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Not Since WW II Has There Been A Deadlier Year For Migrants

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 4:01am

David Greene talks to William Lacy Swing, director general of the International Organization for Migration, about why this year was the deadliest for migrants and refugees since World War II.

How Conservatives Elected A Non-Traditionalist For President

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 4:01am

Does Donald Trump's win signify a natural continuation of the GOP on the course set by Ronald Reagan? Rachel Martin talks to CNN political analyst Matt Lewis, who's a contributor to The Daily Caller.

Poet Emily Dickinson Was A Much Loved Baker

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 4:01am

Though a notorious recluse, Emily Dickinson shared her masterful creations with friends and neighbors. Early drafts of her poems are often found on the backs of cake recipes and flour labels.

U.K.'s Brexit Strategy Will Be Laid Out This Year

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 4:01am

As the deadline approaches for the United Kingdom to formally start the process of leaving the European Union, Britons are facing another year of confusion, apprehension and argument.

The Controversy Over The Iconic 'Star Wars' Opening Title Crawl

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 4:01am

The captivating design has reappeared in each installment, until the release of: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The man who designed that original title sequence thinks the filmmakers made a mistake.

If Chosen To Be DNC Chief, Jaime Harrison Pledges To Rebuild The Party

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 4:01am

David Greene talks to Jaime Harrison, chairman of South Carolina's Democratic Party, about his bid to lead the Democratic National Committee. Harrison was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton.

Is The Universe Infinite?

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 4:01am

Morning Edition is asking questions about the universe, part of an effort to put things in perspective. We hear from scientists who ponder what shape the universe has and whether it is truly infinite.

Debating The European Model As Far-Right Parties Gain Strength

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 4:01am

As we examine what the coming year may hold for various parts of the world, David Greene talks to David Rennie of The Economist magazine about the year ahead for Europe.

After Half a Century, Inmates Resurrect the Norfolk Prison Debating Society

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:45am

Between the 1930s and 1960s, a group of inmates formed the Norfolk Prison Debating Society and held a formidable record against opponents such as Oxford and Harvard. After 50 years, the team is back.

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The Future Of Medicaid May Be Found In Indiana, Where The Poor Pay

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:44am

Seema Verma, the architect of Indiana's Medicaid overhaul, is slated to run the federal agency overseeing the health care program for the poor. She instated mandatory payments from recipients.

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New Jersey Banking On Shift From Bail Money To Risk Assessment

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:43am

Next month, courts in New Jersey will all but stop using a money-based bail system. Advocates say the new approach is fairer to poor defendants, and could be a national model. But what about the cost?

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For Trump Presidency, Old Ethics Laws Meet New Money-Making Methods

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:42am

Federal ethics laws were written to cover 20th century wealth, such as stocks and bonds. But President-elect Donald Trump derives much of his fortune from his name. What now?

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Smartphones Have 5 Times More Germs Than A Toilet Seat, NIT Says

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 6:05am

The Japanese mobile company installed special rolls of paper in bathrooms at Tokyo's Narita Airport. Looks like toilet paper, except for the writing on it, which says "wipe your smartphone with this."

Kilt-Wearing Santa Is Very Talented

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 5:11am

Santa was easy to recognize, at least from the waist up. He was wearing his normal red outfit. But Santa was wearing a kilt and riding a unicycle in Portland, Ore. He was playing bagpipes too.

Looking Ahead To 2017 And The Role Russia Will Play

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 4:00am

As 2016 ends, "Morning Edition" is looking ahead to what the coming year might hold for parts of the world that have been much on America's mind. What better place to start than with Russia?

Lawyer Shortage In Some Rural Areas Reaches Epic Proportions

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 4:00am

In Nebraska alone, there are 11 counties without a lawyer — leaving those seeking legal help in the lurch. Efforts are underway to recruit law students to come back home.

Anti-Defamation League Chief Finds Trump Campaign Rhetoric Problematic

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 4:00am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, about the group's efforts to track anti-Semitism and hate crimes following the presidential election.

NPR Story Helps Listener Realize She Was Having A Stroke

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 4:00am

As 2016 draws to a close, we are re-visiting some of the people we met this year — including one man who survived a stroke at a young age, and a listener who heard his story on the radio.

Trump Made Many Promises For His First 100 Days, Will He Keep them?

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 4:00am

David Greene talks to Robert Costa of The Washington Post about what to expect in President-elect Donald Trump's first 100 days, and the controversy surrounding his conflicts of interest.

Pope Francis' Causes Take On Greater Urgency

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 4:00am

Pope Francis turned 80 years old earlier this month. This past year, the pope has focused on refugees, Christian unity and controversial reform within the church itself.

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