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Black Ministry Students At Duke Say They Face Unequal Treatment And Racism

African-American students say they matriculated to Duke Divinity School expecting to enhance their calling with top-notch theological training at a prestigious program. But instead they say they entered a racial nightmare seemingly from another era, with students being called the n-word and other …

Education

Taiwan's High Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal, In A First For Asia

Laws that prohibit same-sex couples in Taiwan from marrying are violations of personal freedom and equal protection, the island's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday. The justices called sexual orientation an "immutable characteristic that is resistant to change."<p>Taiwan's president has asked the …

Equality

Organized Noize Raises A Fist To Fight On 'We The Ones'

When the story of Atlanta's turn-of-the-millennium sonic boom is told 100 years from now, Organized Noize — the production trio of Ray Murray, Sleepy Brown and Rico Wade — will be the sound architects credited with putting the Dirty South on the map.<p>But making history, as it were, is less paramount …

Music

Fox News Retracts DNC Staffer Conspiracy Story, But Hannity Keeps It Alive

The Fox News Channel has retracted a week-old story based on a groundless conspiracy theory involving the death of a staffer for the Democratic National Committee, conceding it did not meet the network's standards.<p>The retracted May 16 online story claimed to report as fact that the late Seth Rich, …

Sean Hannity

'We Can Use Peace,' President Trump Says After Exchanging Gifts With Pope

During papal audiences with heads of state, the exchange of gifts comes after the private encounter and at the end of the event. It offers the pool reporters a chance to witness the body language of the two leaders and listen in as they explain their gifts.<p>It also offers a glimpse into what the two …

Christianity

Chuck Johnson's Restorative, Meadow-Set, Near-Ambient Pedal Steel Guitar

Chuck Johnson's music always finds the calm at the center of the storm. He's best known for his hypnotic, yet lyrical, solo guitar work, but for his new record <i>Balsams</i> Johnson meditates on — and through — the lush ambiance of the pedal steel.<p>This isn't the first time Johnson's played the pedal steel …

Guitar

This Was It: Inside The Whirlwind That Was The NYC Rock Revival

In her new book, <i>Meet Me in the Bathroom</i>, author Lizzy Goodman constructs an oral history to tell the story of New York City rock and roll in the first decade of the 21st century. Though the period covered didn't happen that long ago, the scene's participants are now old enough, and maybe sober …

Andrew W.K.

With 'The Seeker,' Cloud Cult Makes A Movie To Match Its Music

Few bands can match Cloud Cult for multidisciplinary ambition. The Twin Cities group's live shows are uplift engines — complete with strings, horns, and onstage artists who craft paintings for auction as the musicians perform — and now Cloud Cult has its own narrative feature film, <i>The Seeker</i>, which …

Movies

The Thistle & Shamrock: Season Of Light

Marked in early May, Beltane is one of four quarter-day festivals in the old year. Join our celebration of the natural elements — Air, Earth, Water and Fire — in a Beltane-themed hour of music.

'He Is Something': Trump Visits Pope Francis At The Vatican

President Trump had an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on Wednesday, receiving messages about peace, the environment and immigrants from the religious leader. The meeting came a year after the pope suggested that Trump "is not Christian" because of his plan for a …

Christianity

Songs We Love: The Darcys, 'Arizona Hwy'

Wayne and Garth head-banged, air-drummed and shrieked their way through "Bohemian Rhapsody" in their flame-decaled AMC Pacer. Romy and Michele couldn't remember any of the words to "Footloose" as they tore off to Tucson in their borrowed 1989 Jaguar XJ-S. And now, Jason Couse and Wes Marskell let …

Autos

Top Stories: Latest On Manchester Bombing; When ISIS Claims Responsibility

Good morning, here are our early stories:<p><b>— What Does It Mean When ISIS Claims Responsibility For An Attack?</b><p><b>— Manchester Police Arrest 3 Men In Connection To Arena Bombing.</b><p><b>— The 'No Fun League', Relaxes NFL Celebration Rules.</b><p><b>— Vigil Honors Manchester Victims, Across The Globe People Are Mournful.</b><p>And …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Concert Bombing Was An Appalling Tragedy, British Ambassador Says

Steve Inskeep talks to Kim Darroch, the British ambassador to the U.S., about the aftermath of the suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday night.

Manchester, England

What Does It Mean When ISIS Claims Responsibility For An Attack?

