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Janelle Monáe Is The 21st Century's Time Traveler

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 12:02pm

Monáe's work reminds us that we don't need to be tied to one vision of the future: We can create worlds that help us process current hierarchies and others that try to break out of those structures.

(Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR)

Brexit Divorce Deal Still Possible, British Cabinet Office Minister Says

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:52am

Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to get her cabinet, then parliament, to agree on her plan to exit the European Union.

Major Amazon Offices Coming To New York City And Arlington, Virginia

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:40am

Here & Now's Elise Hu and Recode's Kara Swisher discuss what the announcement might mean for infrastructure, housing and retail.

China's Building Spree In Poor Nations: Does It Really Help The Local Economy?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:16am

There are a lot of state secrets when it comes to the billions of dollars worth of roads, hospitals and more. Satellite images of night lights may offer some insights into their value.

(Image credit: Map by Soren Patterson, AidData/William & Mary/Screenshot by NPR)

Sri Lankan Supreme Court Blocks President's Bid To Dissolve Parliament

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 10:40am

Controversy has roiled Sri Lanka since Maithripala Sirisena fired his prime minister and suspended Parliament. He also aims to replace lawmakers entirely — but Tuesday's ruling has stayed that plan.

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'A Tale Of Two Murders' Asks Whether Justice Was Done In A Famous, Century-Old Trial

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 10:39am

In the 1920s, Edith Thompson was executed along with her lover, who was found guilty of murdering her husband. Laura Thompson looks at how social conventions may have lead to an unjust outcome.

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Sir Babygirl Builds A 'Haunted House' To Exorcise Herself

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 9:00am

Sir Babygirl's Kelsie Hogue has turned your most disastrous nights into a catchy, carnival-esque nightmare.

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In 'Let's Go,' Wilco Frontman Jeff Tweedy Details His Struggles And Joys

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 8:49am

The singer-songwriter tells the story of how a kid from a Midwestern, working-class family became an idol to country-punk and alternative rock fans — and the obstacles and celebrations along the way.

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How Big Is Amazon? Its Many Businesses In One Chart

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 8:20am

Amazon means shopping. But it also makes movies and smart locks, publishes books, operates stores, helps other companies deliver packages and run websites. How many Amazon brands will you recognize?

(Image credit: Angela Hsieh/NPR)

Raise A Glass To 'Champagne Ladies,' And The Kids' Smashing Single

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 8:00am

And The Kids' third full-length, When This Life Is Over, is due Feb. 22.

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Watch Randall Dunn's Synth Odyssey, 'A True Home,' Filmed In Oman Desert

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 8:00am

Dunn's sublime song, which features vocals from Zola Jesus, has a new video in which Turkish actress Melisa Şenolsun performs a surreal ritual for survival and self-realization.

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California's Camp Fire Becomes The Deadliest In State History

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 8:00am

At least 42 people have died in a wildfire in Northern California that burned through the town of Paradise with shocking speed.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

CHART: Election Recounts Are Rare, Reversals Almost Unheard Of

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 7:02am

The fact that Florida currently has three statewide recounts underway is exceptional in American politics. Between 2000-2015, only three races flipped in statewide recounts.

(Image credit: Brynn Anderson/AP)

Photo Of Students Giving Nazi Salute Being Investigated By Wis. School District

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 6:48am

The Baraboo School District is looking into a photo that went viral of what appears to be a group of mostly white male high school students posing with outstretched right arms.

Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 6:15am

It's estimated that nearly half of all Americans over 65 own a gun or live with someone who does. And 7 million in the U.S. have dementia, a number that's expected to double within two decades.

(Image credit: Nicole Xu for NPR)

Camp Fire Becomes Deadliest Wildfire In California's History

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 6:14am

The remains of at least 42 people have been located in charred areas of the wildfire still burning in northern California outside of the city of Chico. More than 200 people are reported missing.

Becoming Miss Navajo Nation

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 5:57am

The Miss Navajo Nation pageant has been held every year since 1952. Contestants in this year's pageant met for a weeklong celebration of the traditions of female Navajo Nation life.

(Image credit: Caitlin O'Hara for NPR)

Jet Impounded Because Ryan Air Owed European Union Money

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 5:53am

The AP reports passengers were set to board a Ryan Air flight in France when they were told of an issue with the plane. The issue: the plane was impounded. Passengers got another flight 5 hours later.

Here's Proof Ancient Egyptians Really Did Love Cats

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 5:37am

Archeologists excavating a 4,500-year-old tomb near Cairo recently found dozens of mummified cats. There were also a hundred wooden cat statues and a bronze casting of Bastet, the goddess of cats.

Amazon's Grand Search For 2nd Headquarters Ends With Split: NYC And D.C. Suburb

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 5:01am

Amazon is expected to divide its second headquarters between the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens and the Crystal City area in Northern Virginia, according to a person familiar with the plan.

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