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In San Francisco, An Affordable Housing Solution That Helps Millennials
Eighteen to 24-year-olds are one of the fastest-growing homeless populations in the U.S. For many, public housing is out of reach. Enter a nonprofit that offers subsidized apartments to young adults.
For Trump, AIPAC Speech Provides Foreign Policy Test
Trump’s address to the pro-Israel group is a chance to try to put contradictory and controversial statements on Israel policy in the past.
Aspirin Both Triggers And Treats An Often-Missed Disease
Some people struggle for years with asthma and sinus infections, unaware that they have a disease called aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease. For them, aspirin can be both cause and cure.
Trump Promises AIPAC Speech Will Outline Middle East Plan
This week, Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, will speak at the AIPAC conference in an effort to convince the American Jewish lobby that he has a serious pro-Israel foreign policy.
Now On The Syllabus: Keeping The Faith And Holding A Tune
If you’d like to study gospel music performance in school, you won’t find a whole lot of options. Now, Nyack College in Manhattan is aiming to change that, with a new brand-new bachelor’s degree.
President Obama Touches Down In Cuba, Commencing A Historic Visit
When he landed Sunday in Havana, Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Cuban soil since 1928. During his brief trip he’ll be meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro and political dissidents.
President Obama Arrives In Cuba With His Family
The visit marks the first time a sitting U.S. president has stood on Cuban soil since 1928. It comes just months after the two nations normalized relations.
Why Are Presidential Campaigns So Long? There’s Plenty Of Blame To Go Around
As it turns out, there are a few reasons for the seemingly endless American presidential campaign cycle, including laws, party rules and a guy named Jimmy Carter.
‘A Song Of Gratitude’: Cuban-American Poet Hopeful Of Improved Relations
Cuban-American poet and author Margarita Engle praises President Obama’s “courage to make peace” with Cuba. Her book Enchanted Air tells of being separated from her Cuban family members.
A Young Man With A Disability Goes Missing. How Do You Find Him?
Zachary Briley’s family found out that even though he was developmentally disabled, his disappearance was not classified as an emergency. Laws that protect adults’ rights can make searches difficult.
Young Republicans Ponder Trump’s Lasting Impact On The GOP
Chelsi Henry, Will Estrada, Margaret Hoover and Eugene Spektor, four young Republicans, join NPR’s Rachel Martin to talk about the state of the race, and Donald Trump’s role in their party.
When Asylum-Seeking Women And Children Immigrants Are Welcomed Like Criminals
Immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, often fleeing violence, are put in detention centers. That was the best way to handle the influx at the time, says one Homeland official. Now, rules are changing.
A Hope To Normalize Cuban Relations Ahead Of Obama’s Landmark Visit
President Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since 1928. Rachel Martin talks with White House Correspondent Scott Horsley about the trip.
Arizona Primary: Republicans Playing Immigration Policy Card Still Draws Voters
NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with journalist Ed Montini on how the immigration debate will play out in the upcoming Arizona primary.
Donald Trump To Address Plans For U.S.-Israel Relationship
The Republican frontrunner will speak at the AIPAC conference this week. Former negotiator Aaron David Miller talks to Rachel Martin about his unusual position on the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.
New England Patriot Nate Ebner Turns Olympic Rugby Team Hopeful
It’s hard making it as a professional athlete in any sport, but how about two? Nate Ebner is taking a break from the NFL to try and make the U.S. rugby sevens team for this year’s Olympic games.
The Story Pitch We Caught And Released: The ‘Assfish’
Each week, some story ideas make it on air while others die at the pitch meeting. Editor Ed McNulty gets a second chance to sell Rachel Martin on a story about a bony-eared fish with a funny name.
Surprise: Americans Kind Of Like Trade
You’d think from watching the campaign that foreign trade is super unpopular. But polls show that’s not quite true.
The National Bliss Of A Baby Eaglet — And Another One Soon To Hatch?
The National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., welcomed a new baby bald eagle this week. It lit up social media thanks to a 24-hour eagle cam feed. And another new eaglet is due any day now.
Boomers Face A ‘Divorce Revolution,’ But Some Can Learn From Happy Couples
Baby boomer marriage is in such crisis that researchers call it the Gray Divorce Revolution. Author Barbara Bradley Hagerty talks about why so many couples split, and why others have healthy marriages
Eaglet Number 2 Is On The Way For America’s ‘Most Patriotic Nest Cam’
The American Eagle Foundation confirms that there’s a “pip in progress” on the second egg in the nest in the National Arboretum — meaning the baby bird is starting to break its way out.
