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Episode 818: The Problem Of The Root

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:25:31 -0500

The wild ginseng market has gone crazy. We go to a farm hidden in the Appalachian mountains to find out why.

Bannon And Trump White House Raising Questions About Executive Privilege, Lawyers Say

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:13:00 -0500

Steve Bannon's refusal to answer questions angered lawmakers this week. But there's a long history of White House officials frustrating congressional overseers by citing executive privilege.

Pioneering HIV Researcher Mathilde Krim Remembered For Her Activism

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:26:00 -0500

Mathilde Krim, who died this week, was a vocal pioneer in HIV treatment and research at a time when discrimination against people with AIDS in the U.S. was rampant, even in medical care.

Even Dale Earnhardt Jr. Skids And Rams Tree In Snowstorm

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:21:41 -0500

Despite being one of the world's best drivers, the former NASCAR fan favorite lost control of his car on one of North Carolina's icy roads. He had just been helping someone else out of a ditch.

DACA Troubles Could Put Spending Bill In Peril

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:51:00 -0500

Republican leaders hope to pass a stop-gap spending bill to keep the government open past Friday but a fight over immigration could threaten that plan.

Walmart Offers Product To Destroy Leftover Opioids, But Critics Say It's Unnecessary

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:57:20 -0500

The company billed it as a "first-of-its-kind" item that lets customers turn extra opioid painkillers into trash, but the CDC says just flush the medicine down the toilet.

U.K. Lawmakers Want To Battle Waste With A 'Latte Levy' On Disposable Cups

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:16:23 -0500

The British Parliament is considering a 34-cent tax on to-go cups to encourage diners to bring their own reusable containers. The goal is to replicate the success of Britain's tax on plastic bags.

Aetna Agrees To Pay $17 Million In HIV Privacy Breach

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:15:38 -0500

Health insurer Aetna has reached a settlement with people whose privacy was compromised when their HIV status was visible through the clear address windows on envelopes sent to them.

U.K. Now Has A Minister For Loneliness

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:56:44 -0500

According to government figures, more than 9 million people "always or often feel lonely," and many "older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month."

A 'Fraught Time' For Press Freedom In The Philippines

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:33:00 -0500

President Duterte "does not like the press," writes Sheila S. Coronel, dean of academic affairs at Columbia University's journalism school. The Rappler news site is the government's latest target.

Brandi Carlile On World Cafe

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:27:00 -0500

Brace your abs for an emotional gut-punch. Brandi Carlile performs live with bandmates and co-writers Tim and Phil Hanseroth.

Defense Attorney And Client Disagree On Guilty Plea At Supreme Court

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

At the Supreme Court on Wednesday, all the justices who spoke signaled they have a problem with a lawyer who disregards his client's explicit instructions and concedes his client's guilt to the jury.

Review Of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Paints A Picture Of A More Dangerous Nuclear World

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

The Trump administration appears close to finalizing a review of the nation's nuclear posture. It calls for the U.S. to develop new nuclear systems and capabilities at a time of heightened tensions between America and other world powers.

Night Became Day In Detroit As Meteor Lit Up Sky

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

A meteor streaked over southeast Michigan Tuesday night, creating a sonic boom so loud it shook houses. After seeing the spectacle in the night sky, thousands of people took to social media to share what they witnessed.

Sen. Bob Dole Receives Congressional Gold Medal

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

Former senator and GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole is receiving Congress' highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. After serving in World War II, Dole went on to represent Kansas in Congress for more than three decades.