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Robert Elllis On World Cafe

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:26pm

Ellis' new fourth album is a gorgeous, diverse collection of richly human roots-country music.

Africa Unveils All-Africa Passport — But So Far Only 2 People Have One

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:14pm

Economists say it'll be good for Africa, making it easier for businesspeople, workers and tourists to cross borders.

Henry Winkler On Garry Marshall: 'He Was An Unstoppable Creator'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:08pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to actor Henry Winkler, who starred in Happy Days, about his memories working with writer and director Garry Marshall.

Prep School Faces Accusations Of Chronic Mishandling Of Sexual Assault Cases

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:59pm

Administrators at Phillips Exeter Academy agree that they should not have handled a case of alleged assault by requiring the accused student to bake and deliver bread to his alleged victim.

The Grand Ambitions Of A Slain Journalist In Ukraine

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:50pm

Pavel Sheremet, who was killed Wednesday, clashed with Russian authorities over his investigative reporting. He thought he'd found a safe home in Ukraine. NPR's Joanne Levine met him just last month.

WATCH: Trump's Plane Interrupts Ted Cruz Rally, Crowd Boos

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:49pm

"Our party now has a nominee," Cruz said. As if on cue, the billionaire businessman's plane emblazoned with "TRUMP" across the side flew overhead to land nearby.

Joint Convention Coverage Makes For Not So Conventional Radio

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:44pm

Audio problems and missing podium speeches frustrate NPR listeners on opening nights of joint PBS/NPR convention coverage.

Ohio's Duck Tape Festival Celebrates Creative Uses Of Adhesive Spools

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

For our series about off-kilter summer festivals, we go to Avon, Ohio, for their annual Duck Tape Festival to see all the creative uses of the product — from fashion to monuments.

'The Battle For Home' Traces Syria's History Through Architecture

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Homs-based architect Marwa al-Sabouni, about her new book The Battle for Home, which traces Syria's past, present and possible future through the lens of architecture.

Admiralty Arch To Host London's Most Expensive Apartment

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

London, already a home for the ultra-rich, will soon boast one of the most expensive apartments in the world. Located in the iconic Admiralty Arch building, the 12 bedroom apartment is estimated to cost 150 million pounds.

United Kingdom Faces Severe Housing Shortage Amid Immigrant Influx

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

The United Kingdom has a housing shortage. Add an influx of immigrants from other parts of European Union, and you have a market where escalating prices put home ownership out of the reach of many people.

Theresa May Meets Angela Merkel Ahead Of Formal Brexit Talks

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Stefan Kornelius, foreign editor for Süddeutsche Zeitung, about the first meeting of Theresa May with German Chancellor Angela Merkel since May became the new British Prime Minister.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence To Make GOP Convention Debut

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence will make his debut at the GOP convention on Wednesday night.

Hollywood Legend Garry Marshall Dies At 81

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

Hollywood legend Garry Marshall died Tuesday at the age of 81. He was responsible for some of the biggest TV hits of the 1970s including The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days. He also made Julia Roberts a superstar with Pretty Woman.

Twitter Bans 'Breitbart' Editor For Sending Offensive Tweets To Leslie Jones

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

In an unusual move, Twitter has decided to ban a troll. The company suspended the account of a technology editor at the conservative news site Breitbart after he tweeted offensive posts to Leslie Jones, the Ghostbusters actress.

Montana's 'Pain Refugees' Leave State To Get Prescribed Opioids

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:12pm

With rising awareness of opioid abuse, some pain patients say doctors are less likely to prescribe them. One Montana sufferer goes to great lengths to get his prescription — he flies to California.

U.S. Appeals Court Finds Texas Voter ID Law Discriminates Against Minority Voters

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:07pm

The 5th Circuit ruled that the law might not intentionally violate voters' rights, but does have a discriminatory effect. It called for a lower court to fix the problem before the November elections.

U.S. Sues To Recover Funds Allegedly Stolen From Malaysian Government Fund

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:44pm

The money — which U.S. officials say was used to buy a $35 million jet, art by Van Gogh, rights to The Wolf of Wall Street — was raised by a fund with ties to Malaysia's prime minister and his family.

46 Stops: On 'The Driving Life And Death Of Philando Castile'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:34pm

Gene Demby talks with NPR's Cheryl Corley and Eyder Peralta, who reported on Philando Castile's encounters with local police — 46 of them — before he was killed during a traffic stop.

An Archaeological Mystery In Ghana: Why Didn't Past Droughts Spell Famine?

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:16pm

A terrible drought hit Ghana in the 1400s, far worse than today's conditions. Yet people had enough to eat, while today they go hungry. What changed? In a word, colonialism, a new study suggests.

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