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C.W. Stoneking Is Blues From Down Under

Jun 4, 2016

C.W. Stoneking is from the Northern Territory of Australia, but his sound is old school southern American blues. We catch him on his first U.S. tour and talk about his new album, Gon' Boogaloo.

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Muhammad Ali's Louisville Roots

Jun 4, 2016

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Update at 3:15 p.m. ET: Ali's Funeral Set For Friday

Muhammad Ali, the man considered the greatest boxer of all time, died late Friday at a hospital in Phoenix at age 74. He was battling respiratory problems.

He died of septic shock related to natural causes, with his family at his bedside, according to family spokesman Bob Gunnell.

Ali inspired millions by standing up for his principles during the volatile 1960s and by always entertaining — in the boxing ring and in front of a microphone.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making sweeping reforms to the nation's flood insurance program in the wake of a series of critical reports on NPR and the PBS series Frontline. But lawmakers say this isn't enough when private insurance companies are profiting millions of dollars from a program that is already $23 billion in debt.

Tucked amid the tumult of Lower Manhattan's Financial District, right across from a factory-outlet shoe store promising "probably" the lowest prices in the city, you'll find Alexander Hamilton's grave. With the explosive popularity of the Broadway musical Hamilton, that grave is seeing a surge of new fans coming to pay respects to the Founding Father.

Lillian Hasko has seen the musical twice, bought the soundtrack, and felt compelled to make the pilgrimage downtown.

Jobs Growth Slows Dramatically In May

Jun 3, 2016

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Texas lawmakers have asked state health officials to come up with “a clear and concise plan” for dealing with a possible Zika outbreak.

But experts warn there are some underlying health care access issues in Texas that could make dealing with Zika difficult. Ashley Lopez from Here & Now contributor KUT in Austin reports.

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Wall Street fell today upon news of the smallest monthly addition of jobs in almost six years.

The U.S. added just 38,000 jobs in May, a shockingly low number to some economists that stirred fears of an economic slowdown, and could influence monetary policy at the Federal Reserve.

Marilyn Geewax, NPR senior business editor, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young for a closer look at the lackluster jobs numbers and what they mean for the U.S. economy.

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It’s been a year since Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Chief Leonard Campanello announced that his officers would help people get into addiction treatment, rather than arrest them.

More than 400 people have gone to the police station for help, more than 100 police departments around the country have started similar programs and Campanello was recognized at the White House.

Deborah Becker from Here & Now contributor WBUR has this look back at the first year of the so-called “Angel program.”

Summer TV is back, and the big networks, cable networks and streaming services have lots of fresh fare. There’s a new show from the creators of “The Walking Dead.” Simon Cowell returns to “America’s Got Talent.”

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.

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Composer and author Paul Bowles first went to Morocco in 1931. He fell in love with the country, returning often and eventually moving to Tangier, where he lived from 1947 until his death in 1999. Among the things Bowles valued most about Morocco was its varieties of music.

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to a group of 65-year-old voters as part of a radio series where he explores the generational differences between how 25, 45 and 65-year-olds think about politics. He finds that this group of 65-year-olds were born into a structured world, which, for many, resembled The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. But later, their outlook was rocked by a series of assassinations of political figures, anti-war and civil rights protests. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.

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Few Guantanamo Bay prisoners are better known than Mohamedou Ould Slahi. That's because Slahi hand-wrote a 466-page memoir in 2005 about his prison ordeal which finally got published last year, albeit with sections blacked out by government censors.

Guantanamo Diary is a detailed account of the treatment Slahi received under his American captors, including, he says, extensive torture.

This is a big weekend for Alexi Pappas. Tracktown — the feature film she co-wrote, co-directed and stars in — is premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film follows a young runner named Plumb Marigold as she chases her dream of qualifying for the Olympics.

Pappas tells NPR's Ari Shapiro that there have been some problems ahead of the premiere. "I may have actually slept through the opening night red carpet," she says.

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The US is still dumping some of its toxic e-waste overseas

Jun 2, 2016

This story was reported in partnership with EarthFix

Think of how many electronic gadgets and appliances you’ve gotten rid of in the last few years — everything from Fitbits to laptops to old TVs. It’s probably a lot, as the number of these things in our lives explodes and their life-cycles get shorter and shorter.

In fact, electronics make up the fastest growing source of waste on the planet, and the US is the single largest producer of electronic waste.

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A group of scientists say they want work toward being able to create a synthetic version of the entire human genetic code in the laboratory.

Their hope is that a complete set of synthetic human DNA, known as a genome, could someday lead to important medical breakthroughs.

Federal regulators have dramatically increased the number of vehicles to be recalled because of defective air bags made by Takata Corp. An additional 35 to 40 million air bag inflators will need to be replaced, according to regulators. The vehicles will be recalled in five stages between now and December 2019. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.

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NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to a group of 25-year-old voters as part of a radio series exploring the generational differences between how 25, 45 and 65-year-olds think about politics. Having stood witness to the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, two wars, and an economic crash from a very young age, this group of 25-year-olds has seen a country going through hard times for most of their lives. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.

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Does the size of space — those zillions of stars and zillions of miles of nothing between them — freak you out?

Well, if it does, guess what?

You're not alone.

I give a lot of public talks about the universe. Really. It's in my job description:

  • Astronomer. Check.
  • Study stuff in space. Check.
  • Give talks about universe. Check.

And every time I give a public astronomy presentation, whether it's about black holes or the Big Bang or the Hubble Space Telescope, someone always raises the same issue.

A coalition of Asian American groups filed a federal complaint asking for an investigation into Yale, Brown and Dartmouth for alleged racially discriminatory practices in college admissions processes.

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NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to a group of 45-year-old voters who experienced a swell of patriotism and American exceptionalism in their youth. But patriotic fervor dwindled, as scandals and the emergence of 24/7 news coverage changed the game of politics. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.

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