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Barack Obama Goes Kitesurfing

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 4:41am

Obama wasn't allowed to do watersports as president — it was too risky. Now many of those safety restrictions are no more, and he's taking full advantage by kitesurfing in the British Virgin Islands.

Update On The Journalist Kicked Off Facebook

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

A Zimbabwean investigative reporter was kicked off Facebook while investigating a case of child abuse. Now she's reinstated and still pained by the experience, but happy to be connected again.

Somalia Chooses A New President Under Heavy Security

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

Somali members of parliament are choosing a new president today, under tight security in the capital Mogadishu.

Republican Rep. Mike Johnson Calls Trump Travel Ban 'Common Sense'

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

Steve Inskeep talks with Republican Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana. He's among many supporters of President Trump's immigration order who say it is a matter of common sense.

Syrian Refugee Family Reunited At Chicago's O'Hare Airport

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

At the same time that lawyers were arguing over President Trump's travel ban, a plane carrying refugees landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

In Living Rooms Around The Country, Activists Organize To Oppose Trump

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

"Indivisible" is a loosely-organized network of activists united by a common goal: stopping President Trump's agenda. Local chapters are guided by a manual that takes its approach from the Tea Party.

Court Hears Arguments Over Trump Travel Ban

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held an emergency hearing Tuesday on whether to extend a restraining order against President Trump's travel ban. The ban has been temporarily suspended.

What The Left Can Learn From The Tea Party

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

Brendan Steinhauser, a Republican strategist and early Tea Party movement organizer, talks with Rachel Martin about how liberal activists may be borrowing activist tactics from the Tea Party movement.

Cokie Roberts Answers Listener Questions On The Filibuster

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

Rachel Martin talks with commentator and columnist Cokie Roberts, who answers listener questions about congressional rules and the history of the filibuster in the regular segment #AskCokie.

Former Defender Of Executive Power Says Trump Has Gone Too Far

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

Former Justice Department official John Yoo helped find legal justifications for the Bush administration's use of torture after Sept. 11. But he says Donald Trump has pushed executive power too far.

Raise Your (He)art Rate With A Workout At The Met

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

Seeing a great work of art might quicken your pulse, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hoping you'll break a sweat, too. A dance company is offering literally breathtaking tours of the museum.

(Image credit: Paula Lobo/The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

At 79, David Hockney Isn't Keen On Parties, But Still Paints Every Day

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

A major retrospective at Tate Britain showcases more than 60 years of Hockney's work. NPR's Susan Stamberg visited the contemporary artist in his studio, high, high up in the Hollywood Hills.

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Despite Decades-Old Law, Funeral Prices Are Still Unclear

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:36am

Federal regulators have found about 1 in 4 funeral homes don't disclose their general price lists as required by the 1984 rule.

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Trump's Role As President May Be Boosting His Brand's Reputation

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:35am

President Trump has one type of approval rating — the one that voters gave him. But as a businessman, he also has a brand reputation. It has been rising as his presidency brings more attention to it.

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The Stylish FX Series 'Legion' Suffers From A Split Personality

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:35am

Noah Hawley, writer-director of the FX series Fargo, has created a promising and visually striking series set in the X-Men universe that seems oddly reluctant to embrace its pulpy, superheroic roots.

(Image credit: Chris Large/FX)

Trump Tower In Toronto Is Up For Sale And Facing Legal Woes

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:33am

The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto has gone bust. Investors have lost millions and Trump has been sued, along with the project's two Russian-Canadian developers.

(Image credit: George Pimentel/WireImage)

Sen. Wyden Says He'll Vote Against Trump's Education Pick

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:34am

The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be education secretary. Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon who says her policies won't work.

Britain's House Of Commons Breaks With Tradition, Bans Wigs

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:02am

Clerks no longer have to wear the wigs they've worn for more than 300 years. The speaker says the move makes parliament seem "marginally less stuffy."

Super Bowl Halftime Flushes Worried Suburban Detroit Officials

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 5:39am

Officials were concerned that during halftime too many toilet flushes would stress a sewer line that already had broken and created a sinkhole. The sewer line held.

In 'Universal Harvester,' Mountain Goats Lyricist Reaps A Creepy Crop

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:05am

John Darnielle used some tricks of the horror trade to write his latest novel, which is set in 1990s Iowa and involves some cornfields. What's scary about cornfields? Mostly, the unknown.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

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