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Under 'Kenyan Time,' You're Expected To Arrive ... Oh, Whenever

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 6:00am

A video rant about the perpetual lateness of Kenyans is prompting debate and self-reflection. As Kenya enters the global economy, can people keep disregarding the clock?

(Image credit: James Yang for NPR)

Reading The Game: Inside

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 6:00am

In this installment of our occasional series on storytelling in video games, we take a look at the dark puzzle platformer Inside. You play as a boy in a red jacket, with no special powers — so run!

(Image credit: Playdead Studios)

The Friendship Bread Project: Can Baking Promote Unity In A Divided World?

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 6:00am

It's the chain letter of baking: a simple starter that you divvy up, keeping some for yourself and sharing the rest with others. It's an old tradition we'd like to see you revive in your community.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Emily H. Landsman)

How To Work With Your Doctor On Healthier Goals For The New Year

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 5:01am

What health goals will you reach for in 2018? And which, if any, will you discuss with your doctor?

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Baltimore Residents Blame Record-High Murder Rate On Lower Police Presence

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 1:31am

An activist says police are less present after controversies over police brutality. "We wanted them engaged in the community. We didn't want them beating the hell out of us," pastor Kinji Scott says.

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2017 Music Wrap

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 5:33pm

A playlist featuring Kendrick Lamar, SZA and more, to close out 2017. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson shares a list of notable songs from the past year.

For Tumultous Venezuela, An Easy 2018 Political Transition Looks Unlikely

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 5:33pm

After another year of political and economic turmoil in Venezuela, guest host Ray Suarez speaks with Phil Gunson of the International Crisis Group about what 2018 could bring for the country.

Global Markets Remain Immune To A Year Of Political Volatility

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 5:33pm

It was a strong year for the financial markets worldwide, despite political turmoil around the globe. What explains the strong performance and what's the outlook for 2018?

Facebook Removes Chechen Strongman Ramzan Kadyrov's Accounts Over U.S. Sanctions

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 5:33pm

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov was recently added to a U.S. sanctions list. As a result, his Facebook and Instagam accounts have been deactivated. Guest host Ray Suarez talks with Moscow reporter Charles Maynes.

The Tip That Prompted The FBI To Open An Investigation Into Russia Interference

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 5:33pm

Guest host Ray Suarez talks to New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti about how the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election began.

Remembering 'Alphabet Series' Author Sue Grafton, And Her Alter Ego Protagonist

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 5:33pm

Crime novelist Sue Grafton has died at the age of 77. She was famous for her mystery series featuring the recurring protagonist and private eye Kinsey Millhone.

After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican Flags Fly In Support

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 5:33pm

Puerto Rico is slowly recovering from Hurricane Maria. One way island residents and recovery workers are showing solidarity is by waving the Puerto Rican flag.

As Puerto Rico Rebuilds, Police Protest Working Conditions

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 5:33pm

Thousands of police officers in Puerto Rico have been calling in sick as a way to demand back-pay they're owed. Guest host Ray Suarez talks to Danica Coto of The Associated Press, who's been reporting on the issue from San Juan.

How Crime Rates In New York City Reached Record Lows

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 5:33pm

Crime in New York City is at its lowest levels since the 1950s. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton says a renewed focus on disorder, as well as serious crime, led to the decline.

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The True Story Of A Spanish Royal And The Very High Voice That Healed Him

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 5:33pm

The new Broadway musical drama Farinelli And The King tells the tale of the bipolar King Philippe V and the famous 18th-century operatic castrato whose singing nurses him back to health.

(Image credit: Joan Marcus/Courtesy of the artist)

Police Arrest Suspect In Fatal 'Swatting' Prank

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 3:05pm

Wichita police fatally shot a reportedly unarmed man Thursday after a false report indicating he was holding his family hostage with a handgun. On Friday police arrested a suspect in Los Angeles.

(Image credit: AP)

A Soldier Among Those Killed In Bronx Fire After Rescuing Others From Blaze

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 12:27pm

Emmanual Mensah, 28, had just completed basic training and was visiting for the holidays. When the fire engulfed his apartment building Thursday he saved several people, but died trying to save more.

(Image credit: Frank Franklin II/AP)

Erica Garner, Who Became An Activist After Her Father's Death, Dies

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 8:58am

She became a prominent figure calling for an end to police brutality after New York City officers put her father in a fatal chokehold. She suffered brain damage following a heart attack.

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