Latest from NPR

First daughter Ivanka Trump discussed female entrepreneurship, her father and feminism at the W20 Summit in Berlin on Tuesday, joining a panel that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Netherlands' Queen Maxima.

Merkel invited Trump to the G20-linked event during her visit with President Trump last month in Washington, D.C.

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit


Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit


Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit


Nagging your kids to stick to a set bedtime each night may feel like a thankless task. But here's some justification that your efforts are setting your kids up for a healthier life: A new study finds that preschool-age children who didn't have a set sleep routine were more likely to be overweight by the time they became tweens.

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit


Donald Trump promised something new in American politics.

His strategists said his brash "America First" approach would bust up the old party identities and remake the Republican Party as a true populist "Workers Party."

But it was never perfectly clear exactly how he planned to do that — 100 days into his administration, here are five thoughts on what we know so far about Trumpism:

1. The early debate about Trumpism (and what that means)

Trump's First 100 Days: Policy Priorities

Apr 25, 2017

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit


And I'm Rachel Martin. And, David, we're going to start this morning with President Trump's promised border wall with Mexico, right? What's going on?


Read a version of this story in Spanish.

As the White House pushes Congress to fund President Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, a new wrinkle has emerged that could stymie parts of the massive project.

Copyright 2017 UALR Public Radio. To see more, visit UALR Public Radio.


Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit


The Trump administration announced it will impose a 20 percent tariff on imported softwood lumber from Canada.

The dispute is not new — the United States and Canada have sparred over imports of forest products for decades. But the action comes as the two nations prepare to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, which President Trump has harshly criticized.

Dozens of Democrats joined Republicans in the Senate to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next secretary of agriculture.

The vote was 87-11. Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted "present" and presided over the vote.

Sonny Perdue grew up on a farm in central Georgia and has owned several agriculture companies. He is not associated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms.

NPR's Geoff Bennett reports for our Newscast unit:

For only the third time ever, the government released today a national report card examining the knowledge, understanding and abilities of U.S. eighth-graders in visual arts and music.

And in many ways, the numbers aren't great, with little progress shown in most categories since the last time the assessment was given in 2008. One bright spot: The achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white peers has narrowed. But Hispanics and African-Americans still lag far behind white and Asian eighth-graders.

Initial numbers show that bottle and can returns are up statewide after the deposit increased from a nickel to a dime on April 1.

Full statewide numbers aren’t in yet, but the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative is tracking how many bottles are returned to its Bottle Drop Centers.

An Opening For Trump In Deep Blue Oregon

Apr 24, 2017

At Seneca Sawmill Company in Eugene, Ore., a team of lumbermen stand watch as wooden boards are spit out one-by-one onto a planing platform.

"We're taking rough lumber from the saw mill, bringing it over and putting a smooth surface on all four sides and then grading it based on lumber grading rules," explains Todd Payne, Seneca's CEO.

Payne says his business is thriving. A "now hiring" sign even hangs out front. Seneca Sawmill has weathered the past few decades better than many of Oregon's other timber operations.

A couple entrepreneurs in Eugene say they have a great protein source that uses a mere fraction of the land and water that cattle use.  So if you’re adventurous and open to what some might consider a creepy, crawly, dining experience…you too can help the environment while enjoying a nutritious – albeit six-legged -- entrée.  KLCC’s Brian Bull serves it up. 

Anton offers small plastic cups containing samples. 

“These are dried, roasted crickets, we raise them right here in Eugene…” she says, as people approach. 

One woman warily eyes the cups of bugs.  She is Joyce Baker, a member of the Audobon Society.

"I’m the cupcake maker," she adds.  "This is my competition tonight.”

Miller smiles, and engages Baker.

"Can I interest you in trying some?" he asks.

"I’m a little embarrassed as an outdoorsy person to say I don’t think I want to put a bug in my mouth,” replies Baker.

We’ll get back to the Audubon Society and see how those cricket snacks go over later.  Now it’s time to visit Craft Crickets on site.  It’s in West Eugene…right behind a Burger King.

“We’re going to take you on a tour, starting at the beginning of cricket life!" says Anton. "So we’ll take you into the nursery…” 

Anton opens up a small, humid tent. Austin Miller emerges.

“If I dig a little hole with my finger, you can see how, there are maybe 50,000 eggs in this 8”x8” pan,” he says.  

"And this stage is called ‘pinheads’ because they’re the size of a pinhead," adds Anton. 

The next room is stacked floor to ceiling with nearly 200 plastic totes.  Miller figures they’ve 940,000 crickets here.

“They only make noise when they’re full adults. And it’s just the males, doing their mating call.”

"So I just recorded a few thousand guys saying, ‘Hey, check me out?’" I ask.

“Yep, more or less.”

Miller and Anton met in London. He’s a former finance manager for Amazon, while she worked at a sustainable development consulting firm. 

Last year they put down $25,000 for this warehouse space of 2400 square feet.  That may seem sizable for crickets, but Miller says it’s nothing compared to what’s needed for a beef steer.

“To raise a pound of crickets, you need around 15 square meters," explains Miller.  "Cows, you need around 200 square meters to get a pound.  And crickets only require 1 gallon of water to create a pound of meat in the end.  Beef, you need around 2500 gallons of water.” 

Craft Crickets doesn’t have a slaughterhouse.  Miller says they’re only licensed to raise them on-site.  For harvesting, they use a local kitchen down the road.

“And the crickets being cold blooded, when you move them into a freezer, they’ll slow down their systems.  And they’ll go into hibernation.”

Within 24 hours, the crickets die.  They’re then cleaned, blanched, and baked.

“That’s removing the water content.  So that you get a dried cricket that you can keep on the shelf for over a month.” 

Craft Crickets’ mission of providing more sustainable forms of protein is backed up by the United Nations, which released a report in 2013.  It argues eating bugs helps alleviate environmental impacts as well as hunger.

Some researchers - including May Berenbaum, Head of Entomology at the University of Illinois – say there’s further justification for eating bugs.

“It’s essentially been in our DNA for millennia.” 

Berenbaum says our manual dexterity and brains evolved from our ancestors seeking out ants or termites from nests, and grubs living under bark.  So crickets aren’t really a big stretch for us to snack on.

“And in most ways, are better suