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Migrant Remittances Expected To Plummet

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The United States is by far the largest source of money sent by migrants to family and friends around the globe, according to the World Bank. India and China are the largest recipients, followed by Mexico, a country that depends heavily on these remittances.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with journalist and author Scott Carney (@sgcarney) about his new book, “The Wedge: Evolution, Consciousness, Stress, and the Key to Human Resilience.

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Host Robin Young remembers AIDS activist and writer Larry Kramerwho died of pneumonia on Wednesday at the age of 84.

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More than 40 million people have filed unemployment claims since the coronavirus became a pandemic in mid-March. The Labor Department reported Thursday that another 2.1 million claims were filed last week, bringing the total to roughly the equivalent of one in four U.S. workers.

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The Basketball Hall of Fame's upcoming enshrinement weekend may be scratched from this year's calendar because of the coronavirus, President and CEO John Doleva confirmed Thursday.

The United States put up another major roadblock this month against Huawei, as China's big telecommunications company moves to set up the latest 5G mobile networks worldwide.

On May 19, the Commerce Department issued new export rules to choke off Huawei's access to semiconductor chips it needs to build cellphones and 5G infrastructure.


The Ishiyama Transparency in Government Fellowship is designed for an outstanding recent law school graduate with an interest in First Amendment and media law. Under the guidance of NPR staff lawyers, the Fellow will work with journalists at NPR to obtain access to public records that shed light on government operations.

If a visitor to Cyprus tests positive for the coronavirus this summer, the government will cover many of their expenses — including food, drink and lodging — according to a new plan that maps out how the island nation can revive its crucial tourism industry.

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More than 1 in 4 U.S. workers have lost their jobs since the coronavirus crisis shut down much of the economy in March.

Just last week, another 2.1 million people filed for unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's down 323,000 from the previous week but brings the total for the past 10 weeks to 40.8 million, which represents 26% of the civilian labor force in April.

Tens of millions of people are out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Amazon says it's willing to keep 125,000 people it hired to deal with the online shopping spike as permanent workers.

The company hired 175,000 temporary workers as people stuck at home because of the pandemic switched to shopping online. Now Amazon says it's offering most of those workers permanent full-time jobs.

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Prom portraits are often windows into the past, capturing a moment in time with a special person, or friends you've lost touch with. It's a celebration of hard work; a well-earned break from studying and stress.

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Watching a film by the Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki means immersing yourself in these colorful, animated worlds with magical characters and always a beautiful soundtrack.

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The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee is like a junior Olympics for wordsmiths. The contest was canceled this year because of the coronavirus. We spoke with two students who had planned to compete.

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In Minneapolis overnight, protests turned violent as fury mounted over the death of George Floyd in police custody.

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Thousands in Minneapolis made their anger and their fury clear last night over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody.

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Check the hashtag #quaranzine on social media and you'll see thousands of mini books — called zines — that people are making to document their lives in the pandemic.

Read the comic to find out how you can make one yourself — including how to fold your zine and what to write about. All you'll need is a sheet of paper, a pen, 30 minutes and a little creativity.

Historian Erika Lee reflects on experiences shared by Asian-American listeners who have faced racism and discrimination during COVID-19.

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On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we'll reflect on experiences from Asian American listeners who have faced racism and discrimination during the pandemic. We'll also answer your questions about religious practices, health insurance and the future of work.

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NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Imam Mohammad Altahir of the Islamic Center in Wyoming and Lane Moore of the Northwest Louisiana Baptist Association about pandemic's effects on religious practices.

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Imam Mohammad Altahir of the Islamic Center in Wyoming and Lane Moore of the Northwest Louisiana Baptist Association about pandemic's effects on religious practices.

The city attorney of Los Angeles announced Wednesday that his office is suing Wellness Matrix Group for allegedly engaging in a "fraudulent scheme" related to the COVID-19 pandemic that was both "sophisticated" and "wide ranging."

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Two NASA astronauts got suited up today at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and folks there saw something they hadn't seen in almost nine years - astronauts heading to the launch pad ready to blast off.

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Long after the last loaf of sourdough bread is baked and the last quarantini is downed, there will be an archive of memories of life under quarantine in the form of online zines documenting the experiences of everyday people.

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