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In China, A Battle Uber Didn't Win

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:50am

Uber's China arm merged with its rival Didi Chuxing this week, creating a $35 billion ride-hailing colossus. The merger ends an era of brutal competition, and may help boost China's flagging economy.

Drones That Launch Flaming Balls Are Being Tested To Help Fight Wildfires

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:50am

The University of Nebraska is developing a fire-starting drone, adapting a flaming pingpong ball technique already used in wildfire management. They hope to help teams conduct safer prescribed burns.

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton On Why He's Stepping Down

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:50am

Renee Montagne interviews departing NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. Bratton is resigning effective Sept. 1 after a tumultuous second term as head of the nation's largest police force.

NYPD Commisioner William Bratton On Why He's Stepping Down

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:50am

Renee Montagne interviews departing NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. Bratton is resigning effective Sept. 1 after a tumultuous second term as head of the nation's largest police force.

Drones That Launch Flaming Balls Are Being Tested To Help Fight Wildfires

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:50am

The University of Nebraska is developing a fire-starting drone, adapting a flaming pingpong ball technique already used in wildfire management. They hope to help teams conduct safer prescribed burns.

Former Iraqi Ambassador On Fighting ISIS With U.S.: 'We All Have Short-Termism'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 5:50am

"We need to get politics aligned with the security threat we all face. ... We're all thinking about our own elections rather than ... the strategic leadership needed," says Lukman Faily.

Iraqi Ambassador On Fighting ISIS With U.S.: 'We All Have Short-Termism'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 5:50am

"We need to get politics aligned with the security threat we all face. ... We're all thinking about our own elections rather than ... the strategic leadership needed," says Ambassador Lukman Faily.

NSA Director Rogers On DNC Hacking, Cyberwarfare And ISIS

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 5:35am

Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, and NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talk about the state of cybersecurity, the recent hacking into Democratic Party systems and ISIS strategy.

N.Y. Attorney General: Nation's Flood Insurance Program Defrauding Taxpayers

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 5:28am

The AG office report comes after a joint NPR and Frontline investigation that uncovered how private insurance companies in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy were profiting while homeowners suffered.

Usain Bolt's Agent Says The 100-Meter Champ Has Never Run A Mile

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 5:25am

The Jamaican six-time Olympic gold medalist may display the ultimate in speed when it comes to the 100-meter and 200-meter events, but, his agent says, "Usain has never run a mile."

This Baby Shower Greeting Card Tells It Like It Is

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:27am

The message on the front: "A baby is the sweetest gift." But press the button inside (where it says "A gift that keeps on giving") and the card cries — for three hours. There's no way to turn it off.

In The Olympic Spirit, Tourists Are Giving Rio Benefit Of The Doubt

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:03am

Tens of thousands of tourists arrive in Rio this week for Friday's opening of the Olympics amid a surge in crime, concerns over Zika, and reports that the host city might not be ready for prime time.

Can Clinton Win The Working Class, And Can Trump Hold On To Veterans?

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:03am

David Greene talks with economist Jared Bernstein about Hillary Clinton's appeal to the working class, and NPR's Don Gonyea reports on Donald Trump's ongoing war of words with the family of a fallen soldier.

'American Heiress' Author: 'You Cannot Overstate The Terror That Patty Hearst Faced'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:03am

Renee Montagne talks to author Jeffrey Toobin about his new book, "American Heiress," about the 1974 kidnapping of Patricia Hearst.

Monsanto Sold Soybean Farmers A Weed-Beating Tool They Couldn't Legally Use

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:03am

Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Dan Charles about the brewing tension with U.S. soybean farmers after Monsanto started selling a new herbicide-resistant seed — without EPA approval.

How A Child's Gender May Affect Parent's Willingness To Bend The Truth

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:03am

Social science research explores what effects children have on the propensity of parents to tell lies.

Military Veterans Dismayed By Trump's Feud With Muslim Soldier's Family

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:03am

Military veterans in the battleground state of Pennsylvania are following the war of words between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and the family of slain U.S. soldier Humayun Khan. Even some Trump supporters are dismayed by his remarks. But that may do little to change their opinions of the candidate.

Does U.S. Strike Against ISIS In Libya Mark A Policy Shift?

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:03am

Renee Montagne speaks with Washington Post reporter Missy Ryan about the American airstrikes targeting ISIS in Libya. The strikes, launched Monday, hit the coastal town of Sirte, an ISIS stronghold.

Planning For The Future Of A Park Where The Trees Have One Name

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:03am

In California's Joshua Tree National Park, scientists say the quirky trees are in trouble. The National Park Service is looking for ways to save them for future visitors to experience.

As TV Networks Trot Out Fall Offerings For Critics, 2 NBC Shows Stand Out

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:03am

As cable and streaming services continue to expand programming, the networks face increasing competition for viewers and buzz. Here's a check-in from the Television Critics Association press tour.

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