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Thai Officials Want To Silence Critics, Scholar Charged With Insulting Monarchy

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 5:25am

Questioning the official count of how a battle happened 400 years ago has gotten historian Sulak Sivaraksa looking at 15 years in prison under Thailand's lese-majeste law.

Dolores O'Riordan, Cranberries Lead Singer, Dies At 46

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

Dolores O'Riordan's voice, heard on hit songs like "Zombie" and "Linger," helped the Irish band rise to international fame in the 1990s. No other information about her death was immediately available.

Calif. Couple Arrested After Siblings Found Chained To Beds

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

In Perris, California, 13 siblings are receiving medical treatment after a teenage girl escaped on Sunday and called 911. The couple were arrested on suspicion of torture and child abuse.

Koreas Hold Border Talks, U.S., Canada Hold Talks On Nuclear Threat

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

Twenty nations are discussing how to best implement sanctions against North Korea. Rachel Martin talks to Jonathan Cheng, Seoul bureau chief for "The Wall Street Journal." .

Report: Trump Administration's First Year Has Been Unethical

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Richard Painter, top ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, and Norman Eisen, top ethics lawyer for President Obama. They argues Trump's administration has been unethical.

Organic Tea Farmer Builds A Movement While Avoiding Elephants

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

India's Assam state is famous for its tea. One young grower is turning to new, healthier cultivation that's catching on with others. He just has to mind the nearby elephants.

Trump Adviser Backs Shift To Merit-Based Immigration

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Mark Krikorian, a conservative immigration activist who advocates for stricter immigration limits and a merit-based immigration system.

A Modern Day Long Distance Love Story

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

A couple years ago, Elizabeth Shunck was living near Detroit, stuck in an unhappy marriage — feeling more lonely than she says she'd ever been. Looking for connection, she went on a random chat app.

Khadija Abdullahi Dalays, Mother Of Somali Music, Dies At 82

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

One of Somalia's most legendary singers has died. She was known as the mother of Somali music, and we have an appreciation.

Pope Francis Begins South American Trip In Chile

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

Thousands of people lined Santiago's streets Monday night to welcome Pope Francis. This trip comes amid controversy over an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by dozens of Catholic priests in Chile.

Police In Venezuela Say They've Destroyed A Terrorist Cell

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

Authorities arrested 5members of what they called a terrorist cell, and may have killed Oscar Perez, a self-proclaimed rogue helicopter pilot who tried to spark an uprising against President Maduro.

After Several Chaotic Days, Where Does DACA Deal Stand?

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

Lawmakers and President Trump are returning to town after prospects for an immigration deal dimmed at the end of last week. Congress also faces a Friday deadline to avert a government shutdown.

Ex-Defense Chief William Perry On False Missile Warnings

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

Following the false alarm in Hawaii, Steve Inskeep talks to former Secretary of Defense William Perry, who says the risk of accidental nuclear war is not hypothetical. It's happened before.

News Brief: Where Does DACA Stand?, North Korea Tallks

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

Immigration talks stalled after President Trump reportedly used vulgar language to describe African countries during a meeting. The U.S. and Canada host talks about North Korea's nuclear threat.

Khadija Abdullahi Daleys, Mother Of Somali Music, Dies At 82

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:00am

One of Somalia's most legendary singers has died. Khadija Abdullahi Daleys was known as the mother of Somali music, and we have an appreciation.

Protesting Through Poetry

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 7:52am

Morning Edition co-host Rachel Martin talks to authors Kwame Alexander and Nikki Giovanni about protesting through poetry.

Budgets Suffer After A Drop In International Student Enrollment

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 6:40am

After a decade of large-scale growth in overseas enrollment, the number of international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities is dropping — leading some schools to make budget cuts.

Democrats Are Serious About A DACA Deal, Rep. Espaillat Says

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 6:39am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York about President Trump saying he doesn't think Democrats want a deal on DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Outgoing Va. Gov. McAuliffe Plays Prank On His Successor

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 5:34am

Terry McAuliffe left behind pictures of himself on the pillows of the governor's mansion. Gov. Ralph Northam discovered the pictures, and advice: "Sleep when you're dead."

'Star Wars' Musical Pencil Video Goes Viral

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 4:58am

The video shows Arizona college student Dani Ochoa writing an algebraic equation to the rhythm of the "Cantina Theme" from Star Wars: A New Hope, according to the Arizona Republic.




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