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On Oct. 19, 1987, Wall Street had its single worst trading day ever. Even after three decades, Black Monday still marks the biggest one-day crash, and its impact continues to reverberate. [Read More]
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The former president made the remarks at a forum put on by his name-sake center. "To renew our country, we only need to remember our values," the 43rd president said. [Read More]
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The jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez is much more than that job title suggests. With over 15 years playing for guitarist Pat Metheny and a handful of albums under his own name, Sanchez certainly fits the role of jazz cat. Listen closely to his playing, though, and you'll be hearing the expansion of percussion's role in music; a sonic, and melodic, experience that defies categories. This talent is maybe best expressed within the work Sanchez put into the soundtrack for Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu's 2014 film Birdman, which he composed entirely of drum improvisations that exquisitely mirror the... [Read More]
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On Thursday, the city's public library systems are forgiving fines on overdue materials checked out by readers age 17 and under, reopening library doors to young readers once blocked by unpaid fees. [Read More]
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The minor, who's being referred to as Jane Doe, has obtained a judge's permission to have an abortion. But the Department of Health and Human Services has refused to allow her to visit a clinic. [Read More]
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The musings of the future president at age 21 reveal familiar themes of alienation and lack of belonging that would arise again in his later writing. [Read More]
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Is it necessary coddling or just good science to give college students breaks to check their phones in class? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look. [Read More]
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In 1620, the Rev. George Thorpe sent a letter from a plantation near Jamestown, Va., to England describing a "good drinke of Indian corne" that he and his fellow colonists had made. Historians have speculated that Thorpe was talking about unaged corn whiskey, and that his distillation efforts on the banks of Virginia's James River might have produced America's first whiskey. Nearly 400 years later, Belle Isle Moonshine, just 30 miles away, up the river in Richmond, is again producing unaged corn whiskey — what it calls moonshine. Across the nation, moonshine is booming. Sales have increased by... [Read More]
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Alright. Open your arms and get ready to receive. Our guest today is Broken Social Scene. The Canadian supergroup formed in 1999 out of a friendship between musicians Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. The band's sound is big, so is its lineup, which can well to 15 people strong. You know the names: Feist, Emily Haines and James Shaw of Metric, Amy Millan and Evan Cranley of Stars. They all contributed to the new album. Feist even came up with the album title, Hug Of Thunder. Drew and Canning told us that story, and they performed with... [Read More]
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On its debut album, the band escaped the confines and conventions of early aughts indie rock through Karen O's ability to match sexuality with intimacy and heartbreak. [Read More]
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A fun and social game at any age, pickleball is giving older adults — and their middle-aged kids — an extended lease on the benefits of team sports. [Read More]
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Zach and Kelly Weinersmith's accessible, occasionally goofy new book lays out futuristic fantasies (like matter-printed cocktails) and connects them to projects scientists are working on right now. [Read More]
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The news prompted a "Breaking News" banner on the local paper's website. As they're saying over at Vermont Public Radio: "This is not a drill." [Read More]
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Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi, leader of the Congolese group Konono No 1, died on Monday, Oct. 16 after a months-long illness related to complications from diabetes, a representative for the band confirmed. He was 56 years old. Konono No. 1 was founded between 1965 and 1968, by Augustin's father, Mingiedi Mawangu. After the elder Mawangu's death in April 2015 at the age of 85, Augustin became the group's leader. Now a third Mawangu, Augustin's son Makonda, will take the reins of the celebrated group. "We are devastated," the band wrote. "But Konono No. 1 are indestructible." Augustin's instrument,... [Read More]
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Construction crews are erecting eight looming prototypes of President Trump's border wall in a remote section of the San Diego borderlands. Four are solid concrete; four are made of steel and concrete; one is topped with spikes. They all approach 30 feet in height. The cost is $20 million, which Congress had set aside in its current budget. Crews in yellow hardhats working in cranes and forklifts are expected to complete the models by the end of the month. Once the sections of wall are finished, Customs and Border Protection—parent agency of the Border Patrol—will evaluate... [Read More]
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Remote mountain villages where residents lived in poverty are being cleared, with villagers being given new apartments in the city. But finding work may be a challenge for some of the former farmers. [Read More]
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Federal prosecutors in Brazil are charging former Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman with helping to run a criminal organization and other crimes, in a scheme that paid for the votes that brought the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro last summer. The evidence includes undeclared assets in the form of 16 gold bars. Nuzman was arrested on Oct. 5, prompting him to resign as president of Brazil's national Olympic committee. Prosecutors announced charges against him that range from corruption and money laundering to evading foreign currency laws. From Rio, NPR's Philip Reeves reports for our Newscast unit:... [Read More]
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Oklahoma is replacing the playing cards sold in the prison canteens with new decks featuring the faces of victims from unsolved homicides. Other states have similar programs and the idea is working. [Read More]
Parts of Puerto Rico look as if the hurricane struck yesterday, not last month. Gov. Ricardo Rossello is in Washington to speak with members of Congress. He'll also meet with President Trump. [Read More]
Text of legislation, obtained by NPR, offers ways to fix the Affordable Care Act that some Republicans and Democrats favor. Whether it ever becomes law, is a different question. [Read More]
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