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True Self

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:01pm

We all have a better self, a version of us that is better, more successful. It can inspire us to achieve our dreams, or mock us for everything we have failed to become.

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After Georgia Win, A Triumphant Trump Returns To Campaign Trail In Iowa

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:12pm

The president decried the "phony witch hunts" against his administration and returned to plenty of his 2016 classics as he relished in a spate of Republican victories in special elections.

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Wall Street Journal Fires Jay Solomon Over Ethical Lapses

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 8:16pm

Evidence emerged of Solomon's involvement in prospective business deals with one of his key sources. He was the Wall Street Journal's chief foreign affairs correspondent at the time of his firing.

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Rep. Steve Scalise's Condition Upgraded To 'Fair' After Baseball Field Shooting

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 6:30pm

The hospital treating the 51-year-old Louisiana congressman says he is beginning an extended period of healing, a week after being shot during a baseball practice in Virginia.

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Democrats Play Blame Game With Pelosi After Georgia Election — To GOP's Glee

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 6:13pm

Republicans were able to effectively tie House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to losing candidate Jon Ossoff in Georgia. It's a strategy they've used for years and don't plan to abandon anytime soon.

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Spillover Beasts: Which Animals Pose The Biggest Viral Risk?

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 6:08pm

Rodents, primates and bats likely carry hundreds of thousands of viruses we haven't yet identified. But how do you know which ones might infect humans?

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FBI Investigating Flint Airport Stabbing As Possible Act Of Terrorism

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:37pm

The FBI identified the assailant as Amor Ftouhi of Quebec. He reportedly yelled "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great," before stabbing an airport police officer in the neck Wednesday in Flint, Mich.

What To Know About Saudi Arabia's New Crown Prince And The Issues He'll Face

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:22pm

Mohammed bin Salman is now first in line to the throne. At 31, he has already reshaped his country's role in the region. His biggest test will come as he tries to wean the kingdom off an oil economy.

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Episode 779: Shrimp Fight Club

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:20pm

What happens when an unstoppable shrimp meets an unmovable senator? A researcher goes to Washington to defend herself, her shrimp, and science itself.

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Summer's Just Begun, But The Southwestern U.S. Is Already Baking

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:58pm

Parts of California, Nevada and Arizona are under excessive heat warnings through Sunday night.

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Democrats Seek Records On Jared Kushner As Administration Tries To Stifle Oversight

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:40pm

"This is nonsense," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote to President Trump earlier this month, regarding the administration's narrow view of oversight.

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Before Her Teacher's Murder, This 'Keepers' Witness Was Already Living A Nightmare

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:37pm

In the docuseries The Keepers, Jean Wehner shares her story of being abused by her high school chaplain. She says the teacher she confided in may have been killed for knowing too much.

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'Combat Medicine:' Afghanistan Vet Seeks To Help Others Through Hip-Hop

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:00pm

A new hip-hop album by a veteran of the war in Afghanistan drops Wednesday. His target audience: fellow vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Portugal Wrests Control Over Wildfire That Killed More Than 60 People

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:58pm

Investigation into what ignited the wildfires, and why they proved so deadly, is just beginning. Some people want a ban on plantings of eucalyptus: a common tree that is extremely flammable.

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After CEO Resignation, Is Uber Kalanick-less Or Kalanick-free?

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:46pm

Few companies have had such a rapid fallout from such a vast number of crises stemming from the workplace culture perpetuated from the top, while appearing to be at the peak of its success.

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Former Milwaukee Officer Found Not Guilty In Sylville Smith Shooting

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:30pm

The jury found Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith in a foot chase last summer, not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide on Wednesday.

Capitol Hill Hearings Probe Russian Efforts To Hack U.S. Elections

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:30pm

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees heard from intelligence and election officials about Russian efforts last year to hack into U.S. elections and the future threat of more cyber attacks on voting systems.

Saudi Arabia's Beef With Qatar Reflects Long Simmering Tensions

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:30pm

Two weeks ago, Saudi Arabia announced it had closed its border and cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Qatar. Other Gulf countries joined in, and the tiny gas-rich monarchy became a pariah seemingly overnight. But tensions have been simmering for some time. To understand what's happening to Qatar, Planet Money traces the long, dramatic relationship between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two brother monarchies.

Saudi King Names 31-Year-Old Son As New Crown Prince

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:30pm

Mohammad Bin Salman, son of Saudi Arabia's king, is the new crown prince and first in line to the throne. The person he replaced is his older cousin, who had been a widely respected interior minister.

FBI Concludes GOP Baseball Practice Shooter Had No Ties To Terrorism

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:30pm

A law enforcement investigation of the June 14 shooting at a Republican congressmen's baseball practice concludes that the shooter acted alone and had no links to terrorism.

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