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'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 6: 'Heroes Do Stupid Things And They Die'

<i>We're recapping Season 7 of HBO's</i> Game of Thrones <i>here on Monkey See. We'll try to turn them around overnight, so look for them first thing on Mondays. And of course: Spoilers abound.</i><p>A supersized episode this week, 70! Glorious! Minutes! Of walking and bonding and mauling and wight-snatching and …

Beric Dondarrion

Confederate Statues Are Coming Down At The University Of Texas

President Greg Fenves ordered the immediate removal of statues of Robert E. Lee and three other Confederate figures, Albert Sidney Johnston, John Reagan and James Stephen Hogg, from a main area of campus.<p>Lee and Johnston were Confederate generals, Reagan was a Confederate postmaster and Hogg was …

Robert E. Lee

10 Sailors Missing After U.S. Navy Destroyer Collides With Cargo Ship In Singapore

A search and rescue mission is underway, the Navy says, after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel on Monday.<p>"The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the …

Military

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Showcases Most Exotic, Rare, Expensive Cars

Classic car shows are a summer tradition. But if you want the most exotic, rare, and the most expensive cars in the world, then you need to head to the Monterrey Peninsula, Calif. The 67th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance caps off a week of intensive, obsessive car love.<p>The Concours this …

Classic Cars

In Illinois, This College Town Won't Be Eclipsed By August's Celestial Event

By now you likely know an eclipse is happening Monday, Aug. 21. There have been countless stories about the celestial event, how to view it, the science behind it and hotels that were booked more than a year in advance. But, even with all that coverage, you might not have heard details about a …

Total Solar Eclipse

Sierra Leone Latest: Landslides Death Toll Nears 500

After devastating landslides, local authorities are calling for more than 10,000 people to evacuate as more rainfall is expected.

Disease

Social Satirist Dick Gregory Was The 'First To Have A Crossover Market' Of Black And White Audiences

Funny man George Wallace remembers how comedian and activist Dick Gregory opened the door for black comics to enter the mainstream. Gregory died Saturday at age 84.

Comedy

'Y Is For Yesterday': Sue Grafton's Penultimate Mystery Series Novel

Sue Grafton's latest novel is the second to last in a series spanning A to Z and 35 years worth of best-selling murder mysteries featuring fictional female detective Kinsey Millhone.

Books

Like The Flag, Confederate Monuments Have Been 'Severely Tainted'

What most don't know is the reason why some of these monuments were erected in the first place: as a scare tactic. NPR's Dwane Brown speaks with University of Georgia history professor James Cobb.

History

Words You'll Hear: Eclipse Cheap Seats

A total eclipse sweeps the U.S. on Monday. But most will see a partial eclipse. The question is: Is an 80 or even a 90 percent eclipse worth it? Or should people make the extra effort to see totality?

Astronomy

Authorities Investigate Alcanar Site Where Terrorists Hatched Barcelona Plot

Police are investigating the roots of the plot for one of Spain's deadliest attacks in recent years. The terror cell was using a rented apartment in the small town of Alcanar as a base of operations.

Terrorism

How One Man Convinced 200 Ku Klux Klan Members To Give Up Their Robes

Daryl Davis is a blues musician, but he also has what some might call an interesting hobby. For the past 30 years, Davis, a black man, has spent time befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan.<p>He says once the friendship blossoms, the Klansmen realize that their hate may be misguided. Since Davis …

Racism

'Blinded By The Light': Your Contributions To Our Solar Eclipse Soundtrack

While watching the total eclipse, folks might want to follow along with some toe-tapping music about the sun, stars and moon. We've got the playlist for the wondrous sky event.

