Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Programmable drums and self-making bedsheets

<i>At any given moment there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or</i> …

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Drone Company Leaders Meet With Trump To Ask For More Clarity On Rules

This week, U.S. drone companies met with President Trump to discuss industry regulations. NPR's Melissa Block talks with April Glaser of Recode about how these companies actually want more regulation.

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Meet the Saudi Woman Who Incited Thousands by Driving a Car

She was called a prostitute and imprisoned. Her father had to appeal to the Saudi king to release her. Her only crime? Getting behind the wheel.<p>When …

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Country's Mayors Gather In Miami To Advocate For Cities

Just weeks after the backlash to pulling out of the Paris climate deal, U.S. mayors gathered in Miami are putting climate change at the top of their agenda.

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The Best Podcasts for Road Trips and Long Flights

With so many podcasts out there, it can be hard to choose which to download in anticipation of a long trip—here are our top picks.<p>An unwavering, wide open road through the middle of the country; a 12-hour flight across the Pacific with nothing to look at it but sea and sky—that's a whole lot of …

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Grenfell Tower: How Deregulation, Privatization, And Bad Design Led To Tragedy

The number of London towers that were outfitted with flammable cladding is rising, according to new investigations.<p>The cause of the June 14 fire that burned down Grenfell Tower, a 24-story public housing building in West London, has been determined: it began in a refrigerator-freezer in one of the …

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Senate Made Health Care Even More Heartless, Sen. Hassan Says

Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and NPR's Alison Kodjak about the health care bill that Senate Republicans released on Thursday.

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Rubio's Changing Feelings Toward Trump

Steve Inskeep talks with former staffer for Sen. Marco Rubio Alex Conant about the Florida Republican's relationship with President Trump and how it might play into future political ambitions.

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Weekend Listens

Looking for some recommendations for weekend listening? Check out these award winning stories from NPR. The 2017 Edward R. Murrow Awards were announced this week and NPR won several for feature reporting, excellence in innovation and continuing coverage.<p>Howard Berkes, Robert Little and Nicole …

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Alex Curley

<i>Faces Of NPR</i> is a weekly feature that showcases the people behind NPR, from the voices you hear every day on the radio to the ones who work outside of the recording studio. You'll find out about what they do and what they're inspired by on the daily. This week's post features NPR's Assistant …

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The “Democracies” We Deserve

Photo by Ken Jones | CC BY 2.0In today’s so-called democracies, elections seldom bring about changes for the better, except in rare instances when …

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Covering America’s ‘testing ground’ for responses to drug use, HIV risk

Via Pixabay<p><i>CJR recently invited contributions from journalists whose work focuses on the healthcare challenges specific to their communities. We</i> …

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Boys Skirt The No-Shorts Rule

A group of boys at an Exeter, England school wore skirts to school in protest that they were not allowed to wear shorts. One boy told <i>The Guardian</i> it was "quite refreshing" in the heat.

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When You Talk In Your Sleep, Are You Talking To Your Secret Self?

In this week's episode of the show and podcast Invisibilia, we explore what happens when you discover a part of yourself that is very different than who you think you are.<p>And Freud was so wrong about our dreams. In NPR's Shots blog, Jon Hamilton explains that scientists now think that our dreams …

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LA Teens Create Solar-Powered Tents For The Homeless

A group of high school girls from California recently found themselves giving a presentation at MIT on their new creation: a solar-powered tent.


NPR And Edison Research Release 'The Smart Audio Report'

Somerville, New Jersey; June 21, 2017: According to The Infinite Dial 2017, 7% of Americans 12+ own a "Smart Speaker," the category of voice-controlled devices that includes the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Now, for the first time, a new study from NPR and Edison Research reveals the habits and …

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CIA Contractors Fired For Stealing Vending Machine Snacks

BuzzFeed revealed this story: CIA contractors realized they could unplug the payment system on the agency's vending machines. They took $3,000 in food. Video surveillance helped solve the case.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. In defense of CIA contractors, they're …

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Community Pays Respects To Muslim Teenager Killed In Virginia

Funeral services were held on Wednesday for a Muslim girl murdered in an incident police are calling road rage. Many are demanding that Virginia authorities investigate the killing as a hate crime.

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The Slants show full meaning of free speech

<b>(CNN) —</b> Members of the Portland-based rock group The Slants have been fighting for the right to trademark their band name for nearly eight years -- ever since the US Patent and Trademark Organization ruled that their name was a racial slur, and thus in violation of a decades-old law, the Lanham …

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Why a public radio veteran launched a show on Audible Channels

<b>By</b> <b>Simon Owens</b><p>There are two basic premises to The Genius Dialogues, a new podcast hosted by Bob Garfield. The first premise: What if we treated …

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In honor of Cephalopod Week, here are eight fantastic facts about octopuses and their ilk

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>We’re in the midst of Cephalopod Week, the fourth annual celebration of octopuses, cuttlefish, nautiluses, and squid launched by the podcast Science Friday in answer to Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Unlike that marketing juggernaut, which long ago chose sensationalism …

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Consumer Demand for All-Natural Foods is Causing Vanilla Prices to Skyrocket

A bag of beans costs ten times more than it did just five years ago<p>Today, it seems like everyone wants to be all-natural. From fair-trade vegetables …

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Craft Capsule: On Reading Aloud | Poets & Writers

This is the eighteenth in a series of micro craft essays exploring the finer points of writing. Check back each Tuesday for a new Craft Capsule.<p>Here …

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WGBH confirms restructuring at ‘The World’; three jobs cut

Changes are underway at “The World,” an international radio show co-produced by WGBH, as three employees were sent packing while new positions were …

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An orphan’s quest to find her birth parents

CHINESE-AMERICAN Katie Iles was abandoned at a train station in Zhejiang Province as a baby and ended up in an orphanage. She was adopted by a couple …

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NPR Funds Two Pilots From 2017 Story Lab Workshop

<i>Selected projects explore Native American treaties and the trans-Alaska pipeline</i><p>Monday, June 19, 2017; Washington D.C. – The NPR Story Lab has selected two audio projects that will receive editorial support and $10,000 in funding to launch pilot episodes of their podcasts and create broadcast …

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Where Exactly Is 'Safe' And Who Gets To Be 'Safe' In The World?

In the wake of recent mass shootings in the U.S., NPR's Michel Martin looks at our current political moment and ponders what it means to feel "safe."<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>I was thinking about how often last week I heard people talking about being safe. In part, that's a function of …

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Why Time Is Already Running Out For Trump And His Congress

For most people, 2017 has yet to reach its midpoint. But that is not the case for Congress, which has already burned more than half its scheduled legislative days without accomplishing much of its historic agenda.<p>In recent years, partisan gridlock has kept Congress from major achievements. But this …


How Do Parents Deal With Teen Depression? Anxiety Starts In US Kids From The Age Of 11, Study Says | International Business Times

Have you seen your teenaged child being unhappy most of the times in the recent times? It's likely that he or she might be experiencing depression as …

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NPR Politics Cap – NPR Shop

No matter your party affiliation, we could all stand to keep a cool head these days when discussing politics. This US made, 100% corduroy cotton cap is designed to do just that. Embroidered with the NPR Politics logo, and featuring an adjustable metal slide buckle, this burgundy cap shows the world …

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