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Atlantic Editor On Acrimony In U.S.: 'I Have To Imagine That It Actually Gets Worse'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:39:00 -0400

Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic's new editor, tells NPR about the magazine's unexpected endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president and anti-Semitic tweets directed at him and other journalists.

Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:38:00 -0400

When astronomers spot a new planet that's too far away to be seen in detail, they work with artists to depict it. Space artists say they have a lot of freedom, but have to be careful, too.

Getting Dental Care Can Be A Challenge For People With Disabilities

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:37:00 -0400

People with serious disabilities and their caregivers often struggle to find dentists who have the ability and desire to take care of their teeth. Cost is another issue.

Waste, Families Left Behind As Nuclear Plants Close

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:36:00 -0400

The Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska shuts down Monday, 17 years ahead of schedule. It is just the latest U.S. nuclear plant to close because it can't compete with other cheaper energy.

So, Which Is It: Bigly Or Big-League? Linguists Take On A Common Trumpism

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:54:00 -0400

If you've followed the 2016 presidential election, you've probably heard Donald Trump say it: "bigly." Or is that "big-league"? We asked linguists settle the score — and offer a little context, too.

U.S. Soldiers Told To Repay Thousands In Signing Bonuses From Height Of War Effort

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:43:00 -0400

Under threat of wage garnishes and tax liens, the California National Guard is pursuing bonuses it says it never should have paid.

Tour Bus Crashes Into Truck, Killing More Than A Dozen People In California

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:03:00 -0400

A California Highway Patrol official says at least 13 are dead and more than 30 injured after a bus struck the back of a tractor-trailer near Palm Springs, Calif.

A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:00:02 -0400

Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.

Gotcha: Space Station Grabs Onto NASA's 5,100-Pound Cargo Craft

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:24:00 -0400

It's been a busy weekend for the space station. On Friday, three astronauts — two Russians and one American — docked at the ISS.

Strange Sounds, Burial Grounds And The Case Of The Twisted Dreamcatcher

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:54:00 -0400

Creaky doors and squeaky floorboards are part of the territory of an old house. But what about the unexplained sounds that come and go?

Trump Supporters Point To Gore-Bush As A Precedent For Refusal Of Election Results

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:17 -0400

Some supporters of Donald Trump look to the election of 2000, when Al Gore conceded to George W. Bush not once but twice — five weeks apart. NPR senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving explains.

With More Big-Box Stores In Reach, Are Commissaries Still Needed?

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:17 -0400

This year the U.S. military spent $1.4 billion to run nearly 240 stores that provide discount groceries to troops. Next year, the Department of Defense wants to cut $200 million from the subsidy.

The Next Generation Of Local, Low-Power FM Stations Expands In Urban Areas

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

The next wave of low power FM stations is coming on the air. Initially restricted to rural areas because of interference concerns, nearly 2,000 new stations have been approved — many in urban areas.

AT&T To Acquire Media Giant Time Warner For More Than $85 Billion

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

AT&T and Time Warner agreed Saturday to an $85 billion merger that, if approved by federal regulators, would create a mammoth media and telecommunications company.

Police Facial Recognition Databases Log About Half Of Americans

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

A new report from Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology says all it takes is a driver's license to be included in the searchable databases. Rachel Martin talks to co-author Alvaro Bedoya.