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    The new hit Netflix show 'Uncoupled'; Grammy winner Aoife O'Donovan's new album

    The new hit Netflix show 'Uncoupled'; Grammy winner Aoife O'Donovan's new album

    Within a week since its release, Netflix's new original series Uncoupled starring Neil Patrick Harris has quickly leapt into the streaming service's top 10. Darren Star, who created Sex and the City, is also behind this show — and there seem to be some similarities. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans joins us. And, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan reflects on her musical life (and shouts out to Joni Mitchell) on her new album "Age of Apathy." The singer-songwriter talks about the album, and we revisit our conversation from January.

    • 41 min
    Portland's gun problem swells; Invasive Burmese pythons harm the environment

    Portland's gun problem swells; Invasive Burmese pythons harm the environment

    Portland's homicide rate is roughly double the nationwide rate. Mayor Ted Wheeler, who is putting funding back into the police department and has issued a new emergency declaration to try and deal with the gun problem, joins us. And, the 2022 Florida Python Challenge kicked off Friday morning in Florida. Conservation biologist Ian Bartoszek talks about capturing the heaviest Burmese python ever in Florida.

    • 40 min
    Black men turn to barbers to talk; 'We Are Jane' provides access to safe abortions

    Black men turn to barbers to talk; 'We Are Jane' provides access to safe abortions

    The U.S is in the midst of a mental health crisis — especially in the Black community. Confess Project is one organization turning to local barbers to get Black men and boys to open up and seek help. Barber Craig Charles joins us. And, reviving the mission of a group from the 1960s, "We Are Jane" seeks to aid in proving safe abortion access in Chicago after the overturn of Roe v. Wade. South Side activist and founder of Mothers Against Senseless Killing Tamar Manasseh launched the new initiative and joins us.

    • 41 min
    Kentucky chef delivers food, hope to flood victims; Looking for rare wild ginseng

    Kentucky chef delivers food, hope to flood victims; Looking for rare wild ginseng

    In the aftermath of widespread Eastern Kentucky flooding, one Kentucky chef is cooking up food for residents affected and traversing nearly-impassible routes to get it to them. Joe Arvin joins us to talk about his efforts. And, ginseng has been cultivated for thousands of years for its medicinal benefits, but it's now endangered. Researchers in Tennessee have found a patch, but they won't share its location. Steve Haruch of WPLN joined researchers in their scouting and reports.

    • 42 min
    Bad Bunny's enormous success; First fully synthetic mouse embryos

    Bad Bunny's enormous success; First fully synthetic mouse embryos

    What's behind Bad Bunny's enormous success? "Un Verano Sin Ti," the new album by the Puerto Rican superstar, is dominating the music industry. Carina del Valle Schorske, a writer who profiled Bad Bunny in The New York Times Magazine, joins us. And, for the first time in history, researchers have grown mice embryos with no sperm, no egg and no uterus. STAT's Megan Molteni joins us.

    • 41 min
    Author Bill Littlefield's new novel; Best video games of 2022

    Author Bill Littlefield's new novel; Best video games of 2022

    For 25 years Bill Littlefield's infectious laugh and thoughtful conversation made NPR's Only a Game much more than a national sports show. Now, the narrator of his new novel "Mercy" shares Littlefield's introspection. He joins us. And, NPR staff and contributors weigh in on their favorite games of 2022 so far. Here & Now's James Perkins Mastromarino breaks down some of the picks.

    • 42 min

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