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  1. Fresh Air Weekend: New Muhammad Ali Biography; Roz Chast Draws A Guide To NYC

    10.07 / 17:45 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention: "I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was…
  2. Hurricane Nate Strengthens As Its Eye Focuses On U.S. Gulf Coast

    10.07 / 17:45 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    As Hurricane Nate churns over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico toward American shores, it is growing in strength and speed after leaving a trail of devastation in Central America. In its 7 a.m., CDT advisory , the National Hurricane Center said the Category 1 storm was located about 245 miles south southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and headed north northwest with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. "We are expecting Nate to continue to strengthen today (Saturday)," said…
  3. Swedish Journalist Kim Wall's Severed Head Found In Copenhagen Bay

    10.07 / 17:45 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Danish divers looking for the remains of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose torso washed ashore in Copenhagen this summer, made a gruesome discovery Friday nearby in Køge Bay. "We found a leg and then another leg, and shortly thereafter, we found a head, which was also in a bag weighed down by several pieces of metal," Chief Police Investigator Jens Møller Jensen said at a press briefing Saturday, according to a translation by The Guardian . Møller Jensen said they also found a weighted ba…
  4. Tapping Rural America: Craft Breweries Pour New Life Into Small Towns

    10.07 / 14:27 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Chris Hernstrom was brewing in the craft beer mecca of Bend, Ore., when an ad caught his eye: Want to live somewhere gorgeous and make beer for a small community? "It just seemed like an interesting challenge to come out to basically the exact opposite of Bend, some place where the brewing industry is still in its fledgling stages," Hernstrom says. That place, Hernstrom's new home, is the cattle ranching hub of Valentine, Neb., population 2,700, tucked into the Niobrara River valley in the…
  5. 80 Years On, Dominicans And Haitians Revisit Painful Memories Of 'Parsley Massacre'

    10.07 / 14:27 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Even before Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo carved it in blood, the 224-mile border dividing the island of Hispaniola between Haiti and the Dominican Republic was complicated. Tensions between the two countries stemmed back to a 19th century war. But in many ways, the border, which existed mostly on paper, was a notably seamless site: Children crossed back and forth freely to go to school on one side and home on the other. Sprawling cattle ranches spanned the divide, and Dominicans and…
  6. Off To College? Don't Forget To Pack A Plan For Your Health

    10.07 / 12:59 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    For college freshmen who left home for the first time this year, learning to live with a roommate may be one of the easy challenges. For many, this is also the first time they will schedule medical appointments, fill prescriptions, and make decisions about their own health care. Unfortunately, many students aren't prepared to meet these basic life challenges. But with a little planning and parental guidance, college can be an opportunity for young adults to learn how to stay healthy and…
  7. Nightmare Scenario: Concert Security Experts Grapple With Lessons Of Las Vegas

    10.07 / 11:39 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Tens of thousands of people will gather this weekend for the Austin City Limits Festival, a two-week music festival about a mile from downtown Austin. "It's gonna be the safest part of the city to be in during both weekends, just because of the sheer number of officers that will be present," said Brian Manley, the chief of the Austin Police Department, during a press conference this week. Manley said the department will have officers inside and outside the festival, with heightened…
  8. Steep Premiums Challenge People Who Buy Health Insurance Without Subsidies

    10.07 / 11:39 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Paul Melquist of St. Paul, Minn., has a message for the people who wrote the Affordable Care Act: "Quit wrecking my health care." Teri Goodrich, of Raleigh, N.C., agrees. "We're getting slammed. We didn't budget for this," she says. Millions of people have gained health insurance because of the federal health law. Millions more have seen their existing coverage improved. But one slice of the population — including Melquist and Goodrich — is unquestionably worse off. They are healthy people …
  9. Biden's Busy Schedule Spurs 2020 Speculation

    10.07 / 11:39 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    This week, the typically upbeat, jovial Joe Biden sounded anything but during a speech in Washington. "President Obama and I have been very quiet and respectful, giving the [Trump] administration time," the former vice president said Thursday night. "But some of these roots are being sunk too deeply. I believe it's time to challenge some of the dangerous assumptions." Biden went on to excoriate the Trump administration's foreign policy. While accepting an award from Center for Strategic…
  10. A Wayward Weed Killer Divides Farm Communities, Harms Wildlife

    10.07 / 11:12 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    There's one small field on Michael Sullivan's farm, near the town of Burdette, Ark., that he wishes he could hide from public view. The field is a disaster. There are soybeans in there, but you could easily overlook them. The field's been overrun by monsters: Ferocious-looking plants called pigweeds, as tall as people and bursting with seeds that will come back to haunt any crops that Sullivan tries to grow here for years to come. "I'm embarrassed to say that we farm that field," Sullivan…
  11. We Remember The Wrong Names After Tragedies. Who's To Blame?

