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'Bad Times At The El Royale' Is A Twisty, Neon-Lit Neo-Noir
In writer/director Drew Goddard's film, several strangers converge at a casino-motel filled with dark passageways and two-way mirrors — a lot like the film's satisfyingly pulpy, B-movie plot.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Long-Secret Watergate 'Road Map' May Soon Be Public. Could It Guide Mueller's Team?
A federal judge has paved the way to publish one of the last remaining secrets of the Watergate investigation. Experts said the materials could inform how special counsel Robert Mueller proceeds.
NPR3 min read
Redefining The Bakhu—And The Great American Road Trip—Through Self-Portraiture
A photographer confronts the childhood discomfort she felt wearing traditional Mustangi clothing in public by traveling across the country and posing for portraits in them.
NPR8 min readSociety
In Prison, Discipline Comes Down Hardest On Women
Data from 15 states reveal that female inmates are disciplined at higher rates than men for smaller infractions of prison rules — often with harsh consequences.
NPR4 min readTech
As E-Scooters Roll Into American Cities, So Do Safety Concerns
Electric scooters zoom through traffic in many cities these days, and have the potential to take cars off the road. But experts worry that the many riders who forgo safety gear are taking big risks.
NPR3 min read
Sears, Drowning In Red Ink, Finally Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
The filling could mark the end of the struggling retailer, which invented the mail-order catalog business and has been an American institution since 1887.
NPR4 min read
Blue And Red Companies: How CEO Activism Is Reshaping Workforce Politics
More workers are demanding their leaders take stands on hot-button issues, and some CEOs don't shy away from the controversy. But they also must navigate the risks and benefits for their workforce.
NPR5 min read
Getting 'The Band' Together: Questions For Nicholas Eames
Author Nicholas Eames's series The Band is a joyous mashup of classic rock and fantasy tropes — because if there were monsters, why wouldn't there be bands of celebrity mercenaries to slay them?
NPR4 min readPolitics
On '60 Minutes,' Trump Talks Possible Mattis Exit, Climate Change And Kim Jong Un
The president sat down with CBS' 60 Minutes for the first time since entering the White House. In the wide-ranging interview, he also discussed his views on NATO and Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
NPR5 min read
The 'Young Black Man' Who Reluctantly Became An NRA-Certified Instructor
RJ Young developed an interest in guns in order to bond with his white father-in-law. The experience is chronicled is his new book, Let It Bang.
NPR5 min read
Through Slavery, Segregation And More, 'La Bamba' Has Been The Sound Of Survival
Sixty years ago, a Mexican folk tune sung entirely in Spanish became a rock and roll phenomenon. Generations after Ritchie Valens, young Latinos are still harnessing its power.
NPR2 min read
Merkel's Allies Falter In Regional Elections, As Rivals Gain On Left And Right
The German chancellor's center-right sister party has long been a juggernaut in Bavaria, but they didn't look like it Sunday.
NPR3 min read
Michael Will Cost Insurers Billions, But Won't Overwhelm Industry, Analysts Say
The storm's costs to insurers will be substantial, Fitch Ratings says, but companies should be able to absorb the losses. Still, communities will be coping with the financial fallout for a long time.
NPR5 min read
How 'Bring The Pain' Brought Chris Rock Superstar Fame
Before the Emmy and Grammy awards, before hosting the Academy Awards and before earning status as one of the best stand-up comics of his generation, Chris Rock had nearly fallen out of big-time show business. Back in the early 1990s, Rock was known m
NPR3 min read
'The Witch Elm' Starts Slow, Then Sucks You In
Tana French's new standalone novel packs a lot of character and background information into the first few chapters, but the atmosphere and dialogue will keep you turning pages as the mystery unfolds.
NPR3 min read
Last Year, The Flu Put Him In A Coma. This Year He's Getting The Shot
When 39-year-old Charlie Hinderliter got the flu last winter, he ended up in a medically induced coma and spent 58 days hospitalized. Serious, even fatal, complications can hit patients of any age.
NPR4 min read
'The Ravenmaster' Is Definitely (There) For The Birds
Legend says that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, England will fall. Luckily, ravenmaster Chris Skaife is there to care for them, and he's got a new book about these extraordinary birds.
NPR5 min readScience
When In Drought: States Take On Urgent Negotiations To Avoid Colorado River Crisis
After years of sustained drought, water managers along the Colorado River system are renegotiating water cutbacks to seven Western states, hoping to avoid more drastic shortages in the future.
NPR4 min read
In 'Scribe,' A World Haunted By Absences
Alyson Hagy's new dystopian novel paints an America torn apart by war and plague, leaving little of the past intact. It's a lean, hungry book that draws on Appalachian folk myths, mercilessly told.
NPR2 min read
With Europe's Hamsters At Risk, Better Call The 'Hamster Commish'
Vienna had a problem: A key construction site threatened the habitat of dozens of hamsters — yes, common hamsters, a protected species in Austria. Here's how the developers saved the little animals.
NPR3 min read
Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI Elevated To Sainthood
In a ceremony at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, Pope Francis declared the sainthood of the murdered Salvadoran archbishop, the former pontiff and five other people.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Saudis Vow To Retaliate With 'Greater Action' If Hit With Sanctions
The kingdom's state news agency dismissed suspicions of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder as "falsehoods" — and pledged Saudi Arabia's "total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it."
NPR2 min read
'SNL' Spoofs Kanye West, Welcomes Back Paul Simon
The cold open revisited West's bizarre White House soliloquy, while Simon performed an emotional rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
NPR5 min readPolitics
China Lures Taiwan's Latin American Allies
The biggest bloc of Taiwan's few remaining world allies is in Central America and the Caribbean. But even that solidarity is splintering.
NPR3 min readPolitics
'Thankful To Be Safely Home': Pastor Brunson, Freed From Detention, Arrives In U.S.
Andrew Brunson's arrest in Turkey raised tension between the two longtime allies. Now, the pastor has returned — and President Trump greeted him Saturday at the White House.
NPR2 min readWellness
Opinion: The Doctor And 'The Boy In The Bubble'
In his essay this week, NPR's Scott Simon remembers William T. Shearer, who died this week at the age of 81. He was the doctor of "The Boy In The Bubble."
NPR3 min read
Protesters Throng Berlin In Massive Rally To Support 'Open And Free Society'
Organizers expected 40,000 people to show up at their march Saturday. Instead, they say, more than 240,000 attended. The event comes at a time when far-right populists are gaining ground in Germany.
NPR2 min readTech
Facebook Says 14 Million Accounts Had Broad Array Of Personal Data Stolen
In an update on a recent security breach, Facebook says 30 million accounts were affected. For nearly half of those, hackers accessed users' searches, locations and other details.
NPR3 min read
MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta On Making Music Accessible For All
Violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta, one of the 2018 winners of the MacArthur Fellowship, speaks about his work in under-resourced communities in Los Angeles and what's next.
NPR2 min read
New Findings On School Shootings; Hurricane Shuts Classrooms; And Midterm Ballots On Education
You're reading NPR's weekly roundup of education news. New school shooting database shows 2018 spike A new database released this week finds that 2018 was a record year for school violence. The researchers cross-referenced more than 1,300 incident r
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