President Trump has named Robert O'Brien as his new national security adviser. O'Brien has been working in the State Department as the administration's special envoy for hostage affairs. He will replace John Bolton, who was forced out by Trump earlier this month.
The U.S. abortion rate is continuing a long-term downward trend in most states.The data comes from 2017 – before a series of restrictive abortion bans were passed in state legislatures around the country. Those bans have yet to take effect, and many are tied up in legal challenges.
The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, Permanent Record, violates nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government. Justice Department lawyers say the U.S. is entitled to all of Snowden's book profits.
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An American swimmer became the first person to swim the English Channel four times nonstop.
Sarah Thomas, a 37-year-old cancer survivor, completed a swim that no other human has accomplished. The ultramarathon swimmer from Colorado plunged into the record books after she crossed the 21-mile channel four times without stopping. The 54-hour journey ended up being more than 130 miles because of the tides.
Nina Totenberg remembers Cokie Roberts.
Journalist Cokie Roberts died on Tuesday. Fellow NPR "Founding Mother" Nina Totenberg says Roberts was an "always polite political reporter, willing to ask the impolitic question if necessary." (Listening time, 4:02)
In South Korea, anguish over the deaths of North Korean defectors who may have starved.
A mother and her 6-year-old son were found dead in July, apparently of starvation. The case has refocused attention on the circumstances of defectors, who often struggle to start new lives in the South.(Listening time, 4:25)
From first phones to online porn: Answers to your screen time questions.
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NPR's Life Kit podcast asked listeners around the U.S. what they want to know about parenting and digital technology. "I always say, it takes a village to raise children; it takes an online village to help keep them safe," says Ana Homayoun, an education consultant in Silicon Valley and author of several books, including Social Media Wellness.
We're all gonna die! How fear of death drives our behavior.
We try not to think much about death, but researchers say these thoughts are with us more than we realize. In this episode of Hidden Brain, psychologist Sheldon Solomon explains how we cope with the fear of death by embracing our cultural safe havens: our religions, our communities, our values.
Arizona baseball fans are chowing down on a mind-blowing bratwurst topped with everything from tater tots to mac and cheese.
Banjo player, folklorist and filmmaker John Cohen has died at age 87. A member of the New Lost City Ramblers, Cohen celebrated American roots culture in many mediums, including his celebrated photography.
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