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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

U.S. Wind Power On Course To Grow Big

The Wyoming Wind Energy Center, located in Uinta County, Wyoming has 80 1.8-megawatt Vestas turbines that are capable of generating enough electricity to power more than 43,000 homes. (warzauwynn/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

The Department of Energy says wind power is poised to become one of the country’s largest sources of energy, generating 35 percent by 2050, up from 5 percent today.

And it’s not just the windiest states that will generate wind energy. Thanks to improvements in technology, every state now has the capacity to produce wind power.

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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

The Global Impact Of Low Oil Prices

An idled pump jack, once used to extract crude oil from the ground, sits above a well on the edge of a farmers field on January 21, 2015 near Ridgway, Illinois. With oil prices near a 5 1/2-year low, oil companies are beginning to slow drilling operations in the United States. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

China’s stock market dropped 8 percent last night, sending oil prices to a four-month low. China is the world’s biggest energy consumer and a large oil importer, and as the Iran deal looms, there is significant uncertainty in the world’s oil markets.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Phil Flynn, senior market analyst and author of The Energy Report for The PRICE Futures Group about global oil prices in the face of the China and a worldwide oil glut.

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NPR Story
1:34 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Boston's Bid To Host 2024 Olympics Is Over

Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca, left, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, speak to reporters in June at TD Garden. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 4:12 pm

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over.

The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started.

The decision throws the bid process – and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics – into flux. Only seven weeks remain before cities have to be officially nominated. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said the federation wants to stay in the race. If so, Los Angeles would be the likely choice.

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NPR Story
1:33 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Alaskans Still Cleaning Up Reminders Of Japan Tsunami

Volunteers with Gulf of Alaska Keeper work on a cleanup and monitoring project at Gore Point. (goak.org)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 killed nearly 16,000 people, and reminders of that disaster are still washing ashore, thousands of miles away on the coast of Alaska.

This summer, a massive cleanup effort is underway. Crews are picking up and bagging tons of debris that were swept out to sea when the tsunami hit. It’s a painstaking and emotional process.

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NPR Story
1:33 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Lifting The Boy Scouts' Ban On Gay Leaders

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts prepare to lead marchers while waving flags at the 41st annual Pride Parade Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 8:46 am

The Boy Scouts of America is expected to announce today that it’s ending its ban on gay adult leaders. Church-sponsored troops, though, will still be allowed to “continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own,” according to a statement from the Scouts top executives.

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd talks with Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and executive director of Scouts for Equality, about the significance of the change.

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Goats and Soda
1:25 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Tweets Welcoming #ObamaInEthiopia

President Obama receives flowers upon his arrival Sunday aboard Air Force One at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:06 pm

President Obama made history this week as the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. He was welcomed with flowers, flags and plenty of tweets.

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NPR Story
1:25 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Is Raising The Minimum Wage To $15 A Good Idea?

McDonald's employees wait to take orders during a one-day hiring event at a McDonald's restaurant on April 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

The New York Wage Board today is expected to endorse a recommendation of a $15 per hour minimum wage for fast food workers. The state’s Labor Commissioner would then make a final decision. Seattle and Los Angeles have also moved towards raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The minimum wage issue also promises to be part of the 2016 presidential campaign. On Sunday in Louisiana, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called for the federal minimum wage to more than double.

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NPR Story
1:25 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Four Players Join Baseball's Ultimate Fraternity

2015 Inductees Craig Biggio,John Smoltz,Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez pose with their plaques after the Induction Ceremony at National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 2015 in Cooperstown, New York. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

The tiny village of Cooperstown, New York, played host to its annual celebration of baseball yesterday, as four former players were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2015 – Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez – takes its place among the greats of the game. Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock was in Cooperstown for the induction ceremony and has this report.

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NPR Story
1:24 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Alaska Fires Char Permafrost, Stretch Resources Thin

In this June 17, 2015 photo from the Alaska Army National Guard, a “Bambi Bucket,” hanging from an ANG Black Hawk helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Sgt. Balinda O’Neal/U.S. Army National Guard via AP)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

It’s been an unprecedented start to Alaska’s fire season. Hundreds of wildfires are burning there, blackening nearly 5 million acres of the state, and spreading the local resources thin. Nathan Rott has been covering this for NPR and joins Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd.

