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Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets

1 hour 20 min ago

Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common.

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What's The Best Way To Help Refugees Land A Job?

1 hour 37 min ago

Stanford University's Immigration Policy Lab has created an algorithm to predict where a refugee has the best chance of finding employment.

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'Den Of Thieves' Offers An Epic Cops And Robbers Tale, Re-'Heat'ed

1 hour 41 min ago

Christian Gudegast's film about a bank heist in L.A. borrows so freely from Michael Mann's 1995 film Heat it never quite recovers from the deep cinematic debt.

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Baltimore Schools' Heating Crisis A 'Day Of Reckoning' For The City And State

1 hour 59 min ago

After heating problems left some students in 40-degree classrooms, city and school leaders, there's plenty of baggage and blame to go around.

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'Forever My Girl': A Familiar Tune, Played (Too) Simply

2 hours 10 min ago

A Southern town, a heapin' helpin' of heartbreak, a shot at redemption and an adorable tyke: Writer-director Bethany Ashton Wolf's romantic drama never complicates or deepens its rote story.

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Documentary 'The Final Year' Offers Behind-The-Scenes Look At Obama's Foreign Policy

2 hours 10 min ago

Greg Barker's film favors candid emotional moments over a meaningful examination of how key policy initiatives were shaped in the closing months of the Obama presidency.

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Tune-Yards' 'Private Life' Is A Public Self-Examination

2 hours 12 min ago

Merrill Garbus talks ditching the face paint, learning from the Black Lives Matter movement and acknowledging her platform as a white artist on the new album I Can Feel You Creep into My Private Life.

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Cryptocurrency Investors Worry, Wait After Bitcoin Price Drop

2 hours 31 min ago

There are hundreds of digital currencies worldwide. The price of the largest, best known one just plummeted by 50 percent. Now, investors are watching for a boom — or a bust.

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More States Turning To Toll Roads To Raise Cash For Infrastructure

2 hours 34 min ago

Tight budgets and shrinking infrastructure money from Washington, have more states are hiking tolls and adding tollways to raise money to fix and repair roads and bridges.

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'This Is Depraved Conduct': Couple Charged With Torture After Kids Found Shackled

2 hours 34 min ago

Their 13 children, who range from 2 years old to 29, allegedly suffered years of brutal abuse. Now, the Southern California parents could face life in prison. Officials have released new details.

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'Portlandia' Is Ending, And Portlanders Are OK With That

2 hours 34 min ago

The TV show's early sketches lovingly skewered the city's progressive optimism and "Keep Portland Weird" mindset. It was an image Portlanders embraced, then struggled with.

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Brandy Clark On Mountain Stage

2 hours 49 min ago

The Nashville-based country singer-songwriter charms with a set full of sharp-witted songs from her latest release, Live from Los Angeles.

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Google's Art Selfie App Offers A Lesson In Biometric Privacy Laws In U.S.

2 hours 55 min ago

Google's popular art selfie feature isn't available in Illinois or Texas. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Matthew Kluger, a law professor at NorthwesternUniversity, about how biometric privacy laws are affecting tech companies in certain states.

Roger Severino Discusses The HHS Division Of Conscience And Religious Freedom

2 hours 55 min ago

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Roger Severino about the new Department of Health and Human Services Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom, which is intended to protect people from discrimination if they refuse to participate in health services, against their beliefs.

The History Of Government Shutdowns In The U.S.

2 hours 55 min ago

The is not the first time Congress has had little time left to find a deal to prevent a government shutdown. But what lessons were learned from previous government shutdown showdowns? Who has the power, who gets the blame, and what does the history of these confrontations tell us about this current situation?

How Trump's Inauguration Speech Compares To His First Year In Office

2 hours 55 min ago

Donald Trump's inauguration speech may be remembered for his description of "American carnage." But one year later, we look at how good of a roadmap it was for his first year as president.

What's Really The Biggest Threat To The Coal Industry

2 hours 55 min ago

President Trump has talked about a war on coal. He also talks about job killing regulations on coal. He's right that the coal industry is in decline, but the biggest threat isn't regulation, it's the free market.

Accusations of 'Frat House' Behavior Trail 'LA Times' Publisher's Career

3 hours 41 min ago

Los Angeles Times CEO and publisher Ross Levinsohn has been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits; female colleagues have repeatedly challenged his conduct in the workplace at various firms.

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Sense Of Place, South Africa: Sannie Fox

4 hours 8 min ago

Bringing together her Afrikaans, Portuguese and Welsh heritage, all combined into the unique perspective of someone who moved to South Africa as a child.

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Sense Of Place, South Africa: Sol Gems

4 hours 11 min ago

A live psychedelic performance recorded live in the economic hub of the country, Johannesburg.

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