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European Parliament Leaders Question Trump's Likely EU Ambassador

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:58am

European parliament members want to block the man that President Trump is reportedly eying for ambassador to the European Union.

Trump Administration Considers Ways To Up Vetting Of Refugees

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:58am

Trump administration officials say they want "extreme vetting" for refugees. It's already a rigorous process. What else can be done?

Christian Governor Fights Blasphemy Charge In Muslim-Majority Indonesia

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:58am

Can a non-Muslim hold office in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation? The ethnic Chinese, Christian governor of Jakarta is on trial for insulting Islam, and the verdict may answer that question.

Trump White House Leaks: Done On Purpose Or Lack Of Loyalty?

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:58am

President Trump's administration has already been plagued by a flurry of leaks. Steve Inskeep talks to Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at the National Review, about what the pace of the leaks tells us.

Trump Travel Ban Forces Somalis To Remain At Kenya's Dadaab Camp

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:58am

Thousands of Somali refugees headed for the U.S. face an uncertain future after President Trump's travel ban began. For decades, many have lived in the world's largest refugee camp in northeast Kenya.

U.N. Ambassador Haley Condemns Russia's 'Aggressive Actions' In Ukraine

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:58am

Ambassador Nikki Haley said the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine must stop. She said it was unfortunate that in her first open remarks in the Security Council she had to criticize Moscow.

How's The New President Doing? Voters From A Pa. County Trump Won Respond

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:58am

Two weeks into Trump presidency, Steve Inskeep talks to voters in Johnstown, Pa., about what they're thinking. The industrial city in the western part of the state voted overwhelmingly for Trump.

U.S. City Sues OxyContin Maker For Contributing To Opioid Crisis

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:58am

City lawyers in Everett, Wash., are suing the manufacturer of OxyContin, saying the company knew it was being illegally trafficked. Rachel Martin talks to Los Angeles Times reporter Harriet Ryan.

John Legend On Talking Politics In Public, Even When It's Hard

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:52am

"If America doesn't want to consume the art of people who are liberal-minded, there's not gonna be a lot of art for them to consume," the singer tells NPR's David Greene.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

'From Being Alone To A Whole Family,' An Iraqi Interpreter's Dream Fulfilled

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:51am

You may remember a 2014 StoryCorps about an Iraqi interpreter living in Minnesota with the help of a U.S. soldier. Three years later, the interpreter's family has finally joined him in the U.S.

(Image credit: StoryCorps)

With Conflict And Drama, Trump Hooks You Like A Reality TV Show

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:50am

President Trump says and does things in a similar way to what you see on reality TV, says Tom Forman. He would know, because he makes reality TV shows.

(Image credit: Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Uber CEO Leaves Business Council After Criticism From Trump Opponents

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 6:02pm

Travis Kalanick said in an email to employees, "Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the President or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that."

(Image credit: MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tourist And Octopus Tangle Over Camera And Selfie Stick

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 5:29am

In Andries Bik's online video, you see him explaining that he'd found something in the water. He dips his selfie stick and camera down to get a close up of an octopus — which wouldn't let go of it.

More Than 9 Hours Later, Hunter Hobbs Accomplishes Spreadsheet Goal

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 5:00am

His dream was to scroll to the bottom of an Microsoft Excel spreadsheet in one sitting without using any shortcuts. He recorded himself sitting at his computer with a finger on the down arrow key.

Senate Democrats In Political Quagmire Over Supreme Court Nomination

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:56am

Democratic senators could filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. But it is unclear if this is a wise move, or if this would cost them politically in the future.

(Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Why Eating The Same Food Increases People's Trust And Cooperation

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:55am

All over the world, people say they make friends by "breaking bread together." Social science research explores why sitting down to eat together makes people feel closer.

Facebook Mistakes Investigative Reporter For Child Pornographer

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:55am

Facebook uses software to spot pornography and wipe it away in milliseconds. But automated systems can make mistakes.

Sen. Blumenthal Probes Whether Gorsuch Nomination Should Be Blocked

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:55am

David Greene talks to Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut who has said if Neil Gorsuch is out of the mainstream, he will pursue every legal tool to block his nomination.

Fugitive Bobcat Discovered On National Zoo Property

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:55am

Hours after National Zoo officials suspended their search for Ollie the Bobcat, she was spotted and captured safely near the zoo's birdhouse.

Gen. Mattis Makes His First Foreign Trip As Defense Secretary

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:55am

Rachel Martin talks to Joel Wit of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies about the issues for Mattis' trip, which begins in South Korea on Thursday, and then moves to Japan.

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