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Notre Dame Fire Revives Demand For Skilled Stone Carvers In France
"With stone carving, we give life to an edifice and perpetuate history. We're also creating a link with the past and transmitting values that are important to conserve in society," one student says.
NPR5 min read
The Fallout From A Seemingly Sweet Oil Deal For Venezuela's Neighbors
The PetroCaribe program provided fuel to Venezuela's neighbors on long-term credit to spur economic growth. What has happened now that Venezuela is in free fall?
NPR2 min readPolitics
Opinion: Should Republicans Still Call Themselves The Party Of Lincoln?
In defending the president's racist tweets, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy declared, "We are the party of Lincoln." NPR's Scott Simon contends President Lincoln would object.
NPR7 min readTech
Space Spinoffs: The Technology To Reach The Moon Was Put To Use Back On Earth
Project Apollo spurred on a technological revolution — everything from advances in food packaging to computers. Fifty years later, we are still reaping the rewards.
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Spirited 'Family Of Origin' Defends The Maligned Millennial
CJ Hauser's new novel centers on two estranged siblings trying to unravel their late father's work with a group of fringe biologists who believe evolution is running backward, away from millenials.
NPR3 min readPolitics
U.K. Fears Iran Is Taking A 'Dangerous Path' After Seizure Of Tanker
Iran took over the British-flagged vessel in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday and says it and its crew will remain in an Iranian port during a probe of an accident that Iran says led to the seizure.
NPR6 min read
Comic-Con 2019, Day 2: The Infamous Coffee Cup
On the second full day of San Diego Comic-Con, highlights include the last-ever (maybe) Game of Thrones panel and the Eisner Awards, celebrating the best work in comics. (Also, some good cosplay.)
NPR3 min read
César Pelli, Renowned Architect Of Skyscrapers Around The World, Dies At 92
Pelli's legacy of modernist architecture lives on in buildings like the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.
NPR3 min read
How A 10-Year-Old-Boy Helped Apollo 11 Return To Earth
Greg Force was just a boy when his father, the director of a NASA tracking station in Guam, called home with an important mission for him: to help the crew of Apollo 11 return safely to Earth.
NPR4 min read
Rogue Weedkiller Vapors Are Threatening Soybean Science
Scientists at four leading universities have seen their soybean experiments injured by a stealthy vandal: drifting fumes from a weedkiller called dicamba, now popular among farmers.
NPR2 min read
Trump Seizes On Soggy Paper Straws As Campaign Issue: 'Make Straws Great Again'
The president's reelection campaign is now selling reusable and recycled straws in their 2020 online store, because they claim "lberal paper straws don't work."
NPR6 min read
Do You Need That Surgery? How To Decide, And How To Pick A Surgeon If You Do
When you have a serious health problem that calls for surgery, the last thing you need is the stress of navigating the health care system to find a skilled surgeon. We have tips to make it easier.
NPR2 min read
U.S. Has Evidence That Iranian Drone Was Destroyed, Senior Official Says
President Trump said a U.S. Navy warship took down the drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday. But Iranian has denied that it lost a drone.
NPR7 min readPolitics
Refinery Explosions Raise New Warnings About Deadly Chemical
Chemical experts say recent refinery explosions could have been far more devastating if deadly hydrogen fluoride was released. Some are calling for a ban on the chemical.
NPR4 min read
A Young Jeffrey Epstein Made An Impression On His High School Students
Former students at the Dalton School in Manhattan remember Epstein as a young, charismatic teacher. More than four decades later, Epstein stands accused of sexually abusing dozens of underaged girls.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Committee Democrats Prepare For Highly Anticipated Robert Mueller Hearings
Members of Congress and their staffs are studying old film, reviewing the special counsel report and preparing for a lot of terse responses, they told reporters.
NPR1 min read
King Princess Shows What's To Come With 'Prophet' And Announces Her Debut Album
The 20-year-old singer-songwriter announces her upcoming debut album, Cheap Queen, and drops its second official single, "Prophet."
NPR5 min read
Comic-Con 2019, Day 1: Sleepless In San Diego
San Diego Comic-Con kicked off Thursday, with more than 130,000 attendees expected. Big draws of the day were Lin-Manuel Miranda and Arnold Schwarzenegger — and a surprise appearance from Tom Cruise.
NPR3 min readSociety
Trump Administration Repatriates, Charges Citizen Who Allegedly Fought For ISIS
A criminal complaint charging Ruslan Maratovich Asainov was unsealed in New York City; prosecutors say he was a sniper and weapons trainer for the Islamic State in Syria.
NPR4 min read
25 Years After Scoring 'The Lion King,' Hans Zimmer Returns To Pride Rock
Twenty five years after he scored the original The Lion King, which won an Oscar, Hans Zimmer returns to Pride Rock to revisit the classic musical themes for a re-imagined tale.
NPR2 min readSociety
Ex-NSA Contractor Who Stole Top Secret Documents Is Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison
Harold Martin committed the massive theft of government documents over decades, storing files in his car and Maryland home. "My methods were wrong, illegal and highly questionable," Martin said.
NPR4 min read
Hollywood Shoots The Moon: 117 Years Of Lunar Landings At The Movies
Motion pictures went to the moon long before Apollo 11 did, and they keep going back. Critic Bob Mondello reflects on the many films, from 1902 to today, that have made the journey.
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Does Facebook Need A Humanitarian Partner For Its New Digital Currency?
The aid group Mercy Corps believes that the new Libra currency could help funnel aid to the poor. But critics wonder why the charity has teamed up with a controversial company.
NPR2 min read
Beyoncé Enlists Hip-Hop A-List And Global Artists For 'The Lion King: The Gift'
The musical superstar continues to challenge herself while elevating global artists for an album inspired by the new remake of The Lion King, in theaters now.
NPR2 min readSociety
Thousands Freed From Prison Custody As DOJ Implements Sentencing Reform Law
More than 3,100 are moving out of the Bureau of Prisons system on Friday and the Justice Department is making other changes to comply with a law passed by Congress last year.
NPR2 min read
Music Trumps Moon Landing
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's defining teen moment came on the night of the first moonwalk. Instead of being glued to the TV, he went to a concert.
NPR4 min read
An Imagined Future Speaks In 'Talking To Robots'
If you want to see what that future might look like, David Ewing Duncan's book is a fun place to start; he envisions various bots based on interviews with scientists and engineers, among others.
NPR5 min readPolitics
Trump's 'Go Back' Rhetoric Is Sign Of A Racially Divisive And Turbulent Year To Come
President Trump has used white grievance to fuel his candidacy since he first came onto the political scene. So what he's doing now with four congresswomen of color is hardly a surprise.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Iran Seizes British-Flagged Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz
Ship-tracking data show the U.K. tanker Stena Impero was traveling to Saudi Arabia when it veered toward Iran's coast. British media report the government warns shipping to stay out of the area.
NPR3 min read
Dutch Troops Were 10% Liable In Srebrenica Massacre, Supreme Court Says
The case centers on the deadly days after the city of Srebrenica fell on July 11, 1995, when some 25,000 refugees sought safety with Dutch U.N. peacekeepers.
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