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East Kentucky's cultural cornerstone is trying to salvage its archives after floods

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Alex Gibson of the Kentucky-based arts and media organization Appalshop, about how recent floods affected their archives of Appalachian music, film and heritage items.


Encore: Werner Herzog's new novel is a story of the jungle and obsession and delusion

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with filmmaker Werner Herzog about his debut novel, The Twilight World. It tells the story of Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese soldier who kept fighting decades after the end of WWII.


Fukushima could provide insight into a potential nuclear disaster in Ukraine

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Some experts fear the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, could meltdown in a way similar to what happened in Fukushima, Japan, over a decade ago. What would that look like in a war zone?


When is nice too nice? One author explores that question in her new book

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with author Mia Mercado about her new book She's Nice Though, which explores why women, in particular, feel the need to perform niceness in so many situations.


Encore: Composer John Williams and cellist Yo-Yo Ma assemble 'A Gathering of Friends'

Monday, August 22, 2022

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with renowned composer and conductor John Williams and cellist Yo-Yo Ma about their collaborative album, A Gathering of Friends. It celebrates Williams' 90th birthday.


A young man attempts to escape Russian-occupied Ukraine — then he goes silent

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Vitaliy is a 22-year-old Ukrainian college student living in occupied Kherson. He had been sending NPR voice memos for months describing life in the city. Then he decided to leave.


A young Ukrainian man's journey to get himself and his mother to safety

Thursday, August 04, 2022

One young man has struggled to get himself and his mom out of Russian-occupied territory in southern Ukraine as fighting there intensifies.


What people were saying during Saturday's meteor showers

Monday, August 01, 2022

Over the weekend, three different meteor showers converged and put on a show for anyone who was lucky enough to get a clear, dark night. We asked listeners to send us voice memos as they watched.


3 different meteor showers will be happening simultaneously on Saturday night

Friday, July 29, 2022

Three meteor showers will converge this weekend, peaking on Saturday. Look up! You don't need any fancy equipment to see this show, but you'll need to get as far away from human lights as possible.


Putin met with leaders from Turkey and Iran

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul about Putin's visit to Tehran on Tuesday.


The James Webb telescope had 344 'single point failures' before launch. Then, success

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Bill Ochs, the project manager for the James Webb telescope shares the trials and tribulations of the launch and what it's like having the images out in the world.


The James Webb telescope project manager says the words 'give up' were never used

Thursday, July 14, 2022

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Bill Ochs, the project manager for the James Webb telescope since 2011, on the trials and tribulations of the launch and what it's like having the images out in the world.


Catholic leaders say new parents will need more assistance in a post-Roe world

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Sisters of Life's Sister Bethany Madonna and Mike Phelan of the Office of Marriage and Respect Life about the church's work with people carrying unexpected pregnancies.


The EPA prepares for its 'counterpunch' after the Supreme Court ruling

Friday, July 01, 2022

The Supreme Court's ruling that curbs the power of the EPA will slow its ability to respond to the climate crisis, but "does not take the EPA out of the game," according to its administrator.


Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., supports a national strike over Roe's demise

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

NPR's Juana Summers talks with Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, about protecting abortion rights — which has long been among the Democratic party's central causes.


Former governor whose bill was at the center of Roe ruling reacts to SCOTUS' decision

Friday, June 24, 2022

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Phil Bryant, the former governor of Mississippi, who signed a bill that bans abortions after 15 weeks.


Composer John Williams and cellist Yo-Yo Ma bring together 'A Gathering of Friends'

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

On a new album, the classical stars revisit the concerto Williams composed specifically for Ma, as well as some of Williams' most affecting film scores.


This is what a Ukraine town looks like after Russian troops withdraw

Saturday, April 09, 2022

The residents of Borodyanka are picking up the pieces after Russian forces withdrew and left behind a shattered town. Hundreds of people are still missing, presumed buried under rubble.


Russian troops left death and destruction behind in Borodyanka, Ukraine

Friday, April 08, 2022

All week, the world's attention has been focused on the death and destruction that's been discovered in towns north of Kyiv, after Russian forces withdrew. One of those towns: Borodyanka.


People are developing trauma-like symptoms as the pandemic wears on

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Stress, burnout, and uncertainty are all common experiences in the pandemic. But is it trauma? Experts are debating the term, but it's clear a mental health crisis is looming.