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Many Baton Rouge Area Schools Remain Closed Due To Flood Damage

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:42pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Rick Wentzel, superintendent of the Livingston Parish School District in Baton Rouge, La., about how the flooding has affected back to school plans. Fifteen of the 46 schools in Wentzel's district were flooded, eight with extensive damage. He does not yet know when they will be opening.

Radio Rookies: Reformed Catcaller Explores Roots Of Street Harassment

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:42pm

Growing up, Jared Marcelle watched as older men catcalled women in his Brooklyn neighborhood. He thought it was normal, so as a teenager Marcelle and his friends became those guys. But now he's changed.

New Residential Towers Bring Big Changes To New York's Skyline

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:42pm

The New York skyline is undergoing big changes with more than a dozen super tall residential towers going up now. Many of the global ultra-rich who buy these apartments spend just a fraction of the year in them. Critics say they're paying a much lower tax rate than full-time New York residents. But defenders say these luxury buildings support a lot of good jobs and contribute to the local economy.

Persistent Drought Kills Millions Of Trees In California Forests

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:42pm

Years of drought have strained California's forests, killing millions of trees and fueling wildfires.

Obama Visits Flood Ravaged Baton Rouge, La.

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:42pm

President Obama travels to flood ravaged Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday, just days after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paid a visit.

Syrian Regime Area Residents Suffer Amid Deadly Rebel Offensive

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:42pm

Syrian regime attacks like the one that wounded an Aleppo boy in images last week have been commonplace. But recently rebels are attacking civilians on the government side of town as well.

FBI To Release Thousands More Documents In Clinton Email Probe

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:42pm

Thousands more emails from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state could be released just weeks before the November election.

Lydia Loveless Mixes Desire With Distraction In 'Real'

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:46pm

The singer-songwriter began performing at age 14 in a band with her sisters and her father. Critic Ken Tucker says the songs on Loveless' latest solo album, Real, have a "tough edge."

Trump Off Camera: The Man Behind The 'In-Your-Face Provocateur'

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:45pm

Biographer Marc Fisher says Donald Trump has lived a "strikingly solitary life given how public he is." Fisher and his Washington Post colleague Michael Kranish are the authors of Trump Revealed.

Wolverine's Mutton Chops To Hugh Jackman: 'This Ain't Over, Bub'

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:11pm

The Fire Still (Side)Burns: Jackman recently took to social media to shave off the distinctive facial hair he sported for the role of Wolverine. Those mutton chops are not handling the breakup well.

Stanford Bans Hard Liquor From On-Campus Parties, Limits Bottle Sizes

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:57pm

The change in policy, following a high-profile sexual assault, was swiftly criticized by those who believe it focuses on the wrong issue.

Robbie Fulks On Mountain Stage

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:43pm

Fulks continues to explore the subversive side of bluegrass and country on his latest album, Upland Stories. Hear him perform live in Lexington, Ky.

Extinct 'Micro Lion' Is Named For Sir David Attenborough

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:31pm

Microleo attenboroughi was a tiny, marsupial lion that lived some 18 million years ago. Paleontologists in Australia said they named it after the famed naturalist "for his dedication and enthusiasm."

Japan Offers 'Dementia Awareness' Courses To City Workers

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:10pm

Japan expects 7 million cases of dementia among its long-lived residents by 2025. It has started training pharmacists, bankers and postal workers in how to recognize the signs and be supportive.

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:00pm

Let a panel of 10 public-radio hosts recommend you some new music, including songs by Warpaint and Noname, plus a premiere from Tom Brosseau.

Visitors From Around The World Flock To Yellowstone's Old Faithful

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 12:52pm

More than 4 million people visited Yellowstone National Park last year to see the park’s geysers and abundant wildlife.

Prince Took Counterfeit Pills Containing Fentanyl; How Common Are They?

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 12:40pm

Drug policy expert Carol Falkowski tells Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti that drug dealers are making the pills quickly and cheaply and selling them for as little as $10.

For Companies, It Pays To Expose Problems Before The Media Finds Out

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 12:33pm

When companies know about problems, they're often reluctant to admit them publicly. But it's better when they do.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell On Making National Parks Relevant, Protecting Public Lands

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 12:20pm

The National Parks Service has been making an effort to get more people, especially young people and minorities, to visit and to care about America’s parks.

Former Fox Anchor Sues, Claims Fox News Retaliated For Sexual Harassment Complaints

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 12:11pm

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros filed a lawsuit yesterday claiming that Roger Ailes and other executives punished her for complaining about sexual harassment.

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