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Trump's Thursday News Conference, Explained

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

At a news conference Thursday, Donald Trump said the media is being "dishonest" and talked about his new nominee to lead the Department of Labor.

Migrants Choose Arrest In Canada Over Staying In The U.S.

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

A rural road in northern New York has become a magnet for refugees who no longer want to stay in the U.S. Growing numbers are stepping into Canada, knowing Mounties immediately will arrest them.

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Nature's Ready For Her Close-Up: 'Planet Earth II' Returns In Ultra High-Def

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

The original BBC series was one of the first blockbuster high-definition TV shows. A decade later, drones and light-weight steady cams give viewers a front-row view of nature's majesty and fragility.

(Image credit: Emma Napper/BBC America)

When Reality Is More Intense Than Psychedelics: Strand Of Oaks On 'Hard Love'

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Musician Timothy Showalter, a.k.a. Strand of Oaks, spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep about his new album and embracing life for what it is, even when things don't go so well.

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Republican Health Care Proposal Would Cover Fewer Low-Income Families

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:36pm

The plan that House Republicans discussed Thursday would replace Affordable Care Act subsidies with tax credits and cut Medicaid funds to the states.

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North Carolina Politician Wants To Have The Official Nonexistent Chicken Festival

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:22am

State lawmaker Elmer Floyd wants to make the Fayetteville Fried Chicken Festival North Carolina's official chicken festival. But Fayetteville doesn't have a chicken festival.

Colorado Church Offers Immigrant Sanctuary From Deportation

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:09am

Churches across the country are preparing to offer shelter and protection to immigrants in the country illegally. That sets up a conflict between Trump's policies on immigration and religious freedom.

(Image credit: David Zalubowski/AP)

Pro-Cycling Politician Has His Bike Stolen

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:08am

Belgian politician Ben Weyts was on a mission to promote cycling. He biked to a news conference where he announced an investment in bike lanes. A half hour later, his bike was gone.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar On Investigating Trump And Russia

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

Senate Democrats met Wednesday to discuss how far they'll push on investigating the Trump administration's ties with Russia. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar discusses priorities for Democrats.

How The Trump And Netanhayu Meeting Is Playing In The Middle East

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

Israelis and Palestinians are taking in the meeting between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — where U.S. policy seemed to turn more toward some Israeli priorities.

A Departing Bank Regulator's Advice To Stave Off Another Financial Crisis

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

Departing Federal Reserve Board member Daniel Tarullo was a key architect of post-crisis financial reforms. He talks about how those reforms have worked and what could help in the future.

What Trump's Break From Tradition Means For The U.S.-Israel Relationship

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

Steve Inskeep talks with Elliott Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations about the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington.

An Indiana Mayor On The Way Forward For Democrats

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

Peter Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who's running for DNC chair. He says issues like "economic fairness" and voting rights should appeal to both white working-class and minority voters.

Immigration Executive Order Causes Anxiety In VP Mike Pence's Hometown

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

In Vice President Pence's hometown of Columbus, Ind., there are a lot immigrants with H1-B visas who were affected by the on-hold executive order. Others are scared they could be next.

(Image credit: Annie Ropeik/Indiana Public Broadcasting)

Zach Galifianakis Says 'Baskets' Isn't For Everyone, 'And That Was The Point'

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

The comic plays a clown school dropout who finds work with a rodeo. He describes the show as "a weird mix" of drama and comedy. "It's an acquired taste," he says.

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In West Bank, Israeli And Palestinian Archaeologists Both Lay Claim To Heritage

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

The military's archaeology unit conducts excavations but keeps some information about the digs secret. "This approach raises suspicions," says an Israeli archaeologist who favors greater transparency.

(Image credit: Daniel Estrin/NPR)

Former NATO Leader On The Future Of The Alliance

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

Retired Adm. James Stavridis served as the leading commander for NATO. He talks with David Greene about upcoming challenges, including new Russian missile deployments and Trump's comments about NATO.

Gay Journalist Leaves Left Behind And Embraces A 'Brand New Conservative'

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

Journalist Chadwick Moore says he's coming out. He's not coming out as gay — he did that a long time ago. Instead, Moore says he's abandoned the political left and has found a home on the right.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Chadwick Moore)

How The Trump And Netanyahu Meeting Is Playing In The Middle East

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

Israelis and Palestinians are taking in the meeting between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — where U.S. policy seemed to turn more toward some Israeli priorities.

A Bit More Vitamin D Might Reduce Winter Colds And Flu

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31am

A new analysis finds if you're deficient in Vitamin D, taking a vitamin D supplement might cut your risk of respiratory infections. Eating a diet rich in D can be just as protective for many.

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