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VIDEO: For LSD, What A Long Strange Trip It's Been

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 07:00

It's been reviled and revered, criminalized and exploited by the CIA. And now and other psychedelic drugs are being tested as legitimate medical treatments. NPR's original animation tells the tale.

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In Interviews With 122 Rapists, Student Pursues Not-So-Simple Question: Why?

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 07:00

Shattered by the rape and subsequent death of a student in Delhi in 2012, a graduate student in psychology wanted to know why they did it — and if they felt remorse.

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PHOTOS: Animals That Could Disappear Because Of Us

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 07:00

And the well-being of humans could suffer if the species go extinct. The images are from a new book, 'Endangered,' by Tim Flach.

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Washington Did A Lot This Week And America's Schools Will Feel It

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 06:04

Changes to net neutrality and more on what the tax bill means for education, parents and students.

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Female Congressional Candidate Ends Run After She Is Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 20:31

Retired business executive Andrea Ramsey had hoped to oust an incumbent Republican congressman in a Kansas district targeted by the Democrats.

CHART: How The New Version Of The Republican Tax Bill Would Affect You

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 20:12

The bill would lower the rate for top earners and also let graduate students keep their tuition waivers.

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Final Version Of GOP Tax Bill Cuts Corporate Tax Rate To 21 Percent

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:16

Republican lawmakers have released the final version of their tax bill that cuts the corporate tax rate to 21 percent and reduces tax rates for individuals for eight years.

Chief Justice Roberts Sends Kozinski Inquiry To Another Judicial Council

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 18:53

The 2nd Circuit will take over the inquiry of 9th Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski. Multiple former clerks and externs have accused Kozinski of sexual harassment.

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Haitians Are Turning Plastic Waste Into Valuable Fabric

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 17:52

Environmentalists haul illegal fishing nets in the ocean, while poor Haitians collect discarded plastic bottles of the streets of their country. All the waste is then turned into fabric and later into high end shoes and backpacks — a new trend in recycling.

Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 17:22

Researchers witnessed adolescent female Japanese macaques mounting sika deer in ways that were "sexual in nature." They have several theories for why, but say more research is necessary.

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Trump Administration Moves To Kill Rules For Organic Eggs

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 17:20

It's the latest Obama-era agriculture regulation to go on the chopping block. This one governs the treatment of animals on organic farms. But most organic farmers actually support the rule.

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Are These Condom Ads Too Sexy For TV?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:43

India's government has banned condom ads between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. to protect children from seeing them on TV. Some citizens are outraged by the censorship.

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We LYLAS, But It's Time To Say TTFN As AOL Instant Messanger Signs Off For Good

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

AOL instant messenger signed off for the final time this morning — 20 years after changing online communication.

DHS Wants To Build A Computer System To Help Determine Who Gets To Visit The U.S.

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

Can a computer tell if you're going to be a productive member of society? Can it tell if you're a terrorist? The Department of Homeland Security is trying to answer these questions. The agency hopes to build a computer system to help determine who gets to visit or immigrate to the U.S., but that idea has some techies worried.

Nearly A Year In Office, Trump's Presidency Remains Defined By Russia

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

Almost a year in and Donald Trump's presidency is still — in large part — being defined by Russia. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to The Washington Post's Greg Jaffe about his joint byline in Friday's paper for "Doubting the Intelligence, Trump purses Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked."

An Outsider's View Of How the U.S. Treats Its Most Vulnerable

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

Philip Alston is the United Nations' special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He speaks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about a report he is compiling on how the United State's most vulnerable are treated by the government.

Pennsylvania Grand Jury Hopes Investigation Will Change Fraternity Culture Across The U.S.

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

A Pennsylvania grand jury has issued a scathing report about Pennsylvania State University's failed oversight of campus Greek organizations. The report follows the hazing death of a 19-year-old pledge in February.

Where Does The #MeToo Movement Go From Here?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with New York Magazine's Rebecca Traister and writer Ijeoma Oluo about the post-Weinstein era. The two women reflect on where this #MeToo movement goes from here, and the complexities surrounding how we should address the issue of sexual harassment in workplaces.

GOP Releases Final Version Of Tax Overhaul Bill

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

Republican lawmakers are releasing the final version of their legislation to overhaul the nation's tax code, with plans to pass it next week.

How TV Foreshadowed The #MeToo Movement

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

In All Things Considered's final installment of "Highly Specific Superlatives," NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans talks about the scene in a TV show that best foreshadowed the #MeToo movement.