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Avalanche Buries Italian Ski Resort; Rescue Operations Underway

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:49:00 -0500

About 30 people are missing in the Abruzzo region of Italy after an avalanche, apparently triggered by earthquakes Wednesday, covered a three-story mountain hotel in snow.

LA Real Estate Listing Is The Most Expensive In The Country

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:21:00 -0500

The house in Los Angeles has 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, a bowling alley, fully stocked wine cellar and a helicopter. The asking price is $250 million.

Japan's High-Tech Toilets Cause Confusion For Tourists

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:03:00 -0500

The toilets perform many functions and tourists didn't know which button did what. That problem will now go down the drain. Manufacturers have been told to use a standard set of symbols.

First Listen: Allison Crutchfield, 'Tourist In This Town'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:24 -0500

After more than a decade on the road, the prolific punk singer (of Swearin' and p.s. eliot fame) releases her solo debut in a bold attempt to unhitch love from nostalgia.

Why America Is Growing The Most Sweet Potatoes Since WWII

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:24 -0500

These sugary spuds are cheap and easy to grow, but the rise of postwar industrialization and processed foods made them less popular. Now, fad diets and trendy restaurants have sparked a renaissance.

First Listen: Japandroids, 'Near To The Wild Heart Of Life'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:24 -0500

After Celebration Rock fixated on staying young and feeling raw, the Vancouver duo's new album re-envisions youth as a passageway to a new and better place.

First Listen: Priests, 'Nothing Feels Natural'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:24 -0500

Fully embracing the D.C. punk band's pop and experimental leanings, Priests' first album isn't a direct response to the state of the nation so much as a state of mind.

First Listen: Tift Merritt, 'Stitch Of The World'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:23 -0500

Fifteen years after her debut, the Americana singer-songwriter teams up with Iron and Wine's Sam Beam to craft an album that's both gentle and gnarled.

'Martians Abroad' Is An Optimistic Glance Into Humanity's Future

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:23 -0500

Carrie Vaughn — known for her Kitty Norville urban fantasies — ventures offworld with Martians Abroad, a high-school adventure that pays fun, thoughtful homage to Robert Heinlein's "juveniles."

Number Of Democrats Boycotting Trump Inauguration Grows

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:08:00 -0500

More than 60 House Democrats say they won't go to the inauguration. Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Yvette Clarke, who represents New York's 9th District, about her decision not to attend.

I Was Encouraged By Some Of Pruitt's Answers, Sen. Cardin Says

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:08:00 -0500

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is Donald Trump's pick to head the EPA. David Greene talks to Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland about Pruitt's testimony during his confirmation hearing.

Sen. Moran Weighs In On Confirmation Hearing For Commerce Secretary

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:08:00 -0500

Nominee Wilbur Ross reiterated in the hearing that renegotiating NAFTA is a top priority of the Trump administration. David Greene talks to GOP Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas about Ross's nomination.

Ex-CIA Chief Woolsey Voices Concern About Chelsea Manning's Commutation

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:08:00 -0500

Following President Obama's decision to commute Manning's sentence, many in the military and intelligence communities expressed reservations. Rachel Martin talks to former CIA Director James Woolsey,

Why Being Bored Isn't Necessarily A Bad Thing

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:08:00 -0500

In her book, How to Be Bored, Eva Hoffman says we should embrace those moments when we'd otherwise be looking for stimulation. Her book is part of a self-help series called The School Of Life.

U.S. Ambassador Leaves S. Korea Focused On Protecting U.S. Allies

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:08:00 -0500

Rachel Martin speaks with outgoing U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert. He departs at a time of domestic uncertainty and a newly emboldened North Korea.