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Bill Seeks to Enlist New York Hotels to Help Fight Sex Trafficking

Though she had previously sponsored legislation in New York to combat sex trafficking, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin said she had not realized how big a role hotels and hotel workers could play in the fight until she met with two activists.<p>“They made me aware,” Ms. Paulin said of Anneke Lucas, a …

United Nations

It's Emma Watson's feminist voice that offends people – not her breasts

Watson put her head above the parapet and used her global profile to make a difference to women.<p>As an elected politician, I came late to the party as …

Judd Apatow On His Characters: 'If Everyone Is Mature, There Is No Comedy'

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to director and producer Judd Apatow about his latest show, <i>Crashing</i>, his career and Hollywood's role in politics.<p>Transcript<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:<p>Judd Apatow started writing stories from his own life into his comedy on the late-90s TV show "Freaks and Geeks." It was about a …

Comedy

50 Years Later, The Biting Satire Of 'The Smothers Brothers' Still Resonates

Tom and Dick Smothers came to CBS in 1967 not really intending to lead or support a revolution. They just got caught up in it — and they happened to have a network program, with some 30 million viewers, on which they criticized the war in Vietnam, celebrated rock 'n' roll music and satirized …

Comedy

Jeff Bridges Abides By His Actor Dad's Example: Bring Joy To The Set

Bridges was nominated for an Oscar for his role as an aging Texas ranger tracking two bank robbers in <i>Hell or High Water</i>. <i>Originally broadcast Jan. 9, 2017.</i><p>Transcript<p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross. Today, we continue our series of interviews with Oscar …

Bridges

Al Jarreau, Versatile Vocalist Who 'Played His Voice,' Dies At 76

<b>Updated at 3 p.m. ET</b><p>Al Jarreau, a versatile vocalist who defied categorization for decades, died Sunday morning at the age of 76. Earlier this week, Jarreau had been hospitalized in Los Angeles "due to exhaustion," according to his official Facebook page.<p>In a statement posted on Jarreau's website, …

San Francisco

Before Adele's Grammy Controversy, There Was The Great Tea Squabble

After her glorious Grammy sweep on Sunday night, Adele woke up to a #BoycottAdele hashtag, with many Beyoncé fans questioning her "unfair" win over their idol. But calls for a boycott are scarcely new for Adele. Last year, after she endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, Trump supporters launched …

Tea

Nokia's Famously Indestructible Phone Rumored To Be Returning To Shelves

On Sept. 1, 2000, the top movie in the country was <i>Bring It On.</i> The No. 1 song was Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter," from <i>Nutty Professor II.</i> And the newest cell phone on the market was the Nokia 3310 — a sturdy little brick of a phone.<p>A lot has changed since then. Lin-Manuel Miranda turned</i> …

Mobile Technology

Roy Wood Jr.: Puzzle Banger After Banger

Comedian Roy Wood Jr.'s got his first big break doing prank phone calls on the radio. But unlike many pranksters, he often conducted these calls live on the air, which led to some problems. He even got suspended for one particular call, which he shared with host Ophira Eisenberg. "I called a cruise …

Jigsaw Puzzles

Amid Battle With Pro-Russian Separatists, Ukraine Accused Of LGBT Discrimination Despite Promises To European Union

KIEV, Ukraine -- Marina Lemischenko and Marina Kostetska were excited to be starting a new life together outside the Ukrainian capital of Kiev after …

'La La Land' Director Aimed To Make A Film Even Musical Skeptics Would Love

Damien Chazelle, who is nominated for an Oscar for his musical <i>La La Land,</i> says songs are <i>"</i>an expression of inner feelings that can't be articulated any other way." <i>Originally broadcast Jan 5, 2017.</i><p>Transcript<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, editor of the website TV Worth …

West Side Story

In Mexico, The Crowd Loves To Hate Pro Wrestler Who Plays Trump Supporter

In Mexican <i>lucha libre —</i> professional wrestling known for its masked fighters and cartoonish style — the bad guys rule. They're known simply as <i>rudos</i>.<p>"Mexican <i>lucha libre</i> is for <i>rudos</i>. We welcome any <i>rudo</i> who wants to come in here and be badder than the others," says Marco Espinosa, a fan, from beneath …

Donald Trump

After A Stroke At 33, A Writer Relies On Journals To Piece Together Her Own Story

On New Year's Eve, 2006, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee developed a splitting headache. She was 33, and her world turned upside down — as in, she literally saw the world upside down. Suddenly, she could hold things in her mind for only 15 minutes at a time. She was a writer who now couldn't recall words …

Memory Loss

Trump is picking a free-speech fight with the university that birthed the Free Speech Movement

Darkly theatrical was the scene at the University of California-Berkeley last night, where a crowd of more than 1,500 gathered to protest the appearance of controversy-riddled alt-right leader Milo Yiannopoulos. Agitators threw fireworks and rocks at police. Molotov cocktails made generator-powered …

