Latest News from NPR

GettyImages-515661986.jpg
D Gorenstein

A new report out this morning has some surprises about some of the sickest and most vulnerable patients in the country. The Commonwealth Fund survey finds as many as 95 percent of these people have consistent access to care. But many are socially isolated — which means access isn’t enough to improve their conditions. Click the above audio player to hear the full story.

monte.jpg
Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about Trump's choice for Labor Secretary; the difficulties of treating patients who are socially isolated; Italy's struggles to rescue its third-largest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena; and a new paper that found just over half of 30-year-olds earn more than their parents did at a similar age — down from 90 percent in 1970.

GettyImages-626452638.jpg
Lane Wallace

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed this week to cut production for the first time in eight years. That could mean oil prices will go up. But that depends on whether OPEC can convince a bunch of other non-cartel countries to agree to the cut. The cartel has invited 14 other countries to a meeting to discuss cuts this weekend in Vienna. So far, a handful have agreed to meet, including the big one, Russia. Click the above audio player to hear the full story.

Italy looks to EU to help oldest bank

Dec 9, 2016
GettyImages-544864640.jpg
Sam Beard

Italy is demanding that the European Union give it more time to rescue the country’s third-largest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena. The rescue was thrown into last-minute confusion after a national referendum on constitutional reform went against the government and triggered the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Founded in the 15th century, Monte dei Paschi is the world’s oldest bank, but not the most venerable. It is Italy’s most dangerously indebted lender and could pose a...

Marketplace Tech for Friday, December 9, 2016

Dec 9, 2016
shark.jpg
Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about a new report from Ford showing that trust is increasingly important for users and that people care less than ever about owning stuff; play this week's Silicon Tally with Benjamin Ahr Harrison, co-host of "The Greatest Generation" (a podcast about "Star Trek: The Next Generation"); and look at surveillance cameras that are used on...sharks.

It's been nearly a year since Mayor Karen Weaver declared a state of emergency in Flint, Mich. Before she became mayor, the city switched its water supply to the Flint River in a cost-cutting measure. The water wasn't properly treated, which caused corrosion in old pipes — leaching lead and other toxins into the city's tap water. People were afraid to drink or even bathe in the water. Since then, a lot has happened. Charges were brought against several Michigan state officials and one Flint...

Thirty years ago, a new face debuted on daytime television: Oprah Winfrey. The new podcast, "Making Oprah," produced by member station WBEZ, chronicles Oprah's rise to stardom. Journalist Jenn White tells Oprah's story from her early days on her first talk show, AM Chicago , through to the biggest, most outrageous moments when 40 million people a week were watching her national show. It began with a station manager in Chicago, Dennis Swanson. He was the one who spotted something in the young...

With Donald Trump's choices for secretaries of transportation and of housing and urban development — Elaine Chao and Dr. Ben Carson, respectively — there may be hints about the urban agenda Trump's administration may be shaping. Some big-city mayors say they're worried about potential cuts in federal funding that candidate Trump warned about on the stump, and they are reaching out to the president-elect. They say they have plenty of ideas they want to share about the country's cities. Chicago...

If China and Taiwan are uttered in the same sentence, it usually means trouble. President-elect Donald Trump found that out after taking a call from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen this month. Poof! There went decades of Washington's foreign policy procedure toward Taiwan. Here's how some cartoonists reacted. The Chinese symphony is shown here.  Credit: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates Diplomatic discussion going well. #TrumpTaiwan @harrymcgee pic.twitter.com/WWxCTY7uAa —...

The book, "Life of Pi," changed Rajiv Surendra's life. He's an actor, born and raised in Toronto. And he first read "Life of Pi" years ago, while working on the set of "Mean Girls." You might remember him as Kevin G. He found he had a lot in common with Pi. Like the protagonist, he was Tamil, lived near a zoo and was fascinated with religion. “It was a beautiful, written story, and I felt like it was a story that had been written about my life,” he says. “The following week I found out that...

