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  1. WATCH: Impromptu Song Shows Manchester's Resilience

    05.26 / 00:20 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9FLyA7OSjs A Manchester crowd's impromptu rendition of "Don't Look Back in Anger," by hometown band Oasis, emerged as an uplifting emblem of resilience after Monday's deadly bombing there. The spontaneous singing followed a national minute of silence to honor the 22 people killed as they left a concert at Manchester Arena. It started with a lone voice. The Guardian says 32-year-old Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow began to sing the band's 1996 hit. Soon others…
  2. Montana GOP Candidate's Assault Charge Hangs Over Tight Special Election

    05.25 / 23:18 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQwu4wff7lI Montana voters are at the polls as the aftermath of an altercation between the Republican congressional candidate and a reporter unfolds. Nominee Greg Gianforte was charged Wednesday evening with misdemeanor assault against Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian. The incident has drawn extra attention to the race to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, considered a bellwether, in its final hours. It's unclear how much the turn of events will…
  3. Ramen Rock: These Japanese Punk Legends Sing About Food

    05.25 / 23:18 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H8J_A13AMw By night, they play gigs. By day, they sample ramen in cities across America. They're the three women of Shonen Knife, a legendary rock band from Japan. For over 35 years, the band has been serving up infectious punk songs with a delicious twist: Many of them are about food. Think song titles like "Wasabi," "Hot Chocolate" and "Sushi Bar." But don't dismiss them as bubblegum pop: Over the years, some of their biggest fans have included giants of…
  4. Iraqi Refugee Empowers Youth To Share Their Stories With 'Narratio'

    05.25 / 23:18 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    When Ahmed Badr was 8 years old, his family's home in Baghdad was bombed in the midst of the Iraq War. The family was uninjured. They moved to Syria, which was peaceful then, and in 2008, they came to the U.S. as refugees. Writing helps Badr deal with what he's been through, and he wants to give other young people the same outlet. Now a student at Wesleyan University, Badr founded the website Narratio to empower others to tell their stories. Badr used writing to figure out what it meant to…
  5. After Brief Deployment, Brazilian Troops Recalled From Streets Of Capital

    05.25 / 23:18 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Within 24 hours of their deployment in Brasilia, Brazilian troops left the streets of the capital on Thursday — gone from their positions guarding government buildings almost as quickly as they'd manned them. The decision, in both cases, came down from President Michel Temer. The embattled politician ordered the military deployed to help quell the massive protests against his tenure Wednesday — protests that turned violent as demonstrators clashed with riot police and smashed the windows of…
  6. Scientists Pinpoint How A Flamingo Balances On One Leg

    05.25 / 23:18 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Most anyone who has encountered a flamingo has probably been impressed by its signature ability to balance on a single long, spindly leg for remarkably long periods of time. But actually, scientists have now shown that what appears to be a feat requires almost no muscle activity from the bird. In fact, they found even a dead flamingo's body will naturally fall into a stable one-leg balance if positioned vertically. That research was recently published in Biology Letters. Until now there…
  7. Housing Secretary Ben Carson Says Poverty Is A 'State Of Mind'

    05.25 / 21:06 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    When it comes to poor Americans, the Trump administration has a message: Government aid is holding many of them back. Without it, many more of them would be working. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney said as much when presenting the administration's budget plan this week to cut safety net programs by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next 10 years. The administration also wants to tighten work requirements for those getting aid, such as food stamps, or…
  8. A One-Night Stand Takes A Disturbing Turn In 'Berlin Syndrome'

    05.25 / 21:06 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    The title of Cate Shortland's new film, Berlin Syndrome, is a sly riff on "Stockholm syndrome," that condition in which a hostage begins to feel sympathy for her captor. It's never clear what sets the Berlin version apart, and in some ways Shortland and the screenwriter, Shaun Grant, seem to be figuring it out as they go along. That's not a knock. Berlin Syndrome might look on the surface like a polished B-movie, a crafty and violent tale of a woman in captivity; but it's also the rare…
  9. In NATO Speech, Trump Scolds Leaders But Doesn't Recommit To Defense Pledge

    05.25 / 20:04 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    At a NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump marked the unveiling of memorials of the Berlin Wall and the Sept. 11 attacks with a speech that, among other things, told gathered NATO leaders their levels of defense funding are "not fair" to U.S. taxpayers. Trump also omitted any clear statement of support for Article 5, the NATO mutual-defense pledge — something other leaders had been hoping to hear. The Associated Press described Thursday's speech as an "unprecedented one-two punch" that "…
  10. An Abandoned Fortress Reborn as a Breeding Ground for Birds

    05.25 / 20:04 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    It was just after dawn when I set out paddling in my kayak to find nature in one of the least natural places on Earth. I had launched into the Patapsco River from Fort Armistead Park near the base of the Francis Scott Key Bridge south of Baltimore. Truck traffic roared overhead on Route 695. Ahead of me, the morning sun sparkled silver in a rippling path toward the old Sparrows Point steel mill. Behind my back rose the smokestacks of a pair of coal-fired power plants, a chemical factory,…
  11. Do You Know What Red Nose Day Is?

