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NPR's Scott Simon offers some context to America's political chaos by looking at how authoritarian regimes around the world have tightened their grips on power.

NPR's Scott Simon talks with the 23-year-old guitarist about the tragic event that inspired him to start writing songs and what it was like to collaborate with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.

While the new deal with China lowers some trade barriers, it leaves many tariffs in place. And it dictates that China buy more from the U.S., but that has other trading partners worried.

In Washington state's Skagit Valley, a conflict is unfolding between Native Americans and farmers. Elk are making a comeback there. Local tribes are thrilled, but the agriculture industry is not.

The court said the nearly two dozen young people who were trying to force action by the government on climate change did not have standing to sue. The judges said climate change is a political issue.

Bob Vollmer, a land surveyor for nearly six decades, tells NPR he's got new projects in mind — like building a pool. And he's got some advice: "If anybody does anything for you ... say thank you."

This 2019 film is not another adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel. It portrays life in a poor Paris suburb — where the police force is corrupt and residents are struggling just to get by.

A billion animals in Australia may have been impacted or killed by the wildfires so far, and some may have been pushed to the edge of extinction.

Anna Wiener's new memoir chronicles the time she spent working in Silicon Valley tech startups. She says industry narratives tend to be about genius and innovation — not ordinary employees.

The Secure Act is intended to make it easier for small employers to offer retirement benefits. But some analysts say it doesn't go far enough because it's optional and doesn't apply to gig workers.

California utility PG&E continues planned power outages to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. One Native tribe's solar-powered microgrid is proving to be a lifeline for rural communities.

As a composer, Guinga's written hits for Brazilian superstars like Elis Regina. As a musician he's set the bar for classical guitarists far beyond his native country.

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The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

House impeachment managers take to the Senate floor Wednesday, arguing their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. Trump, meanwhile, called the case against him a "hoax."

from NPR

This Tuesday through Thursday, Los Angeles County will conduct its annual “point in time” count of people experiencing homelessness around the region. We get the basics.

from Greater LA

The Latest

Officers are accused of using bogus info to boost stats of traffic stops. As a result, 20 officers have been taken off the streets.

LAPD officers investigated for lying. That’s progress, says civil rights attorney

Officers are accused of using bogus info to boost stats of traffic stops. As a result, 20 officers have been taken off the streets.

from KCRW Features

"If you raise the bar on what's impeachable, then you end up lowering the bar on what political behavior is acceptable. ...

Jon Meacham: Impeachment trial will bring out Trump’s most impulsive behavior

"If you raise the bar on what's impeachable, then you end up lowering the bar on what political behavior is acceptable. ...

from KCRW Features

Did President Trump abuse his power? That’s now up to the Senate. But is that even a crime? Democrats and Republicans agree on the facts, but not on the Constitution.

Trump’s impeachment: politics and the Constitution

Did President Trump abuse his power? That’s now up to the Senate. But is that even a crime? Democrats and Republicans agree on the facts, but not on the Constitution.

from To the Point

Now that the House has impeached President Trump, the process shifts to the Senate, which will vote on whether to convict him. Here is your guide to the steps and the people that matter.

How the Senate impeachment trial will work

Now that the House has impeached President Trump, the process shifts to the Senate, which will vote on whether to convict him. Here is your guide to the steps and the people that matter.

from NPR

Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

Special: A musical journey in the life of MLK, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

It’s being called Europe’s “man on the moon moment”: The European Green Deal is Europe’s ambitious plan to become the world’s first climate neutral continent.

Unpicking the European Green Deal

It’s being called Europe’s “man on the moon moment”: The European Green Deal is Europe’s ambitious plan to become the world’s first climate neutral continent.

from Studio Berlin

The Major League Baseball cheating scandal is getting bigger and weirder. Three team managers were fired this week.

MLB cheating scandal: What does it mean for the Dodgers going forward?

The Major League Baseball cheating scandal is getting bigger and weirder. Three team managers were fired this week.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

We review “Dolittle,” the latest adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s fairy tale, starring Robert Downey Jr.; “Bad Boys for Life,” with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returning for the third…

‘Dolittle’ is more of a disaster than ‘Cats,’ critics say

We review “Dolittle,” the latest adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s fairy tale, starring Robert Downey Jr.; “Bad Boys for Life,” with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returning for the third…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand