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Episode 454: The Lollipop War

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 4:23pm

What do sugar farmers have against candy? A lot, according to candy manufacturers.

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U.S. Accuses Russia Of Cyberattacks On Energy Infrastructure

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 4:02pm

For the first time, the U.S. publicly blamed Russia for cyberattacks on its energy grid. Though they never went that far, Russian hackers gained the ability to completely shut down U.S. power plants.

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Invisibilia: Inspired By 'American Idol,' Somali TV Show Aimed To Change The World

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:57pm

Reality TV is popular around the world. It's also roundly mocked as formulaic and contrived. But can that kind of fragile fantasy meaningfully influence the real world?

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After Oxfam's Sex Scandal: Shocking Revelations, A Scramble For Solutions

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:17pm

In the past few weeks there have been additional reports of sexual misconduct in the aid community — and the start of a tense debate on how to halt such behavior.

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Why Irish Whiskey Is Experiencing A Resurgence

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:14pm

Carol Quinn, archivist for Irish Distillers, makers of Jameson whiskey says records of Ireland's special blend go back to the 14th century. Quinn discusses the resurgence of Irish whiskey.

After Dramatic Downfall, Tiger Woods Might Finally Be Making A Comeback

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:14pm

The last time Tiger Woods won a golf tournament was 2013. Once the world's top player, he's struggled with a myriad of health issues and off-the-course distractions. But he's back and close to winning again.

My Lai Massacre Of 1968 Continues To Resonate In America

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:14pm

50 years after the My Lai massacre, in which American soldiers in Vietnam killed more than 500 civilians in a period of four hours, the atrocity continues to resonate in America.

White House Says No More Immediate Personnel Changes Coming

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:14pm

The White House says there are no immediate personnel changes looming, despite rampant rumors that of more staff shakeups.

Saudi Prince May Have Trouble Finding U.S. Investors After Anti-Corruption Campaign

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:14pm

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince began a tour of the U.S. Friday to try and drum up foreign investment. That may be a hard sell after 200 princes and wealthy businessmen were detained at a luxury hotel in Riyadh for three months as part of the prince's anti-corruption campaign.

Russian Hackers Could Have Shut Down U.S. Power Plants, Experts Say

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:14pm

The U.S. says Russian hackers targeted American utility companies in a series of cyberattacks. Nothing was disrupted, but experts say the hackers could have shut down power plants at will.

How Russians View The Country's Presidential Election Varies Greatly By Geography

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:14pm

Russia is the biggest country in the world by land mass, so when you ask what Russians think about the presidential election this Sunday, the answers vary greatly by geography.

Election Watchdog Group In Moscow Says Russian Voter Fraud Is Rising

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:14pm

When Russians head to the polls to vote for president on Sunday, thousands of election observers will be watching for fraud. The head of an election watchdog group in Moscow and a woman who blew the whistle on election fraud in 2011 talk about what it means to watch the election.

Week In Politics: White House Addresses Staff Turnover

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:14pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at The Federalist and Boston Herald reporter Kimberly Atkins about U.S.-Russia relations, the firing of Rex Tillerson and the Pennsylvania special congressional election upset by Democrat Conor Lamb.

The Bear Necessities

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:03pm

The man who wrote the book on the collapse of Bear Stearns talks about what happened a decade ago and where we are today.

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The Russian Chef Who Is Bringing Back His Homeland's Colorful, Classic Cuisine

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:00pm

Before the Soviet period, "Russian food had color," says Vladimir Mukhin of Moscow's world-famous White Rabbit restaurant. He aims to honor those flavors, as well as locally source his ingredients.

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Jimmy McPartland On Piano Jazz

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 2:52pm

Revisit this 1990 episode featuring the legendary cornetist as he teams up with his wife, host Marian McPartland, to perform "St. James Infirmary."

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In Tariff War, Europe Could Target U.S. Orange Juice, Cranberries, Crocheted Garments

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 2:26pm

When President Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, retaliation was expected. Now, the EU has published a list of hundreds of U.S. products that would be subject to European tariffs.

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As Bodies Are Pulled From Rubble, Questions Mount About Miami Bridge

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 2:25pm

Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted that the bridge's cables were being tightened when it fell. At least six people were killed when the 950-ton bridge collapsed across a South Florida roadway Thursday.

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ProPublica Corrects Its Story On Trump's CIA Nominee Gina Haspel And Waterboarding

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 1:03pm

The investigative and fact-checking newsroom is retracting parts of its story that had resurfaced after Gina Haspel was picked by President Trump to lead the CIA.

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What's Hot At SXSW This Year?

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:52pm

The South By Southwest festivals are going on this week in Austin, Texas. They're a mix of music, film and technology.




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