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Noodle is a 13-year-old pug who — like many of us — loves sleeping. He is also TikTok's newest meme and obsession. We hear from his owner, Jonathan Graziano, about "bones" and "no bones" days. And, along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts, works of art were hung from trees, floated on water or partially submerged. The recent show was inspired by a painting of a bend in the river by 19th-century artist Thomas Cole. Jill Kaufman of New England Public Media has the story.
Bret Schafer, a senior fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy, explains how China is able to spread misinformation around the world by taking advantage of the way search engines find and list content. And, there are more damaging revelations swirling about Facebook as new reporting has come to light based on information from whistleblower Frances Haugen. Sara Fischer, a media reporter at Axios, has the latest.
The Los Angeles Flower District is the largest wholesale flower market in the U.S. But lately, the pickings have been slim. Like many industries, the flower market is facing a shortage. The CEO of the Society of American Florists joins us. And, since the Taliban took power from the Afghan government, there has been immense uncertainty for women in the country. Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch discusses the future of women's rights in the country.
A single mother was evicted from her home in July after she contracted COVID-19 and was unable to work. Host Peter O'Dowd visits Shuntera Brown in Phoenix to learn how both events unraveled her family's life. And, when traumatic moments happen, Big Tech algorithms remember them and remind us of them online. Wired writer Lauren Goode discusses the digital footprint of trauma.
The group Beyond Plastics is out with a new report that says in the next decade, plastic will emit more climate-changing greenhouse gases than coal-fired power plants. Beyond Plastics President Judith Enck explains why she thinks plastic is the new coal. And, over the course of her career, a Latina woman on average earns about $1 million less than a white non-Hispanic man. Diana Ramirez of the National Women's Law Center joins us to discuss the impact of this wage gap.
Hundreds of nurses at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, walked off the job on March 8, 2021, and have been on strike ever since. Marie Ritacco, one of the nurses on strike, and Vicki Good, a nurse and past president of the American Association of Critical-care Nurses, join us. And, cuts to Biden's spending package diminished the earmarked funding for historically Black colleges and universities. Kevin Cosby, president of Simmons College of Kentucky, explains why more federal funding is critical for institutions like his.
We speak to Larry Smith, editor of the new book "A Terrible Horrible No Good Year," a collection of essays and six-word memoirs about the pandemic written by teachers, students and parents. And, executive privilege has been invoked by former President Donald Trump and his former staffer Steve Bannon — but what is its history? Timothy Noah, staff writer at The New Republic, explains.
Chef Russell Jackson opened a restaurant in Harlem, New York, about six months before the pandemic began. During that time he became vocal about what it means to be a Black chef. He discusses restaurant recovery and race. And, this month, Yosemite National Park opened a restored Chinese laundry building on its grounds. The public exhibit will highlight the contributions of Chinese immigrants to the park. Ranger Yenyen Chan, who played a crucial part in making the exhibit a reality, joins us.
Eat Offbeat is a catering business solely staffed by people who came to the country as refugees. Host Robin Young headed to Queens, New York, to meet and cook with the group. And, an incident of sexual assault on a SEPTA train outside Philadelphia has brought attention to the role of bystanders. Yolanda Edrington, director of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, talks about what bystanders should and shouldn't do.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout talks about her new novel "Oh William!" The book explores the relationship between Lucy Barton, a familiar character to Strout's readers, and her ex-husband William. And, composer Phil Woodmore is creating music to capture the grief felt during this pandemic. His works debuted at a public memorial earlier this month in St. Louis. Angela Kender, who attended the public memorial in honor of her mother, also joins us.
Playwright Keenan Scott II's "Thoughts of a Colored Man" explores the lives, pressures and passions of seven contemporary Black men who live in one Brooklyn neighborhood. He discusses the play with two of its actors, Dyllón Burnside and Forrest McClendon. And, America's national parks are facing a huge problem: climate change. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio is taking steps to adapt in whatever ways it can. Amy Eddings of ideastream public media reports.
Residents of Benton Harbor, Michigan, are facing dangerously high levels of lead in their tap water. Residents are calling for further government action from state and federal officials to address this major public health issue. Reverend Edward Pinkney, president and CEO of the Benton Harbor Water Council, joins us. And, there's long been a controversy surrounding whether college athletes can make money off of their names, images, and likeness, or NIL. This summer, a Supreme Court ruling allowed it for hte first time. We hear what some sports directors and law expert Martin Edel have to say about the change.