Yes, Clinton’s Gotten The Most Votes, But GOP Has More Overall
For all the attention Donald Trump has gotten, more people have voted for Hillary Clinton than any single candidate. Of course, Republicans have had a much bigger field — and record turnout.
PHOTOS: Touring The National Parks … All 59 Of Them
This summer, the National Park Service turns 100. Two friends are celebrating the occasion by visiting every single park — in 59 weeks. Justin Regan of member station KNAU spoke with the duo.
Making Sense Of Alzheimer’s At School
This school in Denver teaches its seventh-graders about the disease, the science behind it and the patience needed to deal with it.
Unbound Delegates Look To Narrow Their Republican Vote
NPR’s Melissa Block talks to Matt Micheli, a GOP delegate who will go to his party’s convention free to support any candidate. There is a fight now to win the loyalty of such unbound delegates.
D.C. Metro Closure A Symptom Of National Transit Funding Woes
This week’s Metrorail closure in the nation’s capital is another example that mass transit systems across the country suffer years of neglect, delayed and deferred maintenance, and inadequate funding.
Waning Ways To Stop Trump; How Western Caucuses Will Affect Democrats
It’s been a big week in primaries for both the Democrats and Republicans, with more to come. NPR’s Ron Elving looks through the results and where the candidates might pick up more delegates.
‘The Simpsons’ 2000 Trump Presidency Prediction: ‘A Warning To America’
“The Simpsons” likes to poke fun at everything, and sometimes the show makes a few predictions. We look back at an episode from 2000 that imagines what would happen under a Donald Trump presidency.
Retired Boeing Employee Stays On In Fighter Jet Command Voice
NPR’s Melissa Block talks with recently retired Boeing company employee Leslie Shook whose voice is used as part of the greeting and warning system of the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet.
Hulk Hogan Awarded $115 Million In Sex Tape Lawsuit Against Gawker
A jury has decided the news and gossip site Gawker should pay $115 million and punitive damages to Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan. Gawker had posted excerpts of a video showing him having sex with a friend’s wife.
Ta-Nehisi Coates On The Fight Over ‘Nina Simone’s Face’
Many people have decried the casting of Zoe Saldana in upcoming biopic Nina, but Ta-Nehisi Coates digs deep into why this choice struck a nerve.
After Reaching Out His Hand, President Obama Will Step Foot In Cuba
Obama will be the first American president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge arrived on a battleship in 1928.
A Family Engulfed By Heroin Fights To Keep A Son Alive
Brandy Trabosh got to the point where she told her brother, Nikko, not to come for Thanksgiving so he wouldn’t get high around her kids. The family is trying to help Nikko, 22, stay off heroin.
Jury Awards Hulk Hogan $115 Million In Sex Tape Lawsuit Against Gawker
The media company, which published a portion of a tape showing the wrestler having sex with the wife of a former friend, is expected to appeal.
Mitt Romney Will Vote For Ted Cruz In Hopes Of Stopping Trump
The 2012 GOP nominee says he’s voting for the Texas senator in Tuesday’s Utah GOP caucuses, hoping to force an open convention as a way of stopping Trump from getting the Republican nomination.
In California, Dealing With A Drought And Preparing For A Flood
Why are some California reservoirs releasing water even though the state is going through an extreme drought? Turns out it’s to prevent an even bigger disaster. But the strategy may change soon.
Northwest Louisiana Residents Return To Flooded Homes After Torrential Rain
Thousands of homeowners in northwest Louisiana are returning to flooded homes to start gutting them after last week’s torrential rain dumped up to 20 inches. Now the floodwaters are moving south. Emergency officials are bracing for the highest crest of the Red River in more than 70 years.
Arizona Business Owners Hesitate To Support Trump Over Immigration Stance
Donald Trump’s strong language on immigration has found many supporters in Arizona — a state where toughening border control has been popular for years. But that stance has also had a negative impact on the state’s business community.
As The Legal Pot Industry Booms, African-Americans Are Left Behind
Amanda Chicago Lewis investigated the effect of the War on Drugs on black entrepreneurship in the legal pot industry for six months. NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks to her about what is keeping black people from entering the lucrative legal pot industry.
Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Ferguson, Mo., Over Police Practices
The Justice Department and city officials in Ferguson, Mo., reached an agreement to overhaul discriminatory police practices. Civil rights officials say there’s more work to be done to fight fines and fees that hurt the poor.
