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This Play Was Inspired By A Real Refugee's Shakespearean Dilemma

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

Shedrick Yarkpai escaped war-torn Liberia under an assumed name, which he kept as he started a new life in Australia. Objects in the Mirror follows Yarkpai's struggle to reclaim his identity.

(Image credit: Liz Lauren/Goodman Theatre)

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

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

This month's mix includes new music from This Is The Kit, Deb Talan, Otis Taylor, Grizzly Bear and more.

(Image credit: Florian Duboé/Courtesy of the artist)

'Grief Cottage': A Ghost Story About Loneliness, Loss And Affection

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

Gail Godwin has a new book out called Grief Cottage. NPR's Scott Simon asks her about it, about getting older and about ghosts.

Down's Album Mixes Traditional Mexican Genres With A Strong Feminist Pulse

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

Grammy-winning Mexican-American recording star Lila Downs has a new album: Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo. Through her blend of genres, she looks for common ground in both her polarized countries.

In Wisconsin, WHA Celebrates 100 Years Of Broadcasting

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

WHA and Wisconsin Public Radio helped set the template for what became NPR. This year marks the station's centennial.

Unemployment Data Are Often Colored By Politics

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

The Labor Department has issued its monthly jobs report. In these hyper-partisan times, even seemingly objective facts about the economy are viewed through the lens of party politics.

Basketball And Hockey Playoffs Are In Full Swing

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about this year's NBA Finals, LeBron James's response to racism and the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Asylum Caravan: A Strength In Numbers Approach To Migration

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

Migrants from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S. are traveling in a caravan to the border to make the trip safer and pressuring immigration officials to take them seriously.

The 'Agonizing' Process Of Going Through Stays Of Execution

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Sherrie Stone, the daughter of Tommy Arthur, an Alabama death row inmate whose execution was stayed seven times. He was put to death last week for a 1982 murder.

Meet Leo Varadkar, The Future Prime Minster Of Ireland

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

Ireland's center-right Fine Gael Party has elected Leo Varadkar as its leader, and therefore next prime minister. He'll be Ireland's youngest leader, at 38.

Philippines Attack: Robbery Gone Wrong Or Terrorist Act?

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

An attack on a hotel in Manila left more than 30 people dead. Police blame it on a robbery gone wrong. The attack comes in the midst of a raging insurgency in the southern island of Mindanao.

Texas Freedom Caucus' Tactics Anger Many State Lawmakers

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

The arch-conservative Freedom Caucus has stymied congressional Republicans over the past several years. Now, a copycat group in Texas and other places is forcing the state legislative agenda to right.

A Busy Week In Politics: Climate Pact, Russia Probe

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

President Trump announced the U.S. will exit the climate deal, and there was more news about the Russia investigation. And next week, former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate.

7th Grade Chess Champ Practiced At The Barbershop

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

Cahree Myrick has taken the division win at the U.S. Chess Federation SuperNationals. He is the first national youth chess champion from Baltimore, and he talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the win.

Mr. Met Flips Off Fans. But Does He Even Have A Middle Finger?

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

Mr. Met got into trouble when he gave fans the finger after the Mets lost a game. But what constitutes a middle finger on a four-fingered mascot?

Librarians In Philadelphia Train To Thwart Drug Overdoses

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

The McPherson Branch of the Free Public Library sees almost daily heroin overdoses. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Mike Newall of the Philadelphia Inquirer and librarian Chera Kowolski about the response.

Fears Grow As DHS Officials Consider Expanding Airline Laptop Ban

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

The White House is deciding whether to prohibit airline passengers from bringing laptops on board flights from Europe. Travel industry leaders say it could have a chilling effect on travel business.

Sen. Warren Launches 'DeVos Watch'; Principal Fired For Nazi Insignia

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 5:00am

Free college in Boston, and more news of the week, including the return of the IRS tool to help manage student loans.

(Image credit: Lorenzo Gritti for NPR)

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