Netflix's "Squid Game" became its most streamed original show ever this week. It's popularity may lie in its handling of cultural touchstones in South Korea, and a more universal satire of capitalism. Professor Seung-hwan Shin weighs in. And, David Card shared the 2021 Nobel Prize in economics this week with two other economists. Card talks about his studies on the minimum wage, as well as the current state of labor — strikes, resignations and "stolen" jobs.
Rutherford County, Tennessee, has been arresting and illegally jailing kids for years. Nashville Public Radio's Meribah Knight and ProPublica's Ken Armstrong investigated the situation. Knight talks about the report. And, climate protesters clashed with police in Washington D.C. Thursday night as part of a week of demonstrations demanding action on climate change. John Beard, director of the Port Arthur Community Action Network, talks about the protests.
Life can be hectic. But with a bit of planning, you don't need to scramble to get a week's worth of meals on the table. Chef Kathy Gunst shared three make-ahead meals. And, as a gay Black man, writer Saeed Jones has felt increasingly upset by Dave Chappelle's insistence on making jokes about queer people in the name of creative freedom. He talks about his story in GQ, "Dave Chappelle's Betrayal."
Actor-director Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard talk about their new memoir, "The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family." And, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón is dismissing about 60,000 marijuana convictions from before California legalized adult use in 2016. Gascón explains why he wants to see more jurisdictions expunge marijuana convictions.
2021 Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah's novels center on themes of migration, identity and effects of colonialism in East Africa. Gurnah joins us. And, polls show the Virginia governor's race tightening between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and GOP businessman Glenn Youngkin. Jessica Taylor of Cook Political Report and Kyle Kondik of Sabato's Crystal Ball join us to analyze the campaigns.
We speak with young adult authors Angie Thomas and Tomi Adeyemi about their work at a recent event at WBUR's CitySpace. And, there have been some longstanding concerns about ed-tech. For instance, many children don't have laptops and other tech tools at home, and what about student privacy? TechCrunch's Natasha Mascarenhas discusses the future of these education platforms.
Elizabeth Holmes' trial defense portrays a drastic contrast to the image of the empowered girlboss that the former CEO is known for. Anne Coughlin discusses whether feminism played a role in shielding Holmes from criticism and accountability. And, a new study found that 85% of the world's population is already being impacted by human-caused climate change. Climate scientist Richard Alley joins us to talk about the report.
Grief has a medical cost: It's linked to higher blood pressure, shorter lives, depression and sleeping problems. Professor Toni Miles explains why she's calling for a collective response. And Jacqueline Stewart, chief artistic and programming officer at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, talks about the collection's focus on diversity.
In 1971, Frances Moore Lappe published "Diet for a Small Planet," a book that promotes a plant-centric approach to eating as being more beneficial for personal and global health. We speak with Moore Lappe as well as her daughter Anna Lappe, who helped update the book. And, in his 2019 book "Talking to Strangers," author Malcolm Gladwell explores the sometimes fatal miscues that occur when we make assumptions about people we don't know. We revisit our conversation with Gladwell.
Singer-songwriter William Prince has made an impact through his music, both in the U.S. and in Canada where he was born a member of Peguis First Nation. In 2020, Prince released "Gospel First Nation," an album that explores the complicated relationship between Christianity and Indigenous people in Canada. And, it's Marathon Monday in Boston — the first since April of 2019. Reporter Alex Ashlock is near the finish line in downtown Boston and joins us to set the scene.
In our extended-length interview with Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters frontman talks about starting over after Nirvana bandmember Kurt Cobain's heartbreaking suicide in 1994, healing with the help of music and picking up the guitar at age 10 to realize he could learn songs by ear. His new memoir, "The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music," is out now.
Host Peter O'Dowd takes a moonlit ride with the Dawn Patrol during Albuquerque's annual International Balloon Fiesta. At 1,000 feet above the city, pilot Matthew Grote explains the wonders of hot air ballooning. And, Netflix's "Maid" tells the story of a young mom who leaves an abusive relationship, struggles to make ends meet through a low-wage job, all while cultivating a writing talent. As NPR's Eric Deggans explains, it's the latest in a string of TV shows about the working class.
As the tale goes, Miss O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern and started the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, burning 17,500 buildings and killing around 300 people. Robert Loerzel, a Chicago-based freelance journalist, discusses his reporting of firsthand accounts. And, Maria Ressa, co-founder and CEO of the news website The Rappler in the Philippines, and Dmitry Muratov, founder and editor of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, have won the Nobel Peace Prize. We learn more about their win with Joel Simon of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Dave Grohl only spent three and a half years drumming for Nirvana — but he says it felt like a lifetime. The Foo Fighters frontman talks about his new memoir, "The Storyteller." And, Mosquirix is the first vaccine to treat malaria and the first developed to treat any parasitic disease. World Health Organization malaria expert Dr. Mary Hamel and Dr. Kwame Amponsa-Achiano of Ghana's Health Service join us to discuss the breakthrough treatment.
