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As a science columnist for The New York Times, Carl Zimmer had reported extensively about genetics and the role gene mutations play in various ailments. After a while, he got to wondering about what secrets his own genetic code holds.

"I wanted to know if there was anything I needed to worry about," Zimmer says. "We all think back to our relatives who got sick and then wonder, 'Is that in me?' "

As Congress continues to tussle over immigration this week, Mayor Dee Margo of El Paso, Texas, says he wants to see some action on immigration, especially on DACA.

“That’s ridiculous not to be able to take care of that,” he tells Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson of the DACA program. “Those are usually productive citizens.”

One possible outcome of the Trump-Kim summit could be changes to the looming trade war with China. President Trump has long railed against the U.S. trade deficit with China.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), host of “Jill on Money” and the podcast “Better Off,” about what a trade deficit is, and what it means for the U.S.

President Trump attempts to shape the image of two major summits this week. At the first, the meeting of the G-7 in Canada over the weekend, Trump spurned traditional allies by refusing to sign a communique drafted by the world leaders. On the flight home, Trump and advisers launched a flurry of vitriol at Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, primarily over trade.

Monday, Trump enters uncharted territory with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore. The world will be watching as the two leaders meet to talk over the dicey topic of denuclearization.

Recapping The 2018 Tony Awards

Jun 11, 2018

The winners, the losers, the laughter, the tears: Reporter Jeff Lunden (@jefflunden) recaps Sunday night’s Tony Awards.

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Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” was released 25 years ago on June 11, 1993. The film helped redefine popular perceptions of dinosaurs, while earning three Academy Awards and $914 million in its original theatrical run. But after more than two decades of research, paleontologists have learned a lot about the long-extinct animals.

The clock is ticking down toward the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Trump needs to walk away from the meeting “with some sort of document,” says Joel Wit, a former State Department official who’s negotiated with Kim’s representatives — and it must include the word “denuclearization.”

Voters in Maine will vote in Tuesday’s congressional primaries in the country’s first statewide use of ranked-choice voting. The system allows voters to rank their candidates in order of preference, instead of picking just one.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young learns more about the system with Steve Mistler (@stevemistler) of Maine Public Radio.

The hack of a cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea is being blamed for a sharp drop in bitcoin and other popular currencies, which lost billions of dollars in value. The Coinrail virtual currency exchange was breached over the weekend.

An Air Force officer who deserted the military in 1983 has been located in California, where he was living under a false name, according to authorities.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations announced late last week that William Howard Hughes Jr. had been apprehended "without incident."

A rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants will be allowed to enter the Spanish port of Valencia, after it was turned away from ports in Italy and Malta.

The ship Aquarius rescued 629 people in the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday, "including 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 other children and seven pregnant women," Reuters reports.

Faces Of NPR: Petra Mayer

Jun 11, 2018

Faces Of NPR is a weekly feature that showcases the people behind NPR, from the voices you hear every day on the radio to the ones who work outside of the recording studio. You'll find out about what they do and what they're inspired by on the daily. This week's post features NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer.

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Name: Petra Mayer

Twitter Handle: @petramatic

Job Title: Editor, NPR Books

There are now more than 10,000 migrant children in U.S. government custody.

These are teenagers who fled violence in Central America. And children who were separated from their parents after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

How the children should be cared for and what happens to them is part of a growing clash between the Trump administration and advocates.

One of these young migrants made the long trek from El Salvador last year and turned herself in to U.S. authorities at the border.

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with congratulations to John Tiffany, who won a Tony Award for his work in "Harry Potter And The Cursed Child." At the ceremony, he thanked colleagues as people do. Then he noted it was the birthday of his boyfriend David Knock.

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A federal judge has temporarily stopped the deportation of a New York pizza delivery man. The man was detained while delivering food to a U.S. Army base. NPR's Shannon Van Sant reports.

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If a shopper clicks "buy" for a product that costs $1,000 or more, it's twice as likely to be a man than a woman. That's one of the results revealed in a new NPR/Marist poll about online shopping.

The Tony Awards felt a little different this year than they have recently. It was a year without a Hamilton or a Dear Evan Hansen; there was no one original, out-of-nowhere show that came into the Tony Awards as a pop phenomenon. In fact, all four of the four nominated musicals were adaptations of existing properties: SpongeBob SquarePants, Disney's Frozen and the non-musical films Mean Girls and The Band's Visit.

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#MeToo At The Southern Baptist Convention

Jun 10, 2018

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Military Recruiting In The Time Of DACA

Jun 10, 2018

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Concerns Ahead Of Trump-Kim Summit

Jun 10, 2018

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Now, to understand what we might expect from this upcoming meeting, we called Ambassador Wendy Sherman. She coordinated Korea policy during the Clinton administration, and we asked her what she is expecting this meeting to produce.

Trump-Kim Summit: What To Expect

Jun 10, 2018

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We're going to go to Singapore now where, as we said earlier, President Trump and Kim Jong Un have arrived for their meeting. This comes, of course, after a contentious G-7 summit where President Trump clashed with allies. NPR's Elise Hu is in Singapore, and she's with us now.

U.S. And North Korea: How We Got Here

Jun 10, 2018

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