    05.25 / 20:04 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfec7ma1Xl0 May 25 is Red Nose Day in the United States. And millions of people are probably going, "huh, what?" The short explanation: It's a campaign to raise money to fight child poverty. But how does buying a red foam nose at a drugstore for a buck help the cause? And does this charity with the silly name really do good work? We did some reporting, and here's what we learned. The British charity Comic Relief started Red Nose Day in England in 1985 as a…
  12. 4th Circuit Court Ruling Keeps Trump's Travel Ban On Hold

    05.25 / 20:04 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Trump's controversial travel ban should be kept on hold, largely maintaining a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks the executive order from being enforced. A 13-judge panel of the court heard arguments over the ban earlier this month . In Thursday's decision, the chief judge writes that the travel ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination." Trump has signed two executive orders restricting…
  13. Smart Nutrition: Making Sense Of The Glut of Food Research

    05.25 / 19:03 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    It’s time for another installment of Smart Nutrition here on Midday. When it comes to nutrition, we’re often faced with information overload and conflicting conclusions from different studies. For example, if you drink one diet soda per day, do you increase your chances of getting dementia? Maybe. Maybe not . Broccoli is good for you, right? If you have irritable bowel syndrome, not so much. Same goes for cauliflower, cabbage and Brussel sprouts. Good for most people most of the time, but n…
  14. 'Mother Of All Landslides' In Big Sur Buries Section Of California's Highway 1

    05.25 / 19:03 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Skirting California's coastline, Highway 1 offers a popular and dramatic drive through the Big Sur region. On a normal day, a drive along the winding two-lane road gets one's heart pumping with fears of plunging down the hillside. But a weekend landslide has reshaped the coastline and closed part of the route, as a third of a mile of highway is now covered with dirt and rocks at an area called Mud Creek. As you can see in the before-and-after graphic below, where the coast used to form…
  15. Many Adults Don't Think Exposure To Vaping Is Bad For Kids

    05.25 / 19:03 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Despite the toxic ingredients commonly found in e-cigarettes and other vaping products, many adults don't think secondhand e-cigarette aerosol poses a risk to children, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one-third of adults surveyed didn't know if secondhand aerosol caused harm to children, and 40 percent of the adults said this kind of exposure caused "little" or "some" harm to children. The newness of these products,…
  16. Smart Nutrition: How to Make Sense of So Much Food Research

    05.25 / 18:02 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    It’s time for another installment of Smart Nutrition here on Midday. When it comes to nutrition, we’re often faced with information overload, and conflicting conclusions from different studies. For example, if you drink one diet soda a day, do you increase your chances of getting dementia? Maybe. Maybe not . Broccoli is good for you, right? If you have irritable bowel syndrome, not so much. Same goes for cauliflower, cabbage and Brussel sprouts. Good for most people most of the time, but no…
  17. Google A.I. Clinches Series Against Humanity's Last, Best Hope To Win At Go

    05.25 / 18:02 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U1p4Mwis60 Sure, it's not the singularity (yet) — but it is a rather singular achievement. AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence program developed by Google's DeepMind lab, did not even need a third game to display its dominance over the world's best (human) Go player. On Thursday the A.I. defeated Ke Jie in Wuzhen, China, repeating its victory of two days ago and clinching a best-of-three series against the 19-year-old wunderkind. Ke has one more chance to r…
  18. NOAA Predicts 'Above-Normal' Activity In Atlantic Hurricane Season

    05.25 / 16:53 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    The Atlantic hurricane season could see between two and four major hurricanes in 2017, according to the latest forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. There's only a 20 percent chance that the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will be less active than normal, the agency says. The hurricane season officially begins on June 1 — but one named storm, Arlene, already hit land last month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it expects between 11 and 17 named storms (…
  19. Rousuck's Review: "The King of Howard Street" At The Annex Theater

    05.25 / 16:53 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Baltimore Annex Theater closes its 2016-17 season with The King of Howard Street , an original play that's based on the life of the formerly homeless Baltimore writer and housing rights advocate, Anthony Williams , who's portrayed in this production by Joshua Dixon . For more than two decades, Williams lived in abandoned buildings up and down Howard Street. Several years ago, he began to chronicle his life story and the stories of his friends and family. Last year, he approached Annex…
  20. A Workshop of Our Own

    05.25 / 15:53 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    The phrase ‘women’s work’ rarely conjures images of a woman wielding a mallet and chisel, navigating a jigsaw or gliding a power sander as she puts the finishing touches on a dining table or dresser. But two woodworking professionals are planning to make that image more commonplace. We meet Sarah Marriage , founder of Baltimore's new “ A Workshop of Our Own ," a cooperative space for women and gender non-conforming furniture makers. We also hear from Nancy Hiller , a nationally known cabine…