Asian American bakers are melding ingredients from their heritage with "traditional" American and European pastries in a celebration of their bicultural identities. Sam Butarbutar and Wenter Shyu of Third Culture Bakery talk about identity, baking and loss. And, the Emmy Award-winning documentary "76 Days" gives a fly-on-the-wall view of what was happening inside the intensive care units on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis in Wuhan, China. Director Hao Wu joins us.
Before Roe v. Wade, women were crossing into Mexico for abortions. Professor Lina-Maria Murillo talks about transnational networks that have long helped pregnant people navigate treatment options outside the U.S. And, two scientists who developed a groundbreaking technique for forging molecules in a lab have won this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry. Benjamin List of the Max Planck Institute in Germany joins us to discuss his work.
"Invisible Child" follows the story of Dasani, a young homeless girl in New York City. Author Andrea Elliott followed Dasani and her family for nearly 10 years, chronicling Dasani's life and growth. Elliott talks about the book. And, STAT's Isabella Cueto talks about her reporting on the first woman to receive customized brain implants to help relieve depression.
How do we deal with risk? That's the topic of a new book by someone who has spent a career navigating risks with high costs: retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal. He joins us. And, the pandemic prompted many people to question their careers and relationship with work. Are you asking yourself: Does my job define me? Writer Arthur Brooks makes a case for why it shouldn't.
Smoke from fires in Australia from 2019 to 2020 drifted for thousands of kilometers and spurred an algae bloom in the southern Pacific Ocean. Nicolas Cassar talks about a study he co-authored. And, in January 2015, police and FBI agents showed up at the Brooklyn apartment of Bobby and Cheryl Love. It turns out that Bobby Love — a devoted husband and father — was also an escapee from a North Carolina prison. The two join us to discuss their remarkable story in the new book.
A new study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that up to 15% of pregnant people who catch the coronavirus ending up hospitalized. Houston Methodist Hospital emergency room doctor Anh Nguyen is pregnant and got the booster shot. She joins us to discuss. And, every September, thousands of people flock to the small town of Meeker, Colorado, to watch sheepdogs compete. CPR's Stina Sieg went to this year's competition.
Health care chatbots exploded in use during the pandemic. We talk about the future of chatbots with two experts. And, we speak with Derek Thompson, staff writer at The Atlantic, about the trove of leaked documents published by The Wall Street Journal that reveal a slew of serious problems at Facebook.
The majority of true crime is created by white women, consumed by white women, and about white, female victims. University of Denver's Lindsey Webb discusses the impact that's having on our culture amid the Gabby Petito case. And, Washington state officials are still waging a war against murder hornets, an invasive species that kill honeybees. Karla Salp from the Washington State Department of Agriculture explains the efforts to eradicate the pest.
Fat Bear Week is back! A dozen brown bears at Katmai National Park in Alaska are competing for the title of fattest bear. Mike Fitz, founder of the annual Fat Bear Week, discusses this year's contenders. And, on Friday, aid for thousands of aged-out foster youth expired, leaving many to wonder what's the next step. Sixto Cancel, CEO of Think of Us, was in that position years ago as a foster kid and makes the case that the system needs reform. He joins us.
Rocker, actor and activist Stevie Van Zandt discusses his new memoir, "Unrequited Infatuations." And, MacArthur Fellow Safiya Noble wants the public to understand that internet search engines like Google are fine for finding out what time the mall opens — but inadequate or even dangerous when it comes to looking for historical, social and political information. She tells us about her work.
Early fall is, in resident chef Kathy Gunst's opinion, the best time of year to seek out freshly harvested carrots of all sizes, shapes and colors. She shares sweet and savory carrot recipes. And, a new investigation found millions of Americans can't escape the dangerous impacts of wildfire smoke. It doesn't matter if you live in the West or try to move as far away as Philadelphia. KCRW's Caleigh Wells talks about the findings.
Grammy-winning singer and Food Network personality Trisha Yearwood talks about recovering from COVID-19 and her new cookbook, "Trisha's Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family." And, before Reginald Dwayne Betts was a celebrated poet and lawyer, he was a 16-year-old boy serving time in prison for a carjacking. He talks about being awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.
Schools are having trouble putting food on the table for thousands of kids. Many have resorted to raiding nearby stores for frozen foods just to get by. Jenna Knuth, director of food and nutrition at North Kansas City Schools in Missouri, joins us. Surfing was a lifeline for Sara Shukla when she was an awkward adolescent. This summer, she taught her young daughter how to surf. Shukla tells her story.
