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By the fall of 2016, the mainstream news world had made up its mind.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #1: Hillary Clinton now well in excess of what she needs to win.

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The pandemic has changed so much about our daily lives. In Germany, because of hygiene concerns, consumers are under pressure to abandon their habit of using cash for most transactions. As Esme Nicholson reports from Berlin, many are resisting.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country has developed a coronavirus vaccine that’s ready for public use — but many scientists are skeptical about its safety.

Protests in Belarus continue after preliminary results show longtime President Alexander Lukashenko beating his opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya by a landslide in what many are calling a rigged election.

Here & Now checks in with the latest developments in Minsk, Belarus.

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Health experts expect winter to trigger a more intense transmission of COVID-19 infection if the virus continues to spread.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Helen Branswell, senior writer at STAT, the health and medicine publication, about a potential uptick in coronavirus infections this winter.

Republican strategist Alice Stewart and Democratic strategist Angela Rye join Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley and Robin Young to discuss Joe Biden’s pick of California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate, and what’s ahead in the nominating conventions that kick off next week.

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota says Sen. Kamala Harris, who Joe Biden has chosen as his running mate, has shown true progressive chops and "grace under pressure."

Klobuchar urged Biden to pick a woman of color for the vice presidential nomination when she dropped out of contention for the role in June. Biden's announcement Tuesday makes Harris the first Black and Asian American candidate for vice president, and just the third woman on the bottom of the ticket for a major political party.

Three associates of fallen R&B star R. Kelly were arrested and charged Tuesday by New York federal authorities. The three are accused of attempting to harass, threaten, intimidate and bribe several of Kelly's alleged victims of sexual abuse.

The men are 31-year-old Richard Arline Jr. a self-described friend of the singer; Donnell Russell, 45, a self-described "manager, advisor and friend" of Kelly; and Michael Williams, 37, who prosecutors say is a relative of one of Kelly's former publicists.

California Sem. Kamala Harris is officially joining presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on the campaign trail as his running mate.

Harris is the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to become a vice presidential nominee of a major party.

Media Mogul Sumner Redstone Dies At 97

Aug 12, 2020

Sumner Redstone has died at the age of 97. Redstone was a titan of the entertainment world known for his shrewd deal-making and public feuds with his family.

NPR’s Elizabeth Blair reports.

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Dr. Uché Blackstock made a difficult decision to send her kids back to school for two days per week through a hybrid learning model: part online, part in the classroom.

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The number of U.S. airline travelers has continued to grow, reaching new highs this week.

Here & Now transportation analyst Seth Kaplan looks at the increasing travel demand and what it means for airlines.

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As the country confronts unaddressed systemic racism and bias, many are searching for ways to promote racial justice.

Well, one way is to literally invest in racial justice, putting your dollars — no matter the amount — into funds, banks, projects and businesses that promote and advance people of color.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are frequently seen as opposing forces in the struggle for civil rights and against white supremacy; King is often portrayed as a nonviolent insider, while Malcolm X is characterized as a by-any-means-necessary political renegade. But author and Black Power scholar Peniel Joseph says the truth is more nuanced.

"I've always been fascinated by Malcolm X and Dr. King ... and dissatisfied in how they're usually portrayed — both in books and in popular culture," Joseph says.

Since they were founded in the 1930s by the American Legion, the Boys State and Girls State programs have been giving high schoolers a practical education in how government works. Students in every state are chosen to take part in a week-long summer experiment in which they must form their own representative democracy. As we learn from the opening credits of the terrific new documentary Boys State, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh and Cory Booker are just a few of the program's famous alums.

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To the accompaniment of jangly guitars, a woman wearing glasses, short hair and a red overcoat shows off the landmarks of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. "Every building in Pyongyang is going through general cleaning to shake off winter dust," she says in English in a recent YouTube video.

Netflix is rolling out a new feature that will let some viewers change the playback speeds of movies and TV shows.

It might seem targeted toward people who want to binge as much TV as quickly as possible. But being able to play shows slower (at half speed or three-quarters speed) or faster (at 1.25 or 1.5 speed) is also a boon for blind and deaf viewers.

For people who are blind or have low vision, the reason why involves a feature called audio description.

It was in the early evening of Aug. 4 when two blasts convulsed Beirut. First, onlookers saw a major fire at the Mediterranean port. Then there was an explosion, and then another, shooting seismic waves through Lebanon's capital and a huge mushroom cloud into the sky.

More than 200 people died and thousands were injured. The scale of devastation — to buildings, infrastructure and people's livelihoods — is difficult to capture as residents take stock of the damage.

Media titan Sumner Redstone, who built the company Viacom into a global empire, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97. Through shrewd investing and strategic deal-making, Redstone became one of the world's most powerful and unpredictable corporate leaders.

America suffers continued, devastating fallout from chattel slavery.

Our nation did not act alone; Europe's colonial powers also reaped mighty profits from the African slave trade.

Rough Translation started as a germ of an idea while Gregory Warner was reporting in Nairobi, Kenya, as an international correspondent for NPR. He was hearing all of these stories that connected him back to the world he'd left at home, and surprised him how the same subject might be perceived in different places around the world. Three years and a few dozen episodes later, the world has changed dramatically. And the show's original purpose feels more urgent than ever.

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Amid the turmoil that followed the murder of George Floyd in South Minneapolis, a history of harassment and abuse in the Twin Cities music scene was exposed by its survivors on social media. In response, three female musicians of color here, announced plans to open a music venue that better represents and serves the community.

Enormous "terror crocodiles" once roamed the earth and preyed on dinosaurs, according to a new study revisiting fossils from the gigantic Late Cretaceous crocodylian, Deinosuchus.

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There haven't been any live public performances at America's biggest arts center since mid-March.

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