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The Huddled Masses And The Myth Of America

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:59

The United States has always thought of itself as a nation of immigrants. So why has immigration been such a controversial topic throughout our nation's history?

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Google App Goes Viral Making An Art Out Of Matching Faces To Paintings

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:46

The Google Arts & Culture app, allowing users to compare their selfies to famous works of art, took a top spot in the app store over the weekend and took over social media.

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Trump Advocates For Public Service On MLK Day, But Spends It At Mar-A-Lago Resort

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:19

Past presidents have honored the civil rights leader's birthday by helping out at libraries or homeless shelters but Preisdent Trump chose to spend the day at his Florida resort.

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NAACP Honors Memphis Sanitation Workers Who Went On Strike In 1968

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:06

Some 1,300 black men from the Memphis Department of Public Works went on strike 50 years ago to protest poor working conditions. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about them a day before his assassination.

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Catherine Deneuve Apologizes To Sex Assault Victims After Controversial Letter

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:26

After the letter she signed sparked a backlash, the French actress said she needs to provide "clarification," and denounced the "conservatives, racists and traditionalists" who have supported her.

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How States And The Federal Government Coordinate Emergency Alerts

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:22

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with retired Adm. David Simpson, former chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau about how states coordinate with the federal government for emergency alerts system.

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Catherine Deneuve Apologizes To Victims Of Sexual Violence For Letter About #MeToo

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:19

French actor Catherine Deneuve has distanced herself from co-signers of a public letter critical of the #MeToo movement. This comes after one of the signatories made controversial comments about rape.

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50 Years After His Assassination, Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. In Atlanta

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:19

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. The annual remembrance of civil rights leader at his church in Atlanta carried extra significance this year.

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LinkedIn Co-Founder On What Resolutions Silicon Valley Should Make For 2018

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:19

Between sexual harassment scandals, fake ads and stronger calls for regulation, Big Tech had a rocky year in 2017. LinkedIn Co-founder and venture capitalist Reid Hoffman talks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about resolutions Silicon Valley should make in 2018.

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DACA Recipients Uncertain Of Their Status As Congress Works On Potential Deal

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:19

While Congress tries to come up with a deal on DACA, thousands of recipients are uncertain about their status. NPR's Kelly McEvers checks in with DACA recipient Juan de la Rosa Diaz, who works at Virginia Tech.

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Lawmakers Working On Immigration, Government Funding As Deadline Looms

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:19

The aftermath of President Trump's alleged use of a vulgarity during immigration talks has brought uncertainty over possibly progress on that issue and averting a government shutdown by Friday.

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What Effect ISIS' Declaration Of War Against Hamas Could Have In The Middle East

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:19

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Tareq Baconi, a visiting scholar with Columbia University's Middle East Institute, about ISIS' declaration of war against Hamas. The two organizations have a history of animosity that could rock an already volatile region of the Middle East.

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With Its Economy In Crisis, Tunisia Sees Protests Across The Country

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:19

Tunisia celebrated the seventh anniversary of when the country ousted a dictator on Sunday. But current economic problems are touching off new protests about unemployment and poverty.

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After False Alarm, A Look At How Hawaii's Emergency Alert System Is Supposed To Work

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:19

A false missile alarm sent people in Hawaii scrambling for shelter Saturday morning — and it took nearly 40 minutes for officials to alert them to the mistake. All of which raises a tough question for authorities: What went wrong?

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'They Didn't Want Me There': Remembering The Terror Of School Integration

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:31

In 1957, three years after the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional, Melba Pattillo Beals was one of nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

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Woman Dies After Florida Boat Fire Sends Dozens Of Panicked Passengers Overboard

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:45

About 50 people were aboard the casino shuttle boat that was reduced to its hull, and officials initially believed that everybody was OK. In all, officials said 15 people were hospitalized.

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For CDC, Reducing Flu Spread Takes Priority Over Nuclear Attack Preparedness

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:03

The agency scrapped plans to tell Americans what to do in a nuclear attack. Instead, it will focus on the flu. The decision came before Saturday's false alert of a ballistic missile attack.

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The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Dies At 46

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:29

The lead singer of the popular Irish band died suddenly Monday in London, where she had been working on a recording.

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Altering A Species: Darwin's Shopping List

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:28

Few scientific discoveries have caused as much excitement as that of editing our genes; yet we owe some of the most stunning wonders around us to old-fashioned breeding practices, says Jimena Canales.

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Salmonella May Have Caused Massive Aztec Epidemic, Study Finds

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:01

The 16th century epidemic, likely set off or exacerbated by European invaders, was one of the most deadly in human history. New evidence traces it to a type of salmonella that causes a deadly fever.

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