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A Good Place to be on Earth Day

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The Bay Area has a lot to be thankful for (and protect) right here in our own backyard. Happy Earth Day!

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Kris Thomas, a reporter for Roar Media, a digital news site in Sri Lanka, about the latest news concerning Sunday's terrorism attacks in the country.

Sri Lanka is blaming a Muslim militant group for the Easter attacks that left nearly 300 dead and wounded 500 others. The nation has a complex ethnic and religious tapestry and a history of conflict.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is warning countries they could face U.S. sanctions unless they stop importing oil from Iran.

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Weeks after Thailand voted for the first time since a 2014 military coup, the results are still not official. There are signs that the junta is set on clinging to power.

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with environmental journalist Beth Gardiner about the origins of the Clean Air Act, which she writes about in her book Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution.

One of the biggest corporations on the planet is taking a serious interest in the intersection of artificial intelligence and health.

Google and its sister companies, parts of the holding company Alphabet, are making a huge investment in the field, with potentially big implications for everyone who interacts with Google — which is more than a billion of us.

The push into AI and health is a natural evolution for a company that has developed algorithms that reach deep into our lives through the Web.

The Sri Lankan government has blamed the National Thowfeek Jamaath, a little known Muslim militant group, for the coordinated attacks on churches and hotels that rocked the island nation on Easter Sunday.

Sri Lanka Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne says the small group was aided by an international network.

"We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country," Senaratne said. "There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded."

Cox's Bazar, a town in Bangladesh, has become the headquarters for the massive humanitarian operation to support the nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees who have fled from Myanmar. But Cox's Bazar is also home to what local tourism officials tout as the "longest sand beach in the world" –with 75 miles of unbroken sandy coastline. Once a month those two worlds come together as international humanitarian workers from the dozens of charity groups in Cox's Bazar volunteer in a beach cleanup.

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As part of the Sri Lankan government’s avowed effort to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions, authorities blocked most social media after a series of Easter Sunday attacks that killed nearly 300 people.

As the straight-arrow prosecutor nipping at the Ferragamo heels of Vittorio Gassman’s amoral industrialist in the 1971 satire In the Name of the Italian People, Ugo Tognazzi necessarily defers the comic overplaying to his slick costar. But Tognazzi’s flawless timing—he deploys a devastating arsenal of pauses and reactions amid a nonstop flow of rat-a-tat dialogue—evokes his roots in comedy. It’s a measure of the actor’s skill that he can anchor the moral center of Dino Risi’s skewering movie and also suggest (and suppress) an anarchic impulse.

The Supreme Court has accepted three cases that ask whether federal anti-discrimination laws should apply to sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, putting the court on track to consider high-profile LGBTQ issues after its next term begins this fall.

Meal kit delivery services like Blue Apron or HelloFresh promise gourmet meals without the hassle of shopping for ingredients. But the environmentally conscious consumer may feel guilty about seeing all the plastic and cardboard it takes to bring that Pork and Veggie Bibimbap to their doorstep.

That guilt may be misplaced, according to a new study. The researchers argue that, pound for pound, meal kit delivery services have a smaller carbon footprint than equivalent meals bought from a grocery store and prepared at home.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has issued another big policy proposal as part of her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. This one concerns higher education.

Warren proposes that the federal government write off hundreds of billions of dollars in existing student loan debt.

When Mikaela Straus, who records as King Princess, says "I've never been subtle. I don't think now is the time," she means it. Straus is a producer, multi-instrumentalist, writer and emerging gay icon with incredible confidence charisma and the musical chops to back it up.

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. In the early morning darkness of June 17, 2017, the Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship in the South China Sea. The much larger cargo vessel ripped a huge hole in the Fitzgerald, killing seven sailors. Two months later, another destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, collided with another cargo ship leaving 10 more sailors dead.

Coral on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is failing to recover after a major bleaching event caused by warmer seas in 2016. A report this month found a nearly 90 percent decline in new baby coral settling on the reef. We’ll talk about the state of coral reefs worldwide, and the research on coral reproduction being done in San Francisco to grow and restore them.

‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ Bids Adieu

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After 45 years and more than 17,000 performances, San Francisco’s longest-running musical revue will close. Producer Jo Schuman Silver has decided to end “Beach Blanket Babylon.” The campy, irreverent show, filled with pop culture references, political gags and an iconic San Francisco skyline hat, plays Club Fugazi until the end of this year. We’ll talk with Schuman Silver and actor Curt Branom about the unexpectedly long tenure of “Beach Blanket Babylon,” and its place in San Francisco’s cultural history.

The singer Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" has been a cherished part of sports tradition in the U.S. for decades. But in the aftermath of a discovery that the singer also recorded at least two songs with racist content in the 1930s, two major American sports teams, baseball's New York Yankees and ice hockey's Philadelphia Flyers, have announced that they will stop playing Smith's rendition of the Irving Berlin patriotic classic. On Sunday, the Flyers also took down a statue of Smith that had stood in front of their stadium since 1987.

Delaney Van Riper’s genes contain an error. Were we to look at her genetic code in a Microsoft Word document, it would be really hard to find the written misspelling. On a single page of that genetic code, just one letter is wrong, but that letter translates into a degenerative nerve condition. The nerves that run to Delaney’s hands and feet are damaged, affecting how she walks and moves and writes and lives. Now Delaney and her parents are among the first to grapple directly with the question: What does it mean to be able to spell check your genetic code?

Controversial Kalama Methanol Plant May Be Misleading Public And Regulators

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Delaney Van Riper’s genes contain an error. Were we to look at her genetic code in a Microsoft Word document, it would be really hard to find the written misspelling. On a single page of that genetic code, just one letter is wrong, but that letter translates into a degenerative nerve condition. The nerves that run to Delaney’s hands and feet are damaged, affecting how she walks and moves and writes and lives. Now Delaney and her parents are among the first to grapple directly with the question: What does it mean to be able to spell check your genetic code?

REBROADCAST: Sallie Tisdale

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We spend the hour talking about the latest book by Portland author Sallie Tisdale, who is also a registered nurse and a Buddhist. In “Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them),” she draws on both of these deep wells of experience to explore her own aversion to death and what she’s discovered over decades of caring for dying people and their families, as well as losing people close to her.

China has stopped taking some of California’s recycling. How can the state continue recycling, without relying so much on China?California EPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld

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California’s climate change efforts can be spotted all over the Bay Area in the growing number of electric cars and solar panels. But now, California is enlisting people from a more conservative part of the state — even if they don’t think climate change is much of a concern.

California’s farmers are receiving millions of dollars to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, something the state says is crucial for meeting its ambitious climate goals.

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