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Whenever you bring together dozens of different countries from around the globe, there's bound be some cross-cultural confusion. The World Cup is no exception.

And if you're Shin Tae-yong, coach of the South Korean national team, you figure out how to work that confusion to your advantage. In a press conference Sunday, Shin explained the unusual tactic he'd employed against scouts from the Swedish team: He'd had his team members swap jersey numbers for the warm-up games, in hopes that scouts wouldn't be able to tell the players apart.

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A summer already full of high-profile hip-hop releases just got hotter. NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael break down the surprise release of Jay-Z and Beyoncé's joint album, Everything Is Love, and explore how it sounds both on its own and compared to the competition.

Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET

President Trump Monday announced his intention to create a "space force" that would oversee the military's activities off-world.

"When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space," Trump said at a meeting of the National Space Council, which oversees the nation's space policy. "We must have American dominance in space. So important."

It's been a decade since the financial crisis drove up the unemployment rate in the U.S. and forced people in the prime of their careers to give up looking for work.

Even today, as employers add jobs at a furious pace, the workforce participation rate still hasn't recovered. And now researchers think they know one reason why: the opioid crisis.

This Apple Update Could Prove To Be A True Lifesaver

Jun 18, 2018

With about 80 percent of 911 calls made from mobile devices, it's sometimes difficult for emergency responders to pinpoint the location of those callers.

The trading relationship between the U.S. and China has been tense lately, defined by escalating tariff threats and bellicose rhetoric on both sides. The problem with tariffs though, is that they they often come with unintended consequences.

But if the U.S. wants to address China's questionable trade practices and counteract the negative effects of free trade, what is the government to do?Economist Jared Bernstein walks us through some of the alternative options for dealing with trade challenges.

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Ahmed Alaa describes raising a rainbow flag at a crowded concert in Cairo last September as "the best moment" of his life. In photos from the event, he looks ecstatic as he waves the flag in the spotlights of the outdoor stage hosting the Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou' Leila.

He posted the photos on Facebook, and others did too. The next morning, he woke up to death threats.

Blue Men, Psychopaths, and a Bad Date

Jun 18, 2018
Sarah Stacke

John Grady is slightly burnt out after years of performing in the legendary Blue Man Group, but a surprising audience member changes his perspective.   James Fallon, a world renowned neurosurgeon, analyzes the brain scans of the criminally insane but then identifies something in a scan a bit closer to home.    Rachel Dratch ventures into the dating world and gets a rude awakening.

The first week of the World Cup is arguably the best: three matches a day, none at the same time. It is Soccer Christmas for futbol fans, and it's hard to get much work done at the office.

PJ Morton, the keyboardist for Maroon Five, has a lot to say. At a moment when music and pop culture have become hyper-politicized, Morton has released a solo album. He says he wants it to do what other artists’ songs did during the civil rights era, and help push a movement forward.

You can hear an unplugged version of Morton’s new album here:

How does Morton work as both an artist and entrepreneur?

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the percentage of workers between ages 25 and 54 who are employed are looking for work is well below the rate of other developed countries.

The Trump Administration has confirmed that Kathy Kraninger will be nominated to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) next. Kraninger is currently a deputy of Mick Mulvaney at the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney now serves as interim director at the CFPB.

The Supreme Court announced decisions in two big gerrymandering cases. In a case in Maryland, the court upheld a Congressional map drawn by Democrats. And in Wisconsin, where a Republican-drawn map was challenged, the court threw out the ruling challenging the Republican maps.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick (@Dahlialithwick).

People from Nashville and Atlanta offer their views on the administration’s policy of separating children from families detained at border crossings. Meanwhile, at a border crossing in Tornillo, Texas, more than 2,000 people gathered on Father’s Day to protest the separation of children and parents who enter into the U.S. illegally. The rural town of 1,500 has become well known over the last several days as home to the first temporary shelter along the southwest border that will house unaccompanied migrant children in the wake of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.

You've hopefully heard about the meetings we've been having regarding the mistakes we've been making. If you haven't been to one of the discussions yet, watch for an invitation.

As has been said many times at the sessions so far, it's important upfront to acknowledge that we're doing more good work — but without more good people. Almost everyone is stretched. Thanks are in order for all that you do.

But, then there's this: We've posted about 100 corrections a month this year.

Here's the thing about There There, the debut novel by Native American author Tommy Orange: Even if the rest of its story were just so-so — and it's much more than that — the novel's prologue would make this book worth reading.

In The Grand Canyon, Mules Rule

Jun 18, 2018

Thousands of years ago, in what’s now the country of Turkey, historians say someone decided to breed a horse with a donkey. Thus the mule was born. The sturdy hybrids were soon used all over the world. And while cars and trucks have mostly replaced them by now, there’s a famous spot where these beasts of burden still reign supreme.

KJZZ’s Stina Sieg (@StinaSieg) reports.


From trade to coal to crime, many of the topics that President Trump goes back to over and over again seem to harken back to the 1970s.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Derek Thompson (@DKThomp), senior editor at The Atlantic, about how Trump’s policies today seem like a throwback to that decade, and what it means for us.

KQED’s John Sepulvado (@JohnLGC) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the temporary shelter in Tornillo, Texas, which currently holds over 100 unaccompanied immigrant minors and is set to expand to hold more.

President Trump blames Democrats for an administration policy of separating children from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Critics say he’s using an old law to try to force border security legislation, and many other Republicans have continued to voice their opposition to the policy.

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It's hard to believe that it's been just two months since we introduced the new NPR app for iOS, the first major redesign of NPR's flagship news app since its creation nearly a decade ago.

We've heard from many of you about your experience using the app and we can't thank you enough for taking the time to offer your thoughtful feedback and questions. This launch was the product of many months of research, testing and development, but we can learn so much more now that our work is in the hands of more than a million active users.

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Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong took ownership of the Los Angeles Times in style with a full-page note to his readers and his new employees on Sunday.

Soon-Shiong bought the newspaper from its former corporate owners, the Chicago-based Tronc newspaper company. NPR spoke to Soon-Shiong about his ambitions for the newspaper.

German police arrested the CEO of Audi, Rupert Stadler, on Monday in connection with the ongoing investigation into Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal.

Munich prosecutors ordered a search of Stadler's home last week, and officials told the BBC that "they had acted because of a risk that Mr Stadler might seek to suppress evidence."

Half-Marathon Entrant Runs Full Marathon

Jun 18, 2018

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In 1841, small-town parish clerk William Hinton got his first look at an English locomotive in action. Writer Julian Young recorded Hinton's breathless reaction: "Well Sir, that was a sight to have seen; but one I never care to see again! How awful! I tremble to think of it! I don't know what to compare it to, unless it be to a messenger ... with a commission to spread desolation and destruction over this fair land! How much longer shall knowledge be allowed to go on increasing?"