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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AILSA CHANG, HOST: The death toll from Friday's fire at an Oakland, Calif. warehouse has risen to 24. Melinda Drayton of the Oakland Fire Department described the ongoing search for bodies in the remains of the building. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) MELINDA DRAYTON: I can tell you when I was in there throughout the evening the somber approach that our firefighters and Alameda County Sheriff Department members took to this search...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AILSA CHANG, HOST: A Catholic parish in Jordan has become a home to Iraqi Christians who have fled ISIS. They're among the more than 1 million refugees who have fled ISIS-controlled areas of Iraq. And their host in Jordan is a priest, one who's had his own brush with danger in that country. NPR's Jane Arraf visited the church on the outskirts of Amman. (CROSSTALK) JANE ARRAF, BYLINE: Father Khalil Jaar walks into a classroom of...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AILSA CHANG, HOST: This week, the Supreme Court will hear cases on whether lawmakers in Virginia and North Carolina rely too heavily on race when drawing congressional districts. The Supreme Court has ruled before on race and redistricting, but it's avoided getting involved in evaluating partisan gerrymandering. That could change all because of a recent decision by a federal district court in Wisconsin. University of Chicago law...

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act first and replace it sometime later . That doesn't sit well with Victoria Barton, who lives in McCarthy's rural California district. "It's like they dangled the carrot and now they're taking it away," said Barton, 38, of Bakersfield, an unpaid photographer and stay-at-home mother of two. Barton and her husband, a contract computer technician, had been uninsured for most of their adult lives. When Obamacare expanded...

The Jill Stein campaign plans to bring her fight for a statewide ballot recount in Pennsylvania to federal court. Jonathan Abady, lead counsel to Stein's recount efforts, said in a statement late Saturday that starting Monday, the campaign will "file for emergency relief in federal court, demanding a statewide recount on constitutional grounds." "It has become clear that the barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania are so pervasive and that the state court system is so ill-equipped to...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Today, President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone to Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan. That breaks nearly four decades of diplomatic protocol and threatens to upset U.S. relations with China. NPR's Rob Schmitz joins us to talk about this. Hi, Rob. ROB SCHMITZ, BYLINE: Hi, Ari. SHAPIRO: Donald Trump has had so many telephone conversations with world leaders. Explain why this one with the leader of Taiwan is so...

Part 4 of our series, " Unlocking Dyslexia ." Megan Lordos, a middle school teacher, says she was not allowed to use the word "dyslexia." She's not alone. Parents and teachers across the country have raised concerns about some schools hesitating, or completely refusing, to say the word. As the most common learning disability in the U.S., dyslexia affects somewhere between 5 and 17 percent of the population. That means millions of school children around the country struggle with it. Under the...

Copyright 2016 American Homefront Project. To see more, visit American Homefront Project . MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: There is still one race from last month's election that has yet to be decided - the governor of North Carolina. The incumbent, Republican Pat McCrory, trails his Democratic challenger, Roy Cooper, by 10,000 votes. But McCrory has refused to concede. This weekend, there is going to be a recount in one of the state's biggest counties. We're joined now by Jeff Tiberii of member station...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now we'd like to take a minute to consider how Castro influenced the country in one particular way - its music. To do that, we're joined by NPR contributor Betto Arcos. Betto, thanks so much for joining us. BETTO ARCOS, BYLINE: My pleasure to be with you, Michel. MARTIN: So let's get to the late '60s and early '70s after Castro had been in power not for very long. What did the music sound like then? What was...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now we want to spend a few minutes talking about Cuba's longtime leader, Fidel Castro. He died a little over a week ago at the age of 90. Earlier today, his ashes arrived in Santiago after a four-day journey across Cuba. A private funeral will be held tomorrow morning. Many of those remembering him this week have focused on his intolerance for dissent, his crackdowns on dissidents, the media and LGBT people. But...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Switching gears now - when you go to the bank or the ATM and you get some crisp new bills, it's nice, right? The people of the United Kingdom have been enjoying some fresh notes for a couple of months now since the Bank of England issued a newly designed 5-pound bill. The new fiver, which is worth about 6 bucks U.S. at the moment, is made out of a polymer, a compound, not paper. It's meant to last more than twice...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: As we mentioned earlier, Donald Trump's choice of retired Marine General James Mattis as his defense secretary will require not just approval from the Senate, but also special legislation from both houses of Congress, that to bypass a law requiring service members to wait seven years before filling the role of secretary of defense or other senior posts traditionally held by a civilian. So we were curious about...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump told supporters at a rally this week that he plans to nominate retired Marine General James Mattis as his defense secretary. General Mattis retired as chief of U.S. Central Command just two years ago, and that's raised questions about whether the appointment so soon after his active service adheres to the spirit of civilian control over the military in this country. We will ask where...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now it's time for a trip to the Barbershop. That's where we gather a group of interesting folks to talk about what's in the news and what's on our minds. Joining us for a shape-up this weekend are Jolene Ivey. She's a former Democratic state lawmaker from Maryland. She's now a public relations consultant. Puneet Ahluwalia is a businessman. He's active in the local Republican Party in northern Virginia, and he's...

Updated at 7 p.m. ET Saturday At least nine people were killed after a fire broke out at a party in a warehouse space in Oakland, Calif., according to the city's fire chief. There are at least another 25 people unaccounted for, Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said Saturday, according to The Associated Press. Spokesperson Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department Coroner's Bureau said the coroner is preparing for a "mass casualty event" with perhaps as many as 40...

