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'Decarcerating America' Is A Powerful Call For Reform

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:00:21 -0500

This new essay, edited by Ernest Drucker, argues that mass incarceration — more than 2 million Americans are locked up — tears at our social fabric and leaves people with no option but to reoffend.

Man In Mumbai Sets Record For Drinking A Bottle Of Ketchup

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:22:00 -0500

Dinesh Shivnath consumed an entire bottle of ketchup in just over 75 seconds, and coughed uncontrollably when he was done. In an earlier challenge, he ate 73 grapes in a minute.

Artists And Criminals: On The Cutting Edge Of Tech

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:51 -0500

Sci-fi authors like William Gibson foresaw what the Internet would bring. Inspired by their visions, NPR's Laura Sydell set out to see what artists and criminals think about and do with technology.

Speedskating Primer: Long Track Vs. Short Track

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

When it comes to speedskating, South Koreans love short track. The Dutch are masters of long track. Two previous Olympic medalists talk about the thrill and pain of speedskating.

Hidden Brain: A Study Of Airline Delays

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

Flight delays and late arrivals have gone down since 1990. At the same time, airlines have increased scheduled flight times because flights are taking longer, and more time is spent taxiing.

Should FBI Director Wray Resign Over Missed Warnings In Florida Shooting?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

President Trump says the FBI failed to prevent the Florida school shooting because it's fixated on its Russia probe. David Greene talks to former FBI agent Clinton Watts who says they are not related.

Venezuela Set To Launch The Petro, Its New Cryptocurrency

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

Venezuela has a severe economic crisis. But rather than a conventional economic overhaul, President Maduro claims that one of the solutions will be a bitcoin-like digital currency.

Delving Into What Kind Of Person Carries Out Mass Shootings

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. William Reid, who's spent time with the man who killed 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. He explains the extent to which mass shooters share personality traits.

Guantanamo's Near-Empty Lockups Have Been Readied For More Prisoners

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

The U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is ready to accept more captives who may be sent there under President Trump's newly signed order to keep the prison open.

What Gun Law Changes Would GOP Lawmakers Consider?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

The Republican Party has resisted calls for increased gun-control measures. Steve Inskeep talks to GOP political consultant Alex Conant about whether last week's Florida shooting changed that.

Critics Raise Questions About Donald Trump Jr.'s Visit To India

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

While in India, Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled to give a foreign policy speech in front of prominent politicians, after promoting his family's real estate projects across the country.

California Aims To Get Past The Yuck Factor Of Recycled Wastewater

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

With the potential of another drought looming, California is looking at recycled wastewater as a source for drinking. Recycled water is California's single largest source of new water supplies.

Trump Considers Improving Background-Check System For Gun Purchases

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

After last week's school shooting in Florida, there may be new pressure ahead with plans for the president to hold listening sessions with students and meet with law enforcement officials this week.

TV Viewership Is Down For Pyeongchang Olympics

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

NBC — which carries the games — has seen a big dip in the audience tuning in to primetime TV broadcasts. At the same time, the streaming numbers are way up from four years ago.

'New York Magazine': Do You Believe Anita Hill Now?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks to Jill Abramson, who writes in New York Magazine about the long-standing sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.