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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: And now we go to Rio de Janeiro, where a new film about friendship in the city's low-income neighborhoods is earning national praise. The movie focuses on barbershops and deals with changing ideas about gender and race. Catherine Osborn has the story. CATHERINE OSBORN, BYLINE: The documentary is called "Deixa Na Requa," Portuguese for straight as a ruler. That's how barbers describe the finishes they give to...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Finally, today, I want to thank Linda Wertheimer for filling in for me yesterday so I could attend funeral services for my friend, the PBS journalist Gwen Ifill, who died on Monday at the age of 61. Even now, almost a week later, it's hard to believe she's gone. And she's been a part of most of the significant personal and professional events of my life. We first met when we both covered the Maryland state...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Twenty-five years ago, Julie Dash made history when she became the first African-American woman to direct and produce a full-length feature film that was widely distributed in theaters across the country. The movie is "Daughters Of The Dust," and it follows the story of the Peazant family living on one of the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina, descendants of former slaves who'd sought refuge there as...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: Singer Sharon Jones helped revive soul singing with her powerful, energetic performances. The 60 year old died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. NPR's Mandalit del Barco has this appreciation of her music and her life. MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: Onstage and in recordings, Sharon Jones' high energy spirit shone through. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "100 DAYS, 100 NIGHTS") SHARON JONES: (Singing) One hundred...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: Here's a headline for you - "Pope Francis Shocks The World, Endorses Donald Trump." That was the most shared story on Facebook during this election season according to a BuzzFeed investigation. Just one problem, it's completely fake, made-up, not true. And fake election stories like that were all over the internet. That's led to a lot of soul-searching for internet giants like Facebook. On Friday, Facebook CEO...

How Misspellings Caught A Spy

Nov 19, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: And now we're going to hear a story that sounds just too bizarre to be true. More than a decade before Edward Snowden famously leaked thousands of classified records to the world, another U.S. government contractor tried a similar move the old-fashioned way. His name is Brian Regan. And in 1999 and 2000, he smuggled classified documents out of his office and buried them in the woods hoping to sell them to a...

Here's a succinct analysis of last week's presidential vote: "Trump understands the new ecosystem, in which facts and truth don't matter. You attract attention, rouse emotions, and then move on." Those are the words of President Barack Obama, quoted by David Remnick — the editor of The N ew Yorker — in Remnick's forthcoming article, "IT HAPPENED HERE: A President confronts an election that changes everything — and threatens his legacy." The article is based on Remnick's conversations with...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Donald Trump has agreed to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits that targeted his now-defunct Trump University real estate seminars. NPR's Ina Jaffe has been following the cases, and she is here in the studio with me now. Hi, Ina. INA JAFFE, BYLINE: Hi. MCEVERS: So what can you tell us about settlement? JAFFE: Well, Trump or his businesses will pay $25 million compensation to the plaintiffs in these suits....

Jeff Sessions of Alabama was the first Republican senator to get behind the-then renegade candidate Trump. Now, he is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general — and his hard-line stance on immigration and 30-year-old allegations of racism are sure to draw scrutiny in confirmation hearings. Long before Trump was winning primaries, or picking up political endorsements, he had a conservative ally in the Deep South. "We have a man here who really helped me," Trump said about...

The World Health Organization announced Friday that it no longer considers the Zika epidemic a public health emergency of international concern. But Zika's threat to pregnant women and babies is not going away anytime soon, the agency says. Instead, the virus is now a chronic problem, says the WHO's Dr. Pete Salama. "It is really important that we communicate this very clearly: We are not downgrading the importance of Zika," Salama says. "In fact, by placing this as a longer term program of...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: We're joined now by one of the new members of the Democratic leadership in the Senate, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow. Hi. DEBBIE STABENOW: Good to be with you. SIEGEL: Senate Democrats seem to be talking about seeking common ground with Donald Trump. Where is some common ground that you see? STABENOW: Well, our feeling is that the responsible approach is to work with the president when he is proposing...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Comedian and Actor Nick Offerman stole scene after scene as the Libertarian man's man Ron Swanson in the NBC sitcom "Parks And Recreation." (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "PARKS AND RECREATION") NICK OFFERMAN: (As Ron Swanson) I have a joke for you. AMY POEHLER: (As Leslie Knope) OK. OFFERMAN: (As Ron Swanson) The government in this town is excellent and uses your tax dollars efficiently (laughter). MCEVERS: He's also a...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Donald Trump and congressional Republicans say repealing the Affordable Care Act is a top priority, but lawmakers might not be able to simply reverse the law without support from Democrats. Republicans could quickly push through a partial repeal of the law without that bipartisan support, but as NPR's Alison Kodjak reports, that comes with big political risks. ALISON KODJAK, BYLINE: Senate Democrats are almost...

