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NPR One Now Available On Samsung Gear S2 and S3

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 9:55am

NPR One is now available on the Samsung Gear smartwatch, allowing users to listen to a stream of public radio news, stories, and podcasts.

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How One Video Game Unflinchingly Tackles Racism With History And Raw Interactions

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 9:39am

Creators of Mafia III, set in a fictionalized Louisiana, took a documentary approach to confronting players with prejudice and bigotry of the 1960s South from the perspective of a black protagonist.

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Obamacare Plans Don't Always Include Top Cancer Centers

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 9:34am

In a number of states, including big ones such as New York and Texas, leading cancer centers like Memorial Sloan Kettering aren't included in insurers' networks. What's a patient's recourse?

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Stream Brian Eno's Ambient Album 'Reflection'

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 8:49am

Eno's plinking chimes, rippling vibraphone and deep synth tones mirror a parallel world across a single, 54-minute track.

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Syrian Rebel Factions Say They're Freezing Participation In Peace Talks

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 8:39am

The rebels cited breaches of a cease-fire agreement by forces loyal to the Syrian government. This casts doubt on their participation in peace talks in Kazakhstan set to take place later this month.

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Trump Picks Robert Lighthizer To Be U.S. Trade Representative

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 7:48am

Donald Trump's transition team made the announcement Tuesday. Lighthizer was deputy trade representative under Ronald Reagan, and is seen by many as a longtime advocate of more protectionist rules.

House Republicans Act In Secret To Weaken Ethics Panel

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 7:45am

GOP members voted to strip the Office of Congressional Ethics of its independence. Rachel Martin talks to Richard Painter, the chief ethics counselor for President George W. Bush. about the vote.

Top Stories: House GOP Acts On Ethics Office; Turkish Shooting Latest

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 6:45am

Also: Trump criticizes North Korea and China; Syrian rebels put a truce on hold, claiming Syrian regime violations; and China has dispatched its first freight train to Britain.

Beautiful, Icy 'History Of Wolves' Transcends Genre

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 6:00am

Emily Fridlund's electrifying debut novel History of Wolves is a contemporary coming-of-age story about a young woman — but it avoids the familiar story arc so common to other novels in that genre.

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Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 6:00am

In much of the U.S., demand for licensed infant care outstrips supply. Parents face lengthy waitlists, hefty waitlist fees, and few good options when returning to work after the birth of a baby.

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Fan Sings About Buffalo Bills Missing The Playoffs, Again

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:34am

Greece native Jennie Fagen, who graduated from the University of Rochester, wrote a parody of "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" from The Sound of Music. The Bills haven't made the playoffs in 17 years.

Motorist Amped Up On Caffeine Is Pulled Over By Authorities

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:23am

In California, a man was pulled over after police saw him weaving in and out of traffic. When they did a blood test, the only thing that came up was caffeine — drunk driving charges were dropped.

What Congress's First Bill Tells Us About The Nation's Political Priorities

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:00am

When the new Congress convenes, Republican leaders will focus on dismantling Obamacare. The first bill introduced in past Congressional sessions gives a timeline of political history.

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Relics Of The Space Race, School Planetariums Are An Endangered Species

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:00am

Once, there were more than 300 of them in schools around the country. Many are still around, but they're getting old. Schools have a choice: Keep the stars shining, or turn the lights out.

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