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Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford On Scott Pruitt And EPA

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford about Friday's vote to confirm Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. The vote is before a deadline for Pruitt to release emails with fossil fuel interests.

Trump Boasts Of 'Incredible Progress' In 4 Weeks Of Presidency

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

It's now four weeks since President Trump was sworn in. Despite setbacks, like the sacking of his national security adviser, Trump is talking about "incredible progress" he's made since taking office.

Russians React To Trump Aides' Reported Links To Russia

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

President Trump's been dogged by reports saying his aides had contact with Russian intelligence. We look at how people in Russia are reacting to the news.

Counterterrorism Expert Richard Clarke On Trump's Relations With Intelligence Agencies

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Rachel Martin speaks to former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke about Michael Flynn's resignation and the many developments related to the intelligence community this week.

Trump Attacks The Media As 'Dishonest'

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Donald Trump decided to hold a news conference Thursday, and spent much of it insulting the news media.

A Journey Of 30 Years Began With A Single Fortune Cookie

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Donald Lau wrote fortunes in fortune cookies for 30 years, but now he's quitting because he can't conjure up new bits of wisdom. Now he's training a successor. But when one door closes another opens.

Winston Churchill Ponders Extraterrestrial Life In Newly Discovered Essay

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Astrophysicist Mario Livio discusses a recently unearthed essay written by Winston Churchill in 1939. Churchill wrote about the possibility of space travel and life on other planets.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman On Fighting Trump Travel Ban

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman about his legal challenges to the White House's travel ban and other ways he is opposing President Trump's agenda.

Trump's Thursday News Conference, Explained

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

At a news conference Thursday, Donald Trump said the media is being "dishonest" and talked about his new nominee to lead the Department of Labor.

Migrants Choose Arrest In Canada Over Staying In The U.S.

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

A rural road in northern New York has become a magnet for refugees who no longer want to stay in the U.S. Growing numbers are stepping into Canada, knowing Mounties immediately will arrest them.

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Nature's Ready For Her Close-Up: 'Planet Earth II' Returns In Ultra High-Def

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

The original BBC series was one of the first blockbuster high-definition TV shows. A decade later, drones and light-weight steady cams give viewers a front-row view of nature's majesty and fragility.

(Image credit: Emma Napper/BBC America)

When Reality Is More Intense Than Psychedelics: Strand Of Oaks On 'Hard Love'

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Musician Timothy Showalter, a.k.a. Strand of Oaks, spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep about his new album and embracing life for what it is, even when things don't go so well.

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Using The Blockchain To Change Prisons

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Charlie Shrem went to prison for his involvement in Bitcoin trading. Now he's out and part of the next evolution of Bitcoin's future, investments that trade using Bitcoin's underlying technology.

ICE Detains A Victim Of Domestic Abuse At Texas Courthouse

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 9:33pm

A Texas prosecutor says immigration agents violated the sanctity of a courthouse to detain a woman abused by her boyfriend.

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Robert Harward Turns Down Job as National Security Adviser

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:18pm

Harward was offered the job to replace Michael Flynn, who was fired Monday by Trump. But Harward said no, reportedly because the job was too demanding to bring him out of retirement.

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Brooke Waggoner On Mountain Stage

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:46pm

The Nashville singer-songwriter returns to Mountain Stage with music from her latest album, Sweven.

(Image credit: Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage)

A Daughter Of Coal Country Battles Climate Change — And Her Father's Doubt

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:36pm

In southwestern Pennsylvania, collapsed mining and steel industries led to economic and environmental downturn. A divided father and daughter work to find common ground to save their hometown.

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Latin Roots: La Yegros

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:18pm

The Argentine singer-songwriter combines tropical pop, hip-hop, dancehall, North African folk and Latin rhythms. Hear her perform live.

(Image credit: Nora Lezano/Courtesy of the artist)

2 High School Teachers Throw Punches And Crude Jokes In 'Fist Fight'

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Charlie Day and Ice Cube lead a great cast, but this comedy, filled with cruel pranks and retrograde notions of masculinity, "leaves a sour aftertaste," says critic Scott Tobias.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture)

'A Cure For Wellness' Needs A Dose Of Originality

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Gore Verbinski leans on tried-and-true horror visuals to provide this film, set in a sinister Alpine spa, with its scares. But at 2 1/2 hours, patient fatigue sets in early.

(Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

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