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'Vietnam' Takes On All Sides With A Critical Gaze
While historian Max Hastings may break no new ground in his tome, it's how he crafts his story with color, detail and pathos that makes it great — and likely to become the standard on the war.
NPR3 min readScience
Not Just For Cows Anymore: New Cottonseed Is Safe For People To Eat
Cottonseed is full of protein but toxic to humans and most animals. The USDA has approved a genetically engineered cotton with edible seeds. They could eventually feed chickens, fish — or even people.
NPR3 min read
Without Roseanne, 'The Conners' Go On
The first episode of the post-Roseanne era of the Roseanne revival struggled to make its jokes land, but it proved that there's plenty of story there to make a good show.
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Watchdog Group Finds Spooky Spotify Ad Is Too Scary For Kids, Causes 'Distress'
In 60 seconds, the commercial showcases a medley of horror film tropes, including a maniacal doll that presumably kills a group of young people whenever they play a catchy pop song.
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Chief Justice Roberts Tells Audience Supreme Court Will Work For 'One Nation'
Roberts says history shows the court has made great decisions when it doesn't yield to political pressures or passions.
NPR3 min readPolitics
'Irresponsible' To Conflate Chinese, Russian Influence Schemes, Democrats Charge
The minority leaders of a number of key House committees argue that the White House shouldn't lump together dissimilar foreign threats to U.S. elections, citing a Homeland Security briefing.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Khashoggi Disappearance Tests Ties Between Jared Kushner And Saudi Crown Prince
Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, fostered a close relationship with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a part of a bid to help broker a Middle East peace deal.
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It's Legal. In Canada, Recreational Marijuana Gets Green Light
Pot sales begin today in Canada, which is only the second country after Uruguay to legalize the drug for recreational use.
NPR2 min read
Kamasi Washington Connects 'Hub-Tones' To Pan-African Ideology
Kamasi Washington's mesmerizing take on the tune by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard gets an equally transcendental visual treatment.
NPR3 min readScience
After Michael, A Call For Stricter Building Codes In Florida's Panhandle
Florida has some of the nation's toughest building codes. But the rules are looser in the pandhandle, allowing construction that couldn't stand up to Hurricane Michael's 155-mile-per-hour winds.
NPR4 min readPolitics
Poll: Rural Americans Rattled By Opioid Epidemic; Many Want Government Help
A poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds opioid abuse a top issue for rural Americans.
NPR4 min readSociety
Distrust Of Health Care System May Keep Black Men Away From Prostate Cancer Research
Black men are hit hardest by prostate cancer, but they are underrepresented in research. Researchers held focus groups in three states to understand why.
NPR9 min readSociety
In Iowa, A Commitment To Make Prison Work Better For Women
Prison rules created to control men often don't work well for women, who come with different histories and experiences. "Gender-responsive corrections" aims to treat women based on these differences.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Midterm Election Could Reshape Health Policy
Obamacare — as the Affordable Care Act is commonly known — won't be on the ballot next month. But the fate of the eight-year old health care law could be decided by which party wins control of Congress in November. "Medicare for All" — the progressi
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Meet Two New Voices Of The Guitar, From Players Known For Gonzo Punk
Wendy Eisenberg and Arian Shafiee both make rewardingly weird punk. But now, each is releasing an album for the solo guitar label VDSQ.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Brexit Talks Stall At 'Moment Of Truth' Summit
"We need much time, much more time and we continue to work in the next weeks," EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said. This was supposed to be the day leaders would unveil a draft trade deal.
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It Wasn't Cool To Care In The 'Mid90s' — But Jonah Hill Does
In Hill's directorial debut, a 13-year-old boy from a troubled home finds his tribe through skateboarding. "It really was an ethic and aesthetic for me that I carry with me to this day," Hill says.
NPR3 min readScience
Geologists Question 'Evidence Of Ancient Life' in 3.7 Billion-Year-Old Rocks
A new analysis of what were initially thought to be microbial fossils in Greenland suggests they might instead just be mineral structures created when ancient tectonic forces squeezed stone.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Beto O'Rourke Goes On The Attack Against Ted Cruz
Lagging in the polls, the Democratic Senate candidate has entered a new phase in his attempt to pull off a big upset in the Texas race for U.S. Senate. Attack ads followed a fiery debate on Tuesday.
NPR2 min readSociety
New York City Creates Gender-Neutral Designation For Birth Certificates
People who were born in the city and don't identify as male or female can change the gender on their birth certificate to a third category of X, without acquiring approval from a physician.
NPR4 min read
In Syria, A School Helps Children Traumatized By War
"What we found is children had been so traumatized, they couldn't even recognize numbers or letters," says a U.S. official. "We had to work through that before we could start educating them again."
NPR3 min readPolitics
White House Lawyer Quits After Helping Trump Put His Mark On The Federal Bench
As White House counsel, Don McGahn led the president's successful push to reshape the federal courts, culminating with the explosive fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Pompeo Meets With Turkey's Leader To Discuss Khashoggi Disappearance
The U.S. secretary of state is in Ankara, where the Turkish government alleges journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi agents, a charge Riyadh denies.
NPR3 min readPolitics
How Trump's Tax Returns Could Become Public If Democrats Win The House
Every president since Jimmy Carter has voluntarily released their tax returns to the public. President Trump has not.
NPR2 min read
Longtime Shoeshiner Who Donated $202K To Children's Hospital Of Pittsburgh Dies At 76
Albert Lexie and his purple shoeshine push cart were beloved fixtures for more than 30 years within the hospital's corridors, but his generosity became renowned across the nation. He died on Tuesday.
NPR4 min read
'Heavy' Brilliantly Renders The Struggle To Become Fully Realized
The book is at once a paean to the Deep South, a condemnation of our fat-averse culture, and a beautiful memoir of being black, bookish, and part of a family that's as challenging as it is grounding.
NPR5 min read
Biography Examines Prolific Career Of Choreographer Behind 'West Side Story'
A new book argues Jerome Robbins' work in ballet, which has been at times overlooked, was equally as strong as his work on Broadway.
NPR1 min readSociety
New York City Had Its First Weekend Without A Shooting In 25 Years
"A city of 8.6 million people — not a single shooting for three days," Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. The NYPD says it has been focusing on preventing retaliatory violence.
NPR2 min readSociety
Pakistan Executes 'Serial Killer' Who Raped And Murdered 7-Year-Old Zainab Ansari
Zainab's death triggered rioting in Pakistan and was reported throughout the world. Her murderer, Mohammad Imran, was reportedly hanged in the presence of Zainab's father.
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