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Pulitzer-Prize Winning Columnist Jimmy Breslin Dies At 88

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:10am

Steve Inskeep remembers legendary newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, who died on Sunday at the age of 88.

Insurance Industry Worried By GOP Plan To Replace Obamacare, Consultant Says

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:10am

Steve Inskeep talks to Robert Laszewski, a health policy consultant, about how the Republican's plan to reform health care would effect insurers. Laszewski had a long career in the insurance industry.

Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of 'Sesame Street'

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:02am

Julia has bright red hair, big green eyes and she loves to draw. She can be a little shy, but Elmo and Abby Cadabby don't mind. She's voiced by Stacey Gordon, whose son is on the autism spectrum, too.

(Image credit: Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop)

U2 On 'The Joshua Tree,' A Lasting Ode To A Divided America

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:59am

Bono and The Edge explain why, 30 years later, the biggest-selling album of their career feels disquietingly resonant.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Tax Credits, Penalties And Age Rating: Parsing The GOP Health Bill

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:56am

As the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act begins to move through Congress, reporters for NPR and Kaiser answer your questions about what it might mean for your health plan.

(Image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR)

New 'Basic Economy' Airfares May Not Be As Cheap As You Think

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:46am

All three of the biggest U.S. airlines now offer no-frills, discounted fares called "basic economy." Now there's evidence that it's not any cheaper, but is a way to raise standard economy fares.

(Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Rhode Island Lawmaker Accuses Colleagues Of 'An Insane Amount Of Drinking'

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:01am

Rhode Island lawmakers held a toast in honor of St. Patrick's Day, despite allegations from Rep. Moira Walsh, who told WPRO-AM that there's "an insane amount of drinking" at the State House.

Kushner Family Could Get Millions From Chinese Company In Real Estate Deal

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

The family of President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and a Chinese company appear to be close to a deal on a real estate property in New York City.

More Than 250 Bodies Found In Mass Grave In Mexico

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Authorities in Mexico say they have found more than 250 bodies in what may be the largest mass grave site in the country. The remains belong to victims of drug gangs.

Zbigniew Brzezinski On Trump's Foreign Policy

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Rachel Martin talks with former national security adviser for President Carter Zbigniew Brzezinski, who says President Trump does not have a clear foreign policy.

Pour Your Guinness Properly This St. Patrick's Day

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

A cafe in Vancouver posted a picture of a poorly poured glass of Guinness on their Facebook page for St. Patrick's Day. An Irish newspaper wrote that Irish people "grimace in disgust" at the picture.

Two Economists With Opposing Political Views On The Trump Budget

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to University of Maryland economist Peter Morici and the former economist for Vice President Biden, Jared Bernstein, about President Trump's budget proposal.

Trump Friend Argues Against Republican Health Care Plan

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Steve Inskeep talks with Christopher Ruddy, CEO of the conservative Newsmax network and a friend of Trump. He wrote an article arguing for President Trump to ditch the Republican health care plan.

Germany's Angela Merkel To Meet With Trump

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Rachel Martin talks with Tanit Koch, the editor of Bild, Europe's best-selling newspaper, about German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the U.S. and her meeting with Trump.

'Out Of Wonder' Aims To Inspire A New Generation Of Poets

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Kwame Alexander's new book is a collection of original poems written in the style of 20 famous poets. The aim is to introduce kids to great poetry — and encourage them to write poems of their own.

(Image credit: Ekua Holmes/Candlewick Press)

First Openly Transgender Professional Athlete Retires

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Harrison Browne announced his retirement from the National Women's Hockey League. He says the support since coming out last October, has been overwhelming.

(Image credit: Michael Hertzel/National Women's Hockey League)

Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Skeptical Of Federal Agency Power

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Judge Neil Gorsuch has said deferring to agencies is an abdication of judicial responsibility. He is expected to be grilled on this at Monday's confirmation hearings.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:46am

A rainy winter, has brought an early spring to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California. Wildflowers are in bloom. How can seeds survive years of drought and then put on such a display?

(Image credit: Flickr user Kyle Magnuson/Flickr Creative Commons)

Advocates Say Trump Budget Cuts Will Hurt Country's Most Vulnerable

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:27am

The outline released Thursday by the White House reduces funding for public housing, Meals on Wheels, community grants and more. Trump's lead budget official says such programs aren't proven to work.

(Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Texas Braces For Medicaid Cuts Under GOP Health Plan

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:23am

Advocates on both sides of the aisle say the GOP health care bill will be bad for Texas because it will lead to more people without coverage and punish the state because it did not expand Medicaid.

(Image credit: LM Otero/AP)

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