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Rock 'N' Roll Legend Chuck Berry Dies At 90

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:10am

Chuck Berry is being remembered as the man who taught the world rock and roll. Berry, who died at age 90, dared to swagger, crafted the guitar riff and emphasized story telling.

Former Colleague Says Judge Gorsuch Works Across Party Lines

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:10am

Steve Inskeep talks to former judge Michael McConnell, who was a colleague of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch when they both served on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. McConnell is now a law professor at Stanford University.

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Columnist Jimmy Breslin Dies At 88

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:10am

Steve Inskeep remembers legendary newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, who died on Sunday at the age of 88.

Insurance Industry Worried By GOP Plan To Replace Obamacare, Consultant Says

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:10am

Steve Inskeep talks to Robert Laszewski, a health policy consultant, about how the Republican's plan to reform health care would effect insurers. Laszewski had a long career in the insurance industry.

Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of 'Sesame Street'

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:02am

Julia has bright red hair, big green eyes and she loves to draw. She can be a little shy, but Elmo and Abby Cadabby don't mind. She's voiced by Stacey Gordon, whose son is on the autism spectrum, too.

(Image credit: Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop)

U2 On 'The Joshua Tree,' A Lasting Ode To A Divided America

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:59am

Bono and The Edge explain why, 30 years later, the biggest-selling album of their career feels disquietingly resonant.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Tax Credits, Penalties And Age Rating: Parsing The GOP Health Bill

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:56am

As the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act begins to move through Congress, reporters for NPR and Kaiser answer your questions about what it might mean for your health plan.

(Image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR)

New 'Basic Economy' Airfares May Not Be As Cheap As You Think

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:46am

All three of the biggest U.S. airlines now offer no-frills, discounted fares called "basic economy." Now there's evidence that it's not any cheaper, but is a way to raise standard economy fares.

(Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NCAA Stunner: South Carolina Boots Duke From Tournament

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:01am

Second-seed Duke was knocked out of the men's NCAA basketball tournament on Sunday by No. 7 seed South Carolina, 88-81.

(Image credit: Chuck Burton/AP)

Former Law Student: Gorsuch Told Class Women 'Manipulate' Maternal Leave

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 11:15pm

A student who took an ethics course under Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch at the University of Colorado Law School in 2016 made the allegation in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

(Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

After Short-Lived Tenure, Uber President Quits Amid Company Turmoil

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 8:40pm

Jeff Jones cited conflicting leadership approaches upon leaving the company after just six months. Uber's CEO had recruited the marketing expert to bolster the ride-hailing giant's reputation.

(Image credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Target)

The Vatican Sends Its Social Media Guru To SXSW Festival

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:01pm

Bishop Paul Tighe, the Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, was a member of the Vatican's inaugural panel at the Austin fest. He discusses the Catholic Church's social media role.

Take A Peek Under The Helmet Of Virtual Reality At SXSW

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:01pm

VR was everywhere at the Austin festival. Todd Richmond, the director of advanced prototypes at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies breaks down the hype.

FAARROW Joins SXSW Bands In Drawing Attention To Travel Ban

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:01pm

Somali sisters Siham and Iman Hashi come together to make the pop music group FAARROW. The girls escaped their home country, while it was being torn apart by civil war.

In A Republican-Dominated State, Texas Democrats Share A Weekly Drink

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:01pm

At the Star Bar in Austin, Texas, local, longtime Democrats Jeff Crosby, Glenn Smith, Genevieve Van Cleve and Doug Zabel gather for what they call the "Out of Power Happy Hour."

Ex-CIA Officer, Texas Rep. Will Hurd, On Russia's 'Greatest Covert Action Campaign'

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:01pm

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) talks about President Trump's plan to build a wall, the Congressional intelligence hearings on Monday and his recent road trip with Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

At SXSW, Garth Brooks Sees The Constants In A Changing Industry

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:01pm

The music business has evolved dramatically since the country icon began his career. What hasn't changed, he says, is how artists connect with fans: "The music kinda lets you be in their life."

(Image credit: Jeremy Cowart/Courtesy of the artist)

After Schizophrenic Inmate Dies In A Shower, Florida Prosecutor Finds No Wrongdoing

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 4:11pm

Four years after Darren Rainey died in a prison shower, the Miami-Dade prosecutor decided against charging any officers. Since the 1960s, the mentally ill have increasingly been housed in prisons.

(Image credit: Lynne Sladky/AP)

Indonesia's Peat Fires Still Blaze, But Not As Much As They Used To

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 1:00pm

Clearing peat land by fire is illegal but remains widespread, since it's the cheapest way to clear land for farming and industry. Still, peat fires were down by more than 80 percent from 2015 to 2016.

(Image credit: Yosef Riadi for NPR)

Ahead Of House Hearing, Committee Head Says No Evidence Of Collusion Or Wiretapping

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 12:36pm

The head of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes said that there is still no evidence that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower, as President Trump has claimed.

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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