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: Carrie Fisher Opens Up About 'Star Wars,' The Gold Bikini And Her On-Set Affair : In her new memoir, The Princess Diarist, Fisher looks back on playing Princess Leia when she was 19 and reflects on...

Dear Sugar Radio is a weekly podcast from member station WBUR. Hosts Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed offer "radical empathy" and advice on everything from relationships and parenthood to dealing with drug problems or anxiety. Today the Sugars talk about money — specifically, how money and traditional gender roles affect a relationship. A woman writes that she was initially attracted to her husband's power and income. But he changed jobs and now she makes the vast majority of their combined...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: President-elect Trump has been fielding congratulatory phone calls from foreign leaders, including one from the president of Taiwan. The Trump transition team says that the two leaders spoke about, quote, "the close economic, political and security ties between the U.S. and Taiwan." But the U.S. broke off diplomatic ties with Taiwan more than 30 years ago when this country recognized the People's Republic of China....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ADONAI") UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (Vocalizing). SCOTT SIMON, HOST: For two weeks after it debuted in November, an album titled "O Emmanuel" was number one on the Billboard Traditional Classical chart. It may indeed have roots in traditional texts and melodies of Advent, but not far into the recording you'll hear the strains of something else. (SOUNDBITE OF "ADONAI" SONG) SIMON: That's J.J. Wright, pianist, conductor...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: We began a series last week in which some of our colleagues here are invited to share family holiday recipes. Linda Wertheimer talked about her family leftover turkey tacos but said her plans this year were thrown off by her Thanksgiving dinner host. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST) LINDA WERTHEIMER, BYLINE: We went to Nina Totenberg's house for Thanksgiving. And she had the most wonderful dinner. It was really a...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Hack's, email leaks and cyberattacks all clouded this past election season. Concerns about this country's virtual vulnerability are high. What will cybersecurity look like under a Trump presidency? Susan Hennessy, a Brookings Institution fellow of national security law and managing editor of the Lawfare blog, joins us in our studios. Thanks so much for being with us. SUSAN HENNESSY: Thanks for having me. SIMON:...

Europeans are anxiously watching Italy where a Sunday referendum on constitutional amendments could bring down the government and make it the latest casualty of the anti-establishment wave sweeping the West. Italians are being asked to vote "yes" or "no" to constitutional changes aimed at bringing the Italian political system more in line with the European norm. The changes involve sharply reducing the size of one of the chambers of parliament, the Senate, shifting its powers to the executive...

Protesters have been camped for months at the construction site of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Now, winter has arrived, dumping almost 2 feet of snow on the encampment in the last week of November. The winter storm hit just before news that President-elect Donald Trump indicated he supports completion of the pipeline. The two-day blizzard drove out some of the more fair-weather protesters, but most have been geared up to stay. All are waiting to see what happens on Dec. 5, the...

The brilliantly-colored shapes reminded Carol Vincent of fluorescent deep-sea creatures, and they floated past her languidly. She was overwhelmed by their beauty — and then suddenly, as if in a dream, she was out somewhere in deep space instead. "Oh, wow," she thought, overwhelmed all over again. She had been an amateur skydiver in her youth, but this sensation didn't come with any sense of speeding or falling or even having a body at all. She was just hovering there, gazing at the universe....

So you're trying to find some information about the schools in your community. Did students perform well on tests? How many students in a school are from low-income families? What's the demographic breakdown? Most folks would start to look for this by searching the web. But, depending on the state you live in, finding that information can be a real challenge. That's according to a new report from the Data Quality Campaign. Analysts there spent 100 hours last summer looking at annual report...

Four days. 92 volunteers. And 150 pounds of gingerbread. That's just part of what goes into decorating for the White House for Christmas. Volunteers went to work the day after Thanksgiving, stringing thousands of bow ribbons and crystal ornaments throughout the mansion. Military families got a sneak peak at the decorations this week. "As we celebrate my family's last holiday season in the White House, I'm thinking back to when we first came here to Washington and we promised to open up this...

One of NPR's most celebrated and admired foreign correspondents, Alan Tomlinson, died in Miami on Nov. 26 from complications related to surgery for cancer. Tomlinson covered Central America and the Caribbean for the BBC and later NPR during the 1980s and early 1990s, when the region was wracked by civil wars and corrupt dictatorships. He was a daring but not rash reporter, whose remarkable prose placed the listener right next to him as he would describe a riot in Haiti or a bone-jarring bus...

President-elect Donald Trump has been speaking on the phone with numerous world leaders since his election, but a call Friday has the potential to cause diplomatic waves. The Trump transition office confirms Trump spoke with the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen. The call has raised eyebrows because the U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979, when it recognized mainland China. And it's believed to be the first time a U.S. president or president-elect has spoken with a...

In mid-November, a former professional soccer player told a British newspaper that as a child, he had been sexually abused for years by a well-respected youth coach. The player said he knew other players had experienced the same thing — and that a culture of silence kept the abusers out of the spotlight. But he wasn't keeping the secret anymore. "I want to get it out and give other people an opportunity to do the same," Andy Woodward told The Guardian. "I want to give people strength. ... I'm...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: World leaders are now trying to figure out what a Donald Trump presidency will mean for their countries. Take the Philippines - today, Trump and the president of the Phillippines, Rodrigo Duterte, had a friendly phone call. They invited each other to come visit. The Philippines has been an ally of the U.S. for a long time. It used to be a U.S. colony, but recently things have been tense. Duterte's is carrying out...

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