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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We have a global conversation this morning about resistance to globalization. NPR's Frank Langfitt is in North East England in the U.K., which voted this year to leave the European Union. Hi, Frank. FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve. INSKEEP: And David Wessel is in our studios here in Washington. Good morning, David. DAVID WESSEL: Good morning, Steve. INSKEEP: He's with the Brookings Institution and The...

Never mind legalizing pot. Kokomo, Ind., has legalized pinball. The city council ended a ban that stretches back to 1955. Back then, the council said pinball worked against "peace and good order." Wives complained about husbands who gambled away their entire paychecks. In more recent times, the ban seems to have been ignored. At last the city council has revoked it, taking its chances on keeping the peace. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're now going to get an update on President-elect Donald Trump's transition and how he's been messaging to the public throughout that transition. We've got Sean Spicer on the line. He's the communications director for the RNC. Sean, thanks so much for being with us. SEAN SPICER: Good morning, Rachel. Thanks for having me. MARTIN: You are someone who thinks a lot about messaging and communications. And as such,...

Diana Kennedy, often called the "Julia Child of Mexico," is a woman of strong preferences. She loves good butter and cream, Seville orange marmalade, black truffle shavings and escamoles (a caviar that comes from ant eggs). She hates the use of cassia (false cinnamon) in place of the real thing, canola oil, low- or non-fat dairy products, and nonstick pans. And don't get her started on kosher salt, which despite being the "beloved salt of virtually all American chefs," as she writes in...

The University of Missouri should emphasize diversity in its recruitment, train professors in the importance of diversity in their courses and increase outreach to improve diversity among faculty and staff, a systemwide task force recommended on Wednesday. Those proposals were among priority items included in the task force’s report . It was responding to a comprehensive audit of diversity, equity and inclusion practices at the university conducted by the consulting firm IBIS.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will give his farewell address Thursday on the Senate floor. The Nevada Democrat has served in Congress for 30 years, and as his party's leader in the Senate for 12. Reid tells Morning Edition's Rachel Martin that he — and many other Americans — are still anxious about the incoming Trump administration, but he sees reasons for optimism as well. "I've learned to accept the Trump election," he says. Interview Highlights On Americans' dreadful approval rating...

One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live. So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65. "This is a big deal,"...

The slew of obituaries that have been published since Olympic diver Sammy Lee's death on Friday rightly highlight his conquest over racism and indignity on the way to winning gold medals in London and Helsinki nearly 70 years ago. As Greg Louganis, Lee's most famous protege, reflected in the Los Angeles Times, "At a time of intolerance, being Korean, he broke down racial barriers, setting an example of what it meant to be an Olympian." Today, when race remains lodged at the center of our...

Smoke hung in the air for days in Oakland's largely Latino Fruitvale district after a deadly fire broke out late Friday night in an artists' warehouse, leaving 36 people dead . Like so much of the city, it's a neighborhood facing ripples of gentrification created by the tech boom in the Bay Area, which now has some of the highest rents in the country. Carmen Brito lived in the now destroyed warehouse known as the Ghost Ship. She barely got out with her life. "You can go three blocks, and you...

President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with the president of Taiwan last week, initially characterized by Trump transition staffers and Taipei officials as just a small courtesy, has emerged as part of a lobbying strategy by a quintessential Washington insider. Former Sen. Bob Dole, a war hero, lion of the Senate and 1996 Republican nominee for president, was an early supporter of Donald Trump, even when other Republican leaders were still wary. Dole explained his reasons on NPR's Morning...

As I write this I have 42 Internet tabs open, across four browsers, and I feel completely at ease. Apparently, I'm not alone. A new Pew Research Center study found that most Americans are not overloaded by information, or at least, they don't feel they are. In April, Pew surveyed 1,520 Americans 18 and older. According to the study, 20 percent of Americans feel overloaded by information — down from 27 percent a decade ago. In fact, three-quarters of Americans like having a lot of information...

Royal Dutch Shell has signed a provisional agreement to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, a move that could signal energy companies will not be deterred from doing business with the Islamic Republic despite uncertainty whether a Trump administration will scrap a nuclear deal agreed to by world powers. A spokesman for Shell said a memorandum of agreement was signed Wednesday with the National Iranian Oil Co. "to further explore areas of potential cooperation." The agreement is nonbinding and...

In Bangladesh, a new report finds, impoverished children are working long hours in violation of that country's labor laws. Children under the age of 14 who've given up school for jobs are toiling an average 64 hours a week, according to a British think tank. Researchers from the London-based Overseas Development Institute surveyed nearly 3,000 households in the slums of Dhaka. They found children as young as 6 employed full-time and others working up to 100 to 110 hours a week. On average the...

President-elect Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that school choice is "the new civil rights issue of our time." But to many Americans, talk of school choice isn't liberating; it's just plain confusing. Exhibit A: Vouchers. Politicians love to use this buzzword in perpetual second reference, assuming vouchers are like Superman: Everyone knows where they came from and what they can do. They're wrong. And, as Trump has tapped an outspoken champion of vouchers, Betsy DeVos, to be his next...

The 21st Century Cures Act that gained congressional approval on Wednesday has been championed as a way to speed up drug development, but it's also the most significant piece of mental health legislation since the 2008 law requiring equal insurance coverage for mental and physical health. The bill includes provisions aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic, strengthens laws mandating parity for mental and physical health care and includes grants to increase the number of psychologists and...

