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Morning News Brief: Spain Attack, Trump's Week, 'Boston Free Speech' Rally

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:01am

A van drove into a crowd in Barcelona, Spain, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100. Also, the latest on fallout over President Trump's comments, and a controversial rally in Boston is planned.

A Radiant, Isolated Star: A New Documentary Tells Whitney Houston's Story

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:01am

Whitney: Can I Be Me is an unauthorized documentary that marshals the voices of Houston's friends and former employees to tell an intimate, tragic story.

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3 Questions About A Pro-Russia Congressman's Meeting With Julian Assange

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:00am

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., met in London with Julian Assange — and has a secret message from Assange for President Trump.

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A First Look: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:00am

NPR gets exclusive access to a lab in Portland, Ore., where scientists have begun editing the DNA in human embryos to try to prevent genetic diseases.

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California Prepares For An Eclipse Of Its Solar Power

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:00am

On a sunny day, California gets up to 40 percent of its energy from solar power, so Monday's total eclipse isn't just a scientific spectacle, it's a major concern for the state's power grid.

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After 60 Years, Girl's Experience At Whites-Only Gas Station Still Hurts

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 3:29am

An African-American woman remembers growing up in segregated Virginia in the 1950s, and being in the car when her father tried to get gas from a whites-only truck stop.

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South Africa Puts A 'Red Alert' At Its Borders For Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:07pm

A 20-year old South African model accusing Zimbabwe's First Lady of beating her with an extension cord has rejected a proposed cash settlement, according to her legal team.

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WATCH: Protesters Try To Surrender In Solidarity With Confederate Statue Topplers

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:55pm

Upward of 100 people showed up at a courthouse in Durham, N.C., to support the people arrested for tearing down a Confederate monument. Then, they tried to turn themselves in, saying, "Arrest me too!"

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Once Shot For Advocating For Girls' Education, Malala Is Going To Oxford

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 6:35pm

The young Pakistani-born woman shot by the Taliban because she advocated for girls education is now headed for Oxford. Malala Yousafzai is also the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

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Faces Of NPR: Daniel Zwerdling

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 5:16pm

We sat down with Daniel Zwerdling, correspondent with NPR's Investigations Unit.

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At Least 13 Dead, More Than 100 Injured In Barcelona Van Attack

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 5:14pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Guy Hedgecoe, a reporter who is following the deadly van attack in Barcelona from Madrid.

Spotify Removes Racist Music In Response To Charlottesville

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:58pm

Streaming services, blogs and musicians have been busy this week distancing themselves from white supremacy.

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'Patti Cake$' i$ $weet But $light

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:28pm

A Jersey girl dreams of rap stardom in this "conventional dramedy" that highlights star Danielle Macdonald's charisma but reduces other characters to types.

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'California Typewriter': A Love-Letter To The Carriage-Return Lever

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:00pm

Doug Nichol's documentary profiles the stubborn holdouts — collectors, repairmen, and a few celebrities — who treasure the tactile pleasures of the humble typewriter.

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'Dave Made A Maze,' But Dave Forgot A Script

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:00pm

In this gorgeously designed movie, the walls of an elaborate cardboard maze are more substantial than the characters inside it.

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A NASCAR Caper Comedy Fueled By Thick Southern Accents: 'Logan Lucky'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:00pm

Steven Soderbergh's return to filmmaking after a brief hiatus features strong chemistry between its two leads, a great cast, and the faint whiff of condescension.

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'We're Not Them' — Condemning Charlottesville And Condoning White Resentment

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 3:58pm

A scholar and a journalist offer context and analysis on the events in Charlottesville and the politics of white anger.

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'That's Good,' Philippine President Says, As Drug Raids Kill Unprecedented Numbers

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 3:54pm

Police raids in the Philippines over a three-day span killed dozens of people suspected of selling or using drugs. They're the bloodiest known days in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

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In Birmingham, The Debate Over Confederate Monuments Is Renewed After Charlottesville

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 3:36pm

Birmingham, Ala., has a complicated relationship with racism. Some of the most notable events from the Civil Rights era took place in the city. Now, there's renewed debate about the fate of the city's Confederate monuments.

Mathematicians Could Help In Gerrymandering Legal Cases

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 3:36pm

Legal fights over racial and partisan gerrymandering are intensifying and mathematicians think they can help. Specialists in geometry are training to become expert witnesses in redistricting cases around the country.

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