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South And West Continue Rapid Growth, According To New Population Data
The fastest growing cities are in Arizona, Texas, Washington and North Carolina. Columbus, Ohio, is the only Midwestern city in the top 15 fastest-growing populations.
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3 Killed As Violent Tornadoes Cause 'Devastation' In Missouri
Thousands were without power and multiple people were hurt as a series of storms spawned multiple tornadoes in Missouri late Wednesday and into Thursday.
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Joel Ross And His (Exceptionally) Good Vibes
The vibraphonist has a "love-hate relationship" with his instrument that has been helpful in perfecting his craft — but it wouldn't mean much without the deep emotional well he pulls from.
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As Employment Rises, African American Transplants Ride Jobs Wave To The South
At a time of low unemployment for African Americans, educated, well-connected professionals are starting new lives in cities such as Charlotte, N.C.
NPR7 min readSociety
The Philippines Is Fighting One Of The World's Worst Measles Outbreaks
As health workers in the Philippines continue to try to contain the outbreak, a botched vaccination campaign against dengue is making their job harder.
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These 'Empty Words' Are Full Of Life
The late Uruguayan novelist Mario Levrero was known for his gleeful weirdness. Empty Words follows a writer who tries to cure his block by writing boring nothings — and it's anything but boring.
NPR6 min readPolitics
How Trump Breaks With Clinton And Nixon On Governing While Under Investigation
President Trump is so determined to pressure his antagonists to relent that he suddenly seems ready to renounce the governing obligations of his own office.
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Stream The 'Revelación': Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week
The pop music charts feel like one endless dance club session while Latin legend Rubén Blades stretches his vision. Plus, a Clash classic gets a Latina makeover.
NPR4 min read
'The Queen' Reveals The Story Of The Woman Who Became A Symbol Of Welfare Fraud
Linda Taylor rose to infamy during the 1970s, when prize-winning reporter George Bliss brought her criminal activity to light — and then-candidate Ronald Reagan turned her into the Welfare Queen.
NPR2 min readPolitics
McDonald's Protests Over Sexual Harassment Grow As Shareholders Meet
Protests against alleged sexual harassment of McDonald's employees are planned for 13 cities Thursday. And Democratic presidential hopefuls are targeting the company's shareholder meeting in Dallas.
NPR2 min readPolitics
White House Announces $16 Billion In Aid To Farmers Hurt By China Trade Dispute
The U.S. agricultural sector has been hit hard by the trade conflict with China. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says some of the aid money will be used to build markets elsewhere.
NPR2 min readFood & Wine
To Reduce Food Waste, FDA Urges 'Best If Used By' Date Labels
Confusion over whether a food is still safe to eat after its "sell by" or "use before" date accounts for about 20% of food waste in U.S. homes, the FDA says. The new wording aims to clear that up.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Feds Say Chicago Banker Loaned Manafort Money In Hopes Of Trump Administration Job
A grand jury in New York City returned an indictment against Stephen Calk, who made $16 million in loans to Paul Manafort allegedly with the hope of a Cabinet post or diplomatic appointment.
NPR3 min readSociety
FBI Stays On Watch As Terrorists Finish Prison Terms And Broader Threat Evolves
Investigators acknowledged that Americans might worry about the release of terrorists such as John Walker Lindh, but said the FBI is tracking a changing terror threat across the board.
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Global Aviation Regulators Meet To Consider Timetable For Boeing's 737 Max
Global aviation safety officials are meeting in Dallas to discuss how they will certify Boeing's 737 MAX as airworthy, and how soon the troubled plane can fly again.
NPR3 min readPolitics
John Walker Lindh, The 'American Taliban,' Set To Be Released
Lindh has served 17 years of a 20-year sentence for being a Taliban soldier. In the coming years, dozens of Americans linked to extremist groups are in line to be released from U.S. prisons.
NPR4 min read
Scientists Modify Viruses With CRISPR To Create New Weapon Against Superbugs
Superbugs are bacteria that can beat modern medicine's most powerful drugs. So doctors are racing to find new ways to fight back, such as developing "living antibiotics."
NPR3 min readPolitics
Liz Cheney's Choice: House Or Senate?
The Wyoming Republican is deciding between running for the Senate in 2020, or staying in the House where she has a chance to climb the leadership ladder.
NPR4 min read
Top Shelf: 2019 Tiny Desk Contest Entries Our Judges Loved
An incredibly strong pool of artists entered this year's Tiny Desk Contest. And though there's just one winner, there were so many more entries our judges loved.
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Trump's Proposed Census Citizenship Question Bucks Centuries Of Precedent
Never before has the U.S. census directly asked for the citizenship status of every person living in every household. The question the Trump administration wants on the 2020 census could change that.
NPR2 min read
Shinzo Abe Or Abe Shinzo? Japan's Foreign Minister Tells Media To Change The Order
Taro Kono said he plans to ask overseas news outlets to write Japanese names with the family name first, as is the custom in Japan. But some wonder why the suggestion is coming now.
NPR3 min read
Italy's Matteo Salvini Hopes To Lead Nationalist Wave In Upcoming European Elections
Salvini, Italy's deputy prime minister, leader of a far-right party and Europe's rising populist star, counts President Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon as one of his biggest fans.
NPR3 min readSociety
Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan Writer And LGBTQ Activist, Dies At 48
The author founded a platform for young Kenyan authors and came out as gay in a place where homosexuality has long been illegal. "Binyavanga was unbound in his imagining," said a friend and colleague.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Nevada Poised To Become 15th State To Ditch Electoral College
The state Senate voted along party lines to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would give the state's six electoral votes to the winner of the presidential popular vote.
NPR5 min readSociety
Many Are Replacing Disability Checks With Paychecks
The nation's disability rolls swelled during the Great Recession. But more disabled people are now finding work, and employers are more willing to make allowances, thanks to the tight job market.
NPR3 min read
Anita Hill On 2020 Election: We Don't Need 'To Take The Lesser Of Two Evils'
Hill, who testified against Clarence Thomas during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearings, accepted a PEN America Courage Award on Tuesday. She spoke to NPR about Joe Biden and the #MeToo movement.
NPR2 min readFood & Wine
New Takes On Traditional Sides For Summer Grilling
Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst puts a twist on classic coleslaw and deviled eggs, as well as a salad using grilled leeks and asparagus.
NPR2 min read
Jeremy Dutcher: Tiny Desk Concert
There is no one making music like this 27-year-old, classically trained opera tenor and pianist. Watch and see why.
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Binyavanga Wainaina Tells Us 'How To Write About Africa'
Editor's note: Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina died on Tuesday, May 22 after an illness. Perhaps his most acclaimed work was the satiric essay "How To Write About Africa," which we are reprinting. Always use the word 'Africa' or 'Darkness' or 'Safa
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