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  1. In Midst Of Racial Hatred, Van Jones Still Pushes Love

    08.16 / 15:16 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    On the same night that torch-bearing white nationalists wound up staging a rally at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Van Jones stood at a podium, in the nation's capital, telling a theater full of supporters why they should let love rule in the face of racial hatred. The timing was sheer coincidence — the ninth stop on the CNN pundit's 14-city WE RISE tour had been scheduled well ahead of Friday night's prelude to the violent Unite the Right protest — but one that speaks to th…
  2. UNICEF Picks YouTube Star As Ambassador

    08.16 / 15:16 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX-gqzEcYRc Lilly Singh makes YouTube videos with titles like " Why I'm NOT In A Relationship ," " Why Bras Are Horrible ," and " Every Argument With My Parents EVER! " She plays a cast of goofy characters — including hyperbolic parodies of her parents, complete with beards, wigs and saris. But she mostly plays herself in what's often a one-woman show about love, life and everything in between. To her 12 million video subscribers, Singh is known as "…
  3. DOOM And Jay Electronica Debut 'True Lightyears,' First KMD Track In Nearly 25 Years

    08.16 / 15:16 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    When MF DOOM emerged from the ether just before the last millennium's end, with a metal faceplate masking his grill, a raspy voice and a vicious internal rhyme scheme, he quickly amassed a cult-like following. His villainous persona, an amalgamation of comic book characters ranging from Dr. Doom to G.I. Joe's Destro, masked his true identity as he exacted revenge on an industry which had metaphorically disfigured him. But his real story was as dark as any comic book creation. MF DOOM was…
  4. Here's What You Need To Know About The Total Solar Eclipse

    08.16 / 15:16 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    On Monday, the moon will completely eclipse the sun, and people all over the U.S. will watch. For those who have been boning up on eclipse trivia for weeks, congratulations. For everyone else, here are the things you need to know about the phenomenon. Where can I see the eclipse? A partial solar eclipse will be visible everywhere in the contiguous United States, but to see the total solar eclipse, you'll need to be in a sash of land that cuts from Oregon to South Carolina. A lot of people…
  5. Fact Check: 'Whatabout' Those Other Historical Figures? Trump's Question, Answered

    08.16 / 15:16 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    "So this week it's Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson's coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?.... [Jefferson] was a major slave owner. Are we going to take down his statue?" -- President Donald J. Trump, August 15, 2017 The president made this statement Tuesday while jabbing at reporters over a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where…
  6. Forebears: The Endearing Grace Of Lena Horne

    08.16 / 14:14 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    The body of work that Lena Horne produced is an early how-to guide on how to simultaneously slay on stage, screen and in the recording studio. Contemporary African-American women entertainers ranging from Diana Ross to Beyoncé are indebted to Horne for the foundation that she laid down, as well as the fight she endured to get there. Horne blazed trails beginning in the early 1940s as a singer, actress and dancer, having solidified herself as a household name from her work in numerous …
  7. If You Feel Like Everything's 'Unraveling,' Frances Cone Has A Song For You

    08.16 / 14:14 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    It's only rolled out a few songs so far, but the Brooklyn band Frances Cone has already carved out a distinct sound — a sweet slow burn in which songs build gradually and carefully into something truly grand. The gorgeous "Unraveling," from a forthcoming album called Late Riser , really gets at what works about Frances Cone's music: Each cooed "ooooh" is in the exact right place, weaving together to form a warm and hypnotic tapestry. "Unraveling" comes along at the right time, too, as s…
  8. Mourners To Honor Charlottesville Victim, States Debate Confederate Statues

    08.16 / 12:19 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    The aftermath of the violent protest and counterprotests in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend continue to reverberate across the country — sparking discussions about race and the country's Civil War past. Mourners will gather in Charlottesville on Wednesday to remember Heather Heyer, who was killed on Saturday when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally. Attendees were asked to wear purple, Heyer's favorite color, in her memory. On Tuesday, two s…
  9. Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues One Day After Voting On Issue

    08.16 / 12:19 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    In an overnight operation, workers removed Baltimore's high-profile statues linked to the Confederacy, using cranes and trucks to haul away monuments that honored Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Roger B. Taney, author of the Supreme Court's Dred Scott opinion. "It's done," Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday, according to The Baltimore Sun . "They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could." The move comes nearly a…
  10. Woolly Mammoths Are Long Gone, But The Hunt For Their Ivory Tusks Lives On

    08.16 / 12:19 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    As a substitute for coveted elephant ivory, mammoth tusks can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. A rush is underway to dig them out of the frozen earth in Siberia and sell them, mostly to China. The hunt is making millionaires of some men living in this impoverished region — but it's also illegal. Photographer Amos Chapple followed a group of tusk hunters in Siberia on assignment for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty . He recalled his three-week journey with NPR's Ailsa Chang. This i…
  11. Fighting Fires For Free, Aging Volunteers Struggle To Recruit The Next Generation