Allegations against R. Kelly have been made for decades, but several investigative reports, including the 2019 documentary "Surviving R. Kelly," led prosecutors to take another look. dream hampton, writer and executive producer of the documentary, joins us. And, Facebook says it's "pausing" its plans to build a separate version of Instagram for kids. The app, aimed at people 13 years old or younger, had been the subject of heavy criticism. Sarah Frier, author of "No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram," discusses.
More than 500 female athletes filed a brief with the Supreme Court this week asking the court to uphold reproductive rights. We talk to Olympic gold medalist Crissy Perham, who signed the brief and tells her personal story. And, the number of murders in the U.S. increased nearly 30% in 2020, according to new FBI data. Criminologist Richard Rosenfeld explains what's behind this spike and how it compares to the surging violent crime rate of the 1990s.
Composer William Goldstein specializes in instant compositions, coming up with complete works from three notes. He talks about his new album, "Collaborative Composition." And, Florida's medical marijuana market has more than doubled in the past two years. One grower is a family business with roots in law enforcement and the military. WLRN's Chris Remington tells us about why the family got into the marijuana business.
The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on kids' mental health. Social worker Kim Bodie and Highlights Magazines editor-in-chief Christine French Cully talk about what kids are going through. And, Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham was known for her bold and history-making moves. But according to Jeanne Gutierrez, curator of the Katharine Graham exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, the CEO's fearlessness was part of an important personal evolution. Gutierrez joins us.
Patagonia has long taken activist stances to encourage what the company says is a new brand of capitalism. Ryan Gellert, CEO of Patagonia, joins us. And, Ry Russo-Young talks about her new documentary series "Nuclear Family," which looks at the lawsuit that threatened to break up her two-mom family in the early 1990s.
Do you have dental anxiety — or even dental phobia? You're not alone. Clinical psychologist Lisa Heaton studies the fear of the dentist and joins us to discuss. And, some of the biggest companies in the U.S. are promising to hire and train refugees from Afghanistan. Amazon, Uber, UPS and Pfizer are among 33 companies that have made the pledge. Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya talks about the coalition.
NPR Books' Petra Mayer shares a bunch of book recommendations with us. And, Pfizer-BioNTech announced that its COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 is safe and effective. Yet even for parents excited about it, the shots can be daunting. Maggie and Pierce Sandwith's 2-year-old daughter Caroline got the Moderna vaccine, both to protect her and her 4-year-old sister Louise who is being treated for leukemia.
Germans vote Sunday for a new parliament and government, and longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to step down when a new government is formed. Loveday Morris, Berlin bureau chief at The Washington Post, explains Merkel's legacy. And, journalist Jon Kalish reports on a unique breed of caterers that cook on an open fire in front of the wedding guests.
False claims of rampant election fraud and a stolen 2020 presidential election persist despite the fact that there is no evidence that it's true. What gives these lies so much staying power? "Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost" author Michael Bender joins us to explain. And, in Phoenix, Arizona, many school bus drivers are doubling or tripling up on routes. Brandon George, transportation director for PVUSD, talks about the shortage.
Parosmia, a long-term COVID-19 symptom, is a disorder that can make food smell and taste rancid. Patty Wight of Maine Public Radio reports on this perplexing condition that has a profound impact on people's lives but few treatment options. And, scientists thought that humans with stone weapons may have caused the disappearance of Ice Age beasts like wooly mammoths. But as Jeff St. Clair of WKSU reports, new research shows that stones were no match for mammoths' hair and hide.
The Wall Street Journal's series "The Facebook Files" dives into a trove of internal documents from Facebook that reveal how much the company knows about what's wrong with its platform, and what — if anything — it's doing to fix it. Sam Schechner, senior tech reporter for the Wall Street Journal, tells us more. and safety from U.S. drone strikes and Afghan government raids. The Wall Street Journal's Yaroslav Trofimov talks about his conversations with rural Afghans.
Pat Miller and Pam Kattouf met on the playground years ago and discovered that both of their kids had autism. The two New Jersey mothers later founded Beloved Bath so that their kids and others like them would have employment opportunities. And, farmers of color across the U.S. are still waiting on billions in debt relief from the Department of Agriculture, which allocated the funds back in March. Mekela Panditharatne, an attorney with Earth Justice, explains why the money hasn't been issued and its impact. Correction: In this podcast, we referred to Dr. Joseph Mercola as one of the founders of America's Frontline Doctors. Dr. Mercola is not affiliated with that group. We regret the error.