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PWR BTTM Confronts Smartphone Loneliness In Its Video For 'Answer My Text'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:09am

This song's for all the dirtbags that took their sweet time to text back.

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Study Suggests Childhood Exposure To Lead Can Blunt IQ For Decades

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:02am

Researchers following a group of New Zealanders over the course of 40 years found an association between childhood lead exposure and declines in intelligence and socioeconomic status later in life.

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Watch Pokey LaFarge Perform 'Hard Times Come And Go' Live On Mountain Stage

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:00am

The St. Louis multi-instrumentalist leads his six-piece band in a set recorded live in Charleston, W.Va.

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Trump Supporter Or Investigator? 5 Problems For Devin Nunes And Trump White House

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 9:40am

Democrats are calling for Nunes to recuse himself from the Russia investigation after it was revealed he was on White House grounds the day before announcing evidence of Trump's team being surveilled.

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Human Remains Discovered On Lifted Wreck Of South Korean Ferry

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 8:54am

Nearly three years after the Sewol sank — and just days after the rusted vessel was raised from the sea — officials offered new hopes for relatives of the nine victims who remain missing.

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'Sanctuary Cities' Promise Legal Fight After Sessions Threatens Funds

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 8:52am

"The Trump Administration is pushing an unrealistic and mean spirited executive order," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says.

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Slowdive Announces First Album In 22 Years, Shares The Twinkling 'Sugar For The Pill'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 8:22am

Now Slowdive's first album in two decades has a name: Slowdive. Watch shapes uncoil in a video for the gracefully subdued new single.

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Occupy Activist Micah White: Time To Move Beyond Memes And Street Spectacles

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 7:51am

Micah White co-created Occupy Wall Street. Now he considers the worldwide movement a "constructive failure." In an NPR interview, the author of The End Of Protest says it's time for new tactics.

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Sci-Fi Show 'The Expanse' Preps Us For The Future

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 7:15am

What is most remarkable about The Expanse, even into Season 2, is its realism; more than any other TV space-themed show, it gets the science right, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Elon Musk Seen Targeting Human-Computer Link In New Venture

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:55am

Speculation about Musk's new company, Neuralink, centers on the name and how it might correspond to his previous statements about incorporating artificial intelligence into human brains.

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Google Hopes To Hire More Black Engineers By Bringing Students To Silicon Valley

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:45am

Howard, the historically black university in Washington, D.C., is sending computer science students to study at Google's headquarters in California, as part of an effort called Howard West.

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Pinkies Up! A Local Tea Movement Is Brewing

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:00am

Most of the world's tea comes from China, India and Sri Lanka. But since 2000, dozens of farms have sprouted across the U.S. producing small-batch, artisanal tea sold at a premium.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Minto Island Tea Company)

'Novel Of The Century' Is A Lively Companion To 'Les Misérables'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:00am

David Bellos' new book is a comprehensive guide to Les Misérables, and a compelling story in its own right, packed with detail about the creation and publication of Victor Hugo's massive masterpiece.

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The Remains Of President James K. Polk May Get A Fourth Resting Place

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:56am

The Tennessee-born Polk, who provoked war with Mexico, is buried on the state capitol grounds, this third burial place since he was laid to rest in 1849. Now, legislators want to move him to a museum.

Even With The Wars Behind Us, In Charleston, Cannonballs Still Found Below

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:43am

Relics from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars are creating all sorts of problems in South Carolina. Old cannonballs continue to be found, and many need to be detonated.

Nashville Newscaster Finds Workaround For Lack Of NCAA Footage

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:22am

Eric Alvarez from FOX 17 used a little rubber duck on his desk to represent the Oregon Ducks. And Lego figures.

Anti-Apartheid Activist Ahmed Kathrada Dies At 87

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:08am

South African freedom fighter Ahmed 'Kathy' Kathrada spent decades in jail with Nelson Mandela. His best friend later in life was one of his prison guards.

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Remembering Roger Wilkins: Civil Rights Lawyer, Columnist And Educator

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

Roger Wilkins worked at the Justice Department under the Kennedy administration, helped "The Washington Post" win a Pulitzer Prize and taught history and American culture at George Mason University. On Sunday, he died Sunday at the age of 85.

Tired Of Promises, A Struggling Small Town Wants Problems Solved

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

There's a lot of talk about how to revive small towns, especially in the rural Midwest, which Donald Trump carried easily. Visit Cairo, Ill., and at times it feels like a place on life support.

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Rep. Adam Schiff: Nunes Should Step Away From Russia Investigation

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

A scheduled open hearing Tuesday on Russia's involvement in the U.S. election is now closed. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with the ranking member of that committee, Democrat Adam Schiff.

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