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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.

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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.

A Tycoon With Ties To China's President Is Missing

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

There are concerns that Chinese authorities took him out of Hong Kong and over the border into mainland China.

Former Soviet Republics Monitor Trump's Evolving Foreign Policy

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

Post-Soviet republics are curious about what a Trump White House and a Tillerson State Department will mean for them. Some see the recent spike in fighting in Ukraine through a big geopolitical lens.

French Presidential Candidate Falters After Reported Hiring Scandal

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

The campaign of Francois Fillon, one of the leading presidential candidates, has stumbled after claims surfaced that he paid his wife nearly a million dollars in public funds — for hardly any work.

Flynn Puts Iran On Notice After Ballistic Missile Test

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

After a ballistic missile test, Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn said Iran is "on notice." Rachel Martin talks to Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace.

Bharati Mukherjee, Writer Of Indian-American Experiences, Dies At 76

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

Indian-born author Bharati Mukherjee became a naturalized American citizen and wrote about the experience of Indian women in the diaspora. She's best-known for her novel, Jasmine.

Trump's Immigration Ban Leaves Syrian Family Stuck In Jordan

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

A Syrian family in Jordan had their bags packed for the U.S. until the Trump administration's ban on refugees started. The family sold their belongings before trying to travel to New York.

Democrats Aim For Their Own Initiative Modeled After The Tea Party

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

Steve Inskeep talks to David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America and the Democratic SuperPAC American Bridge, who has been fundraising to try to launch the liberal version of the Tea Party.

'At This Age, This Is Who I Am': The Gospel According To CeCe Winans

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:47am

Winans has spent her long career expanding what gospel can sound like and where it can go. To pull off her first release in nearly a decade, she adapted once again — by letting go of the wheel.

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CDC Seeks Controversial New Quarantine Powers To Stop Outbreaks

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:47am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants more flexibility in deciding whom to quarantine and why. But critics say the changes the agency has proposed raise civil liberties questions.

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Sen. Ben Sasse On Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 6:57am

Steve Inskeep speaks with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska about where he disagrees with President Trump. But that doesn't include Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.

New York's Fashion Week Show Celebrates Life On Mars

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 5:59am

Wearing designs from Nick Graham, Bill Nye the science guy and astronaut Buzz Aldrin took their right stuff to the catwalk. Nye wore a bow tie and gunmetal suit, Aldrin a metallic bomber jacket.

It's Time For A New Flag, Nebraska State Senator Says

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 5:00am

State Sen. Burke Harr says Nebraska's flag flew upside down at the state capitol for 10 days and nobody noticed. Whoever raised it didn't realize the blacksmith hammering an anvil was on his head.

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