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Alexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:51am

Talking to a device that talks back can be entertaining and educational for children. But psychologists say children can develop relationships with these devices that can be different than adults.

(Image credit: Michelle Kondrich for NPR)

Houston Astros Win Game 5 And Take 3-2 Lead In World Series

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 1:42am

Houston and Los Angeles kept the score close in a game that lasted more than five hours and in which pitchers threw more than 400 pitches. Ultimately, the Astros were victorious.

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Bold Experiment Turned Broadway Hit, 'Lion King' Continues To Thrill — And Heal

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 10:29pm

Director Julie Taymor took an unconventional tack in adapting the animated film for the big stage. Even 20 years on, she finds the musical's social themes evolve and resonate with audiences worldwide.

(Image credit: Joan Marcus)

Kurdish President Announces Resignation After Independence Vote

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:23pm

After 12 years in power, Kurdish President Massoud Barzani has submitted his resignation and announced that he will not seek another term in office following Kurdistan's referendum on independence last month.

California Is Spending Millions To Advertise ACA To Latinos, But Will It Work?

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:23pm

California is spending $111 million on advertising its ACA exchange — and 30 percent of its media buy on Latinos. But the messages are basic and educational in light of the ACA being under attack all year. Will a message of just "We're here, we're open" resonate with Latinos?

What Consumers Should Know When Purchasing Health Insurance

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:23pm

It's time to sign up for a health plan if you purchase insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Kaiser Health News Washington correspondent Julie Rovner.

Puerto Rico Power Authority Calls To Cancel Dubious $300M Grid Contract

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:23pm

The Puerto Rico Power Authority canceled a massive energy contract to rebuild the island's power grid. The contract had been with Whitefish Energy, a tiny Montana company with ties to the Trump Administration.

She Watched Bootleg Episodes Of Seinfeld, Now The Indonesian Comic Performs Stand-Up

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:23pm

Sakdiyah Ma'ruf grew up watching bootleg videos of Roseanne Barr and Jerry Seinfeld. Now she is breaking ground as a stand-up comedian who wears a hijab while openly mocking religious fundamentalists.

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5 Years After Hurricane Sandy, A Neighborhood Is Largely Deserted

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:23pm

Five years after Hurricane Sandy, residents of a coastal Staten Island neighborhood are selling their homes to the state, leaving behind barren and decrepit land.

Hundreds Of Thousands Take To Barcelona Streets Against Catalan Independence

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 3:54pm

Two days after the regional government voted to secede from Spain, demonstrators rejecting the move marched and brandished Spanish flags in Catalonia's capital.

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Kurdish President Steps Down

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 2:46pm

Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish region of Iraq, is stepping down after 12 years in power. Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with NPR's Jane Arraf from the regional capital Erbil.

Kurdish President Barzani To Step Down Amid Fallout From Independence Vote

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 2:40pm

Since Iraq's Kurdish region voted to secede last month, Kurds have reeled from territorial losses. Now, their president and longtime leader, Masoud Barzani, has declared he'll step down Wednesday.

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Are Social Media Sites Doing Enough To Combat Rumors And False News?

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 1:00pm

As they struggle with disasters and other crises, police, fire and other public officials are spending an increasing amount of time and resources knocking down rumors spreading on social media.

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A South African Superstar Says Farewell

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 12:48pm

Singer and dancer Johnny Clegg — the co-founder of two groundbreaking, racially mixed bands during the apartheid era — is battling pancreatic cancer. He's saying goodbye to his fans on a U.S. tour.

(Image credit: Fiona Macpherson/Courtesy of the artist)

Puerto Rican Governor Calls For Cancellation Of Controversial Whitefish Contract

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 12:40pm

Scrutiny is intensifying into the $300-million contract awarded to a tiny Montana-based company to help get Puerto Rico's power grid back online.

(Image credit: Carlos Giusti/AP)




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