It's a simple, frequently recurring phrase: "The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack." But it raises some questions: Is the claim credible or just an empty assertion, and if it's true, what does "responsibility" actually entail?<p>Experts who closely follow the Islamic State say …

Islamic State (ISIS)

It's A Bird, It's A Plane ... It's Our Comics And Graphic Novels Reader Poll!

Here at NPR headquarters in DC, MARVELous IMAGEs and FANTAstic GRAPHICS are dancing in our heads as we contemplate this year's edition of our famous Summer Reader Poll — who will make the cut? Will it be packed with old favorites or BOOM! Will a DARK HORSE muscle in?<p>Oh god, we can't keep this up …

Graphic Novels

Manchester Police Arrest 3 More Men In Connection To Arena Bombing

Police officers have arrested three more men as part of the investigation into Monday's bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The arrests came after Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terror threat level to "critical," the highest setting.<p>The identities of those men and the …

Terrorism

Obama, Merkel To Discuss Civic Engagement At Brandenburg Gate

The bishop who will moderate a chat between former President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discusses its theme:"Being Involved in Democracy: Taking on Responsibility Locally and Globally."

Germany

Why The Russia Investigation Matters And Why You Should Care

Some people have FOMO that they might miss an Orlando Bloom waitress update.<p>Others have a fear of missing out when it comes to the latest on whether Michael Flynn is going to turn over documents that have been requested by Congress — and what's going to happen next in the Russia investigation.<p>Your …

Government

Martin Hayes And Dennis Cahill On Mountain Stage

Two of the finest players of Irish music in the world, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill return to <i>Mountain Stage</i>, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. With Hayes on the effervescent fiddle and Cahill taking a sparse, neo-traditional approach with his guitar, the …

Ireland

The 'No Fun League' Relaxes End Zone Celebration Rules

Celebration Station is a feature of the NFL Network that shows the weekly top NFL end zone celebrations.<p>The National Football League announced three changes to the game on Tuesday, but the one getting most of the attention has to do with end zone celebrations.<p>For years, the league has limited how …

NFL

Why Interpreters Have A Hard Time Translating Trump

What are the challenges of interpreting President Trump in real time for a foreign audience? Siavash Ardalan has done so many times as a BBC's Persian service host, and he shares some of his tricks.

NPR

A Message To Inspire Women To Lead: Own Your Awesome

People often ask me: What's the best lesson you learned after almost two decades on the U.S. women's soccer team?<p>I'm fairly certain they want the secret formula to winning. Instead, I tell them, the best lesson I learned is actually a secret about life.<p>And that lesson came to me while watching my …

Leadership

Preschool, A State-By

The National Institute for Early Education Research has a new state-by-state report on preschool funding, enrollment and teacher quality. The findings are both encouraging and sobering.

Education

Montana Holds Special Election For Open House Seat

Montana is holding a special election to replace the GOP House seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The Republican candidate has run a very Trump-inspired campaign.

Elections

Trump Meets Pope Francis At The Vatican

They disagree on the border wall, climate change and capitalism, but President Donald Trump and Pope Francis met Wednesday at the Vatican.

Christianity

The Power Of Music Is At The Heart Of 'Black Mad Wheel'

The recent success of John Darnielle — author of the acclaimed Wolf in White Van and Universal Harvester as well as the leader of the indie-rock band the Mountain Goats — has given fresh legitimacy to the crossover between music star and literary figure. (We won't bring up Bob Dylan.)<p>In a quieter …

Books

Why Colleges Already Face Race-Related Challenges In Serving Future Students

Today, more Americans graduate high school and go on to college than ever before. But as the country becomes more diverse — the Census Bureau expects that by 2020 more than half of the nation's children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group — are colleges and universities ready to serve …

Education

Vigil Honors Manchester Victims; Across The Globe People Are Mournful

Thousands of people in Manchester, England, defied a terror warning and poured into the streets Tuesday for a vigil honoring the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.<p>A bombing the night before at an Ariana Grande concert killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens more. Authorities identified …

Manchester, England

24 Million Children At Risk In Mideast Conflicts, Says UNICEF

Conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa are putting over 24 million children at risk, according to alarming new research by the UN Children's Fund.<p>"Beyond the bombs, bullets and explosions, countless children are dying in silence from diseases that could easily be prevented and treated," …

Middle East

How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big

Whales are the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been giants. Fossil records show that ancient whales were much smaller than the currently living behemoths.<p>So when did whales get so big, and how?<p>A new study suggests it might be due to changes in climate that effected the food …

Oceans