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Refugees Leave The U.S. In Hopes Of Better Treatment in Canada

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00am

A surge of refugees is leaving America for Canada as they look for a more secure future. Refugees are quickly vetted by border agents and given access to shelter, health care and a work permit.

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The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00am

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide, or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason why, two economists say.

(Image credit: Brookings Papers on Economic Activity)

In Final Hours, GOP Leaders Scramble For Votes On Bill To Gut 'Obamacare'

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00am

House Republicans are poised to vote on legislation to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act, despite ongoing opposition from hard-line conservatives.

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Jersey City Debates Kushner Family Tax Breaks

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00am

Demonstrators at a Jersey City, N.J. city council meeting demanded that council members commit to not giving a tax break for a large development planned by the Kushner family real estate company.

Team USA Finally Proves World's Best, Crushing Puerto Rico 8-0 In Classic Final

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:50am

It may be considered the national pastime, but in the first three World Baseball Classics the United States was far from dominant. That changed Wednesday night in a lopsided title win.

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Doctor Turns Up Possible Treatment For Deadly Sepsis

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:01pm

Research hasn't yet confirmed the early hints that a mix of IV vitamins and steroids might stop the fatal organ failure of sepsis. But an effective treatment for sepsis would be a really big deal.

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First Listen: Orchestra Baobab, 'Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:00pm

One of West Africa's most charming bands is back — again. Stream Baobob's reunion album before its release next week.

(Image credit: Youri Lenquette/Courtesy of the artist)

First Listen: ÌFÉ, 'IIII+IIII'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:00pm

The Puerto Rican band injects Yoruban devotional songs with electronic production to form one of the more exciting releases of 2017.

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First Listen: Bob Dylan, 'Triplicate'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:00pm

The Nobel Award winner digs into the Great American Songbook for a third time. Stream a selection of songs from the three-disc set.

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First Listen: Rodney Crowell, 'Close Ties'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:00pm

Streaming the upcoming album by one of Americana's most revered songwriters in its entirety.

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First Listen: Aimee Mann, 'Mental Illness'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:00pm

For her ninth solo album, Mann says she set out to write the saddest, slowest record she could. But Mental Illness still sparkles in buoyantly catchy ways.

(Image credit: Sheryl Nields/Courtesy of the artist)

First Listen: The Knights, 'Azul'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:00pm

One of the finest, most ravishing, cello concertos so far this century, written for and performed by Yo-Yo Ma, finally receives its debut recording.

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First Listen: Hauschka, 'What If'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:00pm

The pianist creates a singular electronic language rooted in the past but reaching to the future.

(Image credit: Mareike Foecking/Courtesy of the artist)

Episode 760: Tax Hero

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:27pm

One professor had a way to make filing taxes easy and painless. It worked. People loved it. But then a big tax lobby heard about it...

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IMDb Adopts F-Rating Of Women's Contributions To Movies

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:00pm

The online database has embraced the rating intended to highlight directing, writing and other aspects of filmmaking by women. This expands the rating's reach to the site's more than 4 million titles.

Social Media, Math And The Mystery Of A Mumps Outbreak

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:35pm

Since August 2016, there have been nearly 3,000 cases of mumps diagnosed in Arkansas. A epidemiologist explains how her team used online data and mathematical modeling to understand the outbreak.

(Image credit: Maimuna Majumder/HealthMap; Alyson Hurt/NPR)

Health Care Plan Championed By Trump Hurts Counties That Voted For Him

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:25pm

Trump picked up big margins in small and rural counties. But those areas would take the biggest hit with tax credit changes, according to an NPR analysis of data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

(Image credit: Tyler Fisher, Alyson Hurt and Katie Park/NPR)

Fearful Farmers Rush To Find "Guest Workers"

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:07pm

Immigration lawyers are getting a wave of calls from farmers looking for foreign "guest workers." The farmers are worried that they'll lose their existing workers to an immigration crackdown.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

Powdered Vaccine Raises Hopes Of Stopping A Top Killer Of Kids

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:05pm

It's aimed at rotavirus, a nasty pathogen that can cause diarrhea and kills more than 500 children a day in developing countries.

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At SXSW, Asian-American Musicians Make A Space Of Their Own

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:55pm

This year's SXSW saw the first-ever showcase featuring exclusively Asian-American artists. Organizer Christine Minji Chang says one goal is to broaden Asian Americans' representation in the industry.

(Image credit: Mallory Yu/NPR)

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