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The Week In Sports

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

A Tweet might have cost an early favorite in the NFL draft millions of dollars in lost income, while an Instagram post could provoke an investigation of his school.

Afghan Cycling Federation Coach Faces Corruption Charges

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Shannon Galpin, founder of the nonprofit Mountain2Mountain, about withdrawing her support of the scandal-plagued Afghanistan Women's Cycling Team.

In 'Long War,' Iraq And Afghanistan Vets And Refugees Tell Their Stories

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

A new play written by a former army infantry officer tells the stories of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and refugees from those countries. The actors are those vets and refugees.

Rob And Nick Reiner Say 'Being Charlie' Is 'Drawn From Our Lives'

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

Being Charlie is a new film about addiction in a Hollywood family. It's a story director Rob Reiner and his son, writer Nick Reiner, say they know well because of their own family's struggles.

'Zero K' Freezes At The Edge Of Immortality

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

In Don DeLillo's new novel, a billionaire secretly funds an enterprise aimed at preserving people through cryogenics — a technology he hopes to use to rejoin his already-frozen wife.

Former Indiana Basketball Coach Bobby Knight On Trump: 'Best Person For The Job'

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

Bobby Knight is not one known to make political endorsements. NPR's Scott Simon asks the legendary basketball coach about his endorsement of Donald Trump in Tuesday's Indiana primary.

A Cease-Fire In Name Alone

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

NPR's Scott Simon considers the breathtaking toll of the violence in Syria.

'Good Wife' Creators Say They Wanted To End The Show 'While It Was Still Good'

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

"There was seven seasons-worth of story to tell in the education of Alicia Florrick, and we've come to the end of that story," says co-creator Michelle King. The Good Wife series finale airs May 8.

Puerto Rico Headed For Default As Congress Tackles Relief Plan

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

The U.S. territory is expected to default May 1 on a debt payment of nearly half a billion dollars. Scott Simon examines the impact of a default with Wall Street Journal correspondent Nick Timiraos.

American Stars Jam With Cuba's Best Musicians In Havana

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

American and Cuban musicians played together in Havana in the first official cultural exchange in half a century. Among them: Usher, Dave Matthews, X Alfonso, and Smokey Robinson.

Harassment Woman Faced Before Her Death Underscores Rampant Sexism In Firefighter Culture

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

NPR's Scott Simon asks veteran firefighter Mary Beth Michos about how sexism in the firehouse has escalated with the rise of cyberbullying.

David Cameron's Former Advisor Wants To Revamp The U.S. Conservative Movement

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

British political operative Steve Hilton tells NPR's Scott Simon what he thinks the conservative movement needs both in the U.K. and the U.S.

Song Of My Self-Help: Follow Walt Whitman's 'Manly Health' Tips (Or Maybe Don't)

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 5:49am

In 1858, the poet published a series of advice columns — titled "Manly Health and Training" — in which he recommends wearing a beard, taking a cold bath every morning and avoiding condiments.

Joining ISIS: It's Not Always For Reasons You Might Assume

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 5:01am

Two ISIS fighters captured in Syria say they joined the militant group as a way to fight an oppressive regime. But it also provided friendship, and it didn't seem much more violent than other options.

4 Ways Donald Trump's Pro Wrestling Experience Is Like His Campaign Today

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 5:00am

At least none of Trump's political opponents have been strapped down and had their heads shaved by him.

Why Are Highly Educated Americans Getting More Liberal?

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 5:00am

Today, more than half of Americans who went to graduate school are liberal. Less than one in three were in 1994.

Let's Not Hug It Out With Our Dogs

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 4:55am

Your dog doesn't like your hugs. Psychologist and author Stanley Coren says that when he looked at a random sample of pictures showing people hugging dogs, most of the dogs showed signs of stress.

Tighter Alcohol Curbs For All Help Reduce Teen Motor Vehicle Deaths

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 4:00am

Raising the cost of alcohol with taxes makes it less likely that teenagers will die in a drunk-driving accident, a study finds. Some teen-specific policies like graduated drivers licenses help, too.

#MemeOfTheWeek: The Woman('s) Card

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 9:56pm

Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton was playing it this week. And then it seemed the entire Internet joined in the game.

Fact Check: Has President Obama 'Depleted' The Military?

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 9:14pm

Republican presidential candidates, led by Donald Trump, claim President Obama has slashed defense spending and will leave his successor with a weaker force. We break it down.




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