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How Kushner's Finances Could Be Potential Conflicts Of Interest

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 3:21pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with WNYC's Andrea Bernstein about Jared Kushner's financial vulnerabilities, and what they mean for potential conflicts of interest in his role as an adviser to President Trump.

Forecast For National Weather Service Is Cloudy, With A Chance Of Budget Cuts

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 3:21pm

The Trump administration is looking to slash the National Weather Service's budget at a time when the service already has hundreds of unfilled positions — all while extreme weather is increasing. Now, meteorologists are speaking out, warning about being understaffed and the risks to keeping the public informed.

In His 9 Months On The Job, Special Counsel Robert Mueller Has Charged 19 People

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 3:21pm

Less than a year on the job investigating Russian election interference, special counsel Robert Mueller has secured criminal charges against 19 people including five guilty pleas.

Puerto Rican Government Considering Changes For Public Schools After Hurricane Maria

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 3:21pm

The Puerto Rican government wants to make big changes to the island's public school systems, including allowing charter schools. But critics say officials want to privatize the system, using the chaos after Hurricane Maria as an excuse.

Airlines Aren't Monkeying Around With New Policies For Emotional Support Animals

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 3:21pm

United Airlines' new policy on emotional support animals goes into effect Thursday. Passengers with such animals will have to provide more documentation to the airlines before taking off.

Dolly Parton Gives The Gift Of Literacy: A Library Of 100 Million Books

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 2:22pm

In 1995, the entertainer and philanthropist started the Imagination Library, inspired by her father, who couldn't read and write. Now, it mails free books to more than a million kids each month.

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The Oscar For Best Snack Goes To ... Popcorn, The 6,000-Year-Old Aztec Gold

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 2:05pm

Zoom in and behold the science secrets behind popcorn's airy crunch — and learn about the snack's ancient origin — in this bite-sized video.

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FACT CHECK: Trump's Meeting With Lawmakers About Gun Policy

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 1:11pm

The president hosted members of Congress from both parties to discuss legislation on school safety and guns on Wednesday. NPR journalists have annotated a transcript of their remarks.

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Spy Thriller 'Red Sparrow' Is A Long Slog With Minimal Suspense

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 1:09pm

Jennifer Lawrence is unconvincing as the star of the Bolshoi Ballet in the espionage thriller Red Sparrow. Critic David Edelstein says the film features "one bad note after another."

Nick Kroll And John Mulaney Relive Raging Hormones And First Kisses In 'Big Mouth'

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 1:06pm

The comic actors channel the indignities of puberty in their animated Netflix comedy series. Looking back on his own adolescence, Mulaney says: "I was always mystified."

(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

Widespread Drought Across U.S. Stokes Fears About A Repeat Of 2012's Wrath

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:57pm

If rainfall doesn't come soon, it could cost billions in devastation — a difficult fallout considering the USDA expects farmers' incomes to hit a 12-year low even if crop yields stay high.

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Talent Show Filming Keeps Teens' Gun Control Rally Off National Mall

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:40pm

The organizers of the student-led gun control protest applied for a permit to march on the National Mall on March 24 — but the Mall was already reserved by a student group filming for a talent show.

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Lizz Wright: Finding Grace In The South

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:25pm

Vocalist Lizz Wright takes us on a road trip tracing her Southern roots in her home state of Georgia — and we hear a performance from a concert recorded in Atlanta at the Variety Playhouse.

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'Beast From The East' Brings Beauty, Cold And Chaos To Europe

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:24pm

A cold snap from Siberia is bringing unusually bitter air and snow to much of the continent, stranding motorists, closing airports and killing several people.

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Equifax Says 2.4 Million More People Were Impacted By Huge 2017 Breach

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:19pm

This announcement brings the total number impacted by the massive hack to about 148 million people, and renews lawmakers' scrutiny of the company's response to the data theft.

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Trump's TV Policy Musings Create Chaos For Lawmakers

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:15pm

The White House meeting confused and frustrated many Republican lawmakers, who were seeking clear guidance from Trump on a gun bill he would sign that could attract GOP votes in Congress.

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Jorge Drexler On World Cafe

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:10pm

The Uruguayan star reflects on the many phases of his career and performs live with his band from NPR Music's Tiny Desk.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Trump Says He Plans To Impose Tariffs On Steel, Aluminum Imports

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:07pm

The president promised steel and aluminum executives that he will level tariffs on imports of their products in coming weeks. The tariffs would be 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum.

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Dollar Band Can Never Be 'Too Sensitive' On ACLU Benefit Compilation

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:00pm

The new compilation brings together 20 artists from the punk spectrum and acts as a group announcement for Dollar Band, which features members of Gun Outfit.

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South Korea Shortens 'Inhumanely Long' Workweek

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 11:41am

"It is impossible to lead a happy life when long hours and overexertion become routine," President Moon Jae-in said recently. The country has one of the world's lowest birth rates.

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