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  1. Competing For Your Trash: The Huge, Hidden Landfills Of The Columbia River Gorge

    09.22 / 01:03 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Competition for your garbage is increasingly fierce. It's become an important, if mostly hidden, industry in the Columbia River…
  2. 'Trophy' Reveals The Convoluted Economics Of African Big Game Hunting

    09.21 / 23:08 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Copyright 2017 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. The new documentary "Trophy" stirred a debate at this year's Sundance Film Festival over the complex relationship between big game hunting and wildlife conservation. The co-directors are longtime photojournalists Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau. Film critic David Edelstein has this review. DAVID EDELSTEIN, BYLINE: The documentary "Trophy" touches on African big game hunting, breeding and…
  3. Another Good Reason Not To Pee In The Pool

    09.21 / 22:00 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Waterparks can be fun, but they also can pose unexpected health risks – in this case, eye and respiratory problems. And that shower you never take before you get in the pool plays a role. In July 2015, patrons at an indoor waterpark resort in Ohio started to complain about eye and respiratory problems. Local health officials surveyed patrons and waterpark employees, who reported issues like eye burning, nose irritation, difficulty breathing and vomiting. The Centers for Disease Control and …
  4. After Massive Data Breach, Equifax Directed Customers To Fake Site

    09.21 / 22:00 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    After a cyberattack that potentially exposed the personal information of 143 million people, the credit reporting agency Equifax set up a website to help people determine if they had been affected, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. However, on multiple occasions over the span of weeks, the company's official Twitter account responded to customer inquiries by apparently directing them to a fake phishing site called www.securityequifax2017.com. Luckily, the fake site — blocked or flagged by many I…
  5. In 'Vietnam War,' Ken Burns Wrestles With The Conflict's Contradictions

    09.21 / 22:00 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    When filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick began research for a 10-part PBS documentary on the Vietnam War, they thought they knew the material. After all, Burns was of draft age in 1970, though his draft number was too high for him to be called to serve. But as they began interviewing subjects and sorting through archival footage, Burns and Novick soon came to appreciate just how complicated the war was. "We went in, both of us, with this kind of arrogance about it, and immediately had…
  6. Trump Administration Orders New Sanctions On North Korea

    09.21 / 18:19 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Updated at 12:59 p.m. ET President Trump ordered new economic sanctions Thursday against any bank or other company doing business with North Korea, in response to Pyongyang's renegade nuclear program. The move is designed to tighten the economic screws on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in hopes of halting his development of nuclear warheads and the missiles to deliver them. "For much too long, North Korea has been allowed to abuse the international financial system to facilitate funding…
  7. Is Fondant Free Speech? Chefs Show Support For Gay Marriage As Court Case Looms

    09.21 / 18:19 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Bedecked in fondant and flowers, modern wedding cakes are the centerpiece of the marriage feast – an edible form of art. But are they also an expression of free speech? That's the question the Supreme Court will consider this fall, when it hears the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a custom wedding cake for a gay couple because he said it would violate his religious beliefs. "You'd think cake would be apolitical, and yet here we are," muses baker Catherine George of Catherine G…
  8. Mexico City Earthquake Update: Desperate Attempts To Reach Girl Trapped By Rubble

    09.21 / 18:19 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGcpni1h4vg A strong earthquake that hit Mexico City and other central areas has killed at least 245 people, officials say. Search teams are working feverishly to find any survivors who were trapped — including at least one girl who's among students caught when the quake turned their school to rubble. The girl, 12, has been able to communicate with emergency crews, and she has wriggled her fingers for them through the wreckage. She was located alive in the d…
  9. In Catalonia, Thousands Protest Spanish Attempts To Stop Referendum Vote

    09.21 / 18:19 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Barcelona, protesting the Spanish government and expressing support for a planned Oct. 1 vote on Catalan independence. Spain considers the referendum to be illegal. On Wednesday, Spanish police with court-ordered search warrants seized millions of ballots and detained more than a dozen Catalonian politicians. A top treasury official is being held on sedition charges, the BBC reports. Demonstrations against the police action have been…
  10. How To Soften The Blow From Recent Hurricanes And Earthquakes

    09.21 / 18:19 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Back-to-back natural disasters in Mexico and across the Caribbean have left millions of people reeling. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday crumpled buildings and killed more than 200 people. And it hit while Mexico was still recovering from another deadly and powerful earthquake in the southern part of the country. On Thursday rescue workers were still trying to free trapped victims. On Wednesday Hurricane Maria dealt Puerto Rico a direct punch, knocking out…
  11. Murray Says GOP Trashed Bipartisan Bill For Latest ACA Repeal Attempt

    09.21 / 14:15 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington is blaming Republican leadership for putting a freeze on her bipartisan health care plan. That comes as the GOP have announced their latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Washington Democrat had been working on a bill to stabilize the insurance market with GOP Senator Lamar Alexander of…
  12. Geologists Sound Alarm Over Future Landslides in Columbia Gorge

    09.21 / 14:15 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Geologists for the state of Oregon are warning of the risk of major landslides in parts of the Columbia River Gorge that were hit by wildfires this year. A new report released Thursday focuses on areas of the Gorge that are highly susceptible to landslides—which also happen to overlap with some of the areas hit by this year’s wil…
  13. Oklahoma City Police Fatally Shoot Deaf Man Despite Yells Of 'He Can't Hear You'

    09.21 / 10:19 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Police in Oklahoma City fatally shot a deaf man Tuesday night who they say was advancing toward them with a metal pipe as witnesses yelled that the man was deaf and could not hear them. It's the fifth officer-involved shooting in the city this year, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department. Officers were responding to a hit-and-run accident around 8:15 p.m., Capt. Bo Mathews, the police department's public information officer, told reporters Wednesday. A witness of the accident…
  14. Equifax Breach Puts Credit Bureaus' Oversight In Question

    09.21 / 10:19 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    The Equifax data breach exposed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans . It has led to a lawsuit against the company by the state of Massachusetts, an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, and the promise of congressional hearings. The episode, though, has revealed that up until now, the big three credit reporting companies have had a lot of clout in Washington, D.C., analysts say. The credit reporting companies have to comply with rules set by the Federal…