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Raise Your (He)art Rate With A Workout At The Met

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

Seeing a great work of art might quicken your pulse, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hoping you'll break a sweat, too. A dance company is offering literally breathtaking tours of the museum.

(Image credit: Paula Lobo/The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

At 79, David Hockney Isn't Keen On Parties, But Still Paints Every Day

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

A major retrospective at Tate Britain showcases more than 60 years of Hockney's work. NPR's Susan Stamberg visited the contemporary artist in his studio, high, high up in the Hollywood Hills.

(Image credit: Arne Dedert/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite Decades-Old Law, Funeral Prices Are Still Unclear

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:36am

Federal regulators have found about 1 in 4 funeral homes don't disclose their general price lists as required by the 1984 rule.

(Image credit: Ariel Zambelich/NPR)

Trump's Role As President May Be Boosting His Brand's Reputation

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:35am

President Trump has one type of approval rating — the one that voters gave him. But as a businessman, he also has a brand reputation. It has been rising as his presidency brings more attention to it.

(Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Stylish FX Series 'Legion' Suffers From A Split Personality

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:35am

Noah Hawley, writer-director of the FX series Fargo, has created a promising and visually striking series set in the X-Men universe that seems oddly reluctant to embrace its pulpy, superheroic roots.

(Image credit: Chris Large/FX)

Trump Tower In Toronto Is Up For Sale And Facing Legal Woes

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:33am

The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto has gone bust. Investors have lost millions and Trump has been sued, along with the project's two Russian-Canadian developers.

(Image credit: George Pimentel/WireImage)

Sen. Wyden Says He'll Vote Against Trump's Education Pick

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:34am

The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be education secretary. Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon who says her policies won't work.

Britain's House Of Commons Breaks With Tradition, Bans Wigs

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:02am

Clerks no longer have to wear the wigs they've worn for more than 300 years. The speaker says the move makes parliament seem "marginally less stuffy."

Super Bowl Halftime Flushes Worried Suburban Detroit Officials

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 5:39am

Officials were concerned that during halftime too many toilet flushes would stress a sewer line that already had broken and created a sinkhole. The sewer line held.

In 'Universal Harvester,' Mountain Goats Lyricist Reaps A Creepy Crop

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:05am

John Darnielle used some tricks of the horror trade to write his latest novel, which is set in 1990s Iowa and involves some cornfields. What's scary about cornfields? Mostly, the unknown.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Travel Agents Say Clients Have Many Questions About Trump's Travel Ban

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

The Trump administration's travel ban and the confusion around it is creating headaches for some in the U.S. travel industry. Travel agents are trying to calm nervous travelers worried, not just about the ban, but about their reception abroad.

Democrats Conduct All-Night Session To Try To Stop DeVos Confirmation

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Democrats spent the night on the Senate floor to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary. Two Republicans say they won't support her nomination.

Israel's Parliament Passes Controversial Settlement Law Retroactively

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

The Israeli parliament has approved thousands of homes for Jewish settlers that had been built without permission in the West Bank. Palestinians condemned the law.

Republican Sen. Lankford Confirms Support For Betsy DeVos As Education Secretary

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma about Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee to lead the education department. While he supports her nomination, two GOP senators say they won't vote to confirm her.

Haitians Denied Entry Into The U.S. May Have To Start New Lives In Mexico

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

With the U.S. denying humanitarian entry to Haitians and stepping up deportations, nearly 5,000 are trapped on the U.S. border in Tijuana, Some are resigned to starting new lives in Mexico.

Albright And Other Former Diplomats Urge Court To Reject Travel Ban

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who is one of 10 former diplomatic and national security officials to call on an appeals court to rule against key parts of the ban.

Amnesty International: Syria Used Saydnaya Prison To Murder Civilians

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

A new report by Amnesty International alleges the Syrian government conducted systematic attacks against its civilian population — including torture and extermination carried out at a military prison. Steve Inskeep talks to the report's author Nicolette Waldman.

Wayuu Calamity Shines A Light On Colombia's Forgotten Rural Poor

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

The economic meltdown in Venezuela is contributing to Indian children across the border in Colombia dying. Health experts say the Wayuu tribe has been particularly hard-hit.

Trump's Criticism Of Judges Is Shameful, Former Reagan Official Says

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Donald Trump personally lambasted the judge that overruled his ban on some Muslim immigrants. Steve Inskeep talks to Charles Fried, who was the solicitor general for Ronald Reagan, who says this president has gone too far.

With Travel Ban Blocked, Syrian Refugees Arrive In New York To Start A New Life

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Members of a Syrian refugee family who arrived at New York's JFK Airport on Monday were excited to be headed for a new home in Syracuse, and to give their children a good future in the U.S.

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