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Kanye West May Branch Out Into Furniture Design

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 5:25am

The rapper tells the BBC that he would like to design furniture. In fact, he has a specific notion: He wants to team up with IKEA. He'd like to design a minimalist set for college dorms.

In A Rare Speech, Japan's Emperor Hints At Abdicating

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 4:32am

Emperor Akihito said his age and poor health could make the performance of his duties impossible. But Japanese law doesn't allow for the emperor to step down.

Down In The Dumps, Rome Deals With A Garbage Crisis

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 4:06am

For years, Rome's trash collection has been handled by organized crime. After a purge of corrupt contracts, it is dealing with a garbage crisis. Steve Inskeep talks to reporter Barbie Latza Nadeau.

This Week In Politics

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 4:06am

After a week of turmoil for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, Steve Inskeep discusses the fallout with columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts and Republican analyst John Feehery.

Trump, Clinton To Deliver Economic Policy Speeches This Week

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 4:06am

Donald Trump will offer his ideas on Monday in Detroit. Hillary Clinton will give her speech on Thursday — also in Detroit.

U.S. Women Considered A Lock For The Team Gold Medal In Rio

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 4:06am

Simone Biles led the star-studded U.S. women's gymnastics team Sunday night in qualifiers at the Summer Olympic games. Biles and teammate Aly Raisman will advance to the all-around competition.

Turkey's President Raises The Possibility Of Restoring Death Penalty

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 4:06am

David Greene talks to Turkish journalist Mustafa Akyol about why Turks feared a military coup more than the president's increasing authoritarianism.

Trump Comment Gives Clinton A Campaign Slogan With Layered Meaning

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 4:06am

Hillary Clinton has struggled to find a message that resonated, but her motto "Stronger Together" found new meaning in recent weeks due to its contrast with Donald Trump's convention and message.

In Rio Olympics, Swimmers Katie Ledecky And Michael Phelps Win Gold

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 4:06am

Michael Phelps added to his Olympic record, winning a 19th gold medal on Sunday night, while American Katie Ledecky smashed her own world mark in the 400-meter freestyle at the Summer Games.

Alabama's Chief Justice Faces Removal From The Bench

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 4:06am

Chief Justice Roy Moore is accused of judicial ethics violations for ordering probate judges to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

Food Manga: Where Culture, Conflict And Cooking All Collide

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 3:40am

In Japan, a country rich with visual storytelling, food has skyrocketed as a genre of manga — and the stories often depict a struggle for self-improvement.

When Pregnant Women Need Medicine, They Encounter A Void

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 3:34am

Women encounter a dilemma when they get pregnant: Should they continue taking medications that keep them healthy? That question can be scary, because drugs are rarely tested for safety in pregnancy.

In China, Some Schools Are Playing With More Creativity, Less Cramming

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 3:22am

Local governments are allowing schools to experiment with new teaching methods. Educators hope to develop self-motivated, critical thinkers.

#NPRWormWeek: Worms Are Bottled Up In The Smithsonian's Crawl Space

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 5:08am

Tapeworms, hookworms, leeches. Millions of specimens. This collection has it all — except legs.

How The Trump Campaign Weakened The Republican Platform On Aid To Ukraine

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 10:29am

The changes to the GOP platform also highlight a rare instance where Trump agrees with President Obama's policy.

July Jobs Report Reflects Strong Numbers, Defying Expectations

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 12:55pm

A stronger than expected jobs report from the Labor Department on Friday showed that employers added 255,000 jobs to payrolls in July. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent.

Philly Officials: 'We Are Not Screwing Around' With Dumpster Pools

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 5:57am

After people rented a giant dumpster, filled it with water from a fire hydrant and swam in it, the city told residents it won't issue permits for the pools, noting: Opening fire hydrants is dangerous.

Monthly Jobs Reports Are Watched Closely, But How Meaningful Are They?

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 4:59am

People look to the reports to assess the labor market. But the number of jobs created and destroyed monthly is so large, most economists recognize the monthly reports aren't statistically significant.

A Company In Denver Has Created Wine For Dogs

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 4:56am

The Canine Vino — choose ZinfanTAIL and CharDOGnay — isn't made with alcohol or grapes; it contains brewed peppermint or chamomile. The company recommends getting an OK from your vet first.

Postcard From The Adirondacks: A Paddle And A Climb In The Wilds Of N.Y.

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 3:58am

It's high summer in New York's Adirondack Mountains. Brian Mann sends an audio postcard from a canoe trip and a climb up remote Mount Frederica in search of some of the wildest views in the Northeast.




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