NPR4 min readTech
Software Is Everywhere, But It's Not Always an Upgrade
Two Boeing 737 Max crashes are raising questions about whether the convenience of software has made it easier to miss the seriousness of potential flaws.
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Viking Cruise Ship Reaches Port Safely After Mayday Signal And Daring Rescues At Sea
After hours of rescues on stormy seas, the Viking Sky cruise ship was able to regain control of its engine and reach the Norway port of Molde on Sunday.
NPR2 min read
Need A Can't-Miss Wheel Of Cheese? Try Playing It Some Hip-Hop
Researchers exposed cheese to different genres of music for 24 hours a day over six months to find out that hip-hop might create the tastiest cheese.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Infertile Crescent: A Photographer's Journey On Jordan's Borders
Curious about the changing landscape on her country's borders, Jordanian photographer Nadia Bseiso journeyed to the border of Jordan with Israel asking, "Is the crescent still fertile?"
NPR5 min read
This Refugee Was A Daydream Believer When It Came To College
John Awiel Chol Diing and his family fled South Sudan when he was 4. He grew up in camps but always hoped he'd find a way out of the "end zone."
NPR3 min readPolitics
Trump Turns To Higher Education; And A Selective New York City High School Struggles With Diversity
Also in this week's roundup: the White House outlined its proposals on the Higher Education Act, and only 7 black students were admitted into one of New York's most selective high schools.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Who Is Attorney General William Barr?
This is not the first time Barr has led the Justice Department. The seasoned D.C. lawyer has expressed expansive views on the powers of the president — and supported past presidential pardons.
NPR3 min read
'Giraffes On Horseback Salad' Tells The Lost Story Of Harpo Marx And Salvador Dalí
When Salvador Dalí met Harpo Marx, he was so infatuated that he wrote a treatment for a surreal Marx Brothers film, Giraffes on Horseback Salad. The film didn't fly, but this graphic novel does.
NPR4 min readScience
Nappuccinos To More Weekend Z's: Strategize To Catch Up On Lost Sleep
Sleeping in on the weekend or taking a brief nap can help you recover from a single bad night. But just five consecutive nights of too little sleep can lead to weight gain and elevated blood sugar.
NPR6 min readPolitics
Mueller Report Doesn't Find Russian Collusion, But Can't 'Exonerate' On Obstruction
Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prepared a summary of the special counsel's findings after learning Friday from Mueller that his work was complete.
NPR5 min readFood & Wine
For A Healthier Planet, Eat These 50 Foods, Campaign Urges
Global reliance on just a handful of crops for calories is hurting the environment — and wildlife, a new report says. It urges the world to diversify its diet to save plant and animal species alike.
NPR2 min readPolitics
With The Collapse Of The ISIS 'Caliphate,' A Camera Lens Lingers On Those Left Behind
As U.S.-backed forces fought in recent weeks to reclaim the last territory held by ISIS in Syria, photographer Felipe Dana turned his lens on the thousands of civilians rushing to evacuate.
NPR3 min read
'Miranda In Milan:' No Woman Is An Island
Katharine Duckett's new novel picks up where Shakespeare's Tempest left off, following sorceror's daughter Miranda to her new life as a court lady — a life which proves darker than she'd hoped.
NPR3 min readPolitics
British Prime Minister Theresa May Faces New Pressure To Quit As Brexit Deadline Looms
British newspapers reported on Sunday that senior members of May's cabinet could resign to force her to leave. May has until the end of next week to get a Brexit deal through Parliament.
NPR3 min read
Too Much Video Streaming To Choose From? It's Only Going To Get Worse
It can be frustrating when viewers try to figure out which service has what they want to watch — Netflix, Prime, Hulu? It's about to get worse as more streaming services launch this year.
NPR3 min read
How Admissions Really Work: If The College Admissions Scandal Shocked You, Read This
The fallout — and fascination — continues from the massive college admissions scandal. The University of Southern California has "placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme," the school said in a
NPR2 min readScience
Death Toll From Cyclone Idai Climbs To More Than 600
As the floodwaters from Cyclone Idai have started to recede, the death toll has begun to rise dramatically across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
NPR2 min read
Pope Accepts Resignation Of Top Cardinal In Chile
Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati faces charges of covering up multiple claims of sexual abuse in Chile's Catholic Church. Pope Francis has named Monsignor Celestino Aos Braco as a temporary replacement.
NPR3 min readPolitics
March In London Demanding A Second Brexit Vote Draws Huge Crowds
Protesters filled London's streets on Saturday to demand a second referendum vote, or "People's Vote," on Britain leaving the European Union.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Attorney General Barr Faces Bipartisan Pressure To Make Mueller Report Public
Democrats have long said the results of the special counsel's investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election should be fully transparent. Now, some Republicans say they agree.
NPR4 min read
The Mueller Report Is Done, But Investigations Related To Trump Will Go On
Law enforcement officials, prosecutors and members of Congress are expected to keep up inquiries into the president's campaign, inauguration, business and other topics.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Small Donors Hold The Key To Campaign Buzz And The Democrats' Debate Stage
The Democratic National Committee wants to avoid a crush of candidates in TV debates during the presidential primaries. So it set a qualifying threshold: 65,000 donors spread across 20 states.
NPR3 min read
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Wit Is Afire In 'Little Boy'
As he approaches his 100th birthday, the legendary Beat poet and publisher has a new book. Billed as his "literary last will and testament," Little Boy is part memoir, part rambling free-association.
NPR5 min read
Are The Risks Of Drugs That Enhance Imaging Tests Overblown?
A contrast agent doesn't make you feel better or treat what's ailing you. But by making CT scans clearer, contrast might be crucial in helping your doctor make the right diagnosis.
NPR2 min read
Opinion: How America's Pastime Became So Slow
In his essay this week, NPR's Scott Simon writes about how an increased focus on analytics has slowed down the pace of baseball.
NPR2 min read
2 American Service Members Killed In Afghanistan
About 14,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan. U.S. representatives have been negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban and President Trump has said he wants to cut down the U.S. presence there.
NPR4 min read
Abolishing The Electoral College Would Be More Complicated Than It May Seem
Polls suggest that's what the majority of the public wants. It's become a hot issue for Democratic presidential candidates. But experts say inertia is likely to win out.
NPR10 min read
The Old Disappearing-Reappearing Band Trick
Duster released a few space-rock records at the turn of the millennium then nearly disappeared. Then, somehow, a small, devoted group of fans from an entirely different generation found the band.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Trump And Universities In Fight Over Free Speech, Federal Research Funding
The president signed an executive order on Thursday conditioning research grants on "compliance with the First Amendment."

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