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  1. A Look From The Ground In Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria

    09.22 / 02:57 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit AILSA CHANG, HOST: Puerto Rico is in full-on disaster-response mode after powerful Hurricane Maria hit yesterday. There is no power on the entire island and almost no running water. There have been landslides, flooding and widespread structural damage. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Patricia Mazzei of the Miami Herald has been in Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, reporting on the storm and its aftermath. And she told us while she was hunkered down during the…
  2. A Tale Of Two States: How California And Texas May Fare Under GOP Health Plan

    09.22 / 02:57 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit AILSA CHANG, HOST: The Senate is taking one more stab at repealing the Affordable Care Act. Republicans say they'll vote on what's known as the Graham-Cassidy bill next week. Among other things, it would dramatically redistribute federal funds to states. And generally, states that expanded Medicaid stand to lose billions of dollars. The rest would see a short-term influx of funds. We're going to hear from one of those states, Texas, in a minute.…
  3. How States Are Banding Together To Take On Trump

    09.22 / 00:09 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    When President Trump announced a ban on travel for citizens from several predominantly Muslim countries in January, a coalition of officials from various blue states quickly rallied to fight it. "We just started talking to each other Friday afternoon," recalls New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "By Sunday morning, we had 17 states signed on to say, 'This is unconstitutional. We're going into court to stop it.' And we went into courts all over the country and eventually got it…
  4. 'Trophy' Reveals The Convoluted Economics Of African Big Game Hunting

    09.22 / 00:09 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    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…
  5. In 'Vietnam War,' Ken Burns Wrestles With The Conflict's Contradictions

    09.22 / 00:09 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    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. For Wind Energy Advocates, Jose Highlights Wind Farm Possibilities

    09.21 / 21:12 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    New Englanders largely missed the brunt of Tropical Storm Jose. It’s moved miles off the coast of Massachusetts and is expected to weaken in those waters. Wind energy advocates say Jose’s path to New England illustrates the ideal location for wind turbines. Fifteen to 20 miles off of Cape Cod, there is a 1,000 square mile area where winds from a northern jet stream and the Gulf Stream converge. Wind energy advocate Paul Vigeant of the New Bedford Wind Energy Center says that results in a po…
  7. In Catalonia, Thousands Protest Spanish Attempts To Stop Referendum Vote

    09.21 / 20:15 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    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 Catalan politicians. A top treasury official is being held on sedition charges, the BBC reports. Demonstrations against the police action have been…
  8. Is Fondant Free Speech? Chefs Show Support For Gay Marriage As Court Case Looms

    09.21 / 20:15 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    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 is 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…
  9. Graham-Cassidy Health Bill Would Shift Funds From States That Expanded Medicaid

    09.21 / 20:15 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Senate Republicans' latest plan to overhaul the U.S. health care system ends with a massive shift of federal money from states that expanded Medicaid — and are largely dominated by Democrats — to those that refused to expand. Several analyses of the bill show the pattern. A report by the health care consulting firm Avalere Health shows California and New York losing a combined $123 billion in federal health care funding by 2026, while Texas would see its flow of money from Washington rise b…
  10. A Neuroscientist Tells Us What Your Dog Is Really Thinking

    09.21 / 20:15 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    With guest host Jane Clayson . What it’s like to be a dog. We talk with animal neuroscientist Gregory Berns. There are more dogs in this country than children. Sometimes they are the dearest, truest friend in a human’s life. Or a beloved member of the family –the baby, the dutiful eldest child, the parent’s loyal old friend. But in a relationship where the human does all the talking, how do we know, really know, what’s going on a dog’s mind? Well, one dog-loving neuroscientist has some answ…
  11. Macho Man, Little Princess: How Gender Norms Can Harm Kids Everywhere

    09.21 / 20:15 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    What do Bolivia, Belgium, Burkina Faso, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Scotland, South Africa, the United States and Vietnam all have in common? The pervasive idea is that girls are vulnerable and that boys are strong and independent. In a set of studies published Wednesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health , the researchers concluded that between the ages of 10 and 14 , children begin to fully embrace and internalize the belief…
  12. Trump Administration Plans New Sanctions On North Korea

    09.21 / 16:22 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    U pdated at 12:07 p.m. ET The Trump administration is preparing to announce additional sanctions on North Korea, in response to Pyongyang's renegade nuclear program. Trump teased the announcement Thursday morning during a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. "We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea," the president told reporters during a meeting with Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani. Trump is meeting Thursday with leaders of South Korea…
  13. Hurricane Maria Leaves Puerto Rico Without Electricity, Hits Dominican Republic

    09.21 / 16:22 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Puerto Rico is trying to start the process of recovering from Hurricane Maria — and it's doing so after the powerful storm blew homes apart, filled roads with water, and tore at its infrastructure. Flash floods are persisting, and the island has no electricity service. "We are without power, the whole island is without power," Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico's resident commissioner — its representative in Congress — told Morning Edition on Thursday. González-Colón spoke from Carolina…
  14. Mexico City Earthquake Update: Desperate Attempts To Reach Girl Trapped By Rubble

    09.21 / 16:22 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    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…
  15. Troubled By Owner’s Practices, ProJo Union Employees Stage Protest

    09.21 / 15:22 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    The biggest union at The Providence Journal plans to stage a protest outside the newspaper’s Fountain Street office at noon T…
  16. Are We About To See A Black Hole?

    09.21 / 14:18 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    If there is one thing science is good for, it's going to extremes. A lot of science's history is just one story after another of people figuring out how to do something that, just a few years before, was thought to be impossible. The impossible was heavy on my mind last Wednesday as I found out just how close we were to seeing — as in taking actual pictures — of black holes. Charles Gammie is a computational astrophysicist. Like me, he uses supercomputers to simulate the behavior of fluids …
  17. Theater Review: The British Invasion! Comes To RI Theater Scene

    09.21 / 14:18 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Listen Listening... / 4:26 The Gamm Theatre is dashing through Oscar Wilde’s ever-popular comedy with a point, “The Importance of Being Earnest” while the Wilbury Group is tangling with Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker…
  18. Theater Review: The British Invasion! At Least This RI Theater Season

    09.21 / 13:18 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Listen Listening... / 4:26 The Gamm Theatre is dashing through Oscar Wilde’s ever-popular comedy with a point, “The Importance of Being Earnest” while the Wilbury Group is tangling with Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker…
  19. Equifax Breach Puts Credit Bureaus' Oversight In Question

    09.21 / 12:20 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    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…
  20. Here's What You Need To Know About Germany's Election

    09.21 / 12:20 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    In these uncertain times, the international community has looked increasingly to Germany and its experienced, long-serving chancellor, for leadership. That leader, Angela Merkel, looks set to return to office for her fourth term when Germans go to the polls on Sunday. But even if she does, there's no guarantee it will be business as usual. Governments in Germany are most commonly formed as coalitions, and for now, it's unclear what the country's next coalition will end up looking like — a…