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Pregnant Women Should Consider Not Traveling To Southeast Asia

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:46:00 -0400

U.S. health officials are advising pregnant women to postpone travel to parts of Southeast Asia because of the risk of catching Zika. Recent outbreaks have occurred in Singapore and Thailand.

Crisis Mapping Pioneer Focuses On Humanitarian Uses For Drones

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:46:00 -0400

Patrick Meier pioneered the field of crisis mapping during the 2010 Haiti earthquake, compiling information to create a real time map of damage. Now he's focusing on humanitarian uses of drones.

Head Of Yosemite Park Steps Down In Wake Of Hostile Work Environment Claims

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:03:00 -0400

The National Park Service "acted to move Don Neubacher from his role" as it carries out an investigation, a spokesman says.

A Wide Gulf Persists Between Black And White Perceptions Of Policing

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:52:00 -0400

According to a new study, only a third of blacks and nearly three-quarters of whites say police in their communities do an excellent or good using appropriate force.

'Danny Says' Surprisingly Little: Documentary About Rock Manager Lacks Insight

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:00:29 -0400

A film about the voluble Danny Fields, a music industry executive who managed the Ramones from 1975 to 1980, manages to be "candid yet unrevealing."

A Grouch Gradually Grows Grudgingly Grateful In 'A Man Called Ove'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:00:28 -0400

A Swedish curmudgeon slowly comes to accept the help of his neighbors in this familiar, crowd-pleasing film shot through with bracing moments of dark comedy.

In 'Deepwater Horizon,' Oil And Water Don't Make A Good Mix

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:00:28 -0400

Director Peter Berg's movie about the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ratchets up the cinematic tension, but quickly devolves into rote disaster-movie clichés.

A Legend Of Creepy Hollows: 'Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:00:28 -0400

Tim Burton's latest is a dreamlike and visually striking fable; the presence of a satisfyingly eerie Eva Green keeps its overcomplicated story from sinking into muddled incoherence.

The Supreme Court: A Winning Issue In The Presidential Campaign?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:53:00 -0400

It's been eight months since Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, leaving the Supreme Court short-handed and its future up for grabs in the presidential race.

CBS Prepares To Sell Historic Radio Division

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:44 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to radio historian Frank Absher about the heyday of CBS Radio, which is now up for sale. CBS was one of the first networks to truly realize the power of news and develop its use.

How Fossil Fuels Helped A Chemist Launch The Plastic Industry

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:44 -0400

A century ago, people relied on nature to make basic things: toothbrushes were made of silver, combs were made of ivory, and clothes were made of cotton. In a lot of ways, life as we know it today, is possible because of plastic. We can now afford phones, computers and medical devices in part because of one chemist's discovery a century ago. But his descendants have some regrets.

'Detroit News' Endorses Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:44 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Ingrid Jacques of the Detroit News editorial board about the paper's endorsement of libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

Hoboken Mayor Responds To N.J. Transit Train Crash

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:44 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the mayor of Hoboken, N.J., Dawn Zimmer, about the commuter train crash on Thursday that killed one person and injured more than 100.

Investigation Continues Into N.J. Commuter Train Crash

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:44 -0400

A commuter train crashed into a rail station during morning rush hour in Hoboken, N.J., Thursday killing at least one person and injuring more than 100. Trains are among the safest modes of transportation in the world, and crashes in the U.S. are rare. Crash investigators explain what might have gone wrong.

'Working' Then And Now: 'I Didn't Plan To Be A Union Guy'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:44 -0400

Gary Bryner tells Studs Terkel about being a union member and working in an auto factory for General Motors. About 40 years later, he reflects on how factory work and the role of unions have changed.