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U.S. Jobless Rate Drops To 3.8 Percent

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 8:19am

Employers added 223,000 jobs in May as hiring showed a healthy pickup from the prior month. President Trump created controversy by tweeting beforehand that he looked forward to the report coming out.

Champion Crowned At Scripps National Spelling Bee

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 6:19am

Fourteen-year-old Karthik Nemmani won with the word "koinonia," referring to Christian fellowship or communion. All three finalists hail from Texas.

Negotiations Continue For Expected U.S.-North Korea Summit

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 6:14am

David Greene talks to Alexander Vershbow, who served in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, to help make sense of the swirl of negotiations between U.S. and North Korean officials.

Passengers On Long Island Railroad Train Sing 'Piano Man'

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 5:54am

Pro tennis player Julia Elbaba was chatting with a man on a train who was in a Billy Joel tribute band. They started singing a few bars of "Piano Man" and then nearly everyone joined in.

In Kansas Election It's Estes Vs. Estes

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 5:31am

Republican Ron Estes of Kansas is running in a primary against Ron Estes. A spokesman for Rep. Estes said this is a blatant attempt to deceive voters.

What Summit? On North Korean TV, The News Is All About Rice-Planting Season

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:35am

"There's a big risk for the North Koreans in telegraphing too much to their own people ahead of time," says Martyn Williams, who monitors North Korean TV. "So what they do," he says, "is wait."

(Image credit: Kim Won-Jin/AFP/Getty Images)

Music Review: Kanye West's New Album: 'Ye'

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:03am

Throughout his career, Kanye West has been considered a lightning rod of controversy. He is releasing a new album called: Ye.

U.S.-North Korean Officials Proceed On A Path To Make Summit Happen

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:03am

A senior North Korean official is expected in Washington, D.C., Friday, carrying a letter from leader Kim Jong Un to President Trump. It's part of the talks over whether Kim and Trump will meet.

Italy's Role In The EU Questioned After New Government Is Formed

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:03am

Italy's president has consented to allow two populist parties to form a governing coalition. But the arrangement has left some watchers worried about the potential consequences for Europe.

Canada Retaliates After The U.S. Hits It With Tariffs On Steel

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:03am

Canada is complaining loudly about President Trump's decision to slap its steel exports to the U.S. with a 25 percent tariff. David Greene talks to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Eglin Bayor's 'Hang Time' Is About Basketball And Racism

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:03am

David Greene talks to legendary basketball player Elgin Baylor. Throughout his life Baylor suffered through many racial indignities which are detailed, along with his career, in his book: Hang Time.

Why Doesn't The Price Of Ice Cream Change Very Often?

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:03am

Answer that question, and you get a picture of inflation in the whole economy.

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Uses Legal Threats To Protect His Client

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:03am

President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has a history of using legal threats to prevent problems for his boss. NPR has the audio of a 2015 incident where he threatens a reporter.

The Trump Administration's Pattern Of Mixed Signals On Trade

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:03am

European, Canadian and Mexican officials are promising to retaliate against steel and aluminum tariffs that the Trump administration is imposing.

Cosby Accuser, Andrea Constand, Speaks Out On NBC's 'Dateline'

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:03am

Andrea Constand is the woman whose sexual assault allegations led to the conviction of comedian Bill Cosby. Rachel Martin talks to Kate Snow of "Dateline NBC," who previews her special edition.

Morning News Brief

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:03am

As the U.S. and North Korea try to make way toward a June 12th summit — the two rival Koreas again met at their shared border. And, a top North Korean official leads a delegation to Washington Friday.

Elgin Baylor's 'Hang Time' Addresses Racism And His Basketball Career

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:03am

David Greene talks to legendary basketball player Elgin Baylor. Throughout his life Baylor suffered through many racial indignities which are detailed, along with his career, in his book: Hang Time.

Why The Spies Have A Leading Role In The North Korea Summit

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:02am

The CIA is often involved behind the scenes in the run-up to a presidential summit. But U.S. and Korean spy chiefs are playing an unusually prominent role this time around.

(Image credit: U.S. State Department)

The Busboy Who Cradled A Dying RFK Recalls Those Final Moments

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:00am

It's an infamous scene: Juan Romero, then a teenager, attends to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who had just been shot at LA's Ambassador Hotel. He reflects on his brief time with RFK 50 years ago.

(Image credit: Jud Esty-Kendall/StoryCorps)

Women Of LA's Skid Row Tell Their Stories Through The Anger, Despair On Their Faces

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 3:59am

One 51-year-old woman has been living on the streets for two years. "I've been raped, I've been stabbed, it's been hard out here for me," she says.

(Image credit: Gloria Hillard/NPR)

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