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Lila Downs: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 8:32am

With a voice that borrows heavily from opera, Downs performs the kind of full-throated mariachi singing that would fit right in at Mexico City's Garibaldi Square — ground zero for mariachi.

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Hungarian Camerawoman Caught Kicking Migrants Is Sentenced To Probation

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 8:26am

A judge said Petra Laszlo's actions "ran counter to social norms." Laszlo was convicted of disorderly conduct and sentenced to three years of probation; she plans to appeal.

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Hear Grandaddy's Powerful New Synth Jam 'Evermore'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 8:01am

If you're not already, it's time to get excited about the upcoming Grandaddy album Last Place. The band's latest single, "Evermore," assures that the group has lost nothing after a 10-year break.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist )

Is There A Limit To How Many Friends We Can Have?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:46am

Anthropologist Robin Dunbar believes the evolutionary structure of social networks limits us to 150 meaningful relationships at a time — even with the rise of social media.

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What Happens When Hackers Hijack Our Smart Devices?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:46am

Computer scientist Avi Rubin says all our smart devices — cars, phones, even fitness trackers — can be hacked. He warns that our network of connected technology puts us at risk for cyberattacks.

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Can We Improve Our Transportation Network Using...Biology?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:46am

Wanis Kabbaj wants traffic to flow smoothly and efficiently, like the blood in our veins. He says driverless cars may be the solution to today's highway gridlock.

(Image credit: Video still courtesy TED)

How Do Trees Collaborate?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:46am

Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.

(Image credit: Courtesy Suzanne Simard)

Philosophy In The Octopus's Garden

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:30am

It's worth pausing and taking delight in the stunning image of a philosopher descending the ocean blue in his quest to understand how other minds work, says Alva Noë of Peter Godfrey-Smith's new book.

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David Crosby On World Cafe

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:00am

One of the most revered voices of our time returns to the World Cafe studio to perform songs from his new solo album, Lighthouse.

(Image credit: Django Crosby/Courtesy of the artist)

Syria Says Israel Attacked Military Airport, Warns Of 'Repercussions'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 6:39am

The Syrian government says Israel also attacked the airport, west of Damascus, in December. The Israeli military has declined to comment.

You Can Now Enter The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 6:00am

Enter by Jan. 29 for a chance to play your very own Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Hidden Figures' And 'One Day At A Time'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 6:00am

This week, the women of NASA and the women of a Netflix reboot both get lots of attention, and we close the show with what's making us happy this week.

(Image credit: Hopper Stone/SMPSP/Twentieth Century Fox)

Obama's Impact On America's Schools

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 5:38am

After eight years in office, his list of accomplishments is as long as it is controversial.

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Ring In 'Lemony Snicket' On Netflix With A Series Of Unfortunate Recipes

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 5:30am

In the children's books, food is practically a supporting character. So why not welcome the poor Baudelaire orphans with a delightfully miserable repast while binge-watching the new show?

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The Rewards Of Cleaning The House: Finding A Winning Lottery Ticket

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 5:04am

Joemel Panisa was cleaning out his house and found an envelope with a lottery ticket he had forgotten about. It turned out to be a winner — he claimed a $1 million prize eight days before it expired.

Trump's Cabinet Picks Break With Him On At Least 10 Major Issues

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 5:00am

In their congressional testimony this week, Trump's would-be advisers said they disagreed with the incoming president on a range of issues from Russian hacking to NATO to even that border wall.

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'Indianians' No More: 'Hoosier' Gets Official Status

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:56am

The government style book has officially designated people from Indiana what they've long called themselves: Hoosiers.

Ambassador To China Shares Lessons Learned With The Next Administration

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Democrat Max Baucus has been the U.S. ambassador to China since 2014. Now, he's preparing to hand over the post to his successor. He discusses the future of the U.S.-China relationship.

Bollywood Takes On Bias Against Girls

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

A blockbuster Bollywood movie is raking in millions and trying to change entrenched gender roles in India. It's set in Haryana state, where the sex ratio of newborns skews heavily toward boys.

Sen. Angus King On Trump's Cabinet Picks

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine talks with Rachel Martin about his impressions after sitting in on many of the hearings for Donald Trump's Cabinet picks this week.

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