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Kickboxing Director Lexi Alexander Uses Activism To Bust Out Of 'Movie Jail'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

After her 2008 movie, Punisher: War Zone, flopped, Alexander had a hard time getting new projects. She was in what's known as Hollywood's "movie jail," a common experience for female directors.

Father And Daughter Circumnavigate The Globe Using A Mental Compass

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

Hokule'a — a voyaging canoe based on ancient Polynesian craft — is travelling around the world. Its navigators have learned to traverse the open ocean relying the sun, stars, and waves.

'High Highs And Deep Lows': 5 Days With Doctors Without Borders In South Sudan

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

In the past year, dozens of hospitals run by the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, have been attacked. NPR spends a week with two doctors in a hospital inside an enormous refugee camp in South Sudan to find out why they work in dangerous places, and what the work is like.

Donald Trump Surpasses Number Of Delegates Needed To Secure GOP Nomination

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

According to the Associated Press, Donald Trump has crossed the threshold of 1,237 delegates, making him the presumptive Republican nominee for president. The change came as a small number of unbound delegates said they will support him at the party's convention.

In Louisiana, It's Now A Hate Crime To Target Police Officers

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:18pm

Those convicted of targeting law enforcement and emergency crews can now face stricter penalties. "The overarching message is that hate crimes will not be tolerated in Louisiana," the governor said.

Quilt On World Cafe

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 2:44pm

The Brooklyn band has solidified its psychedelic sound on its new album, Plaza. Hear a conversation and performance.

Obama's Nuclear Paradox: Pushing For Cuts, Agreeing To Upgrades

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 2:15pm

Obama has sought to reduce the world's nuclear stockpile throughout his tenure. Yet he's also put the U.S. on course to spend some $1 trillion on upgrading its aging nuclear arsenal.

To Kill Mosquitoes That Spread Zika, Strike Before They Fly

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 2:10pm

Cities and towns are preparing for mosquito season and the threat of the Zika virus by spreading pesticides. It worked for the West Nile virus but may not be as effective for controlling Zika.

#HeforShe: Why These Guys Speak Up For Women's Rights

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 1:57pm

Typically women are the ones who get involved with reproductive rights and family planning. But there are exceptions.

First Watch: The Wild Reeds, 'Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight)'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 1:22pm

The sound of The Wild Reeds is the sound of three singers propelled by great rhythms and memorable songs. On "Everything Looks Better," they sing of nostalgia and the ways it tricks memories.

Democrats Burned By Charges Of A Rigged Nomination, But Some In GOP Watch With Envy

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 1:20pm

Even some of Hillary Clinton's foremost fans and staunchest party regulars — such as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi — are ready to talk about a fresh infusion of populism for the next round.

Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 1:16pm

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.

Baylor Removes Ken Starr As President Over University's Response To Sex Assault Cases

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 1:06pm

An independent review found that the university failed to adequately handle reports of harassment and assault and, in some cases, actively discouraged students from coming forward.

Women Who Have To Delay Pumping Risk Painful Breast Engorgement

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:53pm

Pumping breast milk may seem optional, but women who don't pump or breast-feed on a regular schedule risk engorgement, a painful condition that can lead to infection and other medical complications.

Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel Versus Gawker Media

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:52pm

Thiel, a PayPal co-founder and former CEO, says driving Gawker out of business would be a public service.

As Lethal Heroin Overdose Numbers Rise, Families Find Solace In Organ Donation

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:40pm

Organ banks around the country have noted an increasing number of organs from donors who have died of overdoses.

Poet And Author Remembers The Life And Works Of Wallace Stevens

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:40pm

A new biography of Stevens examines the roiling internal life that led to some of the poet’s best known works.

The Spending Race Between Japan And China On Global Infrastructure

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:33pm

Japan is touting a new $200-billion infrastructure plan, while China has been heavily investing across Asia and Africa.

In New Political Warfare, 'Armies Of Video Trackers' Swarm Candidates

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:16pm

New Yorker writer Jane Mayer discusses conservative activist James O'Keefe's latest botched sting operation, and the new kind of political opposition research O'Keefe pioneered.

German Air Force Bids Farewell To New Mexico Community

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:11pm

The Luftwaffe's training center at Holloman Air Force Base has meant millions of dollars to the U.S. government – and to the local economy.




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