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NPR's flagship evening newsmagazine delivers in-depth reporting and transforms the way listeners understand current events and view the world.

Every weekday, hosts Amy Kiley,Robert Siegel, Audie Cornish, Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers present two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special – sometimes quirky – features.

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Marcuss Ealy walks through a big warehouse, passing aisles filled with various shapes of cardboard boxes.

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The warehouse on the westside of unincorporated Fulton County is part of a national printing company, Integrated Merchandising Systems (IMS). Ealy points to workers who are getting orders ready to ship.

“See I started on this aisle way back where that lady at,” Ealy said. “That’s the packer.”

Jonathan Rado and Sam France were in eighth grade when they first met and began making music together. Their tastes were simple at first — straight-ahead rock songs banged out on drums and guitars in a garage. But a dramatic shift happened when they decided to take a less linear approach to recording their work.

"I got really into buying cheap, cheap instruments on eBay — lots of xylophones and melodicas and kind of useless junk — and that was kind of everywhere," Rado says. "We'd just kind of play for like 30 minutes, and then chop the best bits down to a three-minute song."

Mayor Kasim Reed has given United Consulting until this upcoming Monday evening to make a decision.
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City officials say Mayor Kasim Reed stands by his letter asking United Consulting, one of the city's vendors, to address what Reed calls Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter's "unacceptable" behavior.

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In January, Hunter called Rep. John Lewis a "racist pig" on social media. Now Hunter faces a county ethics complaint and he's stopped attending public comment at commission meetings because his constituents keep calling for his resignation.

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The attorney for a black man shot by Atlanta police last month says the officer had no reason to fear for his life and a video released today proves it.

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Surveillance footage shows DeAundre Phillips sitting in the passenger seat of a car at the Atlanta Public Safety Annex.

Two plain-clothes officers approach him. They talk with Phillips and then there's a struggle.

Phillips crawls into the driver's seat to drive off, when one officer jumps through the passenger door.

As President Trump prepares a new executive order on vetting refugees and immigrants, one idea keeps cropping up: checking the social media accounts of those coming to the U.S.

In fact, such a program was begun under the Obama administration more than a year ago on a limited basis and is likely to be expanded. But social media vetting is a heavy lift, and it's too early to tell how effective it will be.

A young woman meets a prince and falls in love. That sounds like the start of an old fashioned fairy tale, but in the movie A United Kingdom it's the start of a diplomatic firestorm. The film tells the story of Ruth Williams and Seretse Khama, who married in 1948. Williams was a typist in London; Khama was heir to the throne of Bechuanaland, or modern-day Botswana.

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A bill that would require college victims of sexual assault to report the incidents to police cleared a key house panel Thursday. House Bill 51 was unanimously approved by the higher education appropriations subcommittee. 

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The bill applies to all crimes committed on college campuses. 

The war against ISIS is entering a tough new phase, as Iraqi fighters with growing U.S. assistance push into western Mosul, warns the senior American commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend.

"ISIS is a brutal, brutal enemy," said Townsend, speaking in Erbil as Iraq's security forces were about to attack Mosul's airport with help from the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition.

President Trump has promised to build a wall along the 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

A third of that border already has a barrier, thanks to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was signed by then-President George W. Bush. That initiative ran into issues with landowners near the Rio Grande. If the wall goes forward as Trump promises, more lawsuits may be coming.

In America, there is a rare echelon of pop stars so big they only need one name: Madonna, Cher, Prince. In Italy, that name is Zucchero.

DeKalb CEO: Water Billing Crisis Not An Easy Fix

Feb 23, 2017
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Progress is slow on solving DeKalb County's water billing problem, and CEO Mike Thurmond admits it is not an easy fix.

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For the last several months, some DeKalb residents have seen a water bill in the thousands of dollars while some haven't seen a bill at all.

Thurmond says those who still haven't gotten a water bill may start to see one within the next 30 days.

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About a hundred people rallied outside a constituent event with Sen. David Perdue’s staff at the Henry County Farm Bureau in McDonough on Thursday.

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Many demanded a face-to-face meeting with Perdue, some holding signs that read, “You work for us” or “Where are you?”

Perdue’s staff say they hold mobile office hours routinely around the state to help constituents with issues like veterans’ affairs and social security.

Who Declares A Famine? And What Does That Actually Mean?

Feb 23, 2017

This week United Nations officials declared that a famine in South Sudan is growing — fueled by a deadly combination of drought and conflict. They estimate that nearly 4 million people are already struggling to get enough food. And officials expect the famine will spread to more areas in the coming months affecting an additional 1 million people.

