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Senators Aim To Protect Mueller From Being Fired As Special Counsel

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

David Greene talks to Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, who has cosponsored legislation to defend special counsel Robert Mueller against attempts by the Trump administration to fire him.

Our Backstage Pass Takes Us To The Wings Of The Globe Theatre

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

What's it like in the wings at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London? We discover what it's like as part of our Backstage Pass series.

Criticism Of The Fall TV Season Is Off And Running

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

The TV Critics Association summer press tour wraps up this week. We get a sneak peek at what's to come on TV this fall.

Baseball's Don Baylor, A Feared Hitter, Dies At 68

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

Outfielder and designated hitter Don Baylor died on Monday. He was known for his dedication to getting on base, closing his 19-year career with a record of 267 hits by a pitch.

South Africa's President Faces 6th Vote Of No Confidence

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

South Africa's parliament on Tuesday holds a no-confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma over allegations of corruption and mismanagement of the economy.

'Newsweek' Reporter Was At Venezuelan Military Base During Raid

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

Rachel Martin talks to Carlos Flores, contributing writer at "Newsweek En Espanol," who gives an eyewitness account of a recent raid of a military base in Venezuela.

Morning News Brief

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

President Trump will get a briefing on the opioid epidemic from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Governor Chris Christie. And the chief of staff for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to become a witness for the state in a corruption inquiry into Netanyahu.

The Little Boy Who Escaped From Boko Haram

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:09am

The terror network abducted him in northeast Nigeria. His father was killed trying to rescue him. What would he do next?

(Image credit: /Jide Adeniyi-Jones for NPR)

The Cubist Revolution: Minecraft For All

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:05am

Minecraft, one of the most popular video games in the world, is touted for its educational possibilities. But is that potential really accessible to all?

(Image credit: Martin Gee for NPR)

Nashville Mayor, Mourning Son's Overdose Death, Aims To Save Other Children

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:00am

"Max is not going to text me back. I'm not going to hear his voice again," Mayor Megan Barry said of her only child. The 22-year-old died last month of an apparent overdose near Denver.

(Image credit: Tony Gonzalez/Nashville Public Radio)

Go See It, Eclipse Chasers Urge. 'Your First Time Is Always Special'

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:00am

A small number of passionate "shadow-lovers" roam the world to be at exactly the right place when the moon blots out the sun. One man has seen 33 — and calls each "one of the top events of my life."

(Image credit: Courtesy of Fred Espenak)

Trump Administration Revises Conservation Plan For Western Sage Grouse

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 8:03pm

A task force lays out changes that could loosen protections for the bird species renowned for its elaborate mating dance. The rules take into account "local economic growth and job creation."

(Image credit: David Zalubowski/AP)

Questions Linger For Public Housing Residents Who Lived At A Superfund Site

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 6:25am

It's been a year since 1,100 residents of a public housing complex in Northwest Indiana learned they'd have to move due to high levels of lead in their soil. There still are contamination threats.

It Was My Choice To Leave Homeland Security, Selim Says

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 6:23am

David Greene talks to George Selim, an ex-Department of Homeland Security official who led outreach programs to American-Muslim communities to try to prevent radical extremism. Why did he resign?

Mannequin Reminds 'Seinfeld' Actor Of Kramer's Photoshoot Episode

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 5:46am

Jason Alexander remembers posing for the scene. He saw a mannequin recently: stout balding guy in underwear. He tweeted: if anyone puts glasses on the second one from the left, there'll be a lawsuit.

In Iowa, A Special Election Has Historic Low Turnout

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 5:05am

Officials in McIntire held a special election last week. It asked voters to decide if the mayor and city council members should start serving four-year terms instead of two. No one showed up to vote.

Kenyans Will Vote For A New President Amid Fears Of Election Violence

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 4:01am

Kenyan democracy — often accompanied by violence — is tested Tuesday with elections for president and parliament. The president faces a longtime rival over issues including corruption and the economy.

Rep. Will Hurd Of Texas Kicks Off Dairy Queen Town Hall Tour

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 4:01am

David Greene talks to Republican Rep. Will Hurd about his week-long tour of Texas during Congress' summer recess. His first stop was Sunday at a Dairy Queen in El Paso.

French Tourism Industry Rebounds After Terrorist Attacks

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 4:01am

Tourism in France suffered after the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, but the new French government is trying to attract even more visitors by making it easier for travelers to get a visa.

Efforts Persist To Keep Joint Base Cape Cod Off Pentagon's Closure List

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 4:01am

Even as Congress looks to spend more on the military, some communities worry the Pentagon might look to save money by closing their base. Cape Cod wants to be sure its base stays off closure lists.

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