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I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:02:00 -0400

After a security robot drowned in a fountain in Washington, D.C., NPR's Scott Simon muses on robot suicide, and how long it will be until a robot has the capacity to question its own existence.

Week In Politics: Sean Spicer Resigns As White House Press Scretary

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish wraps the week in politics with David Brooks of The New York Times and Jamelle Bouie of Slate. They discuss Sean Spicer's resignation as White House press secretary and the failure of the Senate Republican health care bill. To More Clearly Label Opinion Pieces

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:39:00 -0400

Starting next week, NPR will offer more visual clues to distinguish opinion writing.

'Hawaii Five-0' Casting Announcement Doesn't Fix CBS's Larger Diversity Problem

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:39:00 -0400

CBS announced the three new actors who will be joining the cast of its cop drama. To no one's surprise, all are nonwhite. But the network still has work to do.

Pushing Hospitals To Reduce Readmissions Hasn't Increased Deaths

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:01:00 -0400

The Affordable Care Act penalizes hospitals if patients are discharged and then readmitted with the same problems too often. That effort has improved care for patients, two researchers say.

Remembering Liu Xiaobo, Who Fought For Human Rights In China

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 03:18:00 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon remembers Liu Xiaobo and the principles he stood for in China, and wonders how Americans and American institutions will respond to his death.

Week In Politics: Trump Jr.'s Meeting With Russian Lawyer, GOP Health Bill

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:37:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution, and Eliana Johnson of Politico about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer, and the most recent GOP health care bill.

Here Lies A Use Of 'Lied'

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:49:00 -0400

An update on NPR's use of a loaded word.

Macron Got A Lot Wrong About Africa ... But Made One Good Point

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 18:29:00 -0400

In answering a reporter's question, the French president characterized Africa as a continent of failing states with high birth rates. Viviane Rutabingwa shares her perspective.

What This Teen Mom Wishes She'd Known Before She Got Pregnant

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:18:00 -0400

She was ashamed to be seen buying condoms. She didn't dare ask her mother for advice. So how can Uganda bring down its high rate of teen pregnancy?

Anti-Social: Why Disagreements Turn Into Death Threats Online

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:06:30 -0400

The Internet is not a safe space to express opinions.

My Son Is In Special Education And I Want Him To Be Challenged

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 05:30:00 -0400

Seeing his potential, one mother wonders why her child isn't held to higher standards at school, despite his learning disability.

Week In Politics: Trump's Speech In Poland, Health Care Debate

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers wraps up the week's politics news with columnists David Brooks of The New York Times and Kimberly Atkins of the Boston Herald. They discuss President Trump's speech in Poland, the ongoing debate over the health care bill, and Walter Shaub Jr.'s resignation from the Office of Government Ethics.

Why I Love (And Question) Independence Day

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 16:06:00 -0400

He grew up marching to celebrate Ghana's independence and now marvels at America's big July 4 bash. George Mwinnyaa reflects on the meaning of independence.

Word To The President: 'Professionalism'

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 07:52:28 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon says he's unsure if calls for respect, civility and dignity are reaching President Trump. Simon says professionals do their jobs and don't kvetch when other professionals do theirs.