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White House Briefly Put On Lockdown After Driver Hits Security Barrier

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:23:05 -0500

The Secret Service said the vehicle did not breach the barricade and the female driver was quickly apprehended.

Gothamist Properties Will Be Revived Under New Ownership: Public Media

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:04:34 -0500

WNYC will buy Gothamist, KPCC will acquire LAist, and WAMU is taking over DCist. The move is funded by two anonymous donors "who are deeply committed to supporting local journalism initiatives."

Frank Kimbrough On Piano Jazz

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:51:00 -0500

On this episode of Piano Jazz, the pianist and master collaborator displays his graceful, romantic style and duets with host Marian McPartland.

Episode 826: The Vodka Proof

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:39:00 -0500

Vodka is the best selling spirit in the United States, and there are zillions of brands. But is there any difference between them?

Director Of Oscar-Nominated Aleppo Doc Wants His Film To Serve As Witness

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:13:00 -0500

Feras Fayyad's Last Men In Aleppo goes inside the Syrian city at a time when it was being reduced to rubble by government bombings.

Seychelles Finds A Novel Way To Swap Its Debt For Marine Protections

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:00:03 -0500

The Indian Ocean nation has brokered a novel deal that is intended to protect nearly one third of its marine area and is thought to be the first of its kind.

FDA Finds Hazards Lurking In Parsley, Cilantro, Guacamole

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:58:00 -0500

The Food and Drug Administration has started testing randomly selected fresh herbs and prepared guacamole. So far, the agency has found dangerous bacteria in 3-6 percent of the samples it tested.

Atlanta Is Experiencing A Film And TV Production Boom

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:00 -0500

More than 70 film and TV projects were shot in and around Atlanta in 2017. So many, the area has developed a permanent production industry.

How 1 Tweet From Kylie Jenner Caused Snap, Inc. To Lose $1 Billion

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Will Oremus, a senior technology writer at Slate about how a recent tweet by Kylie Jenner caused Snap, Inc. — the parent company for Snapchat — to lose more than $1 billion.

Teachers Across The Country Are Thinking About Active Shooter Situations

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:00 -0500

President Trump tweeted this week that teachers should be armed, in response to the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week. Since then teachers and other school administrators are looking at what they would do in a shooting situation.

Trump Warns About Complacency In 2018 Midterms At CPAC

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:00 -0500

President Trump received an enthusiastic greeting from thousands of conservative activists at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, D.C., on Friday. He boasted of his first year accomplishments, but also had a warning about this year's midterm elections, saying complacency could short-circuit his agenda.

U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services Omit 'Nation Of Immigrants' From Mission Statement

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:00 -0500

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Susan Martin, professor emeritus at Georgetown University, about United States Citizenship and Immigration Services omitting the promise of America as "a nation of immigrants" from its mission statement. Martin, like former President John F. Kennedy, wrote a book called A Nation of Immigrants.

Trump Administration Is Trying To Make It Harder For North Korea To Evade Sanctions

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:00 -0500

The Trump administration is trying to make it harder for North Korea to evade sanctions. It is putting the world on notice to look out for "deceptive shipping practices."

'Black Panther' Fans Are Screaming 'Wakanda Forever' In Wauconda, Ill.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:00 -0500

The city of Wauconda, Ill., — a suburb of Chicago — has been gaining fans after the Marvel's blockbuster Black Panther premiered last week. The movie is set in a fictional African country called Wakanda.

Why Major Companies Are Severing Ties With The NRA After Parkland Shooting

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Bloomberg reporter Polly Mosendz about why major companies are severing ties with the Nation Rifle Association in the wake of protests over the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.