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Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

14 hours 42 min ago

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

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Delicate Steve: Tiny Desk Concert

14 hours 52 min ago

This fierce and lyrical guitar player writes playful instrumental music led by hooky vocals — but there is no voice, just the human-like twang of a glass slide on a guitar.

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Mubarak Walks Free, In What Could Be The Final Twist For Egypt's Former Dictator

15 hours 33 min ago

Hosni Mubarak, 88 and ailing, was acquitted by Egypt's top appeals court of charges that he ordered police to kill anti-government protesters in 2011.

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Trump Faces Most Consequential Day Of His Presidency So Far

16 hours 14 min ago

The president's reputation as a deal-maker is on the line Friday as House Republicans face a politically perilous vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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London Attack Update: One More Victim Dies, And Police Make More Arrests

16 hours 14 min ago

The dead suspect, Khalid Masood, 52, was named Adrian Russell Ajao at birth, police say. Several of his victims remain in hospital.

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Rep. Andy Harris On Upcoming Health Care Bill Vote

16 hours 28 min ago

Steve Inskeep talks with Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, a Republican and member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. He's been reluctant to support the Republican health care bill.

Welcome To 'The Collapsing Empire:' Questions For John Scalzi

16 hours 52 min ago

Prolific sci-fi author John Scalzi boots up a new universe in The Collapsing Empire. It's set in a future where far-flung humanity's ability to travel and communicate between planets is under threat.

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How Lenny Kaye, The Godfather Of Garage Rock, Illuminated 'The Psalms'

16 hours 52 min ago

Lenny Kaye is an elemental force in music and a spiritually attuned diviner of sounds. On this episode, he walks us through his process and his inspirations.

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Meet Jenni Konner, The Off-Screen 'Grown-Up' Who Helped Make 'Girls'

16 hours 52 min ago

For six seasons, Konner has been a sort of den mother to the show's millennial actresses. Today, she and Girls creator Lena Dunham are creative partners and best friends.

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What To Do Without A Laptop On A Long Flight

17 hours 41 min ago

Royal Jordanian Airlines made a list of things to do after certain electronics were banned on certain flights to the U.S. and U.K. Like: "Engage in primitive dialogue from the pre-internet era."

The Downside Of Being Away From TV While Making TV

17 hours 49 min ago

As part of a reality show, contestants spent months away from civilization in the Scottish Highlands without TV. They emerged to find out their reality show was off the air.

The U.S. Can't Really Know If Farmers Are Cutting Back On Antibiotics, GAO Says

18 hours 32 min ago

New FDA rules limit how farmers can give antibiotics to animals raised for meat. But a Government Accountability Office report says the FDA doesn't collect the data to know if that policy is working.

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Israel Arrests Suspect In Threats Against Jewish Community Centers

18 hours 48 min ago

Israeli authorities arrested a man suspected of calling in bomb threats to Jewish community centers in the U.S. and elsewhere. It was the result of an investigation by the FBI and Israeli police.

Recapping The Week In Politics And What's Ahead

18 hours 48 min ago

Steve Inskeep talks with Jonah Goldberg of National Review about a busy week in politics, which included a delay of a health care bill vote and news about the Trump campaign and Russia.

U.K. Ambassador On Parliament Attack

18 hours 48 min ago

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to British Ambassador to the United States Sir Kim Darroch following the incident in London that police are calling a terrorist attack.

Hong Kong Residents Call Election Day Beijing's 'Selection Day'

18 hours 48 min ago

Elections for the chief executive of Hong Kong, who runs the city, are scheduled for Sunday. But all candidates are pre-approved by China and only a small group of people can vote.

Rep. Schweikert Pushing For A Yes On Health Care Bill

18 hours 48 min ago

GOP lawmakers failed to come to a deal on the health care bill after a meeting with the White House on Thursday. Republican Rep. David Schweikert is lobbying his Freedom Caucus members to vote yes.

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Crosses Into Singing Contest

18 hours 48 min ago

Ukraine is hosting the annual Eurovision Song Contest this May, which includes entrants from countries around the world. But Ukraine has banned Russia's singer from entering the country.

British Police Make More Arrests In Attack Investigation

18 hours 48 min ago

British authorities have identified the attacker who killed four people on Wednesday as 52-year-old Khalid Masood. Police believe he acted alone.

Former Russian Lawmaker And Putin Critic Killed In Ukraine

18 hours 48 min ago

A former Russian parliamentarian who fled the country last year was shot and killed in Kiev, Ukraine on Thursday. Ukraine's president quickly labeled it an act of Russian "state terrorism."

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