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Trump Transition Asks Energy Dept. Which Employees Work On Climate Change

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:06:00 -0500

The president-elect's team has sent 74 questions to the federal agency, including many about climate-change-focused personnel and programs. The department's lawyers are examining the request.

This Week In Race: Racism, Racism And, To Salve Your Soul, John Legend

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:52:00 -0500

Everywhere we looked in the news this week — in prisons, politics, online — we found strains of racism. It even shows up from beyond the grave.

No Government Shutdown: Senate Passes Funding Bill After Democrats Back Down

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:37:00 -0500

The bill, passed less than an hour before the deadline, will keep the federal government running until late April. Coal-state Democrats had been protesting provisions that affected miners.

In Taped Confession, Charleston Church Shooter Says 'We All Know I Am Guilty'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:34:00 -0500

The man accused of murdering nine people in the basement of a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., told FBI investigators he was motivated by racial hatred.

A Message Of Tolerance And Welcome, Spreading From Yard To Yard

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:57:00 -0500

A church in Harrisonburg, Va., posted a simple message last year: "No matter where you come from, we're glad you're our neighbor," in three languages. Now the signs show up from D.C. to Detroit.

Encore: Astronaut John Glenn Recalls Historic Orbit Of Earth

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:14 -0500

Astronaut John Glenn — who was one of NASA's original Mercury Seven — was the first American to orbit Earth. He flew the mission in just under five hours, circling the globe three times in a capsule named Friendship 7. Glenn, who says he recalls the mission as if it were just last week, told NPR's Audie Cornish he doesn't want the U.S. to lose sight of the future and America's role in outer space. This story originally aired on Feb. 20, 2012 on All Things Considered.

Jury Views Dylann Roof's Confession At Charleston Church Shooting Trial

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:14 -0500

In the federal Charleston, S.C., church shooting trial Friday, jurors heard Dylann Roof's taped interrogation. In it, he confessed to killing the nine parishioners.

Americans Divided Over Donald Trump's Early Moves As President-Elect

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump is putting his own stamp on the role of chief executive, which has some people rejoicing and others worried about where he's going to take the country.

Trump To Retain Credit As Executive Producer Of 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump will retain a credit as executive producer of the reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice. The new season, with new "boss" Arnold Schwarzenegger, premieres January 2. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says no one but Trump knows how involved he will be, but the news seems to contradict NBC's past assertion that it has severed business ties with Trump.

Economists Chart 'Index Of The American Dream' In 'The New York Times'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

New economic research shows Americans are no longer as likely to make more than their parents did at the same age. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about what he calls the "Index of the American Dream."

'Deadspin' Columnist Outlines Hater's Guide To Williams-Sonoma Catalog

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

NPR's Audie Cornish and Ari Shapiro talk with Deadspin columnist Drew Magary about his hater's guide to the Williams-Sonoma catalog.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Vow To Fight Through Fierce Winter

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

The teeth of winter are closing on the makeshift camp in North Dakota where demonstrators are trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Some are heeding tribal calls to leave, while others are digging in. But the company building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline was in federal court Friday, trying to overturn a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers blocking the project.

President-Elect Trump Continues 'Thank You' Tour With Rally In Iowa

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

Donald Trump is on a "thank you" tour, holding rallies in battleground states that voted for him. On Thursday night, the president-elect held a rally in Des Moines, Iowa.

Actress Sofia Vergara Sued By Her Own Frozen Embryos

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

A lawsuit has been filed against actress Sofia Vergara on behalf of her two frozen embryos. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Susan Crockin, who teaches assisted reproductive law at Georgetown University Law School.

Alabama Execution Raises Questions About Drug Used In Lethal Injections

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

The execution of Ronald Bert Smith, Jr. in Alabama is raising more questions about a controversial drug used as a sedative in lethal injections. According to Kent Faulk, a reporter for the Birmingham News who witnessed the execution, Smith heaved and coughed 13 minutes into his execution.