NPR6 min read
After Grim Deaths In The Borderlands, An Effort To Find Out Who Migrants Were
More than 200 migrants die attempting to cross the Southwest border each year. Slowly, scientists at a Texas laboratory are seeking the story of their bones.
NPR3 min read
Kamchatka Is A Rich Backdrop For Mystery In 'Disappearing Earth'
Julia Phillips' debut novel takes readers through a year following the disappearance of two little girls in the remote Russian province of Kamchatka — and the way that disappearance reverberates.
NPR3 min read
More Tariffs On China, More Head Scratching From Economists
The evidence is clear: tariffs are a tax on consumers. At best they're "a really inefficient jobs-creation program," according to a leading scholar. Who wins in a trade war? If anyone, only bystanders
NPR4 min read
'Unfreedom Of The Press' Is Full Of Bombast And Bile
Right-wing Fox host Mark Levin conducts no interviews and offers no original research in his book; it is little more than a free gift with purchase: People are instead buying his message to the media.
NPR2 min read
Three-time Formula One Champ Niki Lauda Is Dead At 70
Lauda survived a major crash during the 1976 German Grand Prix, racing again just weeks later. Lauda later went into the aviation business.
NPR5 min read
2-Tiered Wages Under Fire: Workers Challenge Unequal Pay For Equal Work
For years after the Great Recession, employers were reluctant to boost wages. Now a tight labor market is giving workers the leverage they need to demand a larger slice of the nation's economic pie.
NPR2 min read
To Safely Study Volcanoes, Scientists Bring The Blast To Them
Studying active volcanoes can be dangerous. Which is why a group of scientists from around the world came together to simulate volcanic blasts. What they're learning will help them at a real eruption.
NPR6 min readSociety
Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle With Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care
A new poll from NPR, Harvard and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gives a glimpse into rural life in America today, finding that many people living in rural communities live on the edge financially.
NPR3 min readPolitics
6 Themes To Pay Attention To In Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions
From the Census citizenship question and political gerrymandering to the separation of church and state, the high court will make some rulings of consequence over the next month.
NPR10 min read
'Game Of Thrones' Finale, Season 8, Episode 6: 'No One Is Very Happy'
After eight seasons, 73 episodes and a whole lot of characters saying "bend the knee" all the time, HBO's massive fantasy series is finally over.
NPR3 min read
Newly Debt-Free Morehouse Grad: 'We Realized We Could Primarily Focus On What We Loved'
Billionaire Robert F. Smith surprised the nearly 400 graduates of the all-male, historically black Morehouse College on Sunday, announcing he would eliminate their student debt — an amount estimated at $40 million.
NPR2 min readPolitics
In Trump's Trade War, Americans Will Be Asked To Show Economic Patriotism
Americans like trade, in bigger numbers than ever. But they also believe China doesn't play fair in trade.
NPR4 min readSelf-Improvement
How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion
Pain is more than an unpleasant sensation. When pain signals reach the brain, they interact with areas involved in thinking, memory and emotion.
NPR3 min read
FCC Chairman Endorses T-Mobile Merger With Sprint
"This is a unique opportunity to speed up the deployment of 5G throughout the United States and bring much faster mobile broadband to rural Americans," said chairman Ajit Pai.
NPR4 min readSociety
America Is In Full Employment, So Why Aren't We Celebrating?
U.S. unemployment is at a nearly 50-year low. The jobless rate for Hispanics has never been lower. The past two years have been the best job market ever for African Americans. Shouldn't we be excited?
NPR5 min readPolitics
With New Style And Graphics, North Korea Gives Propaganda A Makeover
The nation's broadcaster revamped its style and format — but not its message — after authorities ordered propagandists to "disregard the established customs," in the face of an influx of foreign info.
NPR6 min read
The Lavish Roman Banquet: A Calculated Display Of Debauchery And Power
A new book profiles 10 prominent emperors who helped shape the destiny of Rome. Part of their legacy includes wild stories of hedonistic banquets, when luxury ruled even as plebeians went hungry.
NPR4 min read
Not Just For Soldiers: Civilians With PTSD Struggle To Find Effective Therapy
Outside of military contexts, many therapists aren't familiar with two key treatment options for trauma recommended by the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
NPR3 min read
Love Goes Global In These 3 May Romances
This month, we're bringing you stories from around the world, featuring royals and regular boys and girls who risk it all for their happy ever after — from Vietnam to California to Scotland.
NPR2 min read
Teenager Is Latest Migrant Child To Die In U.S. Custody
The 16-year-old boy was found unresponsive after a routine welfare check at a facility near the U.S. border with Mexico. He was the fifth migrant child since December to die after being detained.
NPR2 min read
After Trump Ban, Huawei Phones Will Lose Access To Google Software
Alphabet's Google, which makes the Android operating system, says it's complying with a U.S. order banning companies from doing business with Huawei.
NPR2 min readPolitics
White House Says It's Blocking Don McGahn From Testifying In Congress
A Justice Department legal opinion cites what it calls the ample precedent for a top White House adviser to enjoy immunity from being called up to Congress via subpoena or otherwise.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Has A Plan For Everything — Including Your Love Life
A comedian wondered on Twitter: Does Elizabeth Warren have a plan to fix my love life? To the amazement and delight of many, the presidential contender promised to "figure this out."
NPR4 min readSociety
The Other Reasons Kids Aren't Getting Vaccinations: Poverty And Health Care Access
Religious and ideological opposition to vaccines has fueled the current measles outbreak. But there's another factor driving low vaccination rates in some communities: poverty.
NPR2 min read
Ukraine's Comedian President Takes Office, Says He's Dissolving Parliament
"Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his inauguration speech, quoting Ronald Reagan.
NPR2 min read
For Charly Bliss, Bad Relationships And Growing Pains Commingle With Crystal Synths
Young Enough, the latest album from Charly Bliss, was born out of growing pains and toxic relationships.
NPR14 min read
'SNL' Musical Guests, Ranked From No. 1 To Greta Van Fleet
BTS! DJ Khaled! Paul Simon! Kanye West dressed as a bottle of sparkling water! This season of Saturday Night Live had it all, and now all 21 performances have been cruelly ranked for your enjoyment.
NPR3 min read
Whitney Houston Hologram Tour And New Album In The Works 7 Years After Her Death
The mega-star sold tens of millions of records and had 11 No. 1 hits throughout her career. And in less than year, Houston, or at least a light-projected version of her, could be at it again.
NPR2 min read
Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Native American Rights In Wyoming Hunting Case
Justice Neil Gorsuch, the only Westerner on the court, again provided the decisive vote in favor of American Indian rights.
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