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NPR Story
2:02 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Sen. Claire McCaskill's Life In Politics

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) testifies during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on July 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:43 pm

In 2007, Claire McCaskill became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from the state of Missouri. She’s serving in her second term now, after winning reelection in 2012.

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Shots - Health News
1:55 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

A Change To Out-Of-Pocket Health Insurance Limits Irks Employers

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 4:51 pm

One of the health law's key protections was putting a cap on how much people can be required to pay out of pocket for medical care each year. Now some employers say the administration is unfairly changing the rules that determine how those limits are applied and that the changes will be costly.

In addition, the employers and some Republicans on Capitol Hill are questioning whether federal officials have the authority to modify those rules.

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NPR Story
1:48 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Bomb Explodes Outside Popular Bangkok Shrine

Rescue workers carry an injured person after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on August 17, 2015. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:24 pm

An explosion today at a popular shrine in central Bangkok has reportedly killed more than a dozen people. The blast was detonated at a busy downtown intersection where political demonstrations have taken place in recent years. The Erawan Shrine, a tourist landmark that is also popular with Bangkok’s residents, sits at that intersection, as does a five-star hotel.

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NPR Story
1:47 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Mosquitoes Now A Year-Round Problem In Southern California

California is seeing an increasing variety in its mosquito population. Invasive Aedes aegypti, pictured above, and Aedes albopictus mosquitos may have arrived through global trade or travel. (sanofi-pasteur/ Flickr)

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:43 pm

The Here & Now contributor station KPCC in Los Angeles has a project underway called iSeeChange. The goal is to have listeners write or call in about possible signs of climate change in their backyards. KPCC takes the observations and shares them with scientists to get their take. One of the recent topics: mosquitoes.

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NPR Story
1:47 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

How Firm Is The Grasp Of China's Government?

Residents, whose homes were destroyed in the explosion at a chemical warehouse last week, protest outside the hotel where authorities are holding a press conference in Tianjin on August 17, 2015. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:43 pm

The death toll continues to climb in Tianjin, China, following last week’s factory explosions, in which more than a hundred people were reported dead and thousands displaced. Residents have been protesting, demanding information about the fate of loved ones and their own safety, and compensation for damages.

The government has removed online reporting that criticizes authorities over the handling of the incident. But there’s no escaping that the Chinese government has been under fire lately over a variety of economic and political moves.

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NPR Story
1:47 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Remembering Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond

Former NAACP chairman Julian Bond takes part in the "Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement" panel during the Civil Rights Summit on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (Jack Plunkett/AP)

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:43 pm

Civil rights icon Julian Bond died on Saturday at the age of 75. He started the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, served in the Georgia legislature, helped found the Southern Poverty Law Center and also led the NAACP in his long career as an activist.

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin discusses Bond’s life and legacy with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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NPR Story
1:47 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Americans Ate Sushi In The Early 1900s

Sushi has been around in America longer than you might think. (amesis/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:43 pm

Take a walk through your local grocery store and chances are that on some refrigerated shelf you will find sushi. While this may be a recent addition to your grocers’ fridge, sushi has been around in America longer than you might think.

Here & Now’s Robin Young explores the history of sushi in America with H.D. Miller, food historian and professor of history at Lipscomb University.

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NPR Story
1:47 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Will Houston's New Bus Routes Get More People To Ride?

Metro bus waits for passengers at Houston's Downtown Transit Center. (Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media)

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:43 pm

Commuters in Houston are getting their first look some major changes to the city’s transit system today. It’s all part of an effort to attract more riders with more frequent and reliable service. But, will it work? Gail Delaughter from Here & Now contributor Houston Public Media reports.

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NPR Bestseller List
12:03 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of August 13, 2015

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Mon August 17, 2015

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 13, 2015

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of August 13, 2015

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12:03 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of August 13, 2015

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All Songs TV
11:45 am
Mon August 17, 2015

First Watch: Ali Barter, 'Hypercolour'

The Two-Way
11:12 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Deadly Explosion Rocks Thailand's Capital City

Thai soldiers inspect the scene after a bomb exploded Monday evening near the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok.
Pornchai Kittiwongsakul AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 2:20 am

Update, 12:45 a.m.:

At least 22 people were killed and 123 injured in the explosion, authorities reported early Monday, according to CNN; the dead included Filipino Chinese, Singaporean and Malaysian nationals.

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Monkey See
11:07 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Television 2015: Full Drops And Single Shots

Uzo Aduba and Samira Wiley in Orange Is the New Black, one of the many series now delivered in one big bundle.
JoJo Whilden Netflix

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 12:19 pm

This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters.

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The Two-Way
10:55 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Cute And Cuddly? Think Again. Koala Terrifies Aussie Farmer

A speedy koala caught up to this four-wheeler.
Ebony Churchill

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 12:35 pm

You thought koalas were cute and cuddly, right?

Well, you should ask Ebony Churchill, an Australian dairy farmer, about that.

Churchill uploaded a video on Facebook over the weekend that shows a big koala chasing after her.

"They've got hard, sharp claws, and I didn't want to have him grabbing at my leg as I was on the bike," she told her local paper, The Advertiser.

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All Songs Considered
10:30 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Songs We Love: Saintseneca, 'Sleeper Hold'

Saintseneca.
Nick Fancher Courtesy of the artist

Pop music is often overlooked as a genre capable of bearing significant thematic weight. So when Zac Little of folk-rock band Saintseneca wanted to make a record about the nature of consciousness, he packaged it in the form of what he calls "easy to swallow pop song pills."

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It's All Politics
10:24 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Clinton Won't Go As Far As Rivals On Minimum Wage Or Rule Out Oil Pipelines

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visits the Iowa State Fair on Saturday. In an interview with Iowa Public Radio, she discussed the minimum wage, oil pipelines and the future of the Affordable Care Act.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 12:18 pm

Continuing to keep an eye on the general election, Hillary Clinton would not endorse a $15 minimum wage like her Democratic rivals for the presidential nomination in an interview with Iowa Public Radio. She also would not rule out approving controversial oil pipelines in a Clinton administration, if she were to become president.

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