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As NPR celebrates 50 years on the air, host Scott Simon reflects on how the network has grown, and his time travelling the world, covering wars, famines, elections and more.

The first big test of Facebook's Oversight Board reveals the challenges of checking the power and scale of the social media giant.

NPR's Scott Simon shares the story of two Liberty University students who met on a bus and, while making small talk, discovered they had met many years ago and many miles away.

The daredevil aviator in Maggie Shipstead's new novel was inspired by Amelia Earhart. Shipstead says she wants to investigate the difference between death and a disappearance like Earhart's.

A statue of 17th-century English colonist Hannah Duston in Massachusetts has become a flashpoint in the ongoing debate about racist monuments.

Coastal communities will need massive amounts of mud and dirt to protect their shorelines from rising seas. One federal agency has it, but most is disposed of instead of reused.

For months, Republicans have cast doubt on the 2020 presidential election. Now GOP candidates for Virginia governor take issue with their own party-run nominating convention.

As former police officer Derek Chauvin awaits sentencing for George Floyd's murder, NPR's Scott Simon reflects on what the public record might have been if not for the video of Floyd's last moments.

President Biden's virtual climate summit this week reflected a key theme of his first hundred days in the White House: reassuring American allies they can once again count on the U.S.

Undocumented migrants trekking on foot and packed into vehicles are heading north from the southern border in greater numbers. Some are dying along the way, and Border Patrol agents are frustrated.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II says the seven are on leave after the fatal shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. on Wednesday. Three other deputies' resignations were not related to the incident.

NPR's Scott Simon remembers comedy writer Anne Beatts, who died this week at the age of 74. She worked in male-dominated writers' rooms at <em>Saturday Night Live</em> and <em>National Lampoon</em> magazine.

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PG&E agreed to pay more than $13 billion to victims of the Camp Fire and other recent fires in Northern California. The money was put in a special Fire Victims Trust.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Lithium is experiencing a gold rush as the U.S. transitions to electric cars.

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There’s a bold plan in LA’s Crenshaw neighborhood to purchase the local mall for north of $100 million and let the community profit from its redevelopment.

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While a little more than half of all Angelenos 16 and older have had at least one shot, vaccination rates are now plunging.

How the medical community is fighting vaccine hesitancy and misinformation in LA

While a little more than half of all Angelenos 16 and older have had at least one shot, vaccination rates are now plunging.

from Greater LA

Restaurants are hit hard by staff shortages right now. Nearly 2.5 million jobs in the industry were lost last year, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Restaurants are scrambling to hire bussers, waiters, and bartenders as economy reopens

Restaurants are hit hard by staff shortages right now. Nearly 2.5 million jobs in the industry were lost last year, according to the National Restaurant Association.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Navigating the pandemic as a small business owner isn’t easy. But there’s a lot of help, so long as you know where to look.

How to get money for your business during the pandemic

Navigating the pandemic as a small business owner isn’t easy. But there’s a lot of help, so long as you know where to look.

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Josh Barro talks with the Left, Right & Center panel about the slow return of jobs, the rift among Republicans over Donald Trump and social media rule.

Where are all the jobs?

Josh Barro talks with the Left, Right & Center panel about the slow return of jobs, the rift among Republicans over Donald Trump and social media rule.

from Left, Right & Center

Producer Scott Rudin’s bullying has been an open secret in Hollywood for decades, and now it’s going public.

Former Scott Rudin assistants allege abusive behavior and call out stars who have stayed silent

Producer Scott Rudin’s bullying has been an open secret in Hollywood for decades, and now it’s going public.

from The Business

In April, The Hollywood Reporter published a cover story about the longstanding allegations of workplace abuse perpetrated by film and Broadway mega producer Scott Rudin.

Former assistants on working with Scott Rudin: ‘It’s war time … all you’re thinking about is how you survive it’

In April, The Hollywood Reporter published a cover story about the longstanding allegations of workplace abuse perpetrated by film and Broadway mega producer Scott Rudin.

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Hollywood is having a moment of reckoning regarding abusive workplace behavior.

Rage coaches are suddenly all the rage in Hollywood

Hollywood is having a moment of reckoning regarding abusive workplace behavior.

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The Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise in November 2018, becoming the most destructive and deadliest fire in state history.

Camp Fire survivors haven’t received promised payouts from PG&E. Where’d the money go?

The Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise in November 2018, becoming the most destructive and deadliest fire in state history.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand