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China Suspends Coal Imports From North Korea

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

China is suspending coal imports from North Korea, one of the country's economic lifelines. The Chinese government says the move is part of United Nations sanctions against North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Song Exploder: 'Moonlight' Composer Describes Process

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

Nicholas Britell, the composer for the Oscar-nominated score for Moonlight, describes the story behind his music.

British Parliament Debates Donald Trump's Visit

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

The United Kingdom Parliament debated on Monday over whether President Trump should be allowed to make a state visit to the country later this year.

Immigrant's Suicide Raises Questions About Safety Of Detention Centers

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

The suicide of a 31-year-old Mexican immigrant in an Arizona detention center has raised questions about the safety and treatment of immigrants in these centers.

In 'Captured,' Democratic Senator Decries Money's Role In Politics

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island about his new book, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy.

On Presidents Day, Honoring Vice Presidents With A Song

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

Why does the U.S. have a holiday for chief executives, but none for their vice presidents? We right that wrong on this Presidents Day with an original vice presidents song.

Trump Administration Officials Reassure Europeans On NATO And Russia

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis have offered words of reassurance to European officials worried about NATO and Russia due to contradicting statements from the president over the last few months. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jacob Parakilas of Chatham House, a think tank in London, about how Europeans are reacting.

High Court To Hear Case Of Mexican Boy Killed In Cross-Border Shooting

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 2:43pm

The question before the Supreme Court comes down to whether the family of a Mexican citizen shot on Mexican soil has the right to sue under the U.S. Constitution.

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President Trump Names Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster New National Security Adviser

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 2:12pm

The president called McMaster "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."

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Nearing 93, Robert Mugabe Shows No Sign Of Stepping Down

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 1:53pm

The world's oldest leader, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, turns 93 Tuesday. He has no intention of retiring and his wife has said even if he dies before next year's election, he should run "as a corpse."

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Sex Pistols' Steve Jones On World Cafe

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 1:20pm

Jones shares stories from his raw, honest and heartfelt new memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.

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Defense Secretary Mattis Contradicts Trump On Iraqi Oil

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:52pm

“We’re not in Iraq to seize anybody’s oil,” Secretary of Defense James Mattis said while on a visit to Baghdad, Iraq.

An Irish Immigrant Fights On The Great Plains In 'Days Without End'

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:51pm

The protagonist of Sebastian Barry's new novel is conscripted right off the boat as the price of American citizenship. Eventually he finds love and companionship with one of his fellow soldiers.

Uncovering Presidential Secrets, From Washington To Trump

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:51pm

Author Mary Graham discusses the confidences that presidents keep. When it comes to President Trump, she says: "I think we're seeing that it's not possible to keep policies secret in the digital age."

Uber Will Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims By Engineer

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:43pm

Uber's CEO has ordered an investigation into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer after she published a blog post detailing her experience.

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Revisiting The Death Penalty In Florida's Cell 1

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:40pm

With the state's death penalty in limbo, one reporter visited the last inmate to live in Cell 1 — the cell Florida inmates stay in before they’re executed.

The History Of 'America The Beautiful'

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:33pm

In 1926, President Hoover named "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem — but some felt he should have picked "America the Beautiful" instead.

Why Hate Speech Is Protected Under The Law

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:20pm

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Santa Clara University law professor Margaret Russell about what the legal rules on hate speech are.

In North Carolina, Virtual Charter Schools Under Scrutiny

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:11pm

The first year of testing for North Carolina's online charter schools shows their students had the lowest academic growth in the state.

Report: Trump Associates Negotiate Peace Plan For Ukraine

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:52am

President Trump's personal lawyer and a Russian-American business associate negotiated a plan they hoped would end U.S. sanctions against Russia, according to the New York Times.

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