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  1. Jerry Lewis, Comic Icon And Titan Of Telethons, Dies At 91

    08.20 / 20:03 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Jerry Lewis, a comedic fixture on big screens and charity telethons for decades, has died at the age of 91. His death was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and confirmed by NPR with his publicist and spokeswoman Candi Cazau. Cazau provided the following statement: "Famed comedian, actor, and legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home in Las Vegas with his family by his side." The son of small-time entertainers who were…
  2. Influential Republican Strategist Arthur J. Finkelstein Dies

    08.20 / 20:03 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Arthur J. Finkelstein, a longtime GOP pollster and strategist credited with helping elect Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, has died at age 72 of lung cancer, his family says. Finkelstein, considered less flamboyant but arguably more influential than better known Republican strategists, such as Lee Atwater and Roger Ailes, is widely regarded as the man responsible for turning the word "liberal" into a pejorative to be wielded against Democrats. He was also considered a pioneer in…
  3. Church Leaders In Philippines Condemn Bloody War On Drugs

    08.20 / 18:00 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    The head of the Catholic Church in the Philippines has harshly criticized a government campaign of alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects that has claimed thousands of lives, calling it a "humanitarian concern" that cannot be ignored. Police have killed an estimated 3,200 people in the past 14 months in encounters they claim involved suspects who put up armed resistance. Another 2,000 have died in drug-related killings – in many cases carried out by motorcycle-riding masked gunmen …
  4. Wreckage Of USS Indianapolis, Sunk By Japanese In WWII, Found In Pacific

    08.20 / 14:57 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    For 72 years since the cruiser USS Indianapolis sank after being struck by Japanese torpedoes in the waning days of World War II, her exact resting place had been a mystery. But a team of researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen now says they have positively identified the wreckage, 18,000 feet below the surface in the Philippine Sea. The sinking of the Indianapolis — on its return from a secret mission to deliver components for the atomic bomb that would be dropped days later on …
  5. Mass Held In Barcelona To Honor Victims Of Terror Attacks

    08.20 / 13:50 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    A Catholic Mass was held in Barcelona on Sunday to honor the victims of last week's terror attacks, as authorities continued a manhunt for at least one suspect in the killings of 14 people along Spain's northeast Mediterranean coast. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Barcelona that thousands attended the Mass, held in Spanish and Catalan languages, at the city's iconic Sagrada Familia Basilica. Among those present were King Felipe and Queen Letizia. Auxiliary Bishop Sebastia…
  6. Confederate Statues Were Built To Further A 'White Supremacist Future'

    08.20 / 12:45 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    As President Trump doubled down on his defense of Confederate statues and monuments this week, he overlooked an important fact noted by historians: The majority of the memorials seem to have been built with the intention not to honor fallen soldiers, but specifically to further ideals of white supremacy. More than 30 cities either have removed or are removing Confederate monuments, according to a list compiled by The New York Times , and the president said Thursday that in the process, the…
  7. As India's Climate Changes, Farmers In The North Experiment With New Crops

    08.20 / 12:45 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    On a recent weekday, Vamsi Komarala guides me up to the rooftop of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, where he teaches physics. Fields of solar panels adorn the buildings. I swipe an index finger across one of the panels to see if weeks of monsoon rains have washed it clean. My finger comes back filthy with grit. Vamsi tells me the panels are washed twice a week, then explains the grime: "That is because in New Delhi, we have a lot of dust." Dust is just one…
  8. Racial Issues Have Often Been A Test for U.S. Presidents With Conflicted Feelings

    08.20 / 12:45 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    President Trump is only the latest man in the White House to see his plans, his governing coalition and his popular standing all at risk because of a racially charged issue. In the days since he blamed the fatal violence in Charlottesville , Va., on people on "both sides" of the confrontation, Trump has been rebuked by key senators from his own party and deserted by members of his business advisory boards, (which he then said he disbanded). The mayor of Phoenix has asked the president to…
  9. Some Liberty University Grads Are Returning Their Diplomas To Protest Trump

    08.20 / 11:39 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    A group of alumni from one of the country's most influential evangelical Christian universities is condemning their school's president for his continued alignment with President Trump. A small but growing number of Liberty University graduates are preparing to return diplomas to their school. The graduates are protesting university President Jerry Falwell Jr.'s ongoing support for Trump. They began organizing after Trump's divisive remarks about the deadly white supremacist protests in…
  10. Sunday Puzzle: It's Time To Rhyme

    08.20 / 11:39 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    On-air challenge: The answer to each clue is a 6-letter word that rhymes with the last word: Ex. Cause of muscle pain ---> STRAIN Time of year when birds start to sing Having glaring light What follows Sunday What's raised in a mound More than twice Place where you might find a vassal Tool on a mechanic's bench What you can use to fill in a stencil Bank feller Traveling theater group Important measure for freight Like the hair of a horse Oops Cover as in a cloud Where many French films…
  11. In Turkey, Schools Will Stop Teaching Evolution This Fall

