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Reading The Game: No Man's Sky

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 06:32:23 -0500

Some of the best, wildest, most moving storytelling right now isn't on TV or in movies — it's in video games. So we're taking a literary look at one of this year's hottest games, No Man's Sky.

Breaking The Taboo Of Talking About Periods

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 06:22:52 -0500

A group of students at the Calicut Medical College wanted to get people to speak more openly about menstruation. So they launched a poetry contest.

Kids In Spain Rebel Against Homework, And Parents Are Their Biggest Boosters

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 06:19:03 -0500

Children in Spain, facing up to three hours of homework a night, have put down their pens and pencils in protest. "We all want our children to succeed," says one father who supports the strike.

Republican Wins Final Senate Race Of 2016 In Louisiana Runoff

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:55:00 -0500

Republican John Kennedy is headed to the Senate with his runoff victory in Louisiana on Saturday. His victory means the GOP will have a 52-48 edge in the Senate come January.

Trump Attends Army-Navy Game As Black Knights Snap 14-Year Losing Streak

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:15:00 -0500

The president-elect appeared to disparage the quality of the storied rival game, telling CBS Sports that, "I don't know if it's necessarily the best football, but it's very good."

Trump Questionnaire Raises Concerns About Retaliation Against Energy Department Staff

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:51:00 -0500

A 74-point questionnaire asks for a list of employees who attended conferences on climate change. Legal experts worry if it's an effort to weed out agency environmentalists.

After A Year On The Job, Stephen Colbert Finds His Voice On 'The Late Show'

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:06:02 -0500

At a taping of the show this week, during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden, Late Show writers and producers explain how they managed to turn the program around after a rough start.

Why Police Shooting Trials Put Juries In A Bind

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:06:02 -0500

After a mistrial in the police shooting of Walter Scott, University of South Carolina law professor Seth Stoughton discusses the complications and biases surrounding many police-involved shootings.

Ohio Gov. Kasich Mulling State Abortion Bans

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:06:02 -0500

This week Ohio lawmakers passed a ban on abortions after just six weeks of pregnancy. But they also passed a 20-week ban, which the governor may be more likely to sign into law.

Barbershop: Trump Transition Team Tactics And Twitter Etiquette

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:06:00 -0500

Radio host Ken Rudin, Washington, D.C. conservative commentator Gayle Trotter, and Farajii Muhammad of WEAA in Baltimore discuss Donald Trump and the week in politics.

Professors Take A Different Approach In Responding To 'Leftist Propaganda' Claims

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:06:00 -0500

An online "professor watchlist" claims to expose those who promote "leftist propaganda." University of Notre Dame professor John Duffy and peers asked to have their names added to the list in unity.

CIA Finds Russian Hackers Tried To Help Trump's Election

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:06:00 -0500

The CIA has concluded that Russia launched a cyberintelligence operation to influence the U.S. election in an apparent effort to help Donald Trump win, a U.S. official tells NPR.

For Mavis Staples, The Music Of The Civil Rights Era Couldn't Be More Relevant Today

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:06:00 -0500

The gospel legend is now a Kennedy Center honoree. She discusses developing an iconic voice at a young age, her family's confrontations with racism and why she's a big fan of Chance The Rapper.

Explosions Rock Istanbul Soccer Stadium, Killing 38, Wounding 155

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:45:00 -0500

The blasts Saturday night killed at least 38 and wounded 155 others, according to Turkey's interior minister, who suggested that a car bomb was the source of the explosions.

In Reversal, Gambian President Rejects Loss And Calls For New Election

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:44:00 -0500

Longtime President Yahya Jammeh conceded defeat in an election last week. Now, he says there were irregularities in the results and is calling for a new election.