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The Rise Of Secularism And The Alt-Right

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 7:12am

More Americans are no longer affiliated with a religious institution. Peter Beinart of The Atlantic tells NPR's Scott Simon how that rise in secularism contributed to the rise of Donald Trump.

Win $1 Million For Your Bright Idea To Fix The World

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 6:00am

A Swedish billionaire wants you to think of a better way to run the world — and get rid of problems like violence and extreme poverty.

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From Striking Photos To Surprising Stained Glass, A Wide-Ranging Whitney Biennial

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 6:00am

There are 63 artists in this year's Biennial, including An-My Lê, whose photography touches on immigration, and Raúl de Nieves, who made a stained glass window with tape, paper, beads and more.

(Image credit: Matthew Carasella/Courtesy of The Whitney Museum)

Big Thief Whispers, Then Roars, At SXSW 2017

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 6:00am

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker had the capacity Stubb's crowd in the palm of her hand at our showcase.

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Both Pointless And Playful, 'The Idiot' Is Like A Long Dream

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 6:00am

Elif Batuman has sung the praises of "long novels, pointless novels," and she puts her money where her mouth is with The Idiot, a tale of youthful confusion that can be both boring and beautiful.

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Paris Airport Evacuated After Man Shot Dead By Security After Seizing Weapon

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 5:17am

Flights are being redirected and thousands of people are being evacuated from Paris' Orly Airport.

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Education Budget Cuts, Student Aid Problems And More

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 5:05am

Trump's proposed 13 percent budget cut is the top education story of the week. Also: What's happening with student aid.

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Redistricting Reform Advocates Say The Real 'Rigged System' Is Gerrymandering

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 5:00am

Advocates in Virginia and beyond hope voters will be more engaged in the wake of the 2016 and ready to take on redistricting reform.

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My Unlovely Lady Lump: When MRSA Is Ugly, But Not Life-Threatening

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 4:00am

Antibiotic-resistant staph infections don't always start in hospitals, and they aren't always particularly dangerous. But, even after a MRSA-infected wound heals, the bacteria often remain.

In Nashville, Spelling Frederick Douglass's Name Correctly Ends An 80-Year Mystery

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 3:00am

Nashville ends decades old Frederick Douglass mystery.

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Customs And Border Protection Outlines Border Wall Requirements

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 1:20am

Customs and Border Protection is asking for designs and prototypes from contractors to build Trump's proposed wall. Some requirements: It has to be at least 18 feet tall and "physically imposing."

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Trump Administration Files Motion Aimed At Controlling Consumer Protection Agency

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:24pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is in the executive branch, but the president doesn't control it, which he says is unconstitutional. Agency supporters say independence is its strength.

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Florida Gov. Removes State Attorney From Death Penalty Case

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:02pm

After saying she wouldn't seek the death penalty, a state attorney was removed from prosecuting a high-profile killing case by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The state death penalty continues to be debated.

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Within SXSW, A Smaller, Latino Conference Has Something To Say About America

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:13pm

NPR's Felix Contreras and Audie Cornish discussed SXAmericas and the bands who are reacting to recent changes in US immigration enforcement.

(Image credit: Nicola Gell/Getty Images for SXSW)

The Axis Of Awkward: When Merkel Met Trump

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:46pm

It's hard to imagine two more different political figures. Whether these polar opposites can collaborate may be the single biggest factor in determining the future of the trans-Atlantic partnership.

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South X Lullaby: L.A. Salami

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:45pm

Standing on the smoking balcony of a hotel overlooking the Austin skyline, L.A. Salami plays "Day To Day (For 6 Days A Week)" for a small crowd just before midnight.

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Episode 759: What's It Worth To You?

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:26pm

Three short stories about putting a price on something hard to value precisely. We go from $4.66 under a pillow all the way up to $1 trillion across every inch of highway in America

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Travel Ban Legal Battles Continue, As Administration Appeals New Injunction

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:37pm

Before President Trump's second travel ban could take effect, two judges blocked it. The Justice Department has filed a notice of appeal in one of those cases, setting up another showdown.

Netflix's 'Iron Fist' Stumbles In Depiction Of Asian Culture

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:30pm

Netflix releases another Marvel superhero series, Iron Fist. This one features a white martial arts expert who fights bad guys, most of whom are Asian. After successful shows like Jessica Jones, this one misses the mark.

U.N. High Commissioner For Human Rights Calls Syria A 'Torture Chamber'

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein about rights abuses in Syria and the impact on Jordan.

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