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Former Writer Saw Bert And Ernie As 'Loving Couple,' Sesame Workshop Disagrees

1 hour 16 min ago

Mark Saltzman revived a longtime debate saying, yes, the beloved puppet pair were gay. Their producers and creators were quick to deny the claim.

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Hearing With Kavanaugh And Accuser Alleging Sexual Assault In Turmoil

1 hour 44 min ago

The Senate Judiciary committee plans to hold a hearing on Christine Blasey Ford's claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s - even without her testimony.

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How To Help Those Affected By Hurricane Florence

1 hour 51 min ago

In the aftermath of Florence, officials are encouraging people to volunteer and donate. Here's a guide on how to do that.

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Facebook Allowed Employers To Exclude Women From Job Ads, ACLU Says

1 hour 58 min ago

The complaint, filed Tuesday, says 10 businesses prevented women from receiving employment opportunities on the website. It also accused Facebook of excluding women in its own company.

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New Limit On Refugees Allowed Into The U.S. Is The Lowest Since 1980

2 hours 45 sec ago

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Mark Hetfield, president of HIAS, a nonprofit that resettles refugees, about the new cap on U.S. refugees, proposed by the Trump administration.

Emmys Analysis: You Have To Keep Pushing For Diversity And Work To Maintain Equality

2 hours 1 min ago

The Emmys showcased diversity throughout the awards telecast, yet that diversity didn't quite break through to the winners. The reasons why reflect the stubbornly segregated nature of prestige television.

Why The Way Hurricanes Are Classified Can Be Deceptive

2 hours 1 min ago

Meteorologists have been using a nearly 50-year-old scale to measure the wind speed and storm surge of a hurricane. But it's not a good measure for rain, which can often become the most dangerous aspect of a storm.

Harvard Psychology Professor Discusses How Trauma Affects Memory

2 hours 1 min ago

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with clinical psychologist Richard McNally about memory retention following traumatic events in light of the sexual assault accusations brought against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Low's Haunting And Holistic Rock Struggles To Answer Life's Big Questions

2 hours 13 min ago

Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, with assistance from a cast of bass players, have a 25-year history of music making. Low's latest album Double Negative shows an adventurous reinvention.

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Supreme Court Orders Disclosure for Dark Money, As New Report Unveils Some Donors

2 hours 38 min ago

Groups such as the NRA and Chamber of Commerce must disclose who paid for campaign ads they run this fall. A new report says such groups pumped about $600 million into elections between 2010 and 2016.

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President Trump Says He Stands By Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

2 hours 43 min ago

President Trump strongly defended his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and said he feels terribly for him. Kavanaugh is accused of sexual assault when he was a teenager.

Russia Blames Israel For Plane Shot Down By Syria

2 hours 43 min ago

Russia blamed Israel after Syria downed a Russian reconnaissance plane, killing 15 people. Israel expressed condolences for those killed but in turn blamed Iran and Hezbollah guerrillas.

New Biopic 'Blaze' Explores Life Of Texas Outlaw Songwriter

2 hours 43 min ago

One of the unsung heroes of the Texas Outlaw music movement was songwriter Blaze Foley. A new biopic directed by Ethan Hawke explores Foley's life and music.

To Raise Interest Rates Or To Leave Them Alone? The Federal Reserve Must Decide

3 hours 2 min ago

As the Federal Reserve considers whether or not to raise interest rates, they have a growing complication to factor in: raising interest rates doesn't seem to have the same effect on the economy that it used to.

Former U.N. Rights Human Rights Chief Outlines The State Of The Geopolitical Climate

3 hours 2 min ago

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Zeid Raad Al Hussein, who recently stepped down from his post as United Nations human rights chief, about his thoughts on the state of human rights.

Boeing Calls Back Retired Workers To Help Keep Up With Supply Chain

3 hours 2 min ago

Unfinished 737s are stacking up on the tarmac outside of a Boeing plant near Seattle as the supply chain struggles to keep up with demand. The company is calling back retired workers to help finish putting the planes together.

As Recovery Continues In The Carolinas, Officials Look Ahead To Prevent The Next Disaster

3 hours 2 min ago

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the state is confronting an epic disaster with the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. The recovery will involve difficult questions about living with the hazards of water.

Protests Continue In Port City In Iraq Over Lack Of Drinking Water And Corruption

3 hours 2 min ago

Iraq's port city of Basra is a hub of oil wealth but is poor and angry. Protests have continued for weeks over a lack of drinking water and an excess of political corruption — with some blaming Iran.

Trump Says China Is Intentionally Attacking His Supporters With Its Retaliatory Tariffs

3 hours 2 min ago

China is retaliating against the latest round of U.S. tariffs, targeting $60 billion worth of American goods, including agricultural products, chemicals and machinery. China will now be imposing penalties on most of the American products that enter the country.

How A Trade War Between The U.S. And China Could Impact Consumers

3 hours 2 min ago

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with David French of the National Retail Federation, about how the Trump administration's latest round of tariffs will affect consumers and the prices they pay.

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