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Passwords that took seconds to guess, or were never changed from their factory settings. Cyber vulnerabilities that were known, but never fixed. Those are two common problems plaguing some of the Department of Defense's newest weapons systems, according to the Government Accountability Office.

The flaws are highlighted in a new GAO report, which found the Pentagon is "just beginning to grapple" with the scale of vulnerabilities in its weapons systems.

Who can you trust? How can you tell whether someone who borrows money from you will pay it back? In the U.S., we have a credit score to help make these calls. But in China, no such system exists.

So the government came up with its own equivalent: it will score peoples' trustworthiness using not just court and bank records, but also data from the online shopping companies. Today on the Indicator: China's social credit system and what it might mean for citizens.

The National Security Agency's Rob Storch is a talkative guy at a place that specializes in eavesdropping.

The Mystery Trees Of The American West

Oct 9, 2018

Walking through forests across the American West, you might see ancient Pine and Cedar trees that have had their bark peeled off in a special way.

Every day, more than 100 refugees and migrants arrive in rickety boats on the Greek island of Lesbos. The first faces they see are those of humanitarian aid workers. That means the workers witness trauma up close, nearly every day, for months, which can take a toll. The George Washington University Global Mental Health Program has drawn up a version of the Hippocratic Oath for aid workers to address the problem. Dr. Philip J.

Google Latest To Admit Privacy Breach

Oct 9, 2018

Google is shutting down Google Plus after the Wall Street Journal reported a flaw that exposed user data. Google discovered the issue several months ago, but didn’t report it at the time.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd is joined by WBUR’s Callum Borchers (@callumborchers).

People living along the Florida Panhandle are prepping for Hurricane Michael, with some counties issuing evacuation orders and opening shelters. The storm is expected to make landfall Wednesday as a major hurricane.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with  Jeff Huffman (@huffmanheadsup), director and chief meteorologist of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network.

Faces of NPR: J.C. Howard

Oct 9, 2018

Faces Of NPR is a weekly feature that showcases the people behind NPR, from the voices you hear every day on the radio to the ones who work outside of the recording studio. You'll find out about what they do and what they're inspired by on the daily. This week's post features How I Built This' News Assistant, J.C. Howard.

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October 9, 2018: Hour 1

Oct 9, 2018

Nikki Haley is resigning from her post as United Nations Ambassador. Speaking to reporters Tuesday morning, President Trump praised Haley and said she would step down at the end of the year. Also, the White House has said little about a major report released Monday concluding that greenhouse gas emissions are raising global temperatures more quickly than once thought and that without aggressive action to curb them, severe consequences will be felt by 2040. And who is the anonymous British street artist Banksy?

Facebook is launching a video chat device called Portal, but not everyone is confident the company can handle the intimate new service, given recent revelations about a security breach involving 50 million Facebook accounts.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with  Kurt Wagner (@KurtWagner8), senior editor at Recode.

With 20 people dead in upstate New York following a horrific crash over the weekend, there are still many unanswered questions about the safety and regulation of stretch limousines.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Raul Arbelaez, vice president and engineer with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Everyone is familiar with the official film genres, like the Western or the romantic comedy. But most of us divide movies into less intellectual categories.

There are movies that everybody has to see, like A Star is Born. There are movies you couldn't pay me to see; in my case, that's anything with the word "Saw" in its title. And then there are movies we know we ought to see but dread having to go.

The Trump administration is facing six lawsuits over a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Numerous states and cities have argued the question could undermine the accuracy of the census. The White House has attempted to prevent document requests and depositions in the case. Now, the Justice Department is bringing its appeal to the Supreme Court, where the newly-appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh may weigh in on the issue.

In his latest book, Michael Beschloss details the windup to eight wars — and the executive branch involvement in each.

With the exception of the Korean War, all of these wars received either a formal congressional declaration of war (the War of 1812; the Mexican-American War in 1846; the Spanish-American War in 1898; WWI in 1917; and WWII in 1941-42) or some form of congressional authorization (Civil War in 1861 and the Vietnam War in 1964).

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'Words We Don't Say' Still Hit Hard

Oct 9, 2018

Just about any publishing professional will tell you that "voice" is one of the most important — and usually one of the most difficult — elements to capture in writing. When the voice of a book's main character comes through vividly enough, the reader doesn't just feel sympathy for the character, they become that character. Reading a book with great voice is like slipping on a second skin, seeing through someone else's eyes and walking a mile in their shoes, no matter how uncomfortable.

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The stretch limousine involved in a deadly crash in upstate New York on Saturday had recently failed a state safety inspection and its driver did not have the proper license to drive the vehicle, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

The crash killed all 18 occupants of the modified limo and two pedestrians. Federal officials said it is the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. since a 2009 plane crash.

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A new climate report commissioned by the United Nations paints a pretty dire picture for the year 2040 - high food shortages, wildfires, droughts, rising sea levels, poverty and massive destruction to coral reefs.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic's yearlong centennial celebration kicked off at the end of September, with a day-long street festival that spanned eight miles across the city.

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