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Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Laura Knoy, host of The Exchange on New Hampshire Public Radio, and Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1), a Fox News 2020 campaign reporter in New Hampshire.

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Employers added 225,000 jobs last month, according to the U.S. Labor Department, continuing a record-setting run of job growth that has lasted 112 months. The unemployment rate ticked up to 3.6% but remains relatively low, and stock prices remain near record highs.

By other measures, however, the economy is floundering. Wage growth is tepid, blue-collar jobs that once supported the middle class continue to disappear, and many Americans report struggles affording housing, education and health care.

As vaping news makes headlines — with a spate of illnesses and a ban on some flavored products — black smokers in Cleveland still struggle to quit cigarettes.

Ideastream’s Anne Glausser (@anne_glausser) reports on a texting program that might help some of those smokers.

Angela Merkel's handpicked successor says that she will not seek Germany's chancellorship, casting into uncertainty the future of the Christian Democratic Union, Germany's most dominant political party.

"With the aim of making the CDU stronger, I have today, after extended reflection, informed the party board and leadership team: I will not seek to become a candidate for the office of German Chancellor," party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, 57, announced Monday, according to Deutsche-Welle.

The girls clutch their skateboards, biting their lips and fiddling with the wheels. They're learning how to make tight little turns around traffic cones, and the tension is palpable. It could be summer camp in anywhere U.S.A., but these girls are wearing headscarves under large helmets, they're dressed in long, modest clothes and the skateboarding arena is tucked behind high walls in the Afghan capital Kabul – for the girls' own safety.

After wrapping up his book about the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelic drugs, author Michael Pollan turned his attention to a drug that's hidden "in plain sight" in many people's lives: caffeine.

"Here's a drug we use every day. ... We never think about it as a drug or an addiction, but that's exactly what it is," Pollan says. "I thought, 'Why not explore that relationship?'"

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Ninety-seven people died from the coronavirus in China yesterday - just yesterday. This is a single-day record since this virus was discovered in December.

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All right. After listening to those voices, I want to bring in one of our colleagues who is covering this outbreak. It's NPR science reporter Becky Hersher, who is reporting from Hong Kong. Hi, Becky.

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At Sunday's Oscars, on a night when almost everything went as planned and as usual, the one true surprise came in the biggest moment of all.

Clearing skies were welcome news for residents in Oregon and Washington this weekend following days of heavy flooding that has forced evacuations and untold millions in damage.

This week's flooding followed a particularly wet month of January, even for the Pacific Northwest. In some parts of the region, rain fell on 28 out of the 31 days in January. Snowmelt compounded flooding, pushing several rivers in the region to crest their banks.

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Finally today, got snacks? The Academy Awards are today, the capstone event to the awards season in Hollywood that began with the Golden Globes.

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SCARLETT JOHANSSON: And the Golden Globe goes to Awkwafina.

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Tomorrow, Americans will have a new TV channel they can turn to for news.

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My ALL THINGS CONSIDERED co-host Ari Shapiro is also in New Hampshire, where he's been talking to voters. And he is about to introduce us to one of them.

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ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, Michel.

MARTIN: So where are we going today?

Kubilay Kahveci's flight was supposed to be in the air for more than six hours — an overnight voyage from New York City to London. But British Airways Flight 112 made the trek in under five hours, setting a new record for the fastest subsonic commercial flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Two U.S. service members were killed and six more wounded during an attack on a joint operation between American and Afghan forces on Saturday in eastern Afghanistan.

Early indications suggest that the two service members were killed in what's known as a green-on-blue attack, in which Afghan forces or infiltrators turn their weapons on U.S. and coalition troops.

As Oscars night approaches on Sunday, movie fans are being reminded of a persistent diversity problem in the film industry's most anticipated awards event: Few nominees aren't white.

Only one person of color was nominated in the acting categories: Cynthia Erivo for her role as Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet.

Some media, however, also alluded to another actor as an exception to the #OscarsSoWhite dilemma: Outlets called Antonio Banderas, nominated for best actor for his role in Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory, an actor of color.

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