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  1. Jared Kushner Says 'I Did Not Collude' Ahead Of Senate Committee Appearance

    07.24 / 12:14 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    "I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government," President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said in a statement ahead of a closed-door meeting today before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He is also expected to meet Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee. Both of the committees are conducting investigations into possible links between Trump associates and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential…
  2. Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp?

    07.24 / 11:15 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    "It beeped in the envelope. That's how we knew." Leslie Conrad is the director of Clemson Outdoor Lab in Pendleton, S.C., which runs several different camps during the summer. Clemson bans cellphones and other electronic devices for campers. That makes sense. We traditionally think of summer camp as a place to swim in the lake and weave friendship bracelets, not text and play video games. But sometimes, Conrad says, parents will give their children a decoy to turn in and a second phone to…
  3. Despite Climate Change Setbacks, Al Gore 'Comes Down On The Side Of Hope'

    07.24 / 10:16 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Former Vice President Al Gore helped shape the conversation about climate change with An Inconvenient Truth . Now he's back with a sequel — called An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, due out next month -- and it follows Gore as he continues the crusade he made famous with that first film. The movie shows Gore standing in Miami floodwater, flying over imploding boulders of ice in Greenland and in Paris — trying to push the climate agreement over the finish line. President Donald Trump la…
  4. While Fighting The Odds, Fiona The Hippo Became A Social Media Star

    07.24 / 10:16 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Fiona the hippo was catapulted into social media stardom from the day she arrived on the planet. The baby hippopotamus was born at the Cincinnati Zoo earlier this year. At the time, she was six weeks premature and weighed only 29 pounds. While that might sound like a lot, most baby hippos weigh between 55 to 120 pounds at birth. Zookeepers were expecting her to arrive in March, so when she came into the world in January, they weren't sure she would make it. She received 24-hour attention…
  5. Chaledean Christians, Who Helped Bring Trump Victory, Now Face Deportation

    07.24 / 05:19 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: As we said, we're in Detroit this weekend, where we are reflecting on the 1967 riots. Later, we will hear vivid recollections of the racial tensions that fueled the unrest. But it's important to remember that Detroit isn't just a black and white town. Many immigrants from all over the world have found their way here, and among them are Chaldean Christians of Iraqi descent. Now, that group is in the news because of a Trump…
  6. Words You'll Hear: 'Collusion'

    07.24 / 05:19 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now it's time for our regular segment Words You'll Hear. That's where we try to understand an upcoming news story by digging into a key word or phrase. Our phrase this week is collusion. And we're focusing on that because three different congressional committees and a special council are still trying to figure out whether people very close to President Trump colluded with the Kremlin to damage Hillary Clinton's candidacy and the…
  7. 'Going There': 3 Prominent Detroit Natives Reflect On The 1967 Riot

    07.24 / 00:22 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Detroit has faced a tumultuous past, but the most painful week in Detroit's modern history arguably happened exactly 50 years ago. On July 23, 1967, after decades of discrimination, poverty, and mistreatment by police, many black citizens of Detroit erupted in violence. Some call that five-day period of burning and looting the "riots;" others call it the "uprising" or the "rebellion." Detroiters have had 50 years to contemplate the reasons for the civil unrest, and at our Going There event…
  8. Jessica Hernandez On Her New Motor City Sound

    07.23 / 22:18 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    There's no doubt that music is in the DNA of the city of Detroit. People around the world know this Michigan city for the classic Motown sound; the city also nurtured a vital rock scene and is often cited as the birthplace of techno. But along with Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Iggy Pop and Eminem, an up-to-date roll call of Detroit's music scene would have to include Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas. Hernandez is a Detroit native, the daughter of a Cuban father and a…
  9. Snooty The Manatee Dies, And A Florida Community Mourns

    07.23 / 21:16 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Two days after his 69th birthday, Snooty the manatee has died in what the South Florida Museum says was "simply a heartbreaking accident." The manatee drowned after being trapped by a hatch door, officials said Sunday. Snooty was the oldest manatee in captivity — and he was believed to be the oldest on record, according to the South Florida Museum, which houses the Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton, Fla. "Aquarium staff is heartbroken," said Jeff Rodgers, the museum's provost and chief o…
  10. Father Of Girl Ticketed For Selling Lemonade Responds To Supporters: 'Make A Stand'

    07.23 / 19:21 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    A five-year-old girl whose sidewalk lemonade stand brought a $195 fine in east London has been invited to set up shop at several markets and festivals, as supporters reach out to her family. The ticket was forgiven; now the girl's father is urging more kids to open their own stands. Last weekend, Andre Spicer took his daughter to the end of their street to offer lemonade (50 pence for a small, 1 pound for a large) to people drawn to a music festival in a nearby park. But, as he said in a…
  11. Chris Froome Set To Win His Fourth Tour De France Title Sunday

    07.23 / 15:18 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    It's expected to be a celebratory ride into Paris for Chris Froome when the Tour de France ends Sunday. The British rider added to his overall lead Saturday; he has also avoided crashes that took out some of cycling's big names — including his teammate Geraint Thomas. Froome's opponents saw Saturday's time trial in Marseilles as the last chance to take the yellow jersey from him, but they were unable to gain time on the reigning champion, who took third place. He now has a 54-second lead o…
  12. As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger

    07.23 / 13:13 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Out here, in West Pokot County, Kenya, the landscape looks like Mars — red clay, rocks, and in the distance, a mountain so bare, it looks like a giant boulder. Stephen Long'uriareng, 80, has walked two hours to bring her two cows and goats to this watering hole. It's really just a dam carved out the earth, where the rain water mixes with mud and turns into a dark brown color. This is not the place Long'uriareng remembers from her youth. "This whole place used to be green with a lot of p…
  13. For New U.S. Mideast Peace Envoy, It Will Be A Long Road To 'Ultimate Deal'

    07.23 / 13:13 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Jason Greenblatt was the chief legal officer at the Trump Organization. Now President Trump has tapped him to help end the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It's a job that has become even harder in the past several days, with a new eruption of violence: Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel fatally shooting Israeli police at an important holy site; three Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces; three Israelis stabbed to death in their home by a young Palestinian. There…
  14. Sentencing Approaches for New England's 'Codfather'

    07.23 / 12:11 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    One of the biggest fishing magnates in the country could be sentenced to prison this coming week, and the forfeiture of his boats could be a big hit for the Massachusetts port where he amassed a small empire. Between his scalloping and groundfishing boats, Carlos Rafael – nicknamed "the Codfather" — came to be the largest single owner of fishing vessels in New England, and possibly in the country. But in 2015, undercover IRS agents posed as Russian criminals and convinced him they wanted to…
  15. The Next 'Game of Thrones' Could Be Set In Post-Apocalyptic Africa

    07.23 / 11:09 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    The next "Game of Thrones could be a sci-fi epic set in Africa. On Monday, Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor posted an announcement on her Facebook page: "I'm finally free to announce this: My World Fantasy Award winning novel WHO FEARS DEATH has been optioned by HBO and is now in early development as a TV series with George R. R. Martin as executive producer. Note: This did not happen overnight. It's been nearly 4 years coming." Martin is, of course, the author of the novels that…
  16. 8 Dead, 20 In Critical Or Serious Condition Found In Tractor-Trailer In San Antonio

    07.23 / 11:09 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Police in San Antonio found eight people dead and 20 people in "extremely critical condition or very serious condition" in the back of a tractor-trailer early Sunday. The truck was parked in a Wal-Mart parking lot. A total of 38 people were found inside, including two school-age children. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said a Wal-Mart employee called the police after a person who was in the truck was able to get out and approached the employee for water. Twenty people in critical…
  17. Beyond The Nasty Needle: Trying To Make Vaccines More Comfy And Convenient

    07.23 / 10:11 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    News this summer of a flu vaccine patch sparked a lot of chatter. Could getting vaccinated be as easy as putting on a bandage? Could there be fewer, or at least smaller, needles in our future? Some companies and academic labs are working to make those things happen. They're refining technologies that involve tiny needles, less than a millimeter long, and needle-free injectors that can send a dose of vaccine through your skin in a fraction of a second. Some of these technologies are already…
  18. Before 'The Blind Pig' Raid, What Sparked The Detroit Uprising

    07.23 / 02:22 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: This weekend marks 50 years since the start of what many people here prefer to call the uprising. It started when a police raid on a party at an unlicensed after-hours club called The Blind Pig set off fires, looting and other chaos that went on for five days. This weekend, we'll be talking about those events and the state of the motor city these 50 years later. We thought we'd start by hearing from someone who's been here for all…
  19. Critics Say New Poland Law Dissolves Separation Of Judiciary And Ruling Party

    07.23 / 02:22 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Early this morning, Poland's Senate passed legislation that if signed into law would force all of that country's Supreme Court judges to step down except for those kept on by Poland's president. Critics fear the move would undermine the independence of the judiciary by giving control to the country's ruling party, known as the Law and Justice Party. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson has been in Warsaw this week. She's back in Berlin…
  20. Barbershop: The Ghosts Of Detroit's Past

    07.23 / 02:22 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're going to close things out today with a special Barbershop. That's where, every week, we gather a group of interesting folks to talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Today, as you might imagine, we want to focus on the subject that brought us to Detroit this weekend - the anniversary of the 1967 riots. Many here prefer to call it the uprising or the rebellion. Whatever you call it, we've been talking about…