During the campaign, Donald Trump characterized himself as a champion of working-class voters who felt left behind and disconnected from more prosperous parts of the country. And Trump's historic upset victory last week was fueled by working-class voters in the Rust Belt and elsewhere who believed in this promise. Many of the counties that flipped from voting for Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016 were in the Rust Belt swing states of Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan. In his victory...

Thanks to improved health care, the Native American populations around the country are growing. But the number of homes hasn't kept up. That's especially true of the Northern Arapaho on Wyoming's Wind River Indian Reservation. Northern Arapaho elder Kenneth Shakespeare raised seven children in a house with views of mountains and hayfields surrounding it. But now he has dementia and it's his kids turn to take care of him in the same four-bedroom, two-bath house they grew up in. Shakespeare's...

When he was growing up in New York, All Things Considered host Robert Siegel always knew that Bellevue Hospital was a city institution. But it wasn't until he read David Oshinsky's book Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital , that he realized the hospital was a pioneering institution for all of American medicine. The hospital, which grew out of an almshouse founded in 1736, has been in the forefront of many innovations in medicine in the U.S....

Fox News host Megyn Kelly became known to many people across the country in 2015, when she moderated the first Republican presidential debate and pressed then-candidate Donald Trump about his disparaging comments about women. Trump later described Kelly as having "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever" because of her angry questioning. The feud boiled over several months , drawing threats from Trump supporters. In her new memoir, Settle For More, Kelly calls it the...

A massive stone building with a big eagle insignia on the front belongs to the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. Israelis and Palestinians come here to apply for visas. It looks like an embassy. But it isn't. No U.S. administration has ever officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Yet on the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to do so, and to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from its current location in Tel Aviv. Israeli-American Eliezer Shapiro, at the consulate to renew...

Election night was complicated for Azra Baig. She's a school board member in suburban South Brunswick, N.J. Baig was running for reelection this fall. She had just put out yard signs with her name on them when a friend from her mosque called. "Someone wrote 'ISIS sympathizer' on the sign," Baig says. That caught Baig by surprise. She's the only Muslim on the school board. But there's a sizable Muslim population in South Brunswick and the surrounding towns. And this didn't just happen once or...

Poland elected a right-wing, populist government last year. And Polish leaders have voiced anti-globalization and anti-abortion themes that are not so different from those embraced by the Trump campaign. The ruling Law and Justice Party has vowed to restore and protect traditional Polish identity and values. But even Poles on the right of the political spectrum have concerns about Trump and what they perceive as his cozy relationship with Russia. They say Russia can't be trusted and are...

In Bernie Sanders' new book, Our Revolution , the Vermont senator tells the story of his life, his career and his run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He also spells out the programs he believes the country should adopt to combat such ills as inequality, discrimination and lack of opportunity, not to mention the burdens of college and health care costs. Sanders says he was not shocked by Donald Trump's victory. But he says the election results show it is time for the Democratic...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: President Obama had a message today for President-elect Donald Trump and the incoming administration. Now comes the hard part. Obama took questions from reporters for the first time since the election. He suggested that despite their policy differences, there might be more continuity than many people expect when Trump moves into the White House. NPR's Scott Horsley is with us now to talk about that. Hi, Scott....

Journalist Gwen Ifill: In Her Own Words

Nov 14, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: One of the first things President Obama did at his press conference today was pay tribute to "PBS NewsHour" anchor Gwen Ifill, who died today at the age of 61. The president said Gwen did her country a great service. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Gwen Ifill will be remembered as a journalist who broke barriers and as a friend and colleague to many of us in public media. MCEVERS: In 1999, she became the first African...

Federal law says anyone who works for the executive branch of the government has to avoid conflicts of interest. The Treasury secretary cannot own stock in a big bank, for instance. And Richard Painter, who served as ethics adviser under President George W. Bush, says different administrations have typically been scrupulous about following the law. "Whenever anyone was even considering a position that would be appointed by the president, I would discuss with that person the need to sell off...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: And I alluded to this earlier, but since Donald Trump's election last Tuesday, there have been many reports of threats and other types of harassment aimed at minorities around the country. NPR's Eyder Peralta tells us more about that, and also about calls for dialogue. EYDER PERALTA, BYLINE: The ugliness has been on full display on social media channels. Here's one video taken on a metro train in the San...

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