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Mourners To Honor Charlottesville Victim, States Debate Confederate Statues

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 7:01am

Heather Heyer was killed when the driver of a car rammed into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in the Virginia city. Two people have filed a lawsuit against the car's driver and others.

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Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues One Day After Voting On Issue

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 6:41am

Workers removed four statues linked to the Confederacy, hauling away monuments that honored Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Roger B. Taney, author of the Supreme Court's Dred Scott opinion.

Negotiations Begin On Trump's Campaign Promise To Rework NAFTA

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 6:39am

Ailsa Chang talks to Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers Union about President Trump's promise to fix NAFTA. The 23-year-old deal is being reworked with Canada and Mexico.

Trump's Shift On Charlottesville Violence Is Unpresidential, Continetti Says

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 6:37am

Rachel Martin talks to Matthew Continetti, editor of the conservative Washington Free Beacon, about President Trump's remarks that counterprotesters were also to blame for the violence in Virginia.

Woolly Mammoths Are Long Gone, But The Hunt For Their Ivory Tusks Lives On

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 6:18am

Last year China banned the sale of commercial elephant ivory. But that's led to another illicit trade — in woolly mammoth tusks — that is having a severe impact on Siberia's permafrost.

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Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 6:00am

A growing number of food videos aim to trigger ASMR — Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or pleasing sensations in the brains of some viewers — by focusing on sounds like chopping and stirring.

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An Oddball Family That Can't Connect In 'How To Behave In A Crowd'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 6:00am

Camille Bordas keeps things light in her smart, charming new novel, but there are serious underpinnings to this story about the youngest member of a family of quirky, emotionally closed overachievers.

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Fighting Fires For Free, Aging Volunteers Struggle To Recruit The Next Generation

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 5:44am

If you get in a car accident on a rural stretch of highway in Kansas, one volunteer firefighter says, you'd better hope it happens near a county with a well-equipped fire department.

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How Eclipses Changed History

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 5:31am

Newton and Einstein had big ideas, but needed an eclipse to prove them. And scientists are still pursuing secrets of the universe one eclipse at a time.

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Health Insurance CEO On New CBO Report

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

Independence Blue Cross President and CEO Daniel Hilferty talks with Ailsa Chang about the Congressional Budget Office's latest report on payments the federal government makes to insurance companies.

How Police Can Keep The Peace During Tense Protests

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

Following the violence in Charlottesville, Fraternal Order of Police National President Chuck Canterbury tells Rachel Martin about what police can do to prevent similar protests from turning violent.

Students Find Spacesuits In Thrift Store

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

Two college students in Florida found several spacesuits in a thrift store and bought them all for less than two dollars. The American Space Museum says they're authentic and worth thousands.

Cokie Roberts Answers Your Questions About Nuclear Protocols

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

Ailsa Chang talks with commentator Cokie Roberts, who answers listener questions about who has the power to launch nuclear weapons and how those powers were established.

The Role Of Ed Butowsky In Advancing Retracted Seth Rich Story

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

Ed Butowsky is the money manager who played a key role in getting Fox News to run with a story about the murder of a young Democratic Party aide named Seth Rich.

Trump Adviser Wants Bannon Out

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

Ailsa Chang talks with Javier Palomarez, who serves on President Trump's National Diversity Council, about the White House's muted response to violence in Charlottesville and the role of Steve Bannon.

Rachel Martin's High School Reunion

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

Rachel Martin graduated from Idaho Falls High School 25 years ago. She's checking in with some of the people she knew in high school — including Eric Hsu, who served as her senior class president.

An Uber Driver Helps Stop A Suicide

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

Chad Farley, an Uber driver in Florida, helped rescue a man who requested to be dropped off in the middle of a bridge.

Hundreds Dead After Sierra Leone Mudslide

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

Heavy rains and floods caused a mountainside to collapse in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, this week. Rescue workers have recovered hundreds of bodies.

Combating Racism After Charlottesville

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with educator and activist Brittany Packnett about how people can help fight racism and white supremacy in their daily lives.

Watch Out For 'Lizardmen'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

In what was likely a joke, South Carolina officials sent a tweet warning residents to watch out for "Lizardmen" during the eclipse. The Lizard Man is a mythical creature like Bigfoot.

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