    08.20 / 11:39 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    When children in Turkey head back to school this fall, something will be missing from their textbooks: any mention of evolution. The Turkish government is phasing in what it calls a values-based curriculum. Critics accuse Turkey's president of pushing a more conservative, religious ideology — at the expense of young people's education. At a playground in an upscale, secular area of Istanbul, parents and grandparents express concern over the new policy. "I'm worried, but I hope it changes b…
  12. How To Succeed In Business After Fleeing For Your Life

    08.20 / 11:39 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Imagine the worst has happened to your family. You've been forced to flee your home. You eventually make it to safety. But now you're living in a camp for displaced persons. You don't want to just depend on handouts. So how do you make a living? That's what happened last year to 43-year-old Modu Churi, a father of seven from Mijigini village in Borno state in the northeast of Nigeria, a region blighted by violence during Boko Haram's eight-year insurgency. Now they live at Muna Customs…
  13. Sweet, Generous 'Wild Things' Is A Playful Survey Of Kid Lit

    08.20 / 11:39 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Wild Things , Bruce Handy's new book about "the joy of reading children's literature as an adult," recounts a famous Maurice Sendak anecdote: After sending a young fan a drawing, Sendak got a letter back from his mother saying that the child had loved it so much that he ate it. "He didn't preserve it ... He ate it. I mean, that's how primal, that's how animalistic, that's how passionate we are as small people," Sendak said in a 1991 interview with Larry King. That anecdote feels so right,…
  14. Getting To The Core Of Exercises Said To Strengthen 'Mum Tum'

    08.20 / 09:36 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Last week, NPR had a story that garnered a huge response from listeners and Shots readers. The stor y was on a medical condition that causes a soft, bulging belly, sometimes referred to as "mommy pooch" or "mummy tummy," because it's especially common among women in the months after they give birth. The technical term is diastasis recti , a condition thought to contribute to some cases of back pain among men as well as women. After the story aired, we received hundreds of comments on…
  15. What's Next For The White House After Bannon's Departure?

    08.20 / 03:30 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit DWANE BROWN, HOST: It's been another extraordinary week in Washington. President Trump doubled down on initial controversial comments that both sides are responsible for violence in Charlottesville, Va., aligning himself with those in the so-called alt-right. His comments fueled new debate about taking down Confederate monuments, and they also spurred an outcry from the business community and also among many top Republicans. And then at the end of the…
  16. Presidential Historian Compares Tumultuous Week To Past Administrations

    08.20 / 03:30 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit DWANE BROWN, HOST: With all the news coming out of the White House this past week, we wanted to step back and reflect how this presidency compares to past presidents over the years. So we reached out to presidential historian Michael Beschloss. He joined me in our Washington studio. And I started off by asking him, how do these past few weeks of turmoil compare to past presidencies? MICHAEL BESCHLOSS: Well, what you expect in the first year is a…
  17. Massive Group Of Counter-Protesters Met 'Free Speech' Rally In Boston

    08.20 / 03:30 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit DWANE BROWN, HOST: Turning now to Boston, where thousands of people took to the streets today in dueling demonstrations. One was a prescheduled permitted rally to promote free speech. The other was a counterprotest to that rally - also permitted. And that drew even bigger crowds. Martha Bebinger from member station WBUR was there. We spoke with her earlier today as both protests started to wind down. We started by asking if the number of folks who…
  18. Is The Trump Presidency Having a Crisis Moment?

    08.20 / 03:30 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit DWANE BROWN, HOST: We've been talking about the news of the week and the fallout in the Trump administration as a result. He was criticized heavily all week for his both-sides comments in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va. Today, the president did come out with positive tweets of support to the counterprotesters who showed up to face a free speech rally, saying, quote, "I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who are speaking out…
  19. After Charlottesville, Trump Supporters Stand By The President

    08.20 / 03:30 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit DWANE BROWN, HOST: With everything that's been going on this week, we thought this would be a good time to check in with some of those who voted for President Trump to see how they think he is handling the many controversies, shake-ups and the presidency overall. We'll start with Denise Galvez. She's founder of Latinas For Trump. And she says, she still has confidence in her vote and wants him to stick to his agenda that made her vote for him. DENISE…
  20. Man Goes On Stabbing Rampage In Russia, Wounds 7

    08.19 / 18:28 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    At least seven people were wounded by a man with a knife who went on a stabbing rampage in the northern Russian city of Surgut. No one was killed in the attack in the central Siberian city, but four of those hurt were in serious condition, according to state-run Tass news agency, who cited a regional health official. Islamic State says the man — shot dead by police — was a "soldier" of the extremist group. However, Russian authorities say psychiatric information on the assailant is being so…