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Final Version Of GOP Tax Bill Cuts Corporate Tax Rate To 21 Percent

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:16:15 -0500

Republican lawmakers have released the final version of their tax bill that cuts the corporate tax rate to 21 percent and reduces tax rates for individuals for eight years.

Chief Justice Roberts Sends Kozinski Inquiry To Another Judicial Council

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:53:23 -0500

The 2nd Circuit will take over the inquiry of 9th Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski. Multiple former clerks and externs have accused Kozinski of sexual harassment.

A Jazz Piano Christmas 2017

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:16:41 -0500

This year, Abelita Mateus, Marcia Ball, Helen Sung and Joanne Brackeen create a toe-tapping meditation on peace and the holidays.

Haitians Are Turning Plastic Waste Into Valuable Fabric

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:52:00 -0500

Environmentalists haul illegal fishing nets in the ocean, while poor Haitians collect discarded plastic bottles of the streets of their country. All the waste is then turned into fabric and later into high end shoes and backpacks — a new trend in recycling.

Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:22:25 -0500

Researchers witnessed adolescent female Japanese macaques mounting sika deer in ways that were "sexual in nature." They have several theories for why but say more research is necessary.

Trump Administration Moves To Kill Rules For Organic Eggs

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:20:00 -0500

It's the latest Obama-era agriculture regulation to go on the chopping block. This one governs the treatment of animals on organic farms. But most organic farmers actually support the rule.

Don Pullen On Piano Jazz

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:09:03 -0500

The brilliant pianist played church music and R&B before joining Charles Mingus' band and forming his own quartet. He joins Marian McPartland for a song in this 1989 episode.

Michael McDonald On World Cafe

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:01:19 -0500

Wide Open gets pretty personal, and so did our conversation. McDonald discusses the reality of being a musician in his sixties and what he calls his "first big hurt" (and no, it's not a romantic one).

Are These Condom Ads Too Sexy For TV?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:43:20 -0500

India's government has banned condom ads between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. to protect children from seeing them on TV. Some citizens are outraged by the censorship.

What's Good? Hip-Hop Drops A Motherlode Of New Music

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:32:49 -0500

Friday got flooded with new music. Here's the quick take on LPs from Eminem, Brockhampton, N.E.R.D., Boosie, G-Eazy, Scarface and Jeezy — to name a few.

We LYLAS, But It's Time To Say TTFN As AOL Instant Messanger Signs Off For Good

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

AOL instant messenger signed off for the final time this morning — 20 years after changing online communication.

DHS Wants To Build A Computer System To Help Determine Who Gets To Visit The U.S.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

Can a computer tell if you're going to be a productive member of society? Can it tell if you're a terrorist? The Department of Homeland Security is trying to answer these questions. The agency hopes to build a computer system to help determine who gets to visit or immigrate to the U.S., but that idea has some techies worried.

Nearly A Year In Office, Trump's Presidency Remains Defined By Russia

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

Almost a year in and Donald Trump's presidency is still — in large part — being defined by Russia. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to The Washington Post's Greg Jaffe about his joint byline in Friday's paper for "Doubting the Intelligence, Trump purses Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked."

An Outsider's View Of How the U.S. Treats Its Most Vulnerable

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

Philip Alston is the United Nations' special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He speaks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about a report he is compiling on how the United State's most vulnerable are treated by the government.

Pennsylvania Grand Jury Hopes Investigation Will Change Fraternity Culture Across The U.S.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

A Pennsylvania grand jury has issued a scathing report about Pennsylvania State University's failed oversight of campus Greek organizations. The report follows the hazing death of a 19-year-old pledge in February.