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Up First: Biden's Morehouse College Speech, Alabama Autoworkers Union Vote, Daniel Perry Pardon

President Biden meets leaders of Black sororities and fraternities ahead of delivering the commencement address at Morehouse College as campus protests continue. Autoworkers in Alabama will vote on whether or not to unionize a Mercedes-Benz plant. And Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, has pardoned Daniel Perry, who was convicted of murdering Garrett Foster at a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020.<br/><br/><em>Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? </em><a href="https://www.npr.org/newsletter/news"><em>Subscribe</em></a><em> to the Up First newsletter.<br/><br/>Today's episode of Up First was edited by Roberta Rampton, Julia Redpath, Eric Westervelt, Lisa Thomson and Alice Woelfle. It was produced by Ziad Buchh, Ben Abrams and Kaity Kline. We get engineering support from James Willetts. And our technical director is Zac Coleman. </em><br/><br/>Learn more about sponsor message choices: <a href="https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices">podcastchoices.com/adchoices</a><br/><br/><a href="https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy">NPR Privacy Policy</a>

The NPR Politics Podcast: Roundup: Yes, Biden And Trump Are Going To Debate

Michael Cohen, a former Donald Trump attorney and central witness for the prosecution, testified against the former president in court this week. His appearance is a sign the case could soon reach its conclusion.<br/><br/>And President Biden and Trump will meet for at least two debates before November's election. Also, Maryland's expensive primary race has ended, and Democrat Angela Alsobrooks will face Republican Larry Hogan, a popular former governor whose candidacy could flip a Senate seat in the blue state to GOP control.<br/><br/>This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Ximena Bustillo, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh.<br/><br/><em>This podcast was produced by Jeongyoon Han, Casey Morell and Kelli Wessinger. Our editor is Eric McDaniel. Our executive producer is Muthoni Muturi. </em><br/><br/><em>Listen to every episode of the NPR Politics Podcast sponsor-free, unlock access to bonus episodes with more from the NPR Politics team, and support public media when you sign up for The NPR Politics Podcast+ at </em><a href="https://plus.npr.org/politics"><em>plus.npr.org/politics</em></a>.<br/><br/>Learn more about sponsor message choices: <a href="https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices">podcastchoices.com/adchoices</a><br/><br/><a href="https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy">NPR Privacy Policy</a>

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Fresh Air: Remembering Filmmaker Roger Corman

Filmmaker Roger Corman, the "King of the B" movies, died last week at the age of 98. He made hundreds of films, such cult classics as <em>Little Shop of Horrors</em>, <em>A Bucket of Blood</em>, <em>House of Usher</em>, <em>The Last Woman on Earth</em>, and <em>The Cry Baby Killer</em>. We feature our 1990 interview with him, and with those whose careers he helped launch – including actors Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern, as well as directors James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and Jonathan Demme. And our critic at large, John Powers, has an appreciation.<br/><br/>Learn more about sponsor message choices: <a href="https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices">podcastchoices.com/adchoices</a><br/><br/><a href="https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy">NPR Privacy Policy</a>

Science Friday: New Rule Sets Stage For Electric Grid Update | Harnessing Nanoparticles For Vaccines

<p>Upgrades to the power grid under a new rule could help accommodate an increasing renewable energy supply and meet data center demands. Also, extremely small particles might help scientists develop vaccines that are stable at room temperature and easier to administer.</p><h2>New Rule Sets Stage For Electric Grid Update</h2><p>The <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/us-electric-grid-rules/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">US electric grid is straining</a> to keep up with demand. For starters, our warming climate means more electricity is needed to keep people cool. Last summer—which was the hottest on record—energy demand in the US experienced an all-time hourly peak. And even though more renewable energy is being produced, our current grid, largely built in the 1960s and 1970s, was not built to handle those needs. Increased use of AI and cryptocurrency, which require power-hungry data centers, have only increased the burden on the grid.</p><p>But on Monday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/us-electric-grid-rules/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">new rules to upgrade the grid</a> to accommodate rising demands. The policy includes approval for the construction of new transmission lines and modification of existing transmission facilities.</p><p>Casey Crownhart, climate reporter for the <i>MIT Technology Review</i>, joins Ira to talk about this and <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/us-electric-grid-rules/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">other science stories of the week</a>, including how a recent ocean heatwave will impact ocean life and the upcoming hurricane season, a new self-collection test for cervical cancer, and how a tiny beetle uses audio mimicry to avoid being eaten by bats.</p><h2>Could Vaccines Of The Future Be Made With Nanoparticles?</h2><p>In 2021, vaccines for COVID-19 were released, a little over a year after the SARS-CoV-2 virus triggered a global pandemic. Their remarkably short production time wasn’t the result of a rush-job, but a culmination of <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/nanotechnology-vaccines/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">decades of advancements</a> in infrastructure, basic science, and mRNA technology.</p><p>But despite the years of innovations that allowed those vaccines to be developed and mass-produced so quickly, their delivery method—an injection—still has some drawbacks. Most injected vaccines need to be kept cold, and some require multiple trips to a pharmacy. And people with needle phobias may be reluctant to get them altogether. So what could <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/nanotechnology-vaccines/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">the vaccines of the future</a> look like?</p><p>Dr. Balaji Narasimhan, distinguished professor and director of the Nanovaccine Institute at Iowa State University, joins Ira Flatow onstage in Ames, Iowa, to talk about how his lab is <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/nanotechnology-vaccines/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">using nanotechnology</a> to develop the next generation of vaccines, and how they could be more effective than current vaccines in the face of the next pandemic.</p><p><i>Transcripts for each segment will be available after the show airs on </i><a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/episodes/may-17-2024/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank"><i>sciencefriday.com</i></a><i>.</i></p><p> </p> <p><p><a href="https://pod.link/73329284" target="_blank"><i>Subscribe to this podcast.</i></a><i> Plus, to stay updated on all things science,&nbsp;</i><a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/newsletters/?utm_source=wnyc&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank"><i><strong>sign up for Science Friday's newsletters</strong></i></a><i>.</i></p></p>

