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Brexit: What's Race Got To Do With It?

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 6:00am

Why did the U.K. just vote for something so economically disastrous? Some point to racial tension resulting from record levels of immigration within the EU.

Beautifully Alien 'Ninefox Gambit' Mixes Math And Magic

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 6:00am

Yoon Ha Lee's new novel is hard to sum up — in an alien world so dissimilar to ours its technology seems like magic, reality is a consensus that requires intense, rigid belief to function.

The Man Who Argued Health Care For Obama Looks Back As He Steps Down

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 5:00am

The day after Solicitor General Donald Verrilli announced he was stepping down, he sat down with NPR's Nina Totenberg to reflect on his five years as the government's chief advocate.

How A New Texting Service Connects Music Artist With His Fans

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 4:33am

Ryan Leslie developed an app that lets him manage conversations with fans and colleagues from his phone. He says the engagement tool gives artists a stronger hand in the business of their music.

Personality Tests Are Popular, But Do They Capture The Real You?

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 4:18am

It can be a lot of fun taking those back-of-the-magazine personality tests. But tests may be less fun when they are used by employers to make big life decisions on hiring and job performance.

Up The Amazon Without A Paddle — Or Passport, Or Visa, Or Girlfriend

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 4:17am

We recently asked our audience to share their travel nightmares. NPR's Peter Breslow tells his own harrowing story — as a New Jersey boy who had everything go wrong on his South American expedition.

From 'Brexit' To Trump, Nationalist Movements Gain Momentum Around World

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 4:00am

There are deep parallels between Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the "Brexit" movement and nationalist parties across Europe.

Orlando Plans Aid To People Hurt By Nightclub Attack

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 9:26pm

The city has set up an assistance center and plans to begin distributing $9 million in donations to the victims of the Pulse shootings and their families. An LGBTQ group has raised nearly $6 million.

Kansas Votes More Money For Public Schools To Avert Shutdown

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 9:25pm

Legislators, pressured by the state Supreme Court, passed a $38 million package for the state's underfunded schools. Justices had threatened to close all public schools in Kansas after this month.

California Wildfire Claims 2 Lives

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 6:34pm

A fast-moving blaze in the central part of the state, whipped up by hot temperatures and dry vegetation, has burned more than 1,900 acres. Officials warn conditions are ripe for more wildfires.

Episode 707: Brexit

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 6:08pm

What just happened in the UK? And what's coming next?

Rio Drug Testing Lab Is Suspended Weeks Before Olympics

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 5:36pm

The international agency that regulates anti-doping testing has shut down the Brazilian lab, raising doubts that it can be ready for the Summer Games, which start in August.

Dozens Burned During Tony Robbins Motivational Exercise

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 5:18pm

Seminar participants were hoping to conquer their fears by walking over hot coals. Instead, dozens at the Dallas event were treated for burns. A Robbins representative says there was no emergency.

As A Major Zoo Closes, 10 Reasons To Rethink The Concept

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 4:53pm

Are zoos really effective at education and conservation? Anthropologist Barbara J. King offers her top reasons why it's time to rethink the role of zoos.

Remembering Bluegrass Singer Ralph Stanley

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 4:28pm

The genre-defining singer joined World Cafe in 2002 for a career-spanning conversation.

How Much Baseball Is Too Much For Young Kids?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 4:21pm

As commentator Alva Noë heads off to a youth baseball tournament with his 11-year-old son, he pauses to review a new book by Jeff Passan on the dangers of too much baseball in the lives of young kids.

Historic West Virginia Flash Floods Kill At Least 14 People

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 4:19pm

Flooding across West Virginia has killed at least 14 people and seriously damaged or destroyed more than 100 homes. It's the worst flooding in a century for some areas of the state.

Neil Young On World Cafe

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 4:08pm

Join in a listening session for Young's new live album, Earth, which also features field recordings of natural sounds.

Brexit Created Many Losers, But Some Winners Too. Which Are You?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 4:06pm

Uncertainty generated by Brexit caused many investments to head south. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 3.39 percent. Still, there were some winners, like home buyers seeking low-interest loans.

Bernie Worrell, 'Wizard Of Woo,' Dies At 72

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:54pm

The influential keyboardist and composer had been diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. Worrell was a key member of Parliament-Funkadelic and played with the Talking Heads.

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