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Top Stories: Trump's Travel Ban; Pre-Existing Conditions Under GOP Plan

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:34:38 -0400

Also: Wildfires are burning in the West, forcing evacuations; NATO countries will increase their defense spending; and President Trump briefly opens, then closes a fundraiser to the press.



First Listen: Tristen, 'Sneaker Waves'

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:31:15 -0400

Nashville indie-rock star Tristen Gaspadarek bears quietly lacerating witness to vulnerability on her infectious third album.



First Listen: Sarah Jaffe, 'Bad Baby'

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:19:51 -0400

The versatile Texas singer-songwriter mixes spiky synth-pop with softer, slower-burning reflections on the way human beings interact.



First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, 'Every Valley'

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:16:48 -0400

The U.K. band uses interviews, newsreels, propaganda films and its own stormy instrumental music to craft a fun-but-powerful statement about industry and automation.



Sony Will Start Making Vinyl Records Again In Japan, After Nearly 30-Year Hiatus

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:14:00 -0400

Sony says it's meeting new demand from young people who buy records they've heard on streaming services. The company stopped pressing vinyl in 1989.



The National Reflects On Hopelessness And Defeat With New Song, 'Guilty Party'

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:05:22 -0400

The band's upcoming full-length, Sleep Well Beast is shaping up to be the best album the band has done.



Guest DJ Raul Midón's Eclectic Influences Make Perfect Sense

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:00:29 -0400

The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist blends jazz, Latin music and soul seamlessly on his new album, Bad Ass And Blind. His musical touchpoints range from Paco de Lucía to Mercedes Sosa.



Songs We Love: Matthew Dear, 'Modafinil Blues'

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Matthew Dear's first release since 2012's Beams is a pulsing goth-pop jewel that pulls the best elements of new wave — all the sex, melancholy and sly humor — and saunters off into the darkness.



With The Senate's Health Care Vote Delayed, What's Next For Democrats?

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:43:00 -0400

Do Democrats want to work with Republicans to make the health bill better? Rachel Martin talks to Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee.



Cardinal George Pell: Sexual Abuse Charges Against Me Are False

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:36:00 -0400

Cardinal Pell, a key adviser to Pope Francis, has been ordered to appear in a Melbourne court next month. Steve Inskeep talks to John Allen, editor of Crux, which focuses on the Catholic Church.



In China, People Are Increasingly Paying For Things With Their Cellphones

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:16:00 -0400

By one estimate, the Chinese spent $5.5 trillion through mobile payment platforms last year, about 50 times the amount in the U.S.



'The Outer Cape' Shows Us That Every Place Has A Dark Side

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:00:29 -0400

Patrick Dacey puts his characters through the wringer in his new novel, a wrenching saga of a profoundly unhappy family set against the ostensibly idyllic background of Cape Cod.



Retired Steel Welder Will Be Buried In His Harley-Davidson Sidecar

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Arthur Werner Sr., 89, died over the weekend. But long before his death, the Pennsylvania man made plans to be buried in the sidecar of his 1990 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail.



Only Student In Canadian Class Named Valedictorian

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:22:00 -0400

The rural school in Nova Scotia only has one student in the graduating class, Jordan Macgillivary. Despite the class size, the school will still hold a graduation ceremony.



From Mourning to 'Moonlight': A Year In Race, As Told By Code Switch

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0400

As we light a candle on the Code Switch podcast's birthday cake, our team looks back on the stories that mattered.