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Houston is still reeling from floods which killed eight people this week. It's just one in a series of storms recently to hit the Gulf Coast and many Red States in the South, where Republican mayors of hard­-hit cities are calling for their party to stop dismissing climate change science and to combat rising seas. Will the Republican top brass come around?

Later on the program, NPR is finally investing in the next big thing ­­ podcasting. All Things Considered host Kelly McEvers tells us about her new weekly digital series, Embedded.

Musician Prince Dead at 57 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince and the visionary behind the film Purple Rain, died today at the age of 57. One of the most iconic and talented artists in music history, Prince passed away at his studio, part of a large estate in a suburb of Minneapolis. He sold more than a 100 million records, won multiple Grammies and an Oscar, and he was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’d been hospitalized last week, after his plane was forced to land in Moline, Illinois, to treat what was described as a bad case of the flu. Tim Molloy, deputy managing editor of The Wrap, which covers the business of entertainment, has a remembrance.

Tim Molloy, The Wrap

Record Floods in Red States 33 MIN, 34 SEC

Record flooding this week in Houston killed eight people, devastated more than a thousand homes, and caused at least $5 billion in damage. And the storms aren't over. Forecasters predict that in coming days rains along the Gulf Coast could create flooding levels that haven't been seen for 500 years. While there's no definitive link between isolated extreme storms and global climate change, scientists agree that a warming planet increases the frequency of intense weather events, as well as rising seas. Some Red State mayors of cities affected by rising seas are now breaking ranks with party leadership and calling for policies to combat global warming. But are extreme weather events enough to budge top Republican leaders from their staunch denial of climate change science?

Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle (@mmorris011)
J. Marshall Shepherd, University of Georgia (@DrShepherd2013)
Jim Cason, City of Coral Gables, Florida
Jon Krosnick, Stanford University

PRI's 'The World' on South Florida Republicans being fed up with party leaders on climate change
National Academy of Sciences' climate change report
Cason on flooding as an election issue
Florida mayors' open letter on climate change to presidential candidates Bush, Rubio
Stanford Political Psychology Research Group on global warming
PBS' 'Frontline' on politicians, skepticism over climate change

NPR "Embeds" in the Podcast World 9 MIN, 48 SEC

Podcasts are big right now, as big as things get in the audio world. Every media company from Buzzfeed to the New York Times is investing in them. Serial is credited with putting podcasts on the map in the culture beyond public radio, but some critics have worried that National Public Radio has been too slow to lead the pack. Now NPR has gone all in with a new podcast, Embedded. As its tagline goes, it takes a story from the news and then goes deep. Kelly McEvers , familiar to audiences as the host of All Things Considered, hosts the podcast.

Kelly McEvers, Co-host, All Things Considered (@kellymcevers)

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