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Sep 17, 2019

NPR asked four contemporary artists to highlight the techniques and qualities of four of the eight women honored for inventing American popular music in the 2019 season of Turning The Tables.

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A protest is mounting over one of the recipients of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Goals Award, to be presented next week in New York City, as part of events surrounding the U.N. General Assembly. The award is given to individuals who have contributed to efforts to improve the lives of the poor.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Saudi Arabia tonight to discuss the weekend strike on that country's oil processing fields.


The “people’s poet” isn’t one for sitting on the sidelines and staying silent.

British singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg has been at music and politics for more than 35 years. While some might view the two subjects as separate, he’s dedicated much of his music to social change and grassroot causes.

Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who reported for NPR News since 1978 and was one of the network’s most recognized voices, has died. She was 75.

This story is part of “Covering Climate Now,” a week-long global initiative of over 250 news outlets.

Rev. Michael Malcom is not a bystander.

When ‘The Magic School Bus’ premiered on PBS ( in September 1994, Mrs. Frizzle — the fire-haired teacher with a penchant for matching her wardrobe to her lesson plans — was a game-changer. With her frequent field trips to destinations like the digestive system and other planets, Mrs. Frizzle inspired generations of kids to love science.

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The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, Permanent Record, violates nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government. Justice Department lawyers say the U.S. is entitled to all of Snowden's book profits.

The civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Virginia names the former National Security Agency contractor and his New York-based publisher, Macmillan.

Cookie Lockhart followed her father and brother into auctioneering more than fifty years ago. At the time, there were few women auctioneers.

She became a legend and paved the way for other women and still works the auctions.

Stina Sieg (@StinaSieg) of Colorado Public Radio reports.

Why Do Dragonflies Swarm?

Sep 17, 2019

Aquatic insect expert Christine Goforth (@DragonflyWoman2) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about swarms of dragonflies in several states that have been so big, they have been spotted on weather radar.

Goforth manages “The DragonflySwarm Project,” a citizen science project at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

The nationwide General Motors autoworker strike continues as the automaker and representatives from the United Auto Workers union resume negotiations.

Here & Now’s Tonya Mosley speaks with Tracy Samilton (@PubRadioTracy) of Michigan Radio about GM’s tiered wage system — one of the biggest issues for strikers.

The state Supreme Court in Arizona ruled Monday that the creator of custom wedding invitations does not have to work with same-sex couples. The ruling could have national implications.

Here & Now's Tonya Mosley speaks with KJZZ senior field correspondent Bret Jaspers (@bretjaspers) about this story and other political headlines across the state.

Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who reported for NPR News since 1978 and was one of the network’s most recognized voices, has died. She was 75.

Roberts died Tuesday from complications related to breast cancer.

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The House Judiciary Committee is moving forward with an investigation to determine whether to recommend impeaching President Trump.

While many Democratic lawmakers have come out in favor of impeachment, more moderate lawmakers from conservative-leaning regions are reluctant to support impeachment.


This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Some of today's most divisive issues related to racial equality, voting rights and voter suppression, women's rights, who gets to be a citizen, mass incarceration and what is the meaning of equal justice are issues you can't fully understand without understanding the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. These are the amendments that were added to the Constitution after the Civil War in the era known as Reconstruction.

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This is FRESH AIR. We've got some very sad news today. Cokie Roberts, one of the founding mothers of NPR, has died from complications of breast cancer. She was 75.

Oil prices spiked this week after a drone attack that is being blamed on Iran took out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil supply.

This story is part of “Covering Climate Now,” a week-long global initiative of over 250 news outlets.

Across the world, journalists are stationed from Antarctica to the Amazon covering how climate change is impacting people’s lives.

The future of a distinguished academic program with deep ties to the tech world is in doubt after the departure of its director earlier this month.

Joi Ito stepped down as the head of the MIT Media Lab after The New Yorker revealed he had taken donations from disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, and directed staff at MIT to conceal the identity of their donor.

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U.S. surveillance satellites detected Iran readying drones and missiles at launch sites in Iran before Saudi oil facilities were attacked on Saturday, according to two Defense Department officials.

The imagery has not been publicly released. The officials tell NPR that U.S. intelligence views the activity as "circumstantial evidence" that Iran launched the strike from its own soil.

Sarah Thomas, an American ultramarathon swimmer, has just completed a swim that no other human on the planet has ever accomplished.

The 37-year-old from Colorado plunged into waters off the shore of Dover, England, in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Her goal: swim across the English Channel.

Then do it again.

And again.

And again.

Thomas completed the final leg of her swim at around 6:30 a.m. local time Tuesday in just over 54 hours— the first person to cross the channel four times without stopping.

"My hometown, where I once lived, is a mountain village with blossoming flowers."

The lyrics to this folk song, which is sung in both Koreas, evoke nostalgia for a time and a place to which one can never return.

On a recent day, it is playing at a makeshift shrine in downtown Seoul. There's an altar with flowers, alongside photos of 42-year-old North Korean defector Han Seong-ok and her 6-year-old son, Kim Dong-jin.

Welcoming The 2019-20 NPR Kroc Fellows

Sep 17, 2019

NPR is proud to welcome the newest recipients of the Kroc Fellowship this week. The fellows, Hannah Hagemann, Austin Horn and Isabella Gomez Sarmiento, will spend the next year receiving hands-on training in audio and digital journalism, including writing, reporting, producing and editing.

Jacqueline Woodson begins her powerful new novel audaciously, with the word "But." Well, there are no buts about this writer's talent.

Red at the Bone follows Woodson's National Book Award-winning memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, and her critically acclaimed novel Another Brooklyn, which in turn followed more than two dozen popular young adult novels, several of which received Newbery awards. With this new novel for adults, Woodson continues her sensitive exploration of what it means to be a black girl in America.

Before poet Anne Boyer got breast cancer at age 41, she believed, like most people unacquainted with the disease, that it "was no longer deadly and that its treatment had been made easy...your life gets a little interrupted but then you get through."

What she learned while undergoing treatment and its aftermath was an entirely different story, an experience marked by physical and psychic agony lyrically detailed in her new book, The Undying, a rousing hybrid of memoir and manifesto.

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An explosion at a campaign rally for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani killed at least 26 people and wounded more than 30 others on Tuesday. Ghani reportedly was not harmed in the bombing, for which the Taliban later claimed responsibility.

The Taliban also said it was behind a second attack in which a suicide bomber detonated a device in Kabul, in an area near the U.S. Embassy and other official buildings. At least 22 people died and dozens were injured in the blast around 1 p.m. local time, the Afghan Interior Ministry says.

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