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'New Yorker' Writer Paints Picture Of James Mattis As Both Soldier And Scholar

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to reporter Dexter Filkins, about his profile of Defense Secretary James Mattis in the latest issue of The New Yorker. The article comes as President Trump is calling for a $54 billion increase in defense spending, and it follows the administration's recent military actions in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan.

DNC Staffer's Murder Illustrates How Conspiracy Theorists Spread Fake News

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Washington Post reporter David Weigel about the conspiracy behind Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich's murder last summer and how fake news is still spreading.

Supreme Court Upholds Rejection Of North Carolina Congressional Districts

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:35pm

The Supreme Court upheld the rejection of two congressional districts in North Carolina by a lower court. The lower court ruled the districts had been unlawfully drawn to diminish the voting power of African Americans and ordered them redrawn.

South African Man Crushed To Death By Wounded Elephant

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:28pm

Theunis Botha was leading a hunting group when the elephant charged and lifted him up in the air. At that point, a member of Botha's party fatally shot the animal.

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Federal Computers Dodge Global Malware Attack ... This Time

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:55pm

Experts say federal agencies have taken steps to secure networks, but they remain vulnerable.

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At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:50pm

In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.

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They Outnumber Refugees But Don't Often Make Headlines

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:43pm

The world is riveted by the ongoing refugee crisis. Less so by the ongoing — and much larger — internally displaced persons crisis.

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Richard Oakes, Who Occupied Alcatraz For Native Rights, Gets A Birthday Honor

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:41pm

The late activist and Google doodle honoree stormed the island with dozens of other activists in 1969, citing a century-old treaty in claiming it for Native Americans. He would have been 75 on Monday.

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Jury Selection In Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial Looks To Be A Challenge

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:00pm

A third of the potential jurors say they've already formed opinions about Cosby's guilt or innocence. The case involves one of scores of sexual assault allegations against the comedian.

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4 Climbers Killed In Deadly Week On Mount Everest

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 1:44pm

An American doctor who was trying for a second time to conquer the mountain after surviving an avalanche in 2015 was among those who died.

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How Did Toby Keith Get To Do A Concert In Saudi Arabia?

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 1:02pm

The kingdom famously barred public music performances for more than 25 years. So what's changed? And why did the Saudis alight on an American country music star for one of the first approved shows?

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How Slack Has Changed The Workplace

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:52pm

The messaging app Slack lets people communicate online instantly in the office, individually or in teams. But has it also brought a new kind of stress to the workplace?

LA Health Clinic 'A Microcosm' Of Fears About Trump Administration Policies

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:46pm

President Trump's push to repeal the Affordable Care Act and crack down on illegal immigration has many worried.

With Bankruptcy, Puerto Rico Faces Long Uphill Battle

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:40pm

The U.S. territory filed for a type of bankruptcy earlier this month, saddled with $123 billion in debt obligations.

Amid Layoffs, Ford Replaces CEO

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:33pm

After announcing last week that it will lay off 10 percent of its salaried employees, Ford announced Monday that Jim Hackett will take over from Mark Fields as CEO.

'Twin Peaks' Makes A Moody And Eccentric Return To TV

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:29pm

A quarter of a century later, Showtime has revived the series some fans consider the most inventive of all time. Critic David Bianculli offers his first impressions of Twin Peaks: The Return.

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Churchill, Orwell And The Fight Against Totalitarianism

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:29pm

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks says the writings of Winston Churchill and George Orwell still resonate today. Ricks also discusses the generals serving in the Trump administration.

Texas Lawmakers Revive 'Bathroom Bill,' OK Religious Refusal Of Adoptions

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:27pm

A proposal governing bathroom use by transgender students in public schools has moved forward. A bill to allow adoption agencies to deny gay, unmarried or non-Christian would-be parents has passed.

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New York Times Correspondent's Memoir A Love Letter To Africa And Journalism

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:20pm

After a visit to East Africa in college, Jeffrey Gettleman set his heart on finding a way to return and make his life there.

Illinois' Charter School Delays Continue

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:12pm

Two years ago, Illinois won a $42 million federal grant to open dozens of new charter schools across the state. But those schools have not materialized.

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