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Decades Later, Beach Boy Brian Wilson Gets Grade Changed

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 5:38am

Wilson turned 'Surfin' Safari' in to his high school music teacher his senior year and failed the class. At age 75, Wilson returned to the school and the current principal changed the grade to an A.

Bronx Zoo Has A Way To Break Your Old Valentine's Day Routine

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 5:22am

If you want to show someone how much you care, how about naming a cockroach in their honor. For $15, you can give a name to one of the zoo's giant Madagascar hissing roaches. Now that says love.

Review: 'The Alienist'

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:04am

The ambitious historical crime drama reveals an attempt by TNT to be grittier and more sophisticated. Our TV critic says it's a lavish production but not the home run TNT needs to redefine its brand.

Partial Government Shutdown Enters Its 3rd Day

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:04am

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill worked all weekend to try to hammer out an agreement to end a partial government shutdown. The senate leadership has agreed to vote on a resolution at Noon.

DACA Activist Weighs In On The Partial Government Shutdown

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:04am

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is a major sticking points in the government shutdown. David Greene talks to DACA activist and former dreamer, Cristina Jimenez (he-MEN-ez) about the program.

A Close Up Look At Contract Workers

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:04am

An NPR-Marist poll sheds light on a fast-growing sector of the workforce: contract workers. One out of every five jobs is held by a contract worker. While many enjoy the work's flexibility, the jobs are unsteady. Almost half of contract workers have fluctuating incomes. And more than half don't receive benefits from their jobs.

Politics In The News

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at "National Review," about the latest on the partial government shutdown, as the first full day of furloughs takes effect.

2 Sisters In Pakistan Find They Have A Lot In Common With Jane Austen

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:04am

Two upper-class sisters are writing a book updating Jane Austen's stories, and setting them in contemporary Pakistan. The sisters face many of the same challenges as women in England's regency period.

U.N. Security Council To Hold Emergency Meeting On Turkish Attack In Syria

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:04am

The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Monday following the launch of Turkey's anti-terror operation in northern Syria. Turkish warplanes and troops attacked Kurdish fighters who have been armed and trained by the U.S.

Vice President Pence Stops In Israel On His Middle East Tour

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:04am

On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence holds talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his first official visit to the Middle East.

Morning News Brief

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:04am

The federal government remains partially closed with the Senate scheduled to vote at noon on a short-term fix. Essential employees have been told to report to work, but paychecks are on hold.

'Criminal Cabal?' FBI Fears Political Attacks May Imperil Work Of Field Agents

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:03am

Current and former special agents worry that the Bureau's tumble through the political spin cycle might hurt their ability to do their jobs across the country.

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My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren't My Genes Italian?

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:02am

Popular DNA ancestry tests don't always find what people expect. That's due to how DNA rearranges itself when egg meets sperm, and also the quirks of genetic databases.

(Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)

Personalized Diets: Can Your Genes Really Tell You What To Eat?

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:01am

There's an explosion of interest in personalized diet approaches and at-home test kits are popping up everywhere. Part of the approach includes analyzing your DNA, but genes can only tell us so much.

(Image credit: Jenn Liv for NPR)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reflects On The #MeToo Movement: 'It's About Time'

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 3:35am

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down with NPR's Nina Totenberg at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday where she discussed her thoughts on the #MeToo movement.

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Rohingya Refugees Deeply Skeptical About Repatriation Plan

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:01pm

Bangladesh, which has taken in more than 650,000 refugees, hopes to start sending them back to Myanmar this week — but only if they agree to go.

(Image credit: Allison Joyce for NPR)

White House: 'We Don't Want A Shutdown'

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:49am

The White House hosts a press conference Friday morning regarding a possible government shutdown. The Senate has not yet acted on a House-passed, short-term continuing resolution.

Clock Ticks Down Toward A Midnight Government Shutdown

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:45am

Rachel Martin talks to Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, about the chances of a government shutdown Friday night. NPR's Susan Davis weighs in on the conversation.

Prosecutor Releases New Details In Case Involving 'Shackled' Siblings

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:26am

Days after Louise and David Turpin's 13 children were found malnourished and some shackled to furniture, the California couple have been charged with torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.

DREAMers Caught Up In Efforts To Keep The Government Open

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:24am

Steve Inskeep asks Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland if he's willing to let the government shut down to secure promises on immigration overhaul. NPR's Susan Davis weighs in on the topic.

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