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Explosive Device Mailed To Liberal Philanthropist George Soros' New York Home


The device was safely detonated by a bomb squad. The case has been handed over to the Joint Terrorism Task Force Division of the FBI.


Hurricane Willa, A 'Life-Threatening' Category 4, Nears Mexico


The storm is expected to bring potentially deadly storm surge, wind and rainfall to west-central and southwestern Mexico beginning Tuesday afternoon.


Supreme Court Blocks Commerce Secretary Questioning In Census Lawsuits For Now


The Supreme Court granted the Trump administration's request to temporarily shield Wilbur Ross from facing questioning under oath in challenges to the 2020 census citizenship question.

From 'Lyin' Ted To 'Beautiful': How Trump And Cruz Found Political Love


Donald Trump once accused Ted Cruz's father essentially of being linked to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. On Monday, he flew to the Texas senator's hometown and gave him his full endorsement.

A.I. Produced 'Portrait' Will Go Up For Auction At Christie's


The print, called Edmond de Belamy, is a blurry depiction of what could be a "a man of the church" floating within a gilt frame. In place of the artist's signature is a math equation.


The Science in Science FIction


GUESTS: WILLIAM GIBSON author of Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive and Virtual Light. DAVID BRIN astronomer, professor and author of Foundation's Triumph, Infinity's Shore, and The Postman.


20 Years Of Cher's 'Believe' And Its Auto-Tune Legacy


Cher's 1998 hit "Believe" turned 20 this year. There's a long history of artists using vocal modifications, but this song brings the Auto-Tune front and center.

What Trump's Threat To End A U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Treaty Means For Putin


The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty marked the end of the Cold War. The Kremlin may want to leave the agreement, too.

This Portrait Is Reminiscent Of A Rembrandt But Artificial Intelligence Created It


NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with art appraiser Erin-Marie Wallace about how a piece of art that was created by an algorithm, but looks like a Rembrandt can be appraised.

Microplastics Are Turning Up Everywhere, Even In Human Excrement


A very small study shows that microplastics are in human waste in many parts of the world. While it's not entirely clear what that means for our health, it might be a sign that we need to pull back.

Monday, Oct 22


Trump Makes Multiple Trips To Nevada To Campaign For Sen. Dean Heller's Re-Election


Dean Heller is the most vulnerable Senate Republican this cycle and Democrats in Nevada are hoping a boost in Latino and labor voters will help them defeat Heller, who is embracing President Trump.

Trump Threatens Aid Cuts To Central American Countries In Response To Migrant Caravan


In response to the migrant caravan, President Trump has threatened to reduce aid to Central American countries and to seal the southern border, things that may not be solely in his power to do.

Migrant Caravan Rests In Southern Mexico Before Continuing March Toward The U.S.


Thousands of migrants traveling in a group deny President Trump's claims that terrorists are traveling with them. The group says it is fleeing crime and poverty in the hopes of finding a better life.

Behold The Headless Chicken Of The Deep Sea


A sea cucumber that looks like a headless chicken has been caught on video in the deep seas near East Antarctica, thousands of miles from where one of the species was last spotted.

Why Trump Is Determined To Leave Arms Control Treaty With Russia


President Trump's declared intention to pull out of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty raises the odds of a new nuclear arms race and the repudiation of arms control as a check against nuclear Armageddon.

Short Shrift For Short Sellers


Short sellers get a bad rap. Sometimes with good reason. But overall, they're an inevitable and useful part of a healthy financial system.

Medical Marijuana Loophole Case Headed To Arizona's Supreme Court


A court in Arizona recently ruled that much of what medical marijuana dispensaries sell in the state is illegal. People with legitimate medical marijuana prescriptions could face prison sentences.


Actor Paul Dano Steps Behind The Camera In 'Wildlife'


Actor Paul Dano will make his directorial debut with Wildlife, a drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, about the shredding of a marriage as seen through the eyes of the couple's son.

6 Takeaways From Georgia's 'Use It Or Lose It' Voter Purge Investigation


Tens of thousands of Georgians who haven't voted in recent elections may be no longer registered to vote, according to an investigation from APM Reports, Reveal and WABE.

U.S. Military Acknowledges American General Was Wounded During Deadly Kandahar Attack


An attack in Kandahar last week killed the province's governor and police chief and wounded an American service member. The Pentagon is now saying the officer is Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley.

Hurricane Michael's Damage To Communications Systems Has Slowed Recovery


Residents in the Florida panhandle are still reeling from the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael. The recovery effort continues to be marred by fractured communication systems.

On College Campuses, Making Overdose Medication Readily Available


College campuses are growing increasingly concerned about how to keep students safe amid a national opioid crisis. Some schools provide free and easy access to drugs that can reverse an overdose.

China To Open Mega-Bridge And Tunnel: 34 Miles Across The Water


Drivers on what's being called the world's longest sea bridge will have the experience of seeming to plunge underwater in two spots, where artificial islands house openings for a four-mile tunnel.

Costco Builds Nebraska Supply Chain For Its $5 Rotisserie Chickens


Costco is building a facility in Nebraska to process chickens from hundreds of nearby farms for sale as rotisserie chickens. The warehouse retailer sells 60 million rotisserie chickens each year.

'In My Father's House' Explores How Crime Spreads Through Generations


Nearly 60 people in the Bogle family have been incarcerated. In a new book, journalist Fox Butterfield chronicles the Bogles' history to show how crime runs in families — and disentangle it from race.

Florida Election Officials Working To Make Voting Possible For Panhandle Residents


Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle just weeks before Election Day. Officials there are working to make voting possible in the midst of the recovery.

How The Fallout From Jamal Khashoggi's Death Is Playing Out Inside Saudi Arabia


NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with New York Times reporter Ben Hubbard about how people within Saudi Arabia are reacting to the government's shifting narratives about journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death.

What's Behind Turkey's Investigation Into Jamal Khashoggi's Death


NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with The Brookings Institution's Amanda Sloat about Turkey's possible motivations amid the investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's death.

Days Later, Pentagon Says U.S. General Among Wounded In Kandahar Attack


Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was shot twice, according to the Pentagon, during an attack in Kandahar that killed the province's chiefs of police and intelligence and wounded the governor.

Facebook, Exploited By Influence Campaigns, Tries To Clamp Down With 'War Room'


The social networking behemoth says a new command center at its Silicon Valley headquarters will let it respond quicker to foreign disinformation operations ahead of Election Day.