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The famed architect conceived a number of dwellings for the mass market to be made from concrete blocks. The idea never took off. But in New Hampshire, one such building is now hitting the market.

Book: 'Juliet Takes A Breath'

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President Trump has named Robert O'Brien to be his fourth national security adviser. O'Brien is taking over one of the most important foreign policy jobs in Washington. The president praised his new national security adviser for his work as a State Department hostage envoy.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: He's worked with me for quite awhile now on hostages. And we've had a tremendous track record with respect to hostages.

In August, KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk dispatched reporters to Central America, Mexico and parts of the U.S. for their series "Tracing The Migrant Journey."

They chronicled the journey of more than 400 people from Central Africa who sought asylum in Portland, Maine, this summer.

Why Saudi Arabia Is No 'Friend' Of The U.S.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Saudi Arabia as we learn more about the recent attack on an oil facility in the country.

Pentagon officials say that U.S. satellites picked up activity at a launch site in Iran before last weekend’s strike. But as President Trump continues his threatening toward Iran over the attack, some observers are arguing that the U.S. should not mistake Saudi Arabia as a friend.

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The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama-era rule related to fuel efficiency.

This week, the EPA said California may no longer make its own rules regarding emission standards, reversing a precedent California has enjoyed since the Clean Air Act of 1970.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with Julian Fellowes, who created the TV series “Downton Abbey” and wrote the screenplay for a new film based on the show.

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This is FRESH AIR. "Heaven, My Home" is the latest crime novel by Attica Locke, a prize-winning novelist also known for her television work, which includes writing for the hit series "Empire" and the recent Netflix mini series "When They See Us." This new book is the second in a series about an African American Texas ranger. And our critic-at-large John Powers says that Locke knows how to write a mystery novel that stings.

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. My guest, Andrea Mitchell, will receive an Emmy for lifetime achievement next Tuesday at the News and Documentary Emmy ceremony. She is NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent and anchor of MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports." Over the years, she's covered Congress, the White House, presidential campaigns, the State Department. She's reported from around the world, including war zones. She's asked tough questions to presidents and dictators. And various powerful people have tried to get her fired.

This year marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on America’s shores.

Here & Now’s Tonya Mosley speaks Nikole Hannah-Jones (@nhannahjones), an award-winning investigative journalist for The New York Times, who spearheaded the 1619 Project, a collection of essays published in New York Times Magazine.

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Heavy rains are triggering flash floods in eastern Texas from Tropical Depression Imelda — one of several large storms that forecasters have been watching. In the Atlantic, Bermuda is under a hurricane warning as the core of Hurricane Humberto passes north of the island as a Category 3 storm.

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The hottest day in Phoenix history is June 26, 1990, when temperatures reached 122 degrees — but thanks to climate change, the desert city’s sweltering heat could break this record.

While en route to fundraisers in California on Tuesday, President Trump told reporters that "we can’t let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what’s happening" — referring to the growing problem of homelessness.

President Trump has named attorney Robert C. O’Brien as national security adviser. O’Brien had served as presidential envoy for hostage affairs and has a long background in diplomacy.

The nomination comes after the departure of hawkish predecessor John Bolton, and as tensions with Iran in the Persian Gulf have escalated.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was questioned by the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday as part of an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Lewandowski said he was not asked to do anything illegal, but he did say the president once asked him to rein in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Paul Kingsnorth's Savage Gods is a series of questions in the shape of a book.

On the surface, the writing deals with the author trying to make sense of his need to belong to something meaningful, his desire to connect with an older reality tied to the earth. Right underneath that, however, are a series of other questions that wriggle around like termites inside the wood of Kingsnorth's heart: What does it mean to belong? Can we connect to culture in a world where there is none? Can words truly communicate life?

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This morning, we are remembering the life of our friend and colleague Cokie Roberts. Cokie joined NPR in its earliest years and was a fundamental part of making it the place it is today. She worked here and at ABC News for decades.

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Free software pioneer and renowned computer scientist Richard Stallman resigned from his post at MIT following recent comments about one of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking accusers. He also resigned as president of the Free Software Foundation.

Nailed It! is a competition show in which home bakers try to re-create elaborate cakes — and often fail spectacularly.

"Our show is truly like: As long as you don't kill people with your food, you might win!" says co-host Nicole Byer.

So when Byer learned the Netflix program was nominated for an Emmy, she was shocked.

"The call I got from Netflix, one of the execs on the show, she was like ... 'We were — nominated?' " Byer says. "Everybody was surprised."

With the ease of uploading music online, Internet sensations are made every day. But for one rising bedroom pop artist, it was truly accidental ... almost.

Until recently, mxmtoon — who otherwise prefers to go by her first name, Maia — kept her music a secret from the people in her immediate life. Now, with her debut album, the masquerade, mxmtoon is slowly peeling back the layers of her online persona.

Twitter and Facebook last month suspended hundreds of thousands of accounts and operations that they said were part of a Chinese state-linked disinformation campaign designed to discredit pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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