Rights & Freedoms

Cognitive science suggests Trump makes us more accepting of the morally outrageous

In October 2015, a college student named Lauren Batchelder stood up at a campaign forum in Manchester, New Hampshire, and challenged Donald Trump's record on women's issues. “Maybe I’m wrong,” she said, “maybe you can prove me wrong, but I don’t think you’re a friend to women.”<p>So far, this might …

Comic Series Takes A Candid Look Inside The Mind Of Someone With Anxiety And Depression

When Holly Hindle draws herself, she draws herself as a bear. For Hindle, 27, bears make her comics more relatable and provide an escape from body …

Mental Health

The trolling of Elon Musk: how US conservatives are attacking green tech

Electric-car evangelist is the target of concerted negative online campaign linked to influential rightwing network<p>He is the charismatic Silicon Valley entrepreneur who believes his many companies - including the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, solar power firm Solar City, and SpaceX, which …

Tea Party

U.S. Denies Entry to Canadian Photojournalist Covering Standing Rock

In the latest sign of increasing hostility toward journalists by American officials, an award-winning Canadian photographer was denied entry to the U.S. after he refused to unlock his cell phones for border authorities.<p>Photojournalist Ed Ou was pulled aside and interrogated for six hours in …

North Dakota

'Alt-right''s favored social network: Fake news welcome here

The new social media website that is a growing platform for adherents of the "alt-right" movement dominated by white nationalists vows to never censor content based on whether it is true or false, asserting its expanding user base in the United States and abroad can decide for themselves what is …

Internet

The Latest: Hillary Clinton calls fake news a 'danger'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times EST):<p>___<p>4:40 p.m.<p>Hillary Clinton says fake news is an "epidemic" and "a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly."<p>Clinton is on Capitol Hill for a portrait unveiling in honor of retiring Senate …

Fake News

Trump's Labor secretary pick uses bikinis to sell burgers

Nothing is more patriotic than a scantily-clad woman digging into a burger.<p>That's according to Andrew Puzder, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Labor secretary.<p>"I don't think there's anything wrong with a beautiful woman in a bikini, eating a burger and washing a Bentley or a pickup truck or …

Donald Trump

Venezuela Seizes Nearly 4 Million Toys, Saying They're Overpriced

Dolls, bicycles and playsets are among the nearly 4 million toys that have been seized by Venezuela's government. The toys will now be sold at sharp discounts, after a regulator said a large toy distributor had hoarded the toys to push prices higher.<p>"Boys and girls of the country will have a happy …

Venezuela

The Most Politically Dangerous Book You’ve Never Heard Of

How one obscure Russian novel launched two of the 20th century’s most destructive ideas.<p>When Alan Greenspan began his political career in 1974, he asked two people to accompany him to his Oval Office swearing-in ceremony as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers: his mother, Rose Goldsmith, …

Literature

Trump lays out military plan; formally introduces James 'Mad Dog' Mattis

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the Defense Department Tuesday, as he brought his "thank you" tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.<p>"In order to succeed in our defense policy, we must have the right person to lead in our Defense Department," he …

Donald Trump

Lady Gaga Pens an Emotional Letter About Life With PTSD: "I Will Never Give Up on My Dreams"

Lady Gaga might seem like she's at the top of her game thanks to a new hit album and her recent performances at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, but she's also struggling with PTSD. The "Million Reasons" singer first opened up about her diagnosis on a recent episode of the <b>Today</b> show, and on …

Rihanna Would Like Everyone to Please Stop Pitting Her Against Beyoncé

It may seem hard to believe for those not in the thrall of their devices, but in today’s social media–obsessed times, the simple act of liking a photo on Instagram can land you in hot water. Just ask Rihanna, who double tapped a fan's photo and landed straight into a controversy.<p>It all started on …

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act would damage free speech rights on campus

Since<p>Donald Trump’s election, a wave of hate attacks have targeted Jews, Muslims and other vulnerable groups.<p>What's the government doing about it? Nothing.<p>But the U.S. Senate did pass a bill last week called the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which cracks down on the constitutional rights of college …

Joe Biden Discussed Running in 2020 With Stephen Colbert: 'Never Say Never'

Vice President Joe Biden dispensed advice to the country during a comedic “family meeting” with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night’s <i>The Late …

Joe Biden

Balding Man’s Haircut: New Form Of Punishment For Your Misbehaving Kid

Nowadays, when spanking your kid with a belt is illegal, humiliation remains the most effective form of punishment. Therefore, Russell Frederick, a …

Hair

Woman Displays 10,000 Rainbow Lights To Defy Homophobic Neighbor

More support for the LGBTQ community has come to light.<p>Lexi Magnusson, 34, covered her lawn in 10,000 rainbow Christmas lights after her neighbor openly expressed homophobic opinions. Magnusson snapped a photo of her lovely display and posted it to the content-sharing site, Reddit, this week.<p>“Our …

LGBTQI