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So, Which Is It: Bigly Or Big-League? Linguists Take On A Common Trumpism

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:54:00 -0400

If you've followed the 2016 presidential election, you've probably heard Donald Trump say it: "bigly." Or is that "big-league"? We asked linguists settle the score — and offer a little context, too.

U.S. Soldiers Told To Repay Thousands In Signing Bonuses From Height Of War Effort

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:43:00 -0400

Under threat of wage garnishes and tax liens, the California National Guard is pursuing bonuses it says it never should have paid.

Tour Bus Crashes Into Truck, Killing More Than A Dozen People In California

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:03:00 -0400

A California Highway Patrol official says at least 13 are dead and more than 30 injured after a bus struck the back of a tractor-trailer near Palm Springs, Calif.

A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:00:02 -0400

Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.

Gotcha: Space Station Grabs Onto NASA's 5,100-Pound Cargo Craft

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:24:00 -0400

It's been a busy weekend for the space station. On Friday, three astronauts — two Russians and one American — docked at the ISS.

Strange Sounds, Burial Grounds And The Case Of The Twisted Dreamcatcher

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:54:00 -0400

Creaky doors and squeaky floorboards are part of the territory of an old house. But what about the unexplained sounds that come and go?

Trump Supporters Point To Gore-Bush As A Precedent For Refusal Of Election Results

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:17 -0400

Some supporters of Donald Trump look to the election of 2000, when Al Gore conceded to George W. Bush not once but twice — five weeks apart. NPR senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving explains.

With More Big-Box Stores In Reach, Are Commissaries Still Needed?

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:17 -0400

This year the U.S. military spent $1.4 billion to run nearly 240 stores that provide discount groceries to troops. Next year, the Department of Defense wants to cut $200 million from the subsidy.

The Next Generation Of Local, Low-Power FM Stations Expands In Urban Areas

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

The next wave of low power FM stations is coming on the air. Initially restricted to rural areas because of interference concerns, nearly 2,000 new stations have been approved — many in urban areas.

AT&T To Acquire Media Giant Time Warner For More Than $85 Billion

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

AT&T and Time Warner agreed Saturday to an $85 billion merger that, if approved by federal regulators, would create a mammoth media and telecommunications company.

Police Facial Recognition Databases Log About Half Of Americans

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

A new report from Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology says all it takes is a driver's license to be included in the searchable databases. Rachel Martin talks to co-author Alvaro Bedoya.

'Cursed' Chicago Cubs Advance To First World Series In 71 Years

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

Rachel Martin talks baseball with The Gist podcast host Mike Pesca. The Cubs beat the Dodgers last night to clinch the National League series, and will advance to their first World Series since 1945.

Republican And Trump Critic Ana Navarro Speaks On Election

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

Ana Navarro has become a standard bearer for Republican women repudiating Donald Trump. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the GOP strategist about her view of the election, which is only 16 days away.

Reflections On The Black Panther Party 50 Years Later

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

The Black Panther Party of Self-Defense's reputation has been mostly misunderstood. Rachel Martin speaks with co-founder Bobby Seale and Stephen Shames, who photographed the group from 1967 to 1973.

From 'Unproud' To 'Hombre,' Election 2016 Is Testing Our Vocabulary

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

Merriam-Webster noticed the number of unique words coming out of this campaign, and has been using Twitter to report the most searchable words. Lexicographer Peter Sokolowski talks to Rachel Martin.