'I've Got Your Back,' Obama Tells Residents Of Flint, Mich., Amid Water Crisis

"I will not rest, and I'm going to make sure that the leaders at every level of government don't rest until every drop of water that flows to your homes is safe to drink, and safe to cook with, and safe to bathe in," President Obama told an energetic audience in Flint, Mich. "Because that's part of the basic responsibilities of a government in the United States of America."Obama met with community members in the crisis-stricken city, where a federal state of emergency has been declared as a...
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According to the American Stroke Association, every 40 seconds, someone has a stroke. Would you know how to spot one?

May is American Stroke Month.

One out of six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime. It is the leading cause of disability in the US and the #5 cause of death. However, it is treatable and beatable, especially if the signs of stroke are quickly recognized so medical attention can be given.  Acting fast can mean the difference between life and death; a full recovery and permanent disability.

Restoring prairie on the Great Plains

May 3, 2016
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  From the air, the Midwest looks like a patchwork of cropland and pastures. But before the land was turned over to plows and center pivots, most of it was a sea of grass. 

Native grasslands were first plowed by pioneers homesteading on the plains. More land was converted to crops as tractors and machinery arrived on the farm and conversion of land intensified. 

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It seems like Almost Yesterday that the last graduates of Will Mayfield College received their diplomas.  For over 50 years this institution of higher learning in Marble Hill, Missouri provided teachers and school administrators for regional and state schools.

This unique institution was founded in Sedgewickville, Missouri in 1878, but relocated in 1880 to Marble Hill by its founder, Dr. William Henderson Mayfield.

The site selected for the college was a ten acre tract along a ridge overlooking Crooked Creek and the small villages of Lutesville and Marble Hill.

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Schools across the U.S. served more than 5 billion meals in the national school lunch program to millions of students last year. Each one of the meals has to meet federal rules for nutrition. Now, those rules are up for debate and Congress could impose changes on the cafeteria.

The Chicken or the Egg

May 2, 2016

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It's an age-old question but the Cambridge World History of Food, a massive work containing over two thousand pages and two million words, is not afraid to tackle it -- even if it does strattle the fence in its answer.

Acknowledging that from a biblical perspective chickens were created and thus must have existed prior to eggs, the book nonetheless points out that from an evolutionary perspective reptiles preceded the emergence of the first birds and thus eggs are millions of years older than chickens.

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Back when Bernie Sanders' campaign was just ramping up, and he was still giving speeches under covered picnic shelters to small groups of Democrats, he was talking about a political revolution.

So here we are. Noisily embraced by the plurality of Republican voters, not-so-quietly reviled by most Republican leaders, Donald Trump is all but assured that party's presidential nomination.

Journalists astonished at the result — and believe me, most are stunned by what has unfolded — find themselves confronted by some form of this question: Are the media to blame for Donald Trump?

By my count I have helped some 58 friends (including many colleagues in public radio) buy a car. That's sort of funny, considering I didn't buy a car until I was 37 years old and began reporting on the auto industry for NPR.

On Saturdays over the last few years, I have gotten phone calls from friends at car dealerships asking for advice. It's no small financial matter, when the average cost of a new car is roughly $33,000.

So if you are reading this while in a car dealership, do what I tell all my friends: Stand up! Leave the dealership! Do not buy a car today!

An airstrike hit a refugee camp in Syria near its border with Turkey, and activists say at least 28 civilians were killed.

NPR's Alice Fordham tells our Newscast unit that "only the Syrian regime and its allies conduct strikes in the area." Here's more from Alice:

"Activists in the camp in the province of Idlib uploaded video of women and children wounded in the strike being evacuated in flatbed trucks. Tarpaulin tents are flattened.

Federal investigators have interviewed top aides to Hillary Clinton about her use of a private email server, the latest advance in an ongoing investigation into whether her email practices as secretary of state may have compromised classified information, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The interviews, of close aides including Huma Abedin, have been conducted by FBI agents, lawyers from the Justice Department's National Security division, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Alexandria, Va.

Starting Wednesday night at sunset, Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day. Commemorations continued in schools around the country Thursday, including in kindergarten classes.

This year, Israel is fully implementing a Holocaust curriculum for kindergartners.

"We need to teach the kindergarten teachers what to do on Yom Hashoah, because they have to make sense of the day," says Yael Richler-Friedman, using the Hebrew name for the remembrance day.

Let's say you're an environmentally motivated eater. You want your diet to do as little damage as possible to our planet's forests and grasslands and wildlife.

But how do you decide which food is greener?

Take one example: sugar. About half of America's sugar comes from sugar cane, and half from sugar beets. They grow in completely different climates. Sugar cane is a tropical crop, and sugar beets grow where it's colder and dryer.

Each one has an impact on the environment — sometimes a dramatic impact — but in very different ways.


As Heard on Ask Me Another

Alia Shawkat And Jeremy Saulnier: In The 'Green Room'

Growing up near Washington D.C. in the 1990s, director Jeremy Saulnier was surrounded by a whirlwind culture of punk rock, skateboarding, and cult films. His latest feature Green Room is a tribute to his youth — the thriller follows a punk band in a battle of survival against a group of skinheads after witnessing a murder backstage. For Saulnier, Green Room was a catharsis for a former 19-year-old self. "I had to purge my adolescent obsession with genre films, punk rock, and hardcore before I...
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As Heard on the TED Radio Hour

How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic?

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Press PlayWhy is it so hard to feel empathy for strangers? Because we're stressed by them, says neuroscientist Jeff Mogil. His research suggests one way to reduce that stress: play Rock Band together.About Jeff MogilDr. Jeffrey Mogil is the E.P. Taylor Professor of Pain Studies and the Canada Research Chair in the Genetics of Pain at McGill University. He is the author of the textbook The Genetics of Pain. Mogil is the author of more than 150 articles and...
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As Heard on Fresh Air

Mother And Daughter Come Together At The Card Table In 'The Bridge Ladies'

As America's population ages, we're going to be seeing a lot more of these kinds of books: I'm talking about memoirs, written by adult children, about the extreme adventures of caring for and reconnecting with their elderly parents.At the forefront of this emerging genre, of course, are cartoonist Roz Chast's brilliant graphic memoir, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? and George Hodgman's deeply affecting and absurdist, Bettyville.Now, Betsy Lerner in The Bridge Ladies ups the ante...
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