Opioid Crisis Blamed For Sharp Increase In Accidental Deaths In U.S.

Accidental deaths in the United States rose significantly in 2016, becoming the third-leading cause of fatalities for the first time in more than a century – a trend fueled by the steep rise in opioid overdoses, the National Safety Council reports. Accidents — defined by the council as unintentional, preventable injuries — claimed a record 161,374 lives in 2016, a 10 percent increase over 2015. They include motor vehicle crashes, falls, drowning, choking and poisoning, a category that...

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A Winter Hike is Worth Braving the Cold

Head to Rusted Route Farms this Friday, January 19, for "An Evening with Maggie Rose," an Emmy-winning country pop star. With more than 50 performances at the Grand Ole Opry under her belt, Maggie is one of country music’s rising stars presenting a memorable night out. This Friday, January 19 and Sunday, January 21, "Cinderella" the opera takes the stage at the River Campus. First performed in 1904, this opera features an enhanced ballroom party scene that the whole family will love.
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The case before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday had a surprise plot twist. Jurors were told that the accused was guilty of a triple murder — but the lawyer making that statement was not the prosecutor; he was the defense attorney.

The question before the justices was whether that violated the client's constitutional right to counsel. Justices liberal and conservative signaled that they have a problem with a lawyer who disregards his client's express wishes by conceding the defendant's guilt.

In what looks like a typical doctor’s office, Gary Newcomer, 26, waited to have his blood drawn for the last time as a participant in a trial for a Zika virus vaccine.

Newcomer has visited Saint Louis University’s Center for Vaccine Development 16 times since November 2016. But a cut in federal funding is bringing a halt to the trial before a vaccine can be developed.

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On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jo Mannies welcomes St. Louis County Councilman Ernie Trakas on the program for the first time.

It's tricky to nail down exactly what makes someone feel like a "racial impostor." For one Code Switch follower, it's the feeling she gets from whipping out "broken but strangely colloquial Arabic" in front of other Middle Easterners.

For another — a white-passing, Native American woman — it's being treated like "just another tourist" when she shows up at powwows. And one woman described watching her white, black and Korean-American toddler bump along to the new Kendrick and wondering, "Is this allowed?"

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To protest, or not to protest? This week on Ask Code Switch, we're digging into a question from Shawn, an African-American high school student in South Florida, who wonders how best to take a stand against injustice:

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Nearly all of the seats on the U.S. National Park Service advisory board are vacant following a mass resignation Monday night, with ex-members citing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's unwillingness to meet with them.

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Left Of The Dial #509 - The Airwaves That I Breathe

This week we'll hear new music from The Prids. Originally from Saint Joseph, MO and based out of Portland, Oregon since 1999, the band are set to release their fourth album after a harrowing setback. Just before recording Do I Look Like I’m In Love? Singer and bass player Mistina La Fave was hospitalized for suffering a brain hemorrhage . She’s well now and that album is finally seeing its release. We'll also hear new music from the pop-music genius David Byrne. He announced his album via his...

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'The Chi' Creator Lena Waithe Says Television 'Taught Me How To Dream'

In 2017, Lena Waithe made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for outstanding comedy writing . The award specifically recognized Master of None 's "Thanksgiving" episode, which Waithe co-wrote with Aziz Ansari and based on her experience coming out to her mother. Looking back on her Emmy win, Waithe says, "That a queer, black girl could tell her story and not just tell it, but be celebrated for it ... that's a moment that only comes once in a lifetime." Now Waithe is lending her...

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GREAT NEW MUSIC VIDEOS, PICKED BY ALL SONGS CONSIDERED HOSTS BOB BOILEN AND ROBIN HILTON