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For Basketball Player Quinn Cook, A Big Step Closer To The Dream

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:12:00 -0500

It's the first regular season call up to the NBA for the 23-year-old point guard. For the past season and-a-half, he's been playing in the D-League — pro basketball's minor league.



2017 Oscars: Nominations For Documentary Category Upends Genre

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0500

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Nina Gilden Seavey, director of the Documentary Center at George Washington University, about what this year's documentary lineup mean for the art and industry.



Decades Later, Translation Of Jewish Text Will Open Zohar's Gates To English Speakers

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0500

The translation of a rare Jewish text is almost done, thanks to Berkeley scholar Daniel Matt. This May, publishers will release the final volume of the authoritative English translation of the Zohar.



Fearing Climate Change Policy Under Trump, STEM Group Works To Get Scientists Elected

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0500

Scientists across the country are planning to go to Washington — and take office. Shaughnessy Naughton is the founder of 314 Action a non profit that helps scientists run for office.



Teen Transgender Wrestler — A Reluctant Symbol Of A Nation Divided

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0500

Mack Beggs, who identifies as a boy, won a girls state wrestling championship in Texas this weekend. He'd rather have wrestled boys. Journalist Asa Merritt talks about the reactions at the tournament.



Witnesses Say Kansas Bar Shooting Was Racially Motivated

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0500

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with KCUR reporter Laura Ziegler about the shooting of two Indian men in an Olathe, Kan. bar. The FBI is determining whether to investigate it as a hate crime.



When Mexican Deportees Return To A Country They Hardly Know

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0500

Tania Mendoza left Mexico for the U.S. when she was a toddler. She lived almost her whole life and started a family there. But in 2010 she was deported back to a country she had never really lived in.



How Much Will Trump's Address To Congress Reflect 'Renewal Of American Spirit' Theme?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0500

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says President Trump will focus on the "renewal of American spirit" when he addresses a joint session of Congress early next week.



NPR News Nuggets: A Plea To Texans, Eat Your Veggies & Chris Christie's Next Move

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:55:00 -0500

Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.



After Kansas Shooting, More Than $1 Million Donated For Victims' Families

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:29:00 -0500

Between three GoFundMe pages, thousands of strangers have opened their wallets for the victims. Still, many in India fear last week's shooting shows the U.S. is now a dangerous place for immigrants.



'Highly Intoxicated' Driver Plows Into Mardi Gras Crowd, Injuring At Least 28

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:22:00 -0500

An apparent drunk driver careened into spectators at one of Mardi Gras' biggest parades Saturday. "We are grateful that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening," New Orleans' mayor said.



The Call-In: The Opioid Epidemic And How Opioids Have Affected Your Lives

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500

The opioid epidemic is growing. Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Jim Barnum, whose brother died after an opioid addiction and Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator of the DEA.



A Night At Red's Juke Joint In The Mississippi Delta Is A True Blues Experience

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500

A visit to a classic, hole-in-the-wall blues bar in Clarksdale, Miss., where owner Red Paden enlightens us about the blues and the Delta.



Why It's Been So Warm On The East Coast

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:39 -0500

The east coast saw record-breaking high temperatures this past week. Meteorologist Bob Henson talks with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about what's behind the early spring weather.



Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez Elected To Lead Democrats

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:39 -0500

The DNC has a new chair — former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. Party members voted in Atlanta on Saturday. Now the hard work of rebuilding the party begins.