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Fight Begins To Wrest Control Of Western Mosul From ISIS

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:11am

In Iraq, security forces have begun an operation to retake the western half of the city of Mosul from ISIS. Americans and other international troops are also there advising and assisting them, including with airstrikes.

Scientists Use Flying Laboratory To Track Greenhouse Gases

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:11am

A team of scientists is flying the globe to track greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We join a crew over the Arctic as they measure things they say computer models could never pick up.

China Debates Response To The Killing Of North Korean Kim Jong Nam

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:11am

China is debating how to react to the death of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korea's leader. Some think that the dead man could potentially have headed a more China-friendly North Korean regime.

Mexico Braces For Flood Of Returnees As Trump Cracks Down On Immigration

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:11am

The Mexican government does little to welcome home deportees from the U.S., but will now pay U.S. lawyers millions to help its citizens fight deportation. Mass repatriation would cost much more.

Environmentalists Are At Odds With Kenya's Government Over Rail Line

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:11am

Kenya wants to run a rail line across Nairobi National Park. Environmentalists say this is an existential crisis for one of East Africa's oldest national parks.

Trump, Pence To Spend Presidents Day Working

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:11am

The president is in Florida at Mar-a-Largo and the vice president is in Europe meeting with European and NATO officials. Rachel Martin talks to Robert Costa, correspondent for The Washington Post.

Famine Declared In Parts Of War-Torn South Sudan

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:11am

Rachel Martin talks to Jeffrey Gettleman — East Africa correspondent for "The New York Times" — about South Sudan's spreading civil war and refugee crisis.

The Mile High Promise, And Risk, Of School Choice

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:05am

Denver's innovative approach to school choice gets high marks from many parents and pundits. The program also raises questions about the limitations of choice in narrowing access and equity gaps.

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Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:03am

Scientific evidence showing health benefits from engaging in the arts is still weak. But Los Angeles students in their 80s say their poetry class gives them joy, solace, community and a voice.

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Got Back Pain? Try Yoga Or Massage Before Reaching For The Pills

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:02am

New guidelines encourage doctors to tell patients to try non-drug therapies for acute lower back pain first.

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Alison Krauss And Buddy Cannon On The Working Relationship Behind 'Windy City'

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:01am

Krauss' new album is her first solo effort in 18 years, but she and Cannon — who produced Windy City — go back much further than that.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Lead Ammunition Poisons Wildlife But Too Expensive To Change, Hunters Say

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:43am

Just before leaving office, the Obama administration banned the use of lead ammunition on federal land. Some hunters want President Trump to reverse the ban.

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Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility?

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 1:41pm

Mark Zuckerberg has announced a plan to make Facebook the only primary platform people use to connect to others virtually. But he fails to discuss the responsibilities that come with that power.

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Have Spare Time? Try To Discover A Planet

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:00am

Astronomers think there's an undiscovered planet lurking in the far reaches of the solar system, and they're asking the public's help to find it.

(Image credit: Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

How The EPA Became A Victim Of Its Own Success

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 6:50am

The Trump administration faces protests and likely lawsuits for its plan to aggressively rein in the EPA. But environmental protection was not always so politically divisive.

Democrats Want Further Investigations Into Russia, Trump's Businesses

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 6:44am

Steve Inskeep talks with Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a Democratic member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Democrats are upset with the committee's Republican-set agenda.

The Thimble Will No Longer Pass Go In Monopoly

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 5:14am

Monopoly, the board game, is getting a revamp. Makers of the game are holding a contest and letting voters choose the next generation of game pieces. And voters have rejected the thimble.

Couple Moves On From Silence About Time In Japanese Internment Camps

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 4:08am

This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt's executive order that led to the internment of Japanese-Americans. We hear from two people who were interned when they were children.

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Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford On Scott Pruitt And EPA

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford about Friday's vote to confirm Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. The vote is before a deadline for Pruitt to release emails with fossil fuel interests.

Trump Boasts Of 'Incredible Progress' In 4 Weeks Of Presidency

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

It's now four weeks since President Trump was sworn in. Despite setbacks, like the sacking of his national security adviser, Trump is talking about "incredible progress" he's made since taking office.

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