R
Faisal Mahmood

Growing up, musician Rutaba Yaqub loved listening to Junaid Jamshed. Jamshed rose to fame in the 1980s and '90s — as the leader of a pop-rock band called Vital Signs. He was popular not just during Yaqub's generation, but also her mother's. "My mother was in college when she started listening [to his music]," says Yaqub. "I think our kids and their kids, they're going to listen to Vital Signs. It's so fresh, it's as if it happened yesterday." But Jamshed's voice will no longer be. He died...

M
Wiki Commons

Fake news is nothing new. Its impact has waxed and waned through American history. But there was a golden age of "yellow journalism," back in the 1890s, when fake news helped start a war. Yellow journalism has been defined as any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical manner. The term was coined in the 1890s to describe the ferocious circulation war between William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal and the New York World, owned by Joseph Pulitzer. They sought out crime...

IMG_2690web.jpg
Dan Kraker

Long-time mine workers on Minnesota's Iron Range often say they're used to the ups and downs, the booms and the busts of the notoriously cyclical mining industry. "I've been laid off seven times from KeeTac in 17 years," said Tony Drazenovich, 47, referring to the mine where he works, Keewatin Taconite, one of two Minnesota mines owned by U.S. Steel. "That's a lot of layoffs." But most of those layoffs were short, he said. And that's what he anticipated for this one, too, when he was laid off...

In what could mark an escalation of tensions with the West, commercial satellite images suggest that Russia is moving a new generation of nuclear-capable missiles into Eastern Europe. Russia appears to be preparing to permanently base its Iskander missile system in Kaliningrad, a sliver of territory it controls along the Baltic coast between Lithuania and Poland. Arms control experts shared fresh satellite imagery with NPR, which they say provides evidence that the Iskander will soon be...

Without congressional intervention, about 16,000 retired miners in seven states will lose their health care coverage by the end of the year. A proposal to temporarily extend the benefits is working its way through Congress. But two Senate Democrats, who are advocates for a more comprehensive plan, say the temporary provision isn't enough. They are threatening to hold up a spending bill that needs to pass by Friday night to keep the government running. Coal mining is dangerous work. For many...

China's top court has handed basketball legend Michael Jordan a victory in a long-running trademark dispute over the use of his name by a Chinese company. "Nothing is more important than protecting your own name, and today's decision shows the importance of that principle," Jordan said in a statement after the ruling. Here's more from Jordan: "Over the past three decades, I have built my reputation and name into a globally recognized brand. From my earliest playing days in the NBA, through my...

In the shambling ensemble comedy Office Christmas Party , Kate McKinnon plays the uptight Human Resources person at an unruly tech outfit, a job about as thankless as hall monitor in Rock 'n' Roll High School . Every boozy party movie needs its requisite prude, but McKinnon keeps adding new layers of eccentricity, from a data-driven approach to cheese platter arrangement to secret perversions that dangle like loose threads from her interdenominational holiday sweater. And that doesn't account...

Slash fiction, for the unbent, is generally defined as fan fiction that pairs two characters or real people of the same sex in an intimate or erotic way: you've got your Kirk/Spock, your Sherlock/Watson, your Axl/Slash (sorry). The culture has been around for decades and is the subject of much queer-studies scholarship, but until the Internet such activity remained largely cloaked in shadow. Write slash fiction on your own and you may be thought a pervert; post it online and you gain...

The friction between art and life is director Damien Chazelle's ongoing obsession. It's a fine thing to ponder, though I didn't much care for his 2014 melodrama Whiplash , which worked up an overblown froth from the daffy proposition that you can bully a fledgling musician into becoming a genius drummer. La La Land , a frankly commercial but rapturous ode to art, love, and my much-maligned home town of Los Angeles, grows more organically out of Chazelle's charming 2009 debut, Guy and Madeline...

Even non-Christians must allow that the New Testament is a formidable document. So any attempt to write what Jaco Van Dormael's comedy calls Le tout noveau testament (The Brand New Testament) requires careful deliberation. But the Belgian writer-director and his co-scripter, Thomas Gunzig, just didn't think very hard about their undertaking. The result is a satire whose whimsies and sight gags frequently click, but whose philosophical impact is negligible. The setup is the best part. In the...

