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Scientists Await Word From Probe As It Descends Toward Mars

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:27pm

A joint European-Russian mission is attempting to land a probe on the red planet. If successful, it would be the first time a non-U.S. spacecraft has successfully operated from the surface of Mars.

Soda Industry Tries To Woo Public Health Groups With Sponsorship Deals

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:27pm

As the soda industry gears up to spend $9.5 million to oppose the soda tax proposals in San Francisco, Oakland, Calif, and Albany, Calif., critics point out the industry has also been wooing public health groups with sponsorship deals.

Veterans' Issues Nearly Ignored In Previous Presidential Debates

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:27pm

Veterans are frustrated their issues have been absent from the presidential debates so far. The war in Afghanistan has also gone almost without mention.

Scientists Study Species Of Turtles Presumed To Abundant

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:27pm

Scientists and environmentalists work hard to save animals from becoming extinct. But there's another effort underway to study a species perceived to be abundant: turtles.

Israeli Military Program Highlights Pitfalls Of Monitoring Social Media

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:27pm

A new Israeli military program monitors the social media posts of Palestinians to watch for people who might commit violence. But the story of one woman arrested after posting a poem shows the pitfalls of the approach.

ProPublica Reveals Discriminatory Pricing By Computer Algorithms

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:27pm

We are relying more and more on machines to make decisions for us — which route to take, what to buy and where to buy it — but we have no idea how these decisions are made. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Julia Angwin, a ProPublica reporter, who has spent the year with her team looking at algorithms companies use to decide everything from what headlines we will read to what we will pay for a product. Among her most surprising findings, Asians were nearly twice as likely to get that higher price on SAT prep courses from The Princeton Review than non-Asians.

Clinton, Trump Prepare To Face Off In Final Debate

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:27pm

With less than three weeks until Election Day, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face off on a debate stage in Las Vegas Wednesday night. They are taking very different tracks on the campaign trail.

At 85, Cuban Legend Omara Portuondo Is Still Working — And Feeling Young

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:26pm

The Cuban singer was the only female member of the Buena Vista Social Club — but her career, which continues today, stretches back much further.

Mall Shooting In Washington Claims The Lives Of 5 People

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:17pm

Five people are dead after a gunman opened fire in a mall north of Seattle. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from Jessica Lee of the Seattle Times.

Small Savings For Drugs Made To Mimic Biotech Blockbusters

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 2:48pm

Pfizer is poised to start selling Inflectra, its version of the blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade. But the price of Inflectra is only 15 percent less.

Interactive Redlining Map Zooms In On America's History Of Discrimination

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 2:22pm

In the early 20th century, the federal government categorized neighborhoods, based largely on race, to determine mortgage eligibility. A new site combines the maps — and their revealing backstories.

Storm-Weary Philippines Slammed By Powerful Super Typhoon

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 2:09pm

Super Typhoon Haima pounded the coast of the Philippines late Wednesday, and aid groups say they are preparing for possible wide-scale damage.

Kishi Bashi On World Cafe

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 1:48pm

The newest version of Kaoru Ishibashi's band is major '70s fun in the World Cafe studio. Hear the session and watch a video of "Say Yeah."

For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:58pm

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their own childhood experiences in making Moonlight, a film about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project.

Voices From 'A Nation Engaged' On What It Means To Be An American

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:52pm

This month NPR has been asking people "what it means to be an American" and "what can the next president do to further that vision?" Here are some answers.

Cease-Fire Is Set To Go Into Effect In Yemen

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:50pm

The 72-hour halt brokered by the United Nations is scheduled to take hold just before midnight tonight local time, in an effort to allow humanitarian workers to deliver badly-needed aid.

Who Will Be The Next Leader Of WHO?

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:41pm

A former punk rocker, a former mayor and a multilingual epidemiologist are among the six nominees vying for the top job at the World Health Organization.

DJ Sessions: Lucinda Slim, La Femme And More

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:40pm

KCRW DJ Anne Litt joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to take a listen to some of the music on her playlist.

China Announces 6.7 Percent Growth In Economy

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:33pm

Asian markets rose on the positive news, but some economists are raising questions about whether the numbers are accurate.

How Should NPR Report On Hacked WikiLeaks Emails?

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:25pm

Ethical dilemmas make reporting on hacked information awkward.




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