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News

Story of the Day : NPR: Rick Gates Pleads Guilty And Begins Cooperating With Mueller's Russia Investigation

The business partner of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has reached a deal with the special counsel's office. Manafort, however, continues to maintain his innocence.

World Story of the Day : NPR: Director Of Oscar-Nominated Aleppo Doc Wants His Film To Serve As Witness

Feras Fayyad's <em>Last Men In Aleppo</em> goes inside the Syrian city at a time when it was being reduced to rubble by government bombings.

Business Story of the Day : NPR: Trump Trade Action Could Boost Steel And Aluminum Makers, Hurt Other Industries

President Trump is weighing tariffs or quotas on steel and aluminum imports. But a backlash is brewing by aerospace companies and other manufacturers, who say such moves will drive up costs.

Talk and Interview

Fresh Air: Best Of: From A Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge / Actor Richard Jenkins

Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. She writes about her trying transition into the mainstream in 'Educated: A Memoir.' Also, critic David Bianculli reviews BBC's nature documentary series 'Blue Planet II,' which he calls a "dazzling piece of television." And Richard Jenkins wasn't cast in a movie until he was in his 30s. Now 70, he's up for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in 'The Shape of Water.'

Fresh Air: The Making Of Pixar's 'Coco'

Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina spent six years creating their Oscar-nominated animated film about the Day of the Dead. The movie is about how the dead remain alive in our hearts as long as we keep them in our memories and tell their stories. And critic David Bianculli reviews the BBC nature documentary series 'Blue Planet II,' which he calls a "dazzling piece of television."

Science Friday: Wild Horses, Hidden Structures Behind Structures, Florida Flamingos. Feb 23, 2018, Part 1

<p><span>The gentle curve of a beam. The particular shape of a clay brick. The sharp angles of a series of trusses. You might view these elements of buildings, bridges, and structures as part of the aesthetic and artistic design, or maybe you have overlooked them completely. But for London-based structural engineer Roma Agrawal, these visual charms play an important role not only in the beauty of a building, but in the physics that keep a structure from tumbling down. <span>Agrawal reveals the <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/how-to-spot-the-engineering-tricks-hidden-in-buildings/">hidden engineering and physics in the buildings and bridges around you</a>.</span></span></p> <div class="cb-desc"> <p>Until recently, scientists believed the only horses in the world left untouched by humans were the Przewalski subspecies, in central Asia. But now, researchers discover there are <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/a-case-of-mistaken-equine-identity/">no more wild horses left anywhere on Earth</a>.</p> </div> <div class="cb-desc"> <p>Do Florida's flamingos really belong there? <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/do-floridas-flamingos-really-belong-there/">New research argues</a> that the colorful birds are a species native to Florida, and should be protected.</p> </div> <div class="cb-desc"> <p>Plus, the reason why you don't see '<a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/why-you-dont-see-goosefoot-on-your-thanksgiving-dinner-table/">goosefoot</a>' on your Thanksgiving dinner table, and other stories in science. </p> </div>

Science Friday: Biohybrid Robots, Neanderthal Art. Feb 23, 2018, Part 2

<p>A group of engineers are building softer, squishier robots<span>—ones you might knowingly invite into your home to hang out. Instead of sporting bodies of rigid plastic and metal, biohybrid robots often consist of 3D-printed scaffolds laced with lab-grown muscles, <span>sourced from the cells of mice, insects, and even sea slugs. Some "bio-bots" can even heal themselves after an injury, and get back to work. A roundup of engineers <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/for-these-robots-squishy-is-superior/">talk about the growing fleet of biohybrid robots</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Plus, since the first fossil finds in the 19th century, many have considered Neanderthals, a “sister species” of <em><span>Homo sapiens,</span></em><span> as a primitive species. Their reputation stands as unsophisticated and brutish—and not artistic. Now, <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/were-neanderthals-artists/">new uranium dating of art in Spanish caves</a> turns up a number that suggests they were painted by Neanderthals. And if it’s true, what does art have to do with complex thought?</span></span></span></p>

1A: The News Roundup

In the U.S., we're still talking about the shooting at a Florida high school last week and the students fighting for policy change. The president took the stage at CPAC today, so what did he say? Around the world, humanitarian groups say they've simply run out of words to describe the horror being inflicted by the Syrian government on one rebel-held suburb and the White House announces new sanctions on North Korea. | Hear something you don't like? Something you love? Give us feedback at npr.org/podcastsurvey. Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1A@wamu.org

Diane Rehm: On My Mind: High School Students Become Gun Control Activists And A Return To The Common Good

<p>Warning signals missed in Florida, high school students push for new controls on guns, and how our country can return to a focus on the common good.</p>

On Point: Hey, What's So Funny?

What makes something funny? We're got some theories, and a few jokes.

On Point: Week In The News: As Parkland Students March, Trump Floats Arming Teachers

Parkland students march on Tallahassee. The President floats arming teachers. More Russia indictments. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Latino USA: Marie From Missouri

With the deadline for DACA to expire approaching, we visit the story of a woman who was part of the first wave of Dreamer activists. Marie Gonzalez-Deel and her family were outed as undocumented in 2001. That's when she reluctantly became an activist fighting for a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants. Marie's story is featured in a new book about the Dreamer movement by Laura Wides-Muñoz, titled "The Making of a Dream." Maria Hinojosa sits down Gonzalez-Deel and Wides-Muñoz to talk about the experience of being young and undocumented, and what's happening now in Congress with DACA.

Music

All Songs Considered: New Music Friday: Feb. 23

All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, Lars Gotrich and Joshua Bote about the essential new albums out for Feb. 23. Full playlist: 1. Screaming Females 'All At Once,' 2. Dessa 'Chime,' 3. S. Carey 'Hundred Acres,' 4. The Lovely Eggs 'This Is Eggland,' 5. SOB x RBE 'Gangin,' 6. Nanook Of The North 'Nanook Of The North,' 7. Turnstile 'Time And Space.'

Fun and Sports

Only A Game: Latest Show: N. Korea's Rival 'Olympics,' Socceroos In Saigon, U.S. Goalie Vs. Hitler

After South Korea was awarded the 1988 Summer Olympics, North Korean leaders decided to boycott and host their own event. This week on Only A Game, the story of Pyongyang's 1989 World Festival of Youth Students. Plus, looking back on the Australian men's soccer team's trip to Saigon during the Vietnam War. And the tale of the U.S. hockey goalie who stood up to Hitler at the 1936 Olympics. Join us!