The U.S. surgeon general said Thursday that e-cigarette use poses a significant and avoidable health risk to young people. "We already know that e-cigarettes have the potential to cause lasting harm to the health of young users," said Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. "Most contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug that can damage normal development of the brain – a process that continues until about age 25." Murthy's comments were part of a report released Thursday on rising e-cigarette use by...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Donald Trump often lets loose on Twitter, and last night, his target was a union official in Indianapolis - Chuck Jones, president of Steelworkers Local 1999. Jones had called Trump a liar for overstating how many jobs would be saved in a deal with the Carrier company. Indiana Public Broadcasting's Annie Ropeik reports. ANNIE ROPEIK, BYLINE: Chuck Jones does not use Twitter. He's been dealing with fallout from...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump has chosen a wealthy fast food executive to be his labor secretary. Andrew Puzder heads the company that runs Hardee's and Carl's Jr. restaurants. The hamburger chains employ tens of thousands of mostly low-wage workers. NPR's Scott Horsley joins us to talk about this latest Cabinet pick. Hi, Scott. SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Hi, Ari. SHAPIRO: What can you tell us about Andrew Puzder?...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Donald Trump keeps saying he'll keep American manufacturing jobs from going overseas. We're going to talk now with a former Michigan governor who knows how hard that can be. Jennifer Granholm led the state from 2003 to 2011 during the height of the economic recession. In 2009, the unemployment rate in Michigan topped 14 percent - the worst in the country. Granholm was known for a tactic used by many governors and...

Updated 5 p.m. ET The first American to orbit the Earth has died. John Glenn was the last surviving member of the original Mercury astronauts. He would later have a long political career as a U.S. senator, but that didn't stop his pioneering ways. Glenn made history a second time in 1998, when he flew aboard the shuttle Discovery to become the oldest person to fly in space. Glenn was 95 when he died; he had been hospitalized in an Ohio State University medical center in Columbus since last...

President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to enact stricter immigration policies. He has said he wants to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA. He also said he wants to deport immigrants who have committed crimes, saying that would cover up to 3 million people. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with Ahilan Arulanantham ( @ahilan_toolong ), director of advocacy and legal director of the ACLU of Southern California, about reactions to Trump’s election among immigrant...

South Korea's national legislature is preparing to vote on the possible impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, who has been engulfed in a massive scandal involving allegations of corruption, influence-peddling and ties to a cult. The measure is coming up for a vote on Friday, a week and a half after Park said she would be willing to step down — but declined to resign . The complex scandal has destroyed Park's public support; her approval rating has fallen to 4 percent, according to a recent...

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen fast-food restaurant CEO Andrew Puzder as his secretary of labor, his transition team announced Thursday. Puzder is the CEO of CKE Holdings, the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, and in a statement Trump praised him as someone who "has created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans." "Andy will fight to make American workers safer and more prosperous by enforcing fair occupational safety standards and ensuring workers receive the...

[Youtube] Two Tennessee teens are being held responsible for the wildfires that tore through the City of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas of Sevier County. The fires killed at least 14 people, injured 176 and damaged more than 2,400 homes and businesses. Here & Now s Robin Young speaks with resident Michael Luciano about his harrowing escape from the Chalet Village Fire in Gatlinburg, and the video he recorded as he made his way down the mountain. Note: The video above,...

P
Heidi Shin/PRI

In South Korea, there’s a new saying: “To have two daughters wins you a gold medal.” But this wasn’t the case a single generation ago, when couples would go to great lengths to conceive a son. A country’s reverence for boys has turned into a slight preference for girls.  My Korean aunt, who is nearly 80, remembers the day she gave birth to her fourth daughter. “I cried so much, I almost fainted,” she says. “I couldn’t believe I had another daughter. Four daughters.”  She continues, “I had to...

Pages