Calif. Congressman Pushes Cuba To Extradite Man Who Hijacked Plane In 1971
In 1971, three hijackers took over TWA Flight 106 and diverted the plane to Cuba. One of the passengers on the flight was Jerry McNerney, who is now a congressman from California. NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks to McNerney about his push to extradite the last surviving hijacker from Cuba.
Critics Urge Obama To Focus On Human Rights In Historic Cuba Trip
President Obama once said he would go to Cuba only if the human rights situation on the island improved. Critics say he’s crossed his own red line by going now when political arrests are up.
Shadowy Video From N. Korea May Show American Student Removing Banner
A 21-year-old University of Virginia student, Otto Warmbier, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly removing a propaganda poster from a hotel in the capital city of Pyongyang.
Gigi The Cow Broke The Milk Production Record. Is That Bad For Cows?
Cows are being bred to be larger, hungrier, and more productive. But this drive to raise ever-larger, hulking Holsteins has some prominent livestock advocates ringing alarm bells.
Can Donald Trump Rewrite The Electoral Map For The GOP?
Trump says the new voters he’s turning out can put Midwestern swing states in play. But it’s a gamble whether he could win over enough white voters for every minority voter he drives the other way.
Woman Nominated To Head A Combatant Command For First Time
Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson has been nominated to take over U.S. Northern Command, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday.
Yale Notches Historic Upset Win Over Baylor, Sparking A Great Soundbite
After notching its first-ever win at the Big Dance, Yale will face Duke in the second round. At last night’s post-game news conference, a question about rebounding created a memorable moment.
Sen. McConnell Obstructs Merrick Garland Nomination Vote
The Senate Majority Leader refuses to hold a hearing on the Supreme Court nominee. After Obama named Garland, McConnell has maintained his position that the pick should be made by the next president.
Republican Voters Stumped If Trump Wins Party Nomination
Republican voters in Florida are wrestling with how they’ll vote If Trump ends up facing a Democrat nominee. Some say a Trump nomination would force them to vote for a Democrat — or not at all.
Influencer Group Meets With All GOP Candidates But Trump
The Hay Initiative is advising the candidates on foreign policy, national security and defense. Steve Inskeep speaks to the group’s leader Brian Hook, who’s concerned about Trump’s foreign policy.
Trump Picks Up Anti-Immigration Endorsement Before Arizona Primary
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his anti-immigration stance, is Trump’s latest controversial supporter. Arpaio’s confident that he will follow through with promises, such as building a “wall.”
Federal Judge Retires As ‘Bad Lapse In Judgment’ With 16-Year-Old Surfaces
The chief judge of the federal district court in Washington retired under a disability statute, the same day a Utah woman sued him over sexual relations they had in 1981, when she was 16.
Phoenix Man Convicted Of Supporting ISIS Over Attack In Texas
It’s the first jury trial in the U.S. that involves a homeland attack in the name of ISIS, according to the Justice Department.
Transcript And Video: President Obama’s Interview With NPR’s Nina Totenberg
In a wide-ranging interview, Obama says Republicans have supported Judge Merrick Garland in the past, and that refusing to consider him for the Supreme Court could have severe consequences.
Hatched! Eaglet Emerges From Its Egg On D.C. Eagle Cam
A little wing flap came more than 24 hours after the first “pip” — a hole in eggshell — was spotted, bringing sighs of relief and joy to the baby bird’s fans.
Dairy Queen: Gigi The Cow Breaks Milk Production Record
Early this year outside Madison, Wis., a dairy cow produced more milk in one year than any other cow. Her record year is having a big affect on the system that churns out milk, butter and ice cream.
Appeals Court Refuses To Pay Lip Service To A Woman Suing a Lip Balm Maker
A woman claims she was ripped off after buying a $24 luxury lip balm; she couldn’t squeeze all of the product out of the tube. The San Francisco court says the label did say how much is in the tube.
Italian Romance Icon Fabio Becomes U.S. Citizen
The Italian-born romance novel cover model joined nearly 6,000 others from 140 countries at LA Convention Center this week to take the Oath of Allegiance to become an American citizen.
‘City Of Gold,’ Patchwork Of Cultures: A Tour Of LA’s Food Scene
Pulitzer Prize-winner Jonathan Gold is as much a culinary anthropologist and cultural philosopher as he is a food critic. A new documentary follows him across Los Angeles.
California Insurance Marketplace Aims To Kick Out Poor-Performing Hospitals
Doctors, hospitals and insurers are balking at a Covered California proposal to eject providers of care that have inordinately high costs and low quality from its networks.
Flint Residents Tired Of Talk And Tests, Eager For Solution
A group of Virginia Tech researchers exposed the drinking water contamination in Flint, Mich., last summer. Now, they are back to retest the waters — and determine if the water is still dangerous.
Snoop Dogg Makes Romanian Village Famous With Instagram Mistake
The rapper presumably meant to tag his location as Bogotá, Colombia, but instead checked in at Bogata, Romania, a small village which had some fun with the mistake.
Committee Rejects Philly Mob Boss’ Home As Historical Landmark
Angelo Bruno, known as the “Gentle Don,” ran the Philadelphia Mafia in the 1960s and 1970s. He was shot and killed outside of his home in 1980.
Guinness Tells Beer Drinkers: Keep Your Head And Embrace The ‘Stache
The folks at Guinness have a polite request: Don’t slurp the foamy head off their beer. It’s essentially a nitrogen cap, they say, that’s protecting the flavors underneath from being oxidized.
After Loss In Ohio, Bernie Sanders Considers Path Forward
Following a devastating loss in Ohio on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ path to a nomination just got even harder. So why is he still in the race?
SeaWorld To End Orca Breeding Program In Partnership With Humane Society
SeaWorld announced it will end it’s orca breeding program, phase out orca performances and partner with the Humane Society of the U.S. NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with SeaWorld President and CEO Joel Manby and Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle.
2 Breakfasts May Be Better Than None For School Kids
A study looked at students who ate breakfast at school versus those who ate at home, at both places, or not at all. One of these groups had a higher risk of obesity, and it’s not the one you’d think.
Merrick Garland Heads To Capitol Hill For What Could Be A Futile Exercise
Republicans remain steadfast in their refusal to consider any nominee to the Supreme Court during an election year. President Obama told NPR that argument is “puzzling.”
Congress Grills Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder On Flint Water Crisis
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency field questions and attacks from members of Congress over the handling of the Flint, Mich., water crisis.
Major Automakers Agree To Install Automatic Braking Systems
Major automakers have agreed to install automatic braking systems on nearly all models by 2022. Federal regulators say the technology will prevent thousands of crashes. Through the use of sensors, the systems detect imminent crashes and apply the brakes even if drivers don’t react.
Demographic Scramble: Donald Trump’s Electoral Path To The White House
Donald Trump has a clear if not guaranteed path to the GOP nomination, but could he win the White House? NPR explains what would have to happen in the battle for electoral college votes for him to succeed.
Breaking Down How A Contested Convention Could Stop Donald Trump
NPR’s Kelly McEvers speaks to Sasha Issenberg, a journalist with Bloomberg Politics, about delegates for the Republican National Convention in July. As Donald Trump consolidates a significant delegate lead in his attempt to win the Republican presidential nomination, some in the party are discussing how to stop Trump at the Republican National Convention.
Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland Meets With Top Democrats On The Hill
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland makes his first rounds on the Hill Thursday to meet with senators in person. But the only appointments on the schedule are with two Democrats. He has no meetings with Republicans yet.
State Department Declares ISIS Attacks On Christians Constitute Genocide
The State Department says ISIS has committed “genocide” against Christians in Syria and Iraq, but the declaration may add up to more in U.S. domestic politics than in new action against the militants.
Chicago Considers 3 Finalists To Lead Ailing Police Department
Three finalists have made the cut to be considered as the next top cop in Chicago. The city is battling a high murder rate, distrust of its police and dissatisfaction with the way the mayor handles police shootings, particularly of black men.
Federal Judge Retires As ‘Bad Lapse in Judgment’ With 16-Year-Old Surfaces
The chief judge of the federal district court in Washington retired under a disability statute, the same day a Utah woman sued him over sexual relations they had in 1981, when she was 16.
Reverence And Rage: Southerners Battle Over Relics Of The Confederacy
After the killing of nine African-Americans in a South Carolina church last year, there’s been a renewed push to take down Confederate symbols across the South. Still, not everyone agrees.
Lost At Sea And Feared Dead, Dog Found On Island After 5 Weeks
A 1-year-old, blue-eyed German shepherd mix named Luna fell off a fishing boat, swam to shore and survived on mice. She was found near a U.S. naval facility on an island off California.
So Maybe Washington, D.C., Should Ask Delhi How To Run A Metro System
Because really, Delhi’s system does everything right that the nation’s capital is doing wrong.
WATCH: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Testifies On The Flint Water Crisis
“Let me be blunt,” Gov. Rick Snyder told a House panel. “This was a failure of government at all levels. Local, state, and federal officials — we all failed the families of Flint.”
John Kerry: ISIS Is Carrying Out ‘Genocide’
The secretary of state says the atrocities by the radical Islamic group constitute genocide against Christians, Yazidis and Shiite Muslims.
Automatic Braking Systems To Become Standard On Most U.S. Vehicles
Automatic brakes are designed to stop a vehicle before it collides with a car or another object. Some 20 carmakers have agreed to make it a standard feature on nearly all new cars in the U.S. by 2022.
Stand To Work If You Like, But Don’t Brag About The Benefits
Standing desks have been touted as the answer for health problems caused by sitting all day. But the evidence that the high desks improve health — or that they are even used much — is weak.
The Eaglet Is Landing: ‘Pip In Process’ Caught On Web-Cam In D.C.
“We have a pip in process!” says an update from the American Eagle Foundation. The bird could fully emerge in the next 12 to 48 hours.
Florida Woman Fights To Keep A House-Trained Alligator
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission wants to seize a 6-foot-long pet reptile — they say he’s just too big. But he isn’t a normal alligator says his owner, Mary Thorn of Lakeland, Fla.
How Potent Is That Pot Brownie? Dry Ice And A Blender Might Crack The Case
Too much THC can land you in the hospital. But testing pastries and candies made with marijuana also can gum up lab equipment. One group of scientists thinks they’ve got a solution.
The ‘Criminal’ Black Lesbian: Where Does This Damaging Stereotype Come From?
Black lesbian women have long endured a stigma of violence, and the roots of this perception go way back.
How The Language Of Special Education Is Evolving
The “r” word is gone, but the ways we refer to people with disabilities shape our perceptions and behavior.
Professor Who Solved Fermat’s Last Theorem Wins Math’s Abel Prize
The mathematics problem he solved had been lingering since 1637 – and he first read about it when he was just 10 years old, during a visit to the library.
Drug-Company Payments Mirror Doctors’ Brand-Name Prescribing
An analysis of Medicare data shows that the more money a doctor gets from pharmaceutical companies, the more likely he or she is to prescribe brand-name medications. And that influences cost.
Medical Debt Rains Pain On Families, Even In the Sunshine State
More than 30 percent of Floridians report having serious financial problems, compared to 26 percent of adults nationwide. Digging into those poll numbers shows large medical bills can be ruinous.
Judge Merrick Garland To Meet Senators
President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee will meet with senators on Capitol Hill Thursday. Garland may get the cold shoulder from most Senate Republicans, who have vowed to halt Obama’s nomination, but some Republican senators now appear more welcoming than the majority.
North Korean-U.S. Tensions Play Out In American Student’s Arrest
U.S. officials denounce North Korea for sentencing 21-year-old student Otto Warmbier to 15 years hard labor for taking a souvenir from his hotel room. The case comes amid recent U.S.-imposed sanctions for North Korea’s nuclear and missile efforts.
Campus Food Pantries For Hungry Students On The Rise
As students face tough money choices, the number of on-campus food pantries is growing. These nonprofits take donations from stores, usually food that’s about to be thrown out. That’s sparking debate over what “needy” really means.
5 Years Of War In Syria: What Countries Need To Support Refugees
More than half of Syria’s population is displaced with nearly 5 million people living outside its borders. Of late, neighboring countries are at breaking points and Europe wants to stop what it calls the migrant crisis. Mary Louise Kelly speaks to Filippo Grandi, the new head of the U.N. agency in charge of refugees.
Conservatives Lobby Around Supreme Court Nomination
The Supreme Court vacancy means more TV ads, robocalls and the like from conservative and liberal advocacy groups.
Gov. Snyder Losing Michigan Residents’ Trust
Gov. Snyder will sit before a congressional committee on Thursday to explain how the water in a major city in his state became undrinkable.
On Foreign Policy, Trump’s Campaign Hasn’t Released Names Of Advisers
Little is known about the foreign policy plans of Donald Trump. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, who has met with the Republican front-runner.
FCC Proposal Would Let Consumers Weigh In On Internet Privacy
The Federal Communications Commission is proposing privacy regulations for Internet service providers. The goal is to let consumers decide what information about them gets collected and how it’s used.
Ex-Flint Official Relied On Experts To Solve Drinking Water Issues
Congressional hearings have been looking into the lead-tainted water in Flint, Mich. Mary Louise Kelly talks to former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley.