NPR News | KUOW News and Information

NPR News

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

(SOUNDBITE OF U.S. MARINE BAND PERFORMANCE)

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

All Things Considered co-host Ari Shapiro is on a road trip leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20. He is driving through North Carolina and Virginia, on the way to Washington, D.C. These are two swing states that went in opposite directions in November, each by a close margin: North Carolina for Trump, Virginia for Hillary Clinton. As the country faces dramatic changes, we're asking people what they want from that change — and what concerns them.

Photos: Compare the crowd at Trump's inauguration with Obama's

Jan 20, 2017
S
Reuters

Estimating crowd size is always tricky, so we let photographs taken at both Barack Obama's and Donald Trump's inauguration ceremonies do the comparison.

Trump's inauguration was expected to draw about 800,000. The crowds stand in stark contrast to Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration, which was estimated to draw about 1.8 million, making it the most well-attended inauguration in history. 

From Texas Standard:

President Donald Trump called for a “complete shutdown of Muslims” entering the United States during his campaign. He falsely claimed the U.S. has no system to vet refugees seeking to enter the country. He’s also championed creating an “extreme vetting” process for any and all immigrants and visitors to the U.S. – mapping out a three-pronged approach to immigration.

Doctors Without Borders says that the death toll has risen to "about 90" from a Nigerian military airstrike Tuesday on a displaced persons camps in the country's restive Borno state.

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has said that the bombing happened during an operation targeting Boko Haram militants and was accidental.

We love music at The World — and this week's music was no exception. From Sudanese retro-pop, to a Nigerian musican who never talked to us, give a listen to some of what we loved this week.

Sudanese-born singer Alsarah

The music Alsarah and The Nubatones make combines some of the retro-pop from Sudan's Nubia region and Arabic influences from her time spent in Morocco — two different parts of Africa that Alsarah and The Nubatones have woven skillfully together.

From Texas Standard:

House Speaker Paul Ryan has said repealing the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – is a day-one priority for President Donald Trump and Republicans have already taken the first step towards repealing it.

Mother Of Murdered Son Says Death Penalty Is Necessary

Jan 20, 2017

For the last 27 years, Mary Elledge has led the Portland-area chapter of the nonprofit group Parents of Murdered Children. It's a nonpolitical group that doesn't take a position on the death penalty, so when she spoke to Think Out Loud host Dave Miller about her personal view on capital punishment, she represented just that: her personal view.

Elledge's son Rob was murdered 30 years ago. Three men were convicted of the crime — one for planning, overseeing and paying for the murder; the other two for actually carrying it out.

A British police watchdog is investigating an incident last Saturday in Bristol in which an officer fired a stun gun at a black man who has served as a community-relations adviser for local law enforcement.

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

70 Years of Candido Camero

Jan 20, 2017

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

From Texas StandardThis story originally aired on Nov. 11, 2016, and has been updated throughout.

Most parts of a president’s legacy are murky. It can be hard to identify an administration’s long-term effect on the economy or the environment, but the Supreme Court is a different story.

After pressure from Texas GOP leadership, the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court on Friday reversed course and agreed to take up a same-sex marriage case.

Copyright 2017 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

Pages