Astronomy

Jerry Lewis, Comic Icon And Titan Of Telethons, Dies At 91

Jerry Lewis, a comedic fixture on big screens and charity telethons for decades, has died at the age of 91.<p>His death was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and confirmed by NPR with his publicist and spokeswoman.<p>Cazau provided the following statement:<p>"Famed comedian, actor, and …

Entertainment

Influential Republican Strategist Arthur J. Finkelstein Dies

Arthur J. Finkelstein, a longtime GOP pollster and strategist credited with helping elect Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, has died at age 72 of lung cancer, his family says.<p>Finkelstein, considered less flamboyant but arguably more influential than better known Republican strategists, …

Elections

Church Leaders In Philippines Condemn Bloody War On Drugs

The head of the Catholic Church in the Philippines has harshly criticized a government campaign of alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects that has claimed thousands of lives, calling it a "humanitarian concern" that cannot be ignored.<p>Police have killed an estimated 3,200 people in the past …

World Politics

Wreckage Of USS Indianapolis, Sunk By Japanese In WWII, Found In Pacific

For 72 years since the cruiser USS Indianapolis sank after being struck by Japanese torpedoes in the waning days of World War II, her exact resting place had been a mystery.<p>But a team of researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen now says they have positively identified the wreckage, 18,000 …

U.S. Navy

Mass Held In Barcelona To Honor Victims Of Terror Attacks

A Catholic Mass was held in Barcelona on Sunday to honor the victims of last week's terror attacks, as authorities continued a manhunt for at least one suspect in the killings of 14 people along Spain's northeast Mediterranean coast.<p>NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Barcelona that thousands …

Terrorism

Confederate Statues Were Built To Further A 'White Supremacist Future'

As President Trump doubled down on his defense of Confederate statues and monuments this week, he overlooked an important fact noted by historians: The majority of the memorials seem to have been built with the intention not to honor fallen soldiers, but specifically to further ideals of white …

History

'Young Jane Young' Is A Political Sex Scandal, Told Through Women's Eyes

<i>Young Jane Young</i> is the story of a political sex scandal, told through the women who endure it. Author Gabrielle Zevin tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro she hopes readers will think twice about shaming women.

Monica Lewinsky

Dick Gregory, Comedian And Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 84

Civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory has died at the age of 84. He was one of first African-Americans to perform at white clubs, and became an icon.

Black History

Trump To Visit Arizona

President Trump heads to Phoenix in the week ahead, and Arizona state politics are likely to have national ramifications. Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Dan Nowicki, reporter for <i>The Arizona Republic</i>.

Elections

Robert E. Lee's Descendant On Confederate Statues

The Rev. Robert Wright Lee, a nephew many generations removed of Robert E. Lee, tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro why the statue of the Confederate general in Charlottesville must come down.

Robert E. Lee

Weekend Politics: Trump's Turbulent Week

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Michael Warren, a senior writer at the conservative outlet <i>The Weekly Standard</i>, about Trump's turbulent vacation and what's ahead.

Donald Trump

Trump Voters Respond To Charlottesville

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro checks in with Trump voters Kevin Eisbrenner, William Estrada and Linda Caudill about last week's news from the White House.

Democratic Party

As India's Climate Changes, Farmers In The North Experiment With New Crops

On a recent weekday, Vamsi Komarala guides me up to the rooftop of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, where he teaches physics. Fields of solar panels adorn the buildings.<p>I swipe an index finger across one of the panels to see if weeks of monsoon rains have washed it …

India

Spain Mourns Attack Victims

Mourners gathered at Barcelona's most famous church to pray for the victims of the attacks in Spain.

Terrorism

What's Next For Richmond's Confederate Monuments

Richmond, Va., Mayor Levar Stoney tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro why he's changed course and is now encouraging the removal of the city's Confederate monuments.

Racism

Racial Issues Have Often Been A Test for U.S. Presidents With Conflicted Feelings

President Trump is only the latest man in the White House to see his plans, his governing coalition and his popular standing all at risk because of a racially charged issue.<p>In the days since he blamed the fatal violence in Charlottesville, Va., on people on "both sides" of the confrontation, Trump …

Harry S. Truman

Scouring For New Music With 'Alt.Latino'

<i>Alt.Latino</i> host Felix Contreras recently returned from the Latin American Music Conference in New York and presents some musical gems he discovered there.

Music