Marking the day in 1941 that thrust the U.S. into World War II, Americans are honoring veterans and remembering those who lost their lives in Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. We're also remembering how the nation responded to what President Franklin Roosevelt called a "date which will live in infamy." "The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association once had 18,000 members," Wayne Yoshioka from Hawaii Public Radio reports for Morning Edition . "It was disbanded in 2011, when membership was down to 2...

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Linda McMahon, the co-founder of the pro-wrestling enterprise World Wrestling Entertainment, was selected Wednesday by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Small Business Administration. In a statement released by the Trump transition team, Trump called McMahon "one of the country's top female executives" and said she would help push his "America First" agenda forward. He added: "She helped grow WWE from a modest 13-person operation to a...

Older women who look on the bright side of life were less likely to die in the next several years than their peers who weren't as positive about the future. The research, published Wednesday in the American Journal of Epidemiology , is the latest to find an association between a positive sense of well-being and better health, though it's not yet clear whether one causes the other. In this study, researchers used data from 70,021 women who were part of the long-running Nurses' Health Study ,...

The unofficial motto of a public charter school co-founded by Betsy DeVos — President-elect Trump's choice to lead the Department of Education — could be "No Pilot Left Behind." Nearby a small maintenance hangar that's part of the West Michigan Aviation Academy , one of the school's two Cessna 172 airplanes chugs down the tarmac of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The school is based on the airport's grounds, just outside Grand Rapids. Besty DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos, led the...

President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, announcing his decision in a statement Thursday. As attorney general, Pruitt has made no secret of his disdain for the EPA. His official biography calls him "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda." He has repeatedly challenged the agency's rules in court, and he has even sued the EPA for an allegedly cozy "sue and settle" relationship with...

The sweet aroma of cookies baking wafts through the kitchen as the kids trample in and plead, "When are they gonna be ready ?" Smile and reply softly, "Soon. But these are for the company, dear hearts." And these cookies will still be there when your guests arrive, because the kids will taste them and move on to the chocolate chips and frosted Santas. With twinges of flavors like anise, cardamom, basil, liqueur and coffee, these treats definitely appeal to grown-up taste buds. All Things...

The death toll from a disastrous warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., stands at 36 after authorities have ended recovery efforts, officials say. Firefighters and investigators have been searching the site for days, since the artists' collective known as the "Ghost Ship" burned down late Friday night, during a dance party. They briefly halted efforts when a wall was discovered to be leaning, calling in structural engineers to ensure the safety of recovery workers. The end of recovery efforts...

The Senate is expected to vote this afternoon on the 21st Century Cures Act. It is considered landmark legislation that would provide funding for research programs like Vice President Joe Biden’s moonshot against cancer. It will also make significant changes in how drugs are tested and approved. The act passed in the House overwhelmingly and is expected to easily pass the Senate as well. NPRs  Richard Harris ( @rrichardh ) joins Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson to discuss what this legislation will...

The tragic warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., is raising fears of a backlash against the citys artists and the way many of them live and work. If the city decides to red-tag buildings that dont have permits, artists could lose their homes and studio spaces. Stephanie Martin Taylor ( @SMartinTaylor ) from Here & Now contributor KQED reports. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Even before the election, critics had been drawing comparisons between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. Theyve pointed to Trumps promise to ban Muslims, deport millions of immigrants, crack down on the press and make America great again. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with Daniel Ziblatt ( @dziblatt ), professor of government at Harvard University and author of the forthcoming book Conservative Parties and the Birth of Modern Democracy in Europe , about Hitlers rise to power in 1930s Germany...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhdymoRTz6M The Weather Channel has a message for the website Breitbart: "Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans" That's the title under which The Weather Channel published an article on Tuesday , after Breitbart used the cable news channel's coverage in a factually incorrect story about climate change. The article addressed Breitbart's misleading use of a Nov. 3 Weather Channel video in which forecaster...

When AT&T, a leading Internet provider, proposed a massive merger with Time Warner, a huge media conglomerate, the question many people asked was: Will I have to pay more for my TV? On Wednesday, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee quizzed the CEOs of the two companies — over and over posing basically the same question: What will the $85.4 billion merger mean for the prices that consumers may have to pay? AT&T is the second-largest wireless Internet provider and one of the largest...

Pope Francis is calling on those who use and control the media to avoid disinformation and "the sickness of coprophilia" — comparing a love of scandal to an abnormal interest in feces that can also include elements of sexual arousal . An obsession with scandal can do great harm, Francis said Wednesday, in remarks that also cited people's tendency toward coprophagia (the eating of feces). "I believe that the media should be very clear, very transparent, and not fall prey — without offence,...

When he first moved to Miami, Waltter Teruel says, working as a recruiter for ITT Technical Institute was a welcome change from his life in New York where he had been selling antiques and life insurance. As a recruiter, Teruel says, ITT Tech took care of the pitch to potential students for you. Recruiters used scripts set out in detailed PowerPoint presentations and got long lists of prospective students to call. But soon the welcome change faded. "Most of these students, they were looking...

President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to become his secretary of homeland security, various news outlets are reporting. Trump's transition team has not confirmed the news to NPR, but the official announcement is expected next week . Kelly retired in January as the boss of U.S. Southern Command, the Pentagon's area of responsibility focused on the Caribbean and South America. It's one of the less "kinetic" combatant commands, as defense officials say —...

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