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Up First: OJ's Cultural Legacy, Ukraine's Mobilization Law, Ohtani's Ex-Translator Charged

We look back at the complicated life and legacy O.J. Simpson leaves behind after he died yesterday from cancer. More than two years into its full scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia's war of attrition in Ukraine appears to be succeeding in ways its military superiority has not. And the Justice Department charges baseball star Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter with $16 million of bank fraud.<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.</em><br/><br/><em>Today's episode of Up First was edited by James Hider, Nick Spicer, Rose Friedman, Ravenna Koenig, Lisa Thomson and Ben Adler. It was produced by Ziad Buchh, Ben Abrams and Nina Kravinsky. We get engineering support from Stacey Abbott, 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: Weekly Roundup: Biden Actions On Guns, Student Loans

The Biden administration unveiled new, targeted student debt forgiveness and new regulations on gun sales this week. The maneuvers appear targeted to boost the president's standing among young voters, who express lower levels of support for Biden compared to older age groups.<br/><br/>This episode: voting correspondent Ashley Lopez, political reporter Elena Moore, and political correspondent Susan Davis.<br/><br/><em>This podcast was produced by Kelli Wessinger and Casey Morell. 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: The History Of King Kong & Godzilla

<em>Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire</em> is the latest film starring two of cinema's biggest monsters. Today we take a look at the first time they were introduced to audiences. Film historian Rudy Behlmer tells us about the 1933 film <em>King Kong. </em>And<em> </em>Steve Ryfle wrote a book about the making of the 1954 Japanese film<em> Godzilla</em>.<br/><br/>Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews <em>Civil War</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>

Science Friday: Limits On ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Drinking Water | An Important Winter Home For Bugs | Eclipse Drumroll

<p>A long-awaited rule from the EPA limits the amounts of six PFAS chemicals allowed in public drinking water supplies. Also, some spiders, beetles, and centipedes spend winter under snow in a layer called the subnivium. Plus, a drumroll for the total solar eclipse.</p><h2>EPA Sets Limits On ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Drinking Water</h2><p>This week, the EPA finalized the first-ever national limits for the level of <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/pfas-forever-chemicals-drinking-water/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">PFAS chemicals</a> that are acceptable in drinking water supplies. Those so-called “forever chemicals,” per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, have long been used in products like fire retardants and oil-and water-repellent coatings, and are now ubiquitous in the global environment. Water treatment plants will now have to test and treat for several varieties of the chemicals, which have been linked to <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/pfas-forever-chemicals-drinking-water/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">a variety of health problems in people.</a></p><p>Sophie Bushwick, senior news editor at <i>New Scientist</i>, joins SciFri producer Kathleen Davis to talk about the rule and its potential impact on water agencies. They’ll also talk about other stories from the week in science, including research into <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/pfas-forever-chemicals-drinking-water/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">a new vaccine against urinary tract infections</a>, theories that extend the multiverse into a <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/pfas-forever-chemicals-drinking-water/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">many-more-worlds interpretation</a>, the passing of particle physicist <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/pfas-forever-chemicals-drinking-water/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">Peter Higgs</a>, and a new front in the war on pest rats: <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/pfas-forever-chemicals-drinking-water/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">rodent contraceptives.</a></p><h2>Where Snowpack Meets Soil: An Important Winter Home For Bugs</h2><p>When winter rolls around and snow piles up, many insects head down to a small layer called the <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/insect-ecosystem-between-snow-and-soil/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">subnivium</a> for the season.. This space, between snowpack and soil, shelters small insects, amphibians,and mammals from freezing temperatures.</p><p>Arthropods as a whole are understudied, says Chris Ziadeh, graduate of the University of New Hampshire and lead author of <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/insect-ecosystem-between-snow-and-soil/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">a recent study</a> about the distinct communities that live in the subnivium. Better understanding which creatures call the subnivium home in the winter, as well as their behavior, could help us conserve them as the climate warms.</p><p>Guest host Kathleen Davis talks to Ziadeh about winter arthropod activity, species diversity, and why we should all care about protecting insects in our communities.</p><h2>Drumroll Please! A Performance For The Solar Eclipse</h2><p>People found all manner of ways to celebrate the solar eclipse that happened earlier this week, but one Science Friday listener found a particularly <a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/solar-eclipse-drumroll/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank">musical way to take in the experience.</a></p><p>Matt Kurtz, a sound artist and musician based in Akron, Ohio, realized his town would be in the path of totality for the April 8 eclipse. So with some funding from Akron Soul Train, a local artist residency, he put together a percussion section (complete with a gong) to perform a drumroll and build suspense up until the moment of totality. They performed in Chestnut Ridge Park to a crowd of onlookers.</p><p>“When you hear a [drumroll], it forces you to be like, something’s about to happen,” he said in an interview. “It’s a way to pay attention.”</p><p>As the gong rang out and the crowd cheered, Kurtz put down his sticks and experienced his first solar eclipse totality. “It was a release,” he said. “I had a couple minutes of peace where I got to look at the stars and feel where all this work went to.”</p><p><i>Transcripts for each segment will be available the week after the show airs on </i><a href="https://www.sciencefriday.com/episodes/april-12-2024/?utm_source=wnyc&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=scifri" target="_blank"><i><strong>sciencefriday.com</strong></i></a><i>.</i></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 April 12, 2024

The Arizona Supreme Court handed down a landmark abortion ruling this week, invoking an 1864 law that forbids abortions except to save a mother's life, and punishes providers with prison time should they choose to facilitate the procedure.<br/><br/>In other judicial news, an appeals court judge has rejected former President Donald Trump's effort to delay his hush money trial as he appeals a gag order.<br/><br/>Also from the courts, the parents of a Michigan school shooter were sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.<br/><br/>In global news, Joe Biden has spoken out about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's actions in his campaign against Hamas in Gaza.<br/><br/>Biden also spent time this week with Japanese officials, promising a new era of strategic coordination this week alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.<br/><br/>And after eight years of deadlock, the European Union passed a new asylum and migration pact.<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: How it looks to a Republican

<p>On Point news analyst Jack Beatty reviews the evidence that former President Donald Trump’s multiple criminal prosecutions are politically motivated.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>About:</strong></span></p> <p><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">On Point</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is WBUR’s award-winning, daily public radio show and podcast. Every weekday, host Meghna Chakrabarti leads provocative conversations that help make sense of the world.</span></p>

On Point | Podcast: The high cost of the youth sports arms race

<p>Youth sports are supposed to be about fun and team spirit. But now, kids are training year-round and joining expensive travel leagues earlier. It’s costing families, and kids too.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>About:</strong></span></p> <p><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">On Point</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is WBUR’s award-winning, daily public radio show and podcast. Every weekday, host Meghna Chakrabarti leads provocative conversations that help make sense of the world.</span></p>

Latino USA: Nikole Hannah-Jones: Beyond the 1619 Project

<p>Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones rose to instant recognition when she published the 1619 Project in 2019. Since then she’s received countless praise, awards and recognition, but the project also engulfed her into a media firestorm with many on the far-right going after her and her work, with some states even banning the teaching of the 1619 Project.</p><p>In this conversation with Maria Hinojosa, Nikole Hannah-Jones reflects on how she’s pushed ahead despite controversy, talks about trying to fit in at predominately white institutions and the importance of intersectionality. We also take a trip to her 1619 Freedom School in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa.</p><p><strong>This story originally aired in 2023.</strong></p>

Music

All Songs Considered: New Music Friday: The best albums out April 12

NPR Music's Sheldon Pearce and WRTI's Nate Chinen take you through the biggest new releases of the week, including Maggie Rogers, Shabaka Hutchings and more.<br/><br/>Featured albums:<br>- Shabaka, 'Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace'<br>- Maggie Rogers, 'Don't Forget Me'<br>- Lizz Wright, 'Shadow'<br>- Leyla McCalla, 'Sun Without the Heat'<br/><br/>Other notable albums out April 5:<br>- METZ, 'Up On Gravity Hill'<br>- Caroline Davis & Wendy Eisenberg, 'Accept When'<br>- girl in red, 'I'M DOING IT AGAIN BABY!'<br>- Future & Metro Boomin, 'We Still Don't Trust You'<br>- Nia Archives, 'Silence is Loud'<br>- V/A, 'My Black Country - The Songs of Alice Randall'<br>- Still House Plants, 'If I don​'​t make it, I love u'<br>- Clarissa Connelly, 'World of Work'<br>- Meshell Ndegeocello, 'Red Hot and Ra: The Magic City'<br>- Bad Bad Hats, 'Bad Bad Hats'<br>- Dave Douglas, 'GIFTS'<br>- BODEGA, 'Our Brand Could Be Yr Life'<br>- English Teacher, 'This Could Be Texas'<br>- James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg, 'All Gist'<br>- Mark Knopfler, 'One Deep River'<br>- The Ophelias, 'Ribbon' EP<br>- Tusks, 'Gold'<br>- Raphael Schön, 'Heart Times'<br>- Sunburned Hand of the Man, 'Nimbus'<br>- Rejoicer, 'This Is Reasonable'<br>- Aaron Lee Tasjan, 'Stellar Evolution'<br>- Dolo Percussion, 'DOLO 6'<br>- Baby Blue, 'Of My Window'<br>- The Reds, Pinks & Purples, 'Unwishing Well'<br>- Water Damage, 'In E'<br>- Will Hoge, 'Tenderhearted Boys'<br>- Jess Ribeiro, 'Summer of Love'<br>- Sunbeam Sound Machine, 'Soft Signal' EP<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: Laura Jane Grace confronts past pain on 'Hole In My Head'

The musician, and founder of punk band Against Me!, talks about her latest solo album.<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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