    08.16 / 11:21 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    If you pull a fire alarm in any large U.S. city, it's likely that paid firefighters waiting at a nearby station will quickly respond. But seven out of 10 American firefighters are actually volunteers. They cover vast sections of the country, making up an aging network that is increasingly understaffed and overworked. On a blazing hot day recently in western Kansas, two men have rushed from their jobs to douse a grass fire, for free. "If somebody wasn't here to do it, this could get out of…
  12. How Eclipses Changed History

    08.16 / 11:21 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTxz_d2q7Js In July of 1878, Vassar professor Maria Mitchell led a team of astronomers to the new state of Colorado to observe a total solar eclipse . In a field outside of Denver, they watched as the sun went dark and a feathery fan of bright tendrils — the solar corona — faded into view. But the expedition wasn't just about catching a rare and beautiful display. Maria Mitchell was one of the earliest campaigners for equal pay . Her entire crew was female. T…
  13. Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

    08.16 / 11:21 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8udFXUGvOs Shhhhh! Come closer. A little bit closer. There you go. That's better. There's a growing food trend we want to tell you about, but it's being done in hushed whispers by video bloggers known as ASMRists. Look away, folks with misophonia . These aren't your mama's cooking videos intended to teach you a new recipe. Instead, these are meant for viewers who experience ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. They're videos created…
  14. Charlottesville Businesses Worry Violent Rally Will Scare Tourists Away

    08.16 / 10:21 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    Life in Charlottesville, Va., has been disrupted by the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally over the weekend. On the eve of the memorial for one of the victims, counterprotester Heather Heyer, President Trump blamed those counterprotesters — what he called the "alt-left" – for stoking the violence. After Trump's remarks, Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy had to control his anger. He says the president is showing where his loyalties lie. "That is just extremely disappointing th…
  15. Trump And Russia: Lots Of Talk, But Critics Say There's No Clear Strategy

    08.16 / 10:21 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    Most U.S. presidents pursue a two-track policy with Russia: confrontation on some fronts, cooperation on others. President John F. Kennedy waged a showdown with the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 — and signed a nuclear test ban treaty with Moscow the following year. Ronald Reagan famously called the Soviets "the evil empire" — and reached a major arms control deal with them. Barack Obama got Russia to join a sanctions campaign against Iran — and also imposed sanctions …
  16. Trump Places Blame On Both Sides After Charlottesville Unrest

    08.16 / 03:17 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: President Trump today defended his initial response to the violent weekend protests in Charlottesville, and he argued that members of what he deemed the alt-left were just as responsible for the unrest as the white supremacists who staged the protests. Trump spoke to reporters this afternoon from Trump Tower in New York City. NPR's White House correspondent Geoff Bennett is there. He joins us now. And Geoff, explain more about…
  17. Transcript: Trump Shifts Tone Again On White Nationalist Rally In Charlottesville

    08.16 / 00:13 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoUwQCsPVj4 President Trump shifted his tone again on the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., while answering questions from reporters on Tuesday. He said "there's blame on both sides," referring to the rally-goers — including neo-Nazis and members of the KKK — and the counterprotesters. In clashes on Saturday at least 19 people were injured and a counterprotester was killed . Trump had said initially on Saturday there was violence "on many sid…
  18. CEOs' Dilemma: Supporting Trump's Agenda, Opposing His Behavior

    08.15 / 23:11 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank set off a social media firestorm last February when he voiced some overly positive words about the new administration of President Trump. "To have such a pro-business president is something that's a real asset for this country. I think people should really grab that opportunity," said Plank, whose company makes sports apparel. On Monday, Plank became the latest corporate CEO to publicly cut ties with the president, giving up his seat on a White…
  19. British Columbia Will Ban Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunting

    08.15 / 23:11 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    In a win for conservationists and environmental groups, British Columbia says it will no longer allow the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in the Canadian province starting on Nov. 30. The new policy blocks all hunting of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest but still allows people to hunt them for food elsewhere in British Columbia. Of the approximately 15,000 grizzlies in British Columbia, about 250 are killed by hunters annually, according to government figures. Forests, Lands, Natural…
  20. Good Booty

    08.15 / 23:11 wprl.org Wprl.org - Education
    Heres a game: Complete this lyric … A-wop-bop-alu-bop-a-wop-bam-boom Tutti Frutti, ______ Aw rooty is on the record of Little Richards seminal hit, but the original rhyme was good booty. And thats where NPR music critic Ann Powers gets the title of her new book. Its a decades-old cliche that parents complain their kids music is far more sexual than what they grew up with, but history teaches us thats not true. By examining erotically androgynous stars, sensual dances and double (and s…