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China's President Begins A 2-Day Trip To Russia

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

China's President Xi Jinping is expected to hold talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The visit comes days before the G20 summit in Germany, where both will meet with President Trump.

New Jersey Starts Holiday Weekend With A Government Shutdown

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

Eleven states failed to pass a new fiscal year budget by last Friday's deadline. In New Jersey, that led to a government shutdown. The legislature will meet on Monday to try to work out a compromise.

Why Weak Productivity Growth Matters To The Economy

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, about productivity. Productivity growth is a reason living standards go up. Lately, it's been weak.

This Week In Politics: Presidential Tweet Firestorm

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

President Trump tweeted a video of himself from an old appearance on WrestleMania — he throws a man to the ground and beats him up. In a new version, the CNN logo is superimposed on the man's head.

Why Migrants In Libya Take To The Mediterranean To Escape

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

There is a surge of migrants making the dangerous Libya-to-Italy crossing. Reuters' reporter Steve Scherer tells Rachel Martin that many are escaping their kidnappers and fleeing forced labor camps.

Cardinal To Defend Himself Against Sexual Abuse Charges In Australia

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

A close aide to Pope Francis has been charged with sexually abusing children. Steve Inskeep talks to Thomas Doyle, a former Catholic priest and now a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter.

News Brief: Trump CNN Tweet Is Criticized, Latest Vatican Shake-Up

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

It seems President Trump's frustration with his party and the news media is growing. At the Vatican over the weekend, the cardinal who headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was ousted.

Want To Teach Your Kids Self-Control? Ask A Cameroonian Farmer

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:01am

The "marshmallow test" is a famous experiment for studying kids' self-control. For the first time, a psychologist gave the test to kids outside Western culture. And they crushed it.

Without Medical Support, DIY Detox Often Fails

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:01am

Treatment for opioid addiction can be expensive and difficult to coordinate. That might make some people tempted to think they can overcome the addiction on their own. This rarely works.

(Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR)

Writer Elin Hilderbrand, 'Queen Of Summer,' Wears Her Crown Proudly

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:00am

Hilderbrand reigns over the summer book market with her breezy novels, mostly set in Nantucket. Even if you're in a drab office, she says, if you're reading one of her books, you're at the beach.

(Image credit: Nina Subin)

Video: Japan's 'Purikura' Photo Booths Offer Snapchat-Like Filters

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:00am

In NPR's Elise Tries series, correspondent Elise Hu tries out new experiences in East Asia. In Tokyo, she checks out Japanese purikura photo booths, which produce selfies to decorate and print out.

(Image credit: Illustration by CJ Riculan/NPR)

When A Couple Of Words Make A $2.6 Million Difference

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 7:41am

A Michigan man who got laid off was told his severance pay would be $81,000 per week for 34 weeks. It turns out, the company meant $81,000 over 34 weeks.

Indians Are Nervous And Confused Over Upcoming Tax Changes

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 7:25am

On Saturday, India rolls out what is being called a game-changing reform: an overhaul of the country's tax system. But many Indians say they're anxious and unprepared for the momentous occasion.

France To Honor 'Les Sammies,' Uncle Sam's World War I Troops

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 7:23am

It was 100 years ago this month that U.S. "doughboys" arrived in France. The French are remembering the Yanks who went "Over There" to help them fight in World War I with a series of commemorations.

Trump's Latest Tweet Is Roundly Criticized

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 7:21am

Steve Inskeep talks with Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at the National Review, about President Trump's latest tweet, which has been criticized from both sides of the aisle.

True Or False: Canadian Woman Misses Out On Banana Bread?

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 7:05am

A Canadian woman died at the age of 87 — saying her failure to make banana bread was her great regret.

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