Meanwhile the threat of famine is looming over three other countries: Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, putting a total of 1.4 million children at risk of death this year.

In the waning years of the Civil War, advertisements like this began appearing in newspapers around the country:

"INFORMATION WANTED By a mother concerning her children.

At the Oscars this weekend, one spotlight will shine on African-American women in the space race, thanks to the movie Hidden Figures, which is nominated for three Academy Awards, including best picture.

Mae Jemison made history in this field as the first African-American woman in space, as part of the crew on Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

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The Georgia state House approved a bill that would strip private colleges of state funding if they adopt "sanctuary" policies and don't cooperate with federal immigration officials.

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Lawmakers voted 112-17 on the bill, which now moves to the state Senate for consideration. 

News of recent anti-Semitic acts in the U.S. — like the toppling of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis and bomb threats against Jewish community centers — is being followed closely in Israel. So is the Israeli government's response to these incidents.

Some Israelis are questioning whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has played down the incidents to keep pressure off his political ally, President Trump.

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The city of Sandy Springs has approved a new land use plan. It's called the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, also known as the "Comp Plan," and it's a roadmap to help Sandy Springs develop and redevelop over the next 10 years.

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"Because a lot of the jobs have shifted to the North Perimeter area and as a result, we've gone from a suburb to an edge city and we have to adapt to that," said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.

When you think of an old map or manuscript, you might picture something yellowed, tattered or even torn because of how long it has been around. But millions of historic documents, from presidential papers to personal slave journals, are facing an issue apart from age: a preservation method that has backfired.

In a cold, white room on the first floor of South Carolina's state archives, a dehumidifier keeps a mass of old documents safe.

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Some fish that live in one of Atlanta's creeks, a tributary to the Chattahoochee River, have elevated levels of chemicals in their bodies, including pesticides that went out of use in the 1980s.

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Proctor Creek, on Atlanta’s Westside, has had issues with e. coli and fecal coliform bacteria caused by sewer overflows, but a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency documents man-made toxic chemicals in fish caught at a fishing spot in Bankhead, near Maddox Park.

When the Academy Award nominations were announced in 2015 — and again in 2016 — there was swift backlash against the Academy for the lack of racial diversity among the nominees. Now, a new study of Best Picture nominees has revealed yet another demographic that's been chronically underrepresented in Hollywood — older people.

Aileen Burger loads an oral syringe with cannabis-infused oil used as medicine for her 4-year-old daughter Elizabeth, who suffers from severe epilepsy.
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A Georgia House panel heard testimony on Tuesday on a bill that would allow more conditions to be eligible for treatment by medical cannabis oil. 

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Current state law, which was passed two years ago, allows Georgians to use the oil if they have one of a limited number of conditions, like cancer and sickle cell disease. The bill would expand that list by eight conditions, including autism and PTSD.  

State Rep. Allen Peake is sponsoring the measure.

The human species is about to change dramatically. That's the argument Yuval Noah Harari makes in his new book, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

Harari is a history professor at Hebrew University in Israel. He tells NPR's Ari Shapiro that he expects we will soon engineer our bodies and minds in the same way we now design products.


Interview Highlights

On how we will begin to engineer bodies

The so-called Islamic State's financial fortunes are bound to the amount of territory it controls.

And the group's dramatic loss of ground in its strongholds in Syria and Iraq is putting pressure on its finances, according to a new report from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

Rex Tillerson is heading on his second foreign trip as secretary of state later this week. But as in his visit last week to Germany, Tillerson is expected to try to keep a low profile when he travels to Mexico on Wednesday.

Tillerson has said very little in public since taking office. There has been no State Department briefing since the Trump administration began a month ago.

Procurement is the city department responsible for awarding contracts.
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The city of Atlanta's chief procurement officer, Adam Smith, is out of a job.

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A statement from Mayor Kasim Reed's office said Smith "has been relieved of his duties effective immediately." No reason for Smith's termination was given.

FBI agents also confiscated a computer and a phone from Smith's department.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says its investigation into bribery at City Hall is "ongoing."

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Atlanta-based Popeyes is getting a new owner.

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The company behind Burger King is buying the fried chicken chain for almost $2 billion. It comes after Popeyes Louisiana Chicken made some changes to its fast food image.

The company's been remodeling its restaurants and tweaking the flavors of its food. According to analyst John Gordon, the chain's taking a card from fast casual restaurants, like Chipotle.

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An Atlanta company that organizes sports programs is getting ready to unveil plans for a sports and entertainment complex in DeKalb County.

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The Atlanta Sports Connection is building the 200-acre complex near Stonecrest Mall.

The complex will include facilities for 22 different sports, including a soccer stadium that will seat 15,000 people.

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