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6:17 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

White House Plan To Tackle Heroin Abuse Focuses On Treatment

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Around the Nation
6:17 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

California Rations Birth, Death Certificates Amid Security Paper Shortage

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It's All Politics
6:17 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

What's In Donald Trump's Immigration Plan And How It Could Affect The GOP

Donald Trump continues to lead in the polls and on Sunday released his first policy position — a conservative proposal on immigration.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:57 am

Donald Trump began his bid for president saying Mexican immigrants were "rapists," bringing drugs, and "some, I assume, are good people."

And, Sunday he made headlines again talking about immigrants. He rolled out his first detailed policy position, and it was on immigration reform.

His central premise is that immigrants are bad for the U.S. economy, and he ticked off a series of ways to fix both legal and illegal immigration.

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Environment
6:17 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Navajo Nation Farmers Feel The Weight Of Colorado Mine Spill

After the Animas River spill, rancher Irving Shaggy is forced to travel a 70-mile round trip to get water for his livestock. "It's going to be a long struggle," he says.
Laurel Morales KJZZ

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:30 am

The Environmental Protection Agency was investigating an old mine near Silverton, Colo., earlier this month, when it accidentally released 3 million gallons of toxic waste water into the Animas River.

Initially the agency downplayed the incident and provided little information. So Navajo President Russell Begaye traveled to the source of the toxic spill and posted a video of it on Facebook.

In the video, he stands in front of the still-leaking mine.

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Space
6:17 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

U.S. Grants Patent For Free-Standing Space Elevator Tower

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Now to space, and we'll take the elevator. The U.S. Patent Office has granted a patent for a freestanding space elevator tower. The idea of a space elevator has long captured the imaginations of writers, from Arthur C. Clarke to Roald Dahl.

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The Two-Way
5:41 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

U.S. Army Soldiers Mobilized To Help Suppress Wildfires For First Time Since 2006

Western firefighters will be getting help from the U.S. Army for the first time in nine years. Which fire the soldiers will fight has not been announced. In this photo, Sonoma Valley Firefighters put out a hot spot from the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, Calif., earlier this month.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 6:35 pm

The Army is deploying 200 soldiers to help fight wildfires that are burning through about 1.1 million acres across the Western United States. That's according to a press release from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

"It's been nine years since wildfire was so widespread all at once that active military troops joined firefighters battling blazes," NPR's Howard Berkes reports. "Four military C-130 cargo planes are also in use as air tankers."

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The Salt
4:59 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Guzzling 9,000 Years Of History With 'The Comic Book Story Of Beer'

Random House

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:08 pm

In ancient times, farmers worried about losing precious grain to spoilage during wet winters. So they figured out how to malt grain and brew it into beer, thus preserving a nutritious source of calories. In The Comic Book Story of Beer, due out in September, we get a graphical tour of such pivotal moments — from the cradle of agriculture to the modern-day craft beer heyday.

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Religion
4:20 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

As More Irish Turn Away From Catholicism, Parents Call For Non-Religious Schools

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World
4:20 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Turkey Hears Criticism For Failing To Control Flow Of Migrants

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Europe
4:20 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

For Syrian Refugees Hoping To Reach Europe, Turkey Is The Jumping Off Point

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Business
4:20 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Dismisses Claims In 'New York Times' Article

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Education
4:20 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Study Finds Education Does Not Close Racial Wealth Gap

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 1:45 pm

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World Cafe
3:51 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

World Cafe Next: Martha Scanlan

Martha Scanlan.
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This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a folksinger who has been living on a family ranch in Montana for the last five years. Her name is Martha Scanlan, and after releasing her first two albums, she embraced a rural lifestyle with no music on her mind. But music came anyway.

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All Songs TV
3:34 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

New Music: Deerhunter, 'Snakeskin'

Bradford Cox appears in a scene from "Snakeskin," the latest video from Deerhunter.
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World Cafe
3:31 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

The Bird And The Bee On World Cafe

The Bird And The Bee.
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It's hard not to use the word "effervescent" when describing the jazzy pop music of The Bird And The Bee. The duo of singer Inara George and producer Greg Kurstin started working together in 2006, and since then Kurstin has worked with the likes of Sia and Lily Allen, while George has begun singing with The Living Sisters.

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Shots - Health News
3:21 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Can You Teach A Computer To 'Feel' Suspense?

Daniel Craig plays James Bond in the film Casino Royale. Dramatis, a computer program, can detect suspense from this scene and rates it even higher as the plot thickens.
MGM/United Artists/Sony/The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:48 pm

Siri is just the beginning.

Soon enough — like it or not — we are all going to be talking a lot more with computers, at least according to Brian O'Neill, a professor of computer science at Western New England University. They will be tutoring our students and tending to us in our old age. And a big part of their job will be telling stories.

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Shots - Health News
3:03 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Microbe Mix May Play Role In Preterm Birth Risk

Microbial diversity could be a factor in premature births.
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Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 4:57 pm

The assortment of microbes in a pregnant woman's vagina appears to play a role in her chances of giving birth prematurely, new research suggests.

The study of 49 pregnant women, published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that those who had a diverse array of microbes were more likely to give birth prematurely.

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Metropolis
2:50 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Metropolis: 8/15/15

Jamie xx spins a guest-DJ set on this week's Metropolis.
James Medina Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • St Germain, "Real Blues [Atjazz Astro Remix]" (Parlophone France)
  • Jullian Gomes, "Love Song 28 [Atjazz Galaxy Aart Remix]" (Atjazz)
  • Glenn Astro, "Love Jones [Ctepeo '57 Remix]" (Tartelet)
  • Lion Babe, "Impossible" (Outsiders/Polydor)
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, "The Right Stuff [Psychemagik Remix]" (Sour Mash)
  • Cut Copy, "Sun God [Andrew Weatherall Remix]" (Modular)

Jamie xx Guest DJ Set

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Theater
2:45 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Lesbian Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Countered Dad's Secrecy By Being Out And Open

Alison Bechdel is the author of the long-running syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.
Elena Seibert Courtesy of O+M Co.

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 5:18 pm

Since coming out as a lesbian in 1980 at the age of 19, graphic novelist Alison Bechdel has made it a point to be open about her sexuality. It was a decision she made consciously as a reaction to her father, who was gay and closeted, and who died four months after Bechdel came out.

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Favorite Sessions
2:43 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

KEXP Presents: Briana Marela

Briana Marela performs live in the KEXP studio.
Morgen Schuler KEXP

In recording All Around You, Seattle native Briana Marela sought the shores of Iceland and the touch of Sigur Ros producer Alex Somers, who helped her songs swirl breezily among themes of connection, longing and loneliness, while never abandoning a state of childlike wonder. After returning home, Marela stopped by the KEXP studio for a soaringly emotive performance.

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  • "Surrender"
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