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Siri, Cortana, And Alexa Carry The Marks Of Their Human Makers

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:01pm

Before you dismiss them as inhuman or inhumane, consider their dramatic personal histories — and their ancestor grande damme Eliza, says guest blogger Jimena Canales.

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North And South Korea Reach Breakthroughs In First High-Level Talks In 2 Years

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:58am

The two sides announced further dialogue to ease tension between them, but the North still insists any talk of nuclear weapons is off the table.

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Eight New Artists To Watch In 2018, From 'Slingshot'

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:58am

NPR Music partner stations talk with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about the new and emerging artists they're most excited about in 2018.

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Trucking Industry Struggles To Cope With Growing Driver Shortage

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:52am

For the past 15 years, the industry has struggled with a driver shortage. The American Trucking Associations says the industry needs to hire almost 900,000 more drivers to meet rising demand.

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A Room Of One's Own: How Household's 'Items' Confronts The Limits Of Domesticity

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:49am

In life and in art, women are often confined to interior spaces. But the 2011 album subverts confinement with its distinctly feminine tale of disappointment, disillusionment and domestic life.

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Slingshot: Sessions With The Class Of 2018

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:39am

Get a look inside the studio for live performances from Phoebe Bridgers, Jade Bird and Bedouine — three artists in a new group of exceptional young talent.

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Swallowing A "Mini-Pillbox' Could Change The Way HIV Drugs Are Delivered

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:19am

The idea is that a single capsule could deliver a week's worth of medication — contained in a six-pointed device that's folded up in a capsule.

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Joe Arpaio Will Run For A U.S. Senate Seat

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:07am

Arizona Republican Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County Sheriff who became famous for his controversial stance on immigration, says he wants to join Congress so he can help President Trump.

Federal Regulator Rejects Energy Department's Bid To Prop Up Coal, Nuclear

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:00am

Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed a rule that would essentially subsidize older fuel sources to compete with cheaper natural gas and renewables. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cried foul.

After Fires, Thousands Evacuate In Southern Calif. Over Risk Of Mudslides

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:28am

The rain is raising the risk of mudslides on hills stripped by massive wildfires. Authorities are warning of possible flash flooding in much of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

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Bearing Arms: The Amazing World Of The Octopus

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:06am

Octopuses are making us rethink what it means to be intelligent.

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Kayaker Admits To Setting Up A Rival Who Was Banned For Doping

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 9:44am

In addition to spiking a fellow Japanese racer's drink, Yasuhiro Suzuki, 32, was found to have repeatedly resorted to trickery at competitions, such as stealing other kayakers' tools.

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Hear Stephin Merritt, Katie Crutchfield Sing On Superchunk's 'Erasure'

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 9:40am

When you've got nearly 30 years of bombastic power-punk behind you, it's fairly easy to convince people to join you in a sing-along.

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Hear 'All Nerve,' From The Breeders' First New Album In 10 Years

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 9:11am

All Nerve, out March 2, brings together a Breeders lineup that hadn't recorded together since the band's 1993 classic Last Splash.

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Car Seat Headrest's 'Twin Fantasy' Is A 'New' Album Viewed Through Rearview Mirrors

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:59am

Car Seat Headrest remakes and reimagines the 2011 album 'Twin Fantasy' in ways not possible when it was recorded in 2011. Hear the maturation, and see Will Toledo's directorial debut.

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Songs We Love: Soccer Mommy, 'Your Dog'

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:59am

The first single from Sophie Allison's forthcoming album Clean is both a post-breakup kiss-off and an anthem demanding respect and agency.

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In A Dystopic New Video, Son Lux Examines Truth And An Unsettling Future

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:58am

"Slowly," the latest single from Son Lux's upcoming album Brighter Wounds, takes an unnerving look at life in the age of alternative facts and fake news.

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James Damore Sues Google, Alleging Discrimination Against Conservative White Men

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:36am

The former Google engineer was fired after he criticized the company's diversity efforts and suggested innate differences between men and women explain gender gaps in the tech sector.

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Kendrick Lamar And President Trump Were Two Ships Passing In The Night

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:01am

The political irony was mostly symbolic, as Trump left the National College Football Championship before Lamar's halftime show took place just outside the stadium.

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Hear An Unreleased Shirley Collins Song From A New Documentary

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:01am

The British folk singer is the subject of The Ballad Of Shirley Collins. Hear a 1958 BBC recording of "Wondrous Love."

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