    10.07 / 11:12 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Most of us would have to look up the name of J.D. Tippit. He was the Dallas police officer shot and killed in 1963, when he tried to apprehend the man who assassinated President Kennedy. Or Tim McCarthy, the Secret Service agent who took a bullet fired at President Reagan in 1981. But Norman Mailer, one of America's great authors, wrote a massive biography of the man who shot J.D. Tippit and John F. Kennedy. Every aspect of the life of the man who shot Tim McCarthy has been followed for…
  12. A Look At What Would Happen If Trump Doesn't Certify The Iran Nuclear Deal

    10.07 / 06:06 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: President Trump is expected to make a major announcement next week that could unravel the nuclear deal with Iran. He faces a congressional deadline to certify that Iran is abiding by the deal and also to certify that the deal is in America's national security interests. All indications are that he's going to say it is not. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Back when the Iran deal was negotiated by the…
  13. Sen. Dan Sullivan Outlines The Current State Of The Iran Nuclear Deal

    10.07 / 06:06 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Senator Dan Sullivan sits on the Armed Services Committee. He's an Alaska Republican. Sullivan was an assistant secretary of state during the George W. Bush administration, during which time he worked on sanctions. And he's been a critic of the Iran nuclear deal. Senator, welcome to the program. DAN SULLIVAN: Good to be here, Robert. Thanks. SIEGEL: Earlier this year, you said that President Trump should let the Iran deal fail on…
  14. One Person's Junk Is This Home Improvement Show's Treasure

    10.07 / 00:49 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    “You Can’t Turn That Into A House” on FYI takes home improvement to a new level: transforming old grain silos, chicken coops, a dumpster and more into tiny houses. Here & Now‘s Robin Young learns more about the show from hosts Taimoor Nana (@taimoor_nana), Rehan Nana and Kyle Davis.Interview Highlights On the concept behind the show Taimoor Nana: “This story started off about 10 years ago, and the three of us were sitting around and we had an old grain bin, and a 100-year-old wooden barn th…
  15. Secret Service Says 'No System For Keeping Track' Of Mar-A-Lago Visitors

    10.07 / 00:49 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's private club and winter White House in Palm Beach, Fla., is a casual place. And so, it seems, are any official records of those who visits him there. There "is no system for keeping track of presidential visitors at Mar-a-Lago, as there is at the White House complex," Special Agent Kim Campbell said in a legal filing . She said the Secret Service conducted a lengthy search, only to find "there is no grouping, listing, or set of records that would reflect…
  16. The Nose Boldly Goes

    10.06 / 17:03 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Listen live Friday at 1:00 pm. It's a good time to be a Star Trek fan... inasmuch as there's a bunch of new Star Trek -related content, anyway. CBS has a real-live, brand-new Star Trek TV series... that you can't actually watch on CBS. And Seth MacFarlane a has real-live Star Trek parody series that's maybe more of an homage? Or it's a real-live Star Trek homage series that's maybe more of a parody? One of those. Or maybe both? The Nose weighs in on both Star Trek: Discovery and The…
  17. How Monopoly Man Won The Internet

    10.06 / 17:03 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Monopoly Man became the Internet crush of the day on Wednesday, after upstaging former Equifax CEO Richard Smith at a Senate hearing on the company's massive data breach. The board game character, whose name is Rich Uncle Pennybags, was brought to life by Amanda Werner, an arbitration campaign manager for Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform, groups that advocate for consumer rights and protections. Almost immediately, the monocle, mustache, top hat, pillow case-sized bag of…
  18. Deadly Tropical Storm Nate Threatens U.S. Gulf Coast

    10.06 / 17:03 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Tropical Storm Nate was gathering force in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea on Friday as it made its way toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, which was bracing for a potential direct hit Sunday. The storm has already unleashed heavy rain and flooding over parts of Central America, where several people have died. In Nicaragua, the death toll reached at least 11 on Thursday, while thousands of people had to evacuate their homes and several others were reported missing, according to Vice President…
  19. Trump Guts Requirement That Employer Health Plans Pay For Birth Control

    10.06 / 17:03 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    The Trump administration is rolling back the Obama-era requirement that employer-provided health insurance policies cover birth control methods at no cost to women. According to senior officials with the Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the new rule is to allow any company or nonprofit group to exclude the coverage for contraception if it has a religious or moral objection. "This provides an exemption, and it's a limited one," said Roger Severino , director of the HHS…
  20. Puerto Rico's 'Singing Newspapers' Tell A Story Of Resilience

    10.06 / 17:03 wnpr.org Wnpr.org - Connecticut (CT)
    Since Hurricane Maria, people in Puerto Rico have been without easy access to electricity, clean drinking water, or food. Many are still staying in shelters; some are living in the ruins of their homes. The once-lush green trees were stripped bare and uprooted. But all is not lost. There are two quintessential Puerto Rican sounds that survived: One is the plaintive song of the tiny coqui frog. The other is the improvised Afro-Puerto Rican call-and-response musical tradition known as Plena.…