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Disarming domestic abusers; Business booms in 'Joblessville, USA'

October 27th, 2021

41:06

In the U.S., felons and those convicted of domestic violence crimes are not allowed to own or have guns. But an investigation found at least 100 …

Pumpkin recipes to spice up spooky season; 'A Shot To Save the World'

October 27th, 2021

41:06

Pumpkin can be used for so much more than pie. Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares three new recipes using pumpkin. And, there wasn't a COVID-19 vaccine this time last year. Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman …

Shad on 'Black Averageness'; Controversy over author's true identity

October 26th, 2021

41:18

Canadian rapper Shad talks about his single "Black Averageness" and his new album "Tao." And, it was revealed that Spanish writer Carmen Mola is not …

Howard University students protest; Analysts say Chinese jet was built on espionage

October 26th, 2021

40:45

Howard University senior Erica England explains why students are protesting at one of the most prestigious historically Black colleges and …

TikTok star Noodle the pug; 'Swamp Show' inspired by artist Thomas Cole

October 25th, 2021

41:09

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 …

How China spreads misinformation around the world; A look at 'The Facebook Papers'

October 25th, 2021

40:06

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 …

Slim pickings for the flower industry; The fate of women's rights in Afghanistan

October 22nd, 2021

41:41

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 …

COVID-19 and an eviction nearly unravel one family; The digital footprint of trauma

October 22nd, 2021

41:50

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 …

Plastic is the new coal, report finds; Latina Equal Pay Day

October 21st, 2021

41:49

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 …

Nurses on strike for 7 months; HBCU president on diminished federal funding

October 21st, 2021

41:19

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 …

Six-word memoirs about the pandemic; Executive privilege, explained

October 20th, 2021

41:15

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 …

Chef Russell Jackson on race and restaurant recovery; Yosemite's Chinese history

October 20th, 2021

41:08

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 …

All-refugee cooking company; How bystanders can safely intervene

October 19th, 2021

41:33

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 …

Author Elizabeth Strout's 'Oh William!'; Composer pens remembrance songs

October 19th, 2021

41:44

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout talks about her new novel "Oh William!" The book explores the relationship between Lucy Barton, a …

Broadway's 'Thoughts of A Colored Man'; Fighting climate change at national parks

October 18th, 2021

40:28

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 …

Michigan city faces high levels of lead in tap water; Student-athletes profit off NIL

October 18th, 2021

41:08

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 …

'Squid Game' resonates globally; Nobel Prize-winning labor economist

October 15th, 2021

41:32

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 …

One Tennessee county's history of illegally jailing kids; Climate protests in D.C.

October 15th, 2021

41:05

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. …

3 make-ahead recipes for a care-free dinnertime; Dave Chappelle controversy

October 14th, 2021

41:05

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 …

Ron and Clint Howard on growing up in Hollywood; Expunging marijuana convictions

October 14th, 2021

42:12

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 …

Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah; Virginia governor's race tightens

October 13th, 2021

41:20

2021 Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah's novels center on themes of migration, identity and effects of colonialism in East Africa. Gurnah joins us. …

YA authors Angie Thomas and Tomi Adeyemi; Technology's evolving role in education

October 13th, 2021

41:09

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 …

The public trial of Elizabeth Holmes; Human-caused climate change impact

October 12th, 2021

41:11

Elizabeth Holmes' trial defense portrays a drastic contrast to the image of the empowered girlboss that the former CEO is known for. Anne Coughlin …

The health impacts of grief; New museum showcases Hollywood's best

October 12th, 2021

40:17

Grief has a medical cost: It's linked to higher blood pressure, shorter lives, depression and sleeping problems. Professor Toni Miles explains why …

'Diet for a Small Planet' celebrates 50 years; Tips for 'Talking to Strangers'

October 11th, 2021

41:10

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 …

Musician William Prince melds Indigenous and Christian roots; Boston Marathon is back

October 11th, 2021

41:00

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 …

Dave Grohl explains how music and a Kurt Cobain t-shirt helped him heal

October 8th, 2021

24:59

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 …

Hot air balloon ride above Albuquerque; TV shows about the working class

October 8th, 2021

42:02

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, …

150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire; Journalists win Nobel Peace Prize

October 8th, 2021

42:28

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, …

Dave Grohl's new memoir; First vaccine to treat malaria

October 7th, 2021

42:36

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 …

Asian American bakers whisk together multicultural treats; '76 Days' documentary

October 7th, 2021

42:30

Asian American bakers are melding ingredients from their heritage with "traditional" American and European pastries in a celebration of their …

Crossing borders for abortions before Roe v. Wade; Nobel Prize in chemistry winner

October 6th, 2021

42:25

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, …

'Invisible Child' and childhood homelessness; Implants to relieve depression

October 6th, 2021

42:02

"Invisible Child" follows the story of Dasani, a young homeless girl in New York City. Author Andrea Elliott followed Dasani and her family for …

You are not your job; New book offers a guide for managing risks

October 5th, 2021

41:09

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 …

Australia wildfire smoke triggered algal blooms; 'The Redemption of Bobby Love'

October 5th, 2021

41:33

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 …

Pregnant doctor receives COVID-19 booster; Colorado's sheepdog competition

October 4th, 2021

41:02

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 …

A look at health care chatbots; Leaked documents reveal problems at Facebook

October 4th, 2021

41:43

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 …

Why true crime is a white woman's genre; Washington at war with murder hornets

October 1st, 2021

41:08

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 …

Fat Bear Week shenanigans; Foster care system aid expires for aged-out youth

October 1st, 2021

41:24

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, …

Stevie Van Zandt's 'Unrequited Infatuations'; MacArthur Fellow On Algorithm Bias

September 30th, 2021

41:21

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 …

3 Cozy Carrot Recipes; Wildfire Smoke Is Choking People Across U.S.

September 30th, 2021

41:21

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. …

A Taste Of Trisha Yearwood's Kitchen; MacArthur Fellow Reginald Dwayne Betts

September 29th, 2021

41:42

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 …

Schools Struggle To Serve Healthy Food; Staying Afloat By Riding The Waves

September 29th, 2021

41:18

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 …

'Surviving R. Kelly' Producer On Guilty Verdict; Facebook Pauses Instagram Kids

September 28th, 2021

41:20

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 …

Female Athletes Tell SCOTUS To Uphold Reproductive Rights; U.S. Murder Rates Escalate

September 28th, 2021

41:11

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 …

William Goldstein's Instant Compositions; Seeing Green In The Cannabis Industry

September 27th, 2021

42:02

Composer William Goldstein specializes in instant compositions, coming up with complete works from three notes. He talks about his new album, …

The Mental Health Crisis Among Kids; Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham

September 27th, 2021

41:58

The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on kids' mental health. Social worker Kim Bodie and Highlights Magazines editor-in-chief Christine French Cully …

Patagonia CEO Talks Activism; Filmmaker Turns Lens On Her 'Nuclear Family'

September 24th, 2021

41:08

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 …

How To Manage Fear Of The Dentist; Companies Pledge To Hire Afghan Refugees

September 24th, 2021

40:45

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 …

Cozy Up With These Top Books For Fall; Parents Of Toddler In Vaccine Trials

September 23rd, 2021

42:11

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 …

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