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Shots - Health News
12:05 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Experiment In Coordinated Care For Medicare Failed To Show Savings

Coordinating care for high-risk patients was expected to save money and improve quality of care. A Medicare experiment didn't pan out.
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A $57 million experiment to provide better, more efficient care at federally funded health centers struggled to meet its goals and is unlikely to save money, says a government report on the project.

The test to coordinate treatment for high-risk Medicare patients in hundreds of communities was one of many demonstrations run by the Department of Health and Human Services' innovation center.

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The Record
11:41 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Drive By-Truckers To Release Massive Live Album

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Goats and Soda
11:39 am
Mon July 27, 2015

New 'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah Tries Out Jokes About Racism, Ebola

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:41 pm

The Trevor Noah countdown has begun. The South African stand-up comedian will begin hosting Comedy Central's Daily Show on Sept. 28. And what better way to get ready than ... by doing comedy.

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All Songs Considered
11:35 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Song Premiere: Palehound, 'Cushioned Caging'

Ellen Kempner of Palehound.
Chad Kamenshine Courtesy of the artist

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The first line of Palehound's "Cushioned Caging" begins in the middle of a thought. "And when the organ starts a-playin," sings frontwoman Ellen Kempner, whose voice arrives in a crashing wave of sound after a twangy, beachy one-chord intro. It sends a message that resonates through the rest of the too-brief song: This ain't the half of it.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:02 am
Mon July 27, 2015

15 Questions About Science And Religion, Answered

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Last April, I joined more than a dozen cognitive scientists at a workshop called "Breaking New Ground in the Science-Religion Dialogue." The workshop, organized by Cristine Legare at the University of Texas at Austin, aimed to encourage a sophisticated, evidence-based look at the psychology behind science and religion, as well as psychological factors that affect people's perception of believers, atheists and the relationship between science and religion.

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All Songs TV
10:03 am
Mon July 27, 2015

First Watch: Florence And The Machine, 'Queen Of Peace/Long And Lost'

Florence Welch appears in a scene from Florence and the Machine's new double-feature video for "Queen of Peace" and "Long & Lost."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:33 pm

The dog days are decidedly over in "Queen of Peace/Long & Lost," the new double-feature video from London indie pop-rock megastars Florence and the Machine. The nearly 10 minute mini-movie is a gorgeous ode to the Scots countryside (director Vincent Haycock filmed it on the isle of Easdale), but its emotional frequency is less ode and more lament.

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Newport Folk Festival
8:09 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Courtney Barnett performs at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

If the Newport Folk crowd was scandalized by Bob Dylan going electric in 1965, they would've hated Courtney Barnett's grungy, hard-rocking performance 50 years later.

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Mon July 27, 2015

In Ethiopia, Obama Calls For An End To Oppressive Tactics

President Obama and his delegation stand Monday during a welcome ceremony with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Tiksa Negeri Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:24 pm

Kicking off a two-day trip to Ethiopia, President Obama called on the country to end its crackdown on journalists and to be more open politically.

Obama spoke Monday at a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Mon July 27, 2015

All Songs + 1: Josh Ritter's 'Sermon on the Rocks'

Josh Ritter.
Laura Wilson Courtesy of the artist

I'd never imagined a great song poet writing "Getting Ready to Get Down," but there we have it. It's a hard and humorous look at religion, sex and a "risky" teenager becoming herself despite Bible school intervention. I talked with Josh Ritter about this song, and you can hear that interview and the song here or subscribe to the All Songs Considered podcast.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Songs We Love: Patty Griffin, 'Rider of Days'

David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 4:58 pm

The guitars that open "Rider of Days," the first single from folk giant Patty Griffin's forthcoming album Servant of Love, take a moment to come into focus. They swim up from silence and surface just in time for Griffin's unmistakable voice to arrive and settle over them. Everything about "Rider of Days" is a slow burn, in the same way a victory lap is taken slower than the rest of the race.

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