingya Crisis Is Making Some In Myanmar Rethink Their Views Of Aung San Suu Kyi
"All this likeness of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, it's all make-believe," says the director of a civic organization in Yangon. "And now we know the real Aung San Suu Kyi."
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For VA Whistleblowers, A Culture Of Fear And Retaliation
VA employees in one Southeast district say a toxic culture of retaliation has undermined veterans' care and worker morale. There is growing skepticism among whistleblowers the VA can police itself.
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Researchers Find Herpes Viruses In Brains Marked By Alzheimer's Disease
Two herpes viruses that cause skin rashes in toddlers may accelerate Alzheimer's disease when they infect brain cells. The finding suggests antiviral drugs might help protect the brain.
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If The First Season Of 'Detroiters' Flew Under Your Radar, Adjust Your Settings
The deeply goofy and weirdly sweet comedy series about two best friends (Veep's Sam Richardson and SNL's Tim Robinson) who love their city, and each other, is back for a second season.
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With Billions At Stake, Supreme Court Rules States May Tax Online Retailers
The Supreme Court on Thursday held that states may impose sales taxes on Internet retailers with no physical presence within the state.
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Let's Put 'Truth Sandwiches' On Our Menu
Debunking falsehoods has long been among our standard practices. As we've said: When There's No Evidence To Support A Claim, We Should Say That In the last few days it's been suggested on CNN's "Reliable Sources" and in Margaret Sullivan's Washington
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For Next U.S. Commander In Afghanistan, 'This Is About Protecting U.S. Citizens'
"I can't guarantee you a timeline or an end date" for the war, Lt. Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller, President Trump's pick to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told a Senate panel on Tuesday.
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Restorations' Shimmering 'The Red Door' Examines Gentrification's Emotional Damage
The lead single from the three-guitar rock band's first album in four years, LP5000, wonders what remains of a neighborhood when its residents are pushed out.
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Facebook Fundraiser For Separated Immigrant Families Raises $12 Million In 5 Days
Charlotte and Dave Willner say they were motivated to start the fundraiser because the photo reminded them of their own 2-year-old daughter.
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Jose Feliciano Hosts Naturalization Ceremony, Performs National Anthem
Funny what the passage of 50 years will do to a controversy. In 1968, 23-year-old Jose Feliciano was riding high on the pop charts when he was asked to sing the national anthem at the World Series in Detroit. In retrospect, it was nothing controversi
NPR2 min readPolitics
Melania Trump Pressured President Trump To Change Family Separation Policy
"She's been talking to him about it from the very beginning," a White House official told NPR.
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