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As A New Gandhi Takes Over, Can India's Opposition Find Its Footing Again?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:26:00 -0500

Rahul Gandhi, the 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, takes over the Congress party from his mother. Will the generational shift signal a change in fortune for the lackluster opposition?



Charles Jenkins, Cold War Defector To North Korea, Dies At 77

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:17:00 -0500

Stationed at the DMZ, the sergeant made a fateful decision in 1965 to cross over to North Korea. He spent the next four decades as a trophy of Pyongyang.



Does Preschool Pay Off? Tulsa Says Yes

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Tulsa, Okla., has been the focus of much debate over the long-term benefits of preschool. The most recent findings by Georgetown University researchers are another strong endorsement for early ed.



The Carpenter Vs. The Gardener: Two Models Of Modern Parenting

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:01:01 -0500

Many parents think they can shape their child into a particular kind of adult. Psychologist Alison Gopnik says the science suggests otherwise.



Macron Awards U.S. Climate Scientists Grants To 'Make Our Planet Great Again'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:57:58 -0500

A day before an international summit on the climate, the French president offers some researchers an opportunity to make France a "second homeland."



After Court Ruling, Military Will Accept Openly Transgender Recruits As Of Jan. 1

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:49:00 -0500

A federal judge upheld a temporary injunction against President Trump's ban on new trans troops in the military. Now, the Pentagon faces a deadline to begin accepting these applicants in the new year.



How Labels Can Affect People's Personalities And Potential

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

What is it that makes you...you? How much of a person's personality and potential are based on the expectations of others? NPR's Shankar Vedantam explores new research that suggests the labels we use to categorize people affect not just who they are now, but who they'll become in the future.



Christopher Plummer Nominated For Golden Globe After Replacing Kevin Spacey

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

The 75th Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday. Among the nominees is actor Christopher Plummer, for his role replacing Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World, after Spacey faced allegations of sexual misconduct.



Civil Rights Reporters, Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr. And Roy Reed, Die At 99 And 87

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr., risked his life to cover the civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s for Jet and Ebony magazines. He was the first black reporter hired by The Washington Post. Roy Reed covered the movement for The New York Times and was tear-gassed covering the Bloody Sunday marchers. Booker, 99, and Reed, 87, died on Sunday.



Pentagon Officials Say Transgender People Can Enlist In Military Next Year

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Pentagon officials say starting on Jan. 1, 2018, transgender people can enlist in the U.S. military. President Trump has opposed allowing transgender people to serve, but the Pentagon decision comes as courts are ruling against efforts to bar transgender enlistment.



Congressional Republicans Hope To Pass Tax Overhaul Bill By Dec. 25

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Congressional Republicans are working to merge House and Senate versions of a GOP tax bill. They're hoping to reach their first major legislative milestone by Christmas.



The Challenges Of Regulating Autonomous Weapons

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Autonomous weapons, capable of operating independent of human control, are being developed by several countries around the world. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Paul Scharre of the Center for a New American Security about this new military technology and the challenges of regulating it.



FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality Despite Millions Of Fake Public Comments

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Millions of public comments in advance of the FCC's vote on net neutrality turn out to have been faked. Some used phony names, others came from Russian email addresses. The FCC says it will go ahead with its vote this week nonetheless.



Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Steps Aside After Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has stepped down from daily operations at his restaurant company after allegations of sexual misconduct. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Amanda Kludt, Editor-in-Chief of the online publication Eater, which broke the story.



Suspect In New York Subway Blast Had 'Low-Tech' Device

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Police are calling an explosion in a crowded corridor between two New York City subway stations Monday morning an attempted terror attack. Officials say suspect Akayed Ullah detonated an improvised pipe bomb that was strapped to his body.