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MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta On Making Music Accessible For All
Violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta, one of the 2018 winners of the MacArthur Fellowship, speaks about his work in under-resourced communities in Los Angeles and what's next.
NPR2 min readPolitics
New Findings On School Shootings; Hurricane Shuts Classrooms; And Midterm Ballots On Education
You're reading NPR's weekly roundup of education news. New school shooting database shows 2018 spike A new database released this week finds that 2018 was a record year for school violence. The researchers cross-referenced more than 1,300 incident r
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Wreckage Left By Hurricane Michael Slows Relief Efforts
Government and nonprofit agencies work in advance of storms to create distribution networks for critical aid, but the category 4 storm damaged key communications and transportation infrastructure.
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A Super Girl Scout Makes Movies To Make Life Better For Vulnerable Girls
Sakshi Satpathy, 16, babysat and walked dogs to finance her films on child marriage and trafficking. She's won the Girl Scout's top honor — and Amnesty International and CARE have screened her works.
NPR5 min readPolitics
The Russia Investigations: Unanswered Questions In The Eye Of The Storm
The president and his lawyers may be close to submitting a take-home exam of sorts to special counsel Robert Mueller, but so many other points about this imbroglio remain unresolved.
NPR5 min readPolitics
Germany's AfD Party Finds A New Stronghold In Bavaria, And It's Costing Angela Merkel
A booming economy and ever fewer migrants crossing the border haven't eased a populist backlash against the German chancellor's political allies in the wealthy alpine state of Bavaria.
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Difference Beats At The Heart Of 'White Dancing Elephants'
Chaya Bhuvaneswar's new collection can be a hard read at times — she doesn't shy away from the difficulties of the immigrant experience in America. But these stories also offer a core of hope.
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Good News For 'Green' Brews: Consumers Say They'll Pay More For Sustainable Beer
More than 1,000 U.S. beer drinkers surveyed say they would pay about $1.30 more for a six-pack of beer if it was produced at a brewery that invests in water conservation or solar power.
NPR5 min readPolitics
Many Native IDs Won't Be Accepted At North Dakota Polling Places
The Supreme Court has upheld a state law requiring voters' IDs to have street addresses, which many reservations do not use. Native American groups are now scrambling to prepare for Election Day.
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For October, 3 Romances To Keep You On The Path To Happily Ever After
A good romance is an easy read, but a tough emotional journey for the characters. This month, we're showcasing three books that'll keep you flipping pages through all the highs and lows along the way.
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Pope Francis Defrocks 2 Chilean Priests In Deepening Sex Abuse Scandal
The two high-ranking retired clerics, Archbishop Francisco José Cox Huneeus and Bishop Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández, were expelled from the priesthood because of alleged "manifest abuse of minors."
NPR5 min readPolitics
China Lures Taiwan's Latin American Allies
The biggest bloc of Taiwan's few remaining world allies is in Central America and the Caribbean. But even that solidarity is splintering.
NPR3 min readPolitics
'Thankful To Be Safely Home': Pastor Brunson, Freed From Detention, Arrives In U.S.
Andrew Brunson's arrest in Turkey raised tension between the two longtime allies. Now, the pastor has returned — and President Trump greeted him Saturday at the White House.
NPR2 min readWellness
Opinion: The Doctor And 'The Boy In The Bubble'
In his essay this week, NPR's Scott Simon remembers William T. Shearer, who died this week at the age of 81. He was the doctor of "The Boy In The Bubble."
NPR3 min readPolitics
Protesters Throng Berlin In Massive Rally To Support 'Open And Free Society'
Organizers expected 40,000 people to show up at their march Saturday. Instead, they say, more than 240,000 attended. The event comes at a time when far-right populists are gaining ground in Germany.
NPR2 min readTech
Facebook Says 14 Million Accounts Had Broad Array Of Personal Data Stolen
In an update on a recent security breach, Facebook says 30 million accounts were affected. For nearly half of those, hackers accessed users' searches, locations and other details.
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Sommelier Cheating Scandal Leaves Bitter Taste In The Wine World
Someone apparently revealed secrets about the test for aspiring Master Sommeliers. Organizers can't tell who got the unfair edge, so they dumped results for 23 applicants.
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Same-Sex Penguin Couple Fosters An Egg In Sydney
The new penguin couple are named Sphen and Magic, and the two males are about to take the leap into parenthood. They are often spotted together, waddling or going for a swim.
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Meet The Internet Researchers Unmasking Russian Assassins
The group Bellingcat seeks to unmask covert operations, rogue groups and corruption around the globe. But can it keep its independence?
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Saudi Economic Summit Suffers Exodus Of Guests After Journalist's Disappearance
Dubbed "Davos in the Desert," the Future Investment Initiative is set to host dozens of the world's business leaders. But many are pulling out to protest Jamal Khashoggi's suspected murder.
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Why MSF Had To Stop Offering Mental Health Care To Refugees In Nauru
Doctors Without Borders spent 11 months treating asylum seekers and refugees as well as locals. In early October, the government of the tiny island nation told them to shut down their operation.
NPR7 min readPolitics
Senate Tracker: Democrat Kevin De León Challenges Sen. Dianne Feinstein To Bring 'New Voice' To Cali
Polls show de León is a longshot to defeat Feinstein, who has served in the Senate since 1992. In California's primary, he earned 12 percent of the vote to Feinstein's 44 percent. So why is he running against her?
NPR2 min readSociety
Washington State Strikes Down Death Penalty, Citing Racial Bias
"We are confident that the association between race and the death penalty is not attributed to random chance," the state's supreme court justices wrote in a majority opinion.
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'Quite Something': Kanye West Makes A Statement In The Oval Office
During a meeting at the White House, Kanye West spoke for 10 minutes on a range of topics. His stream-of-consciousness remarks left President Trump saying, "That was pretty impressive."
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In 'The Kindergarten Teacher,' Gyllenhaal's Nuanced Performance Earns A Gold Star
Writer-director Sarah Colangelo's film features a finely calibrated performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal as a teacher obsessed with a student. The result is a "keenly excruciating" tragedy.
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A Woman's Rage: Songs About Being Fed Up
To cope with the tumult of a difficult week and the anniversary of the #MeToo movement, music critic Ann Powers spent the week with music from women expressing one thing: Being fed up.
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'The Oath': A House Divided Against Itself, A Family You Cannot Stand
Ike Barinholtz writes, directs and produces this timely comedy about a family whose deep political divide widens even further over Thanksgiving dinner. Sloppy at times, but its satiric aim is true.
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Human Retinas Grown In A Dish Reveal Origin Of Color Vision
Our ability to see colors develops in the womb. Now scientists have replicated that process, which could help accelerate efforts to cure colorblindness and lead to new treatments for diseases.
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Addiction Without An Ending In 'Beautiful Boy'
Based on the memoirs of an addict and his father, the film stars Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell in a story about the ways addiction narratives don't tend to end neatly — or at all.
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Drizzy Or 'Doricua?' Drake Raps In Spanish On New Song With Bad Bunny
Always the shape-shifter, Drake raps in Spanish in a new video with Bad Bunny, Puerto Rico's favorite rap oddball.
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