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How Haley Heynderickx Found Her Confidence For Her Debut Album

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:01am

Portland's rising folk star is soft-spoken in person, but has the unguarded assurance to lay herself bare when performing.

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3 Photographers Who Captured The Undersides Of Life

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:01am

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is currently exhibiting the work of Brassaï, Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin, who all documented people far from the mainstream with profound intimacy.

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Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine Becoming A Deadly Problem Among Drug Users

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:00am

The powerful opioid fentanyl is showing up in batches of cocaine, threatening a new wave of opioid overdoses. Some doctors, drug users and law enforcement wonder if the contamination is deliberate.

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Judge Dismisses Most Serious Charges In Penn State Hazing Death

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 12:54pm

Charges of involuntary manslaughter against fraternity brothers were cast aside, but hazing charges are allowed to proceed.

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Ambassador Branstad: Trump Position On North Korea Is Clear

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 6:54am

David Greene talks to U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's unannounced visit to Beijing and the possibility of a trade war with China.

Trump Administration Strikes Major Trade Deal With South Korea

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 6:23am

Noel King talks to Peter Navarro, White House trade adviser, about the newly announced trade deal between the U.S. and South Korea. NPR's Uri Berliner weighs in on their conversation.

An Owl As A Ring Bearer: What Could Go Wrong?

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:20am

A British couple used an owl as a ring bearer at their wedding. But there was some trouble getting the ring pouch off its claws.

Solo Karaoke Booths Open In China

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:13am

If you love the idea of singing but don't like other people hearing you, thousands of solo karaoke booths are opening in malls and airports in China.

Thousands Evacuate Eastern Ghouta In Syria

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:03am

After years of siege and bombardment, Syrian rebel groups in the enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus are surrendering one by one.

Trump's Alleged Affairs And GOP Voters

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:03am

Republican political strategist Scott Jennings talks with NPR's Noel King about Republican concerns over President Trump's extramarital affair allegations with midterm elections this year.

Colorado, Guns And Politics

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:03am

In Colorado's 6th Congressional District, likely Democratic candidate Jason Crow is campaigning for more gun control against battle-tested, and NRA-endorsed, incumbent GOP Rep. Mike Coffman.

Estonian Foreign Minister On Russian Expulsions

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:03am

Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser talks with NPR's David Greene about why his country is standing in solidarity with other countries and expelling a Russian military attaché.

The Complex Story Of Civil Rights Photographer Ernest Withers

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:03am

Fifty years ago, photographer Ernest Withers took an iconic photograph of Memphis sanitation workers on strike. He chronicled the civil rights movement, but was revealed to have been an FBI informant.

The 1963 'Game Of Change,' Or Lack Thereof

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:03am

The 1963 men's basketball game between Loyola University Chicago and Mississippi State was dubbed "The Game of Change." But ESPN's Kevin Blackistone tells David Greene that name might be misleading.

#AskCokie: U.S.-Russia Relations

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:03am

NPR's Noel King talks with commentator Cokie Roberts, who answers listener questions about the history of U.S.-Russia relations.

Sacramento Residents Speak Out About Police Shooting

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:03am

The fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento has spurred protests. The city council held a public forum Tuesday.

News Brief: Kim Jong Un In China, Gerrymandering At The Supreme Court

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:03am

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un reportedly visited China in his first trip abroad since taking power. Also, Marcia Coyle of National Law Journal previews a Supreme Court gerrymandering case.

Do Women Candidates Have An Advantage In 2018?

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:01am

Pollsters say that candidates who are women are uniquely positioned to do well in 2018 — and that many voters choose partly based on gender (even when they don't realize it).

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Dept. Of Education Fail: Teachers Lose Grants, Forced To Repay Thousands In Loans

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:01am

The TEACH grant helps future pay for college or a master's. But many say that when they started teaching, they were forced to pay it back. A study obtained by NPR suggests thousands are affected.

(Image credit: Kayana Szymczak and Sean Rayford for NPR)

Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering: The Supreme Court's Play In 3 Acts

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:00am

The justices are hearing a case involving partisan gerrymandering for the second time this term. Now it's Democrats' turn to defend their plan.

(Image credit: Hilary Fung/NPR)

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