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Women's Role In The European Agricultural Revolution Revealed

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:13am

Studies of ancient bones show that women's physical labor was crucial to driving the agricultural revolution in Europe. These women's upper bodies were stronger than that of elite athletes today.

Hermeto Pascoal's Music Reaches Far Into The Stratosphere

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:10am

Pascoal, 81, occupies a special place in Brazilian music. Though he began to make his name in post-bossa nova Rio de Janiero, Pascoal's taken his music way past that — deep into the Amazon and beyond.

(Image credit: Gabriel Quintão/Courtesy of the artist)

The Tempest At Galveston: 'We Knew There Was A Storm Coming, But We Had No Idea'

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:08am

The Great Galveston Storm of 1900 destroyed two-thirds of the Texas city and heavily damaged surviving structures. It remains the most deadly natural disaster and worst hurricane in U.S. history.

(Image credit: Library of Congress)

The Tree That Rocked The Music Industry

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:05am

This year, new international regulations on rosewood have reverberated through the music industry, costing tens of millions in lost sales and extra administrative costs.

(Image credit: Meg Anderson/NPR)

Sen. Flake Expresses Reservations About GOP Tax Measure

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 6:58am

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona about the GOP tax overhaul bill which will have to win the votes of almost all Senate Republicans to become law.

Matt Lauer Fired By NBC For 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior'

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 6:51am

Part of a memo by NBC News Chairman Any Lack read: "On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer."

North Korea Launches An Apparent ICBM

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 6:40am

It flew higher — and for longer — than previous tests, theoretically putting the entire continental U.S. within Pyongyang's reach — a capability that the North Korean regime has long sought.

Gene Therapy Shows Promise For A Growing List Of Diseases

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 6:40am

After decades of hope and disappointment, doctors have now been able to treat several different types of genetic conditions by giving each patient a healthy version of their defective gene.

(Image credit: Pasieka/Science Photo Library/Getty Images)

Get Out With Your 6-Pack And The Horse You Rode In On

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

In Acapulco, a Mexican cattle rancher rode his horse into a store. Employees tried to coax him out. They finally allowed him to buy a six-pack of beer, and with that he rode off into the sunset.

With A Great Christmas Tree Comes Great Responsibility

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

Police in Massachusetts reminded people to transport their Christmas trees "responsibly" after posting a picture of a car they pulled over that was completely covered by a tree.

News Brief: North Korea Fires ICBM, Republican Tax Plan Gains Support, CFPB

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

North Korea fired what the Pentagon says was an intercontinental ballistic missile for the third time in 2017. Also, GOP continues work on a tax overhaul and The Washington Post's Renae Merle on CFPB.

Supreme Court Considers Cellphones And Digital Privacy

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

A Supreme Court case, a big one for cellphone users, examines whether police must obtain a warrant in order to get historical cell-site location information from cellphone providers.

A Conservative On Project Veritas

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

The Washington Post exposed a hoax by conservative media activists. David Greene speaks with Noah Rothman of Commentary magazine about what this says about conservative activism.

Canada's Trudeau Apologizes For Past 'Gay Purge' Of The Military

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

Canada's prime minister has formally apologized to thousands of members of the military who were fired from their jobs decades ago during what has become known as the "gay purge."

A Diplomat On The Reported 'Hollowing Out' Of The State Department

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

Steve Inskeep talks to veteran diplomat Nicholas Burns about the latest departures from the State Department and what impact these losses are having on U.S. foreign policy.

People Like People Who Ask Questions

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

A new study says people who ask more questions, particularly follow-up questions, are liked better by their conversation partners.

Judge Sides With Trump Administration In CFPB Leadership Fight

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

David Greene talks with Renae Merle of The Washington Post about a federal judge's decision in favor of the Trump administration's pick to oversee the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Trump Voters And The Tax Plan

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

Steve Inskeep talks with Chris Buskirk of the conservative website American Greatness about what Trump voters think of the GOP tax plan.

North Korea Tests Ballistic Missile

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

North Korea tested its longest-range ballistic missile yet. Experts say the latest missile could potentially reach the United States.

Review: 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

The the new show from Amazon takes place in late 1950s New York. Midge Maisel's life falls apart and she has to figure out what she's good at. So she goes from housewife to stand-up comic.




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