1A: The News Roundup For May 17, 2024

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump agreed on terms this week to face off in two televised debates before the general election this November. <br/><br/>Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was left "speechless" this week after a coalition of airlines banded together to sue his department over new rules concerning junk fees and making it easier for customers to receive refunds.<br/><br/>As Russia continues to make gains in its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has canceled all his trips abroad. <br/><br/>As paramilitary forces surrounded the Sudanese town of El Fasher, civil groups are warning that millions of people trapped in the city could be in danger. Dozens have been killed in fighting last weekend.<br/><br/>Qatar's prime minister expressed concern over the state of peace talks between Israel and Hamas, saying that they were almost at a standstill.<br/><br/>Want to support 1A?<a href="http://donate.npr.org/1A"> Give to your local public radio station</a> and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions?<a href="https://the1a.org/"> Connect</a> with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://plus.npr.org/1a__;!!IaT_gp1N!wOhW79EX-aPWlb0ult1k1kEov2nvCTjFuiZMsf2ABB1n7-WUz4Pfe0q1L1HdmIfb2xbIvng$">plus.npr.org/the1a</a>.<br/><br/>Learn more about sponsor message choices: <a href="https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices">podcastchoices.com/adchoices</a><br/><br/><a href="https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy">NPR Privacy Policy</a>

On Point | Podcast: The Jackpod: The invisible new deal

<p>On Point news analyst Jack Beatty looks into why President Biden’s initiatives to boost the economy, with legislation such as the American Rescue Plan and the Inflation Reduction Act, are not recognized by many voters.</p>

On Point | Podcast: Breaking down the beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar

<p>Two of rap’s biggest stars are feuding. Drake and Kendrick Lamar have been lobbing diss tracks back and forth for weeks. What does this say about modern hip-hop culture?</p>

Latino USA: What Happened to Edward?

<p>Last year, a 65-year-old grandfather was attacked and fell onto the New York City subway tracks—which eventually led to his death. He was punched from behind by a young man with schizophrenia who shouted that he was the devil. This isn't the first time this has happened, a similar situation played out 19 years earlier. So why does the cycle continue? Latino USA examines how and why someone with serious mental illness falls through the cracks of the nation's mental health system.</p><p><strong>This episode originally aired in 2019.</strong></p>

Music

All Songs Considered: New Music Friday: The best albums out May 17

NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Hazel Cills discuss new releases by Billie Eilish, Portishead's Beth Gibbons and Rapsody.<br/><br/>Featured albums:<br>- Billie Eilish, 'Hit Me Hard and Soft'<br>- Rapsody, 'Please Don't Cry'<br>- Beth Gibbons, 'Lives Outgrown'<br/><br/>Other notable albums out May 17:<br>- Shellac, 'To All Trains'<br>- The Avett Brothers, 'The Avett Brothers'<br>- V/A, 'Everyone's Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense'<br>- Mach-Hommy, '#RICHAXXHAITIAN'<br>- Cage the Elephant, 'Neon Pill'<br>- of Montreal, 'Lady on the Cusp'<br>- Wu-Lu, 'Learning To Swim On Empty'<br>- Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band, 'Loophole'<br>- The Lovely Eggs, 'Eggistentialism'<br>- Kaia Kater, 'Strange Medicine'<br>- Álvaro Díaz, 'SAYONARA'<br>- ZAYN, 'Room Under the Stairs'<br>- One Step Closer, 'All You Embrace'<br>- A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, 'Better Off Alone'<br>- Crumb, 'AMAMA'<br>- Lightheaded, 'Combustible Gems'<br>- Pallbearer, 'Mind Burns Alive'<br>- Joywave, 'Permanent Pleasure'<br>- Blitzen Trapper, '100's of 1000's, Millions of Billions'<br>- Payroll Giovanni, 'Have Money, Have Heart' EP<br>- UFOmammut, 'Hidden'<br>- SQÜRL, 'Music for Man Ray'<br>- pub, 'process the wise'<br><br/><br/>Learn more about sponsor message choices: <a href="https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices">podcastchoices.com/adchoices</a><br/><br/><a href="https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy">NPR Privacy Policy</a>

World Cafe Words and Music Podcast: Sense of Place: Nuçi's Space changed the way Athens talks about mental health

Founded in the wake of a young musician's passing, this 23-year-old nonprofit has become a critical resource for the music scene in Athens, Ga.<br/><br/>Learn more about sponsor message choices: <a href="https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices">podcastchoices.com/adchoices</a><br/><br/><a href="https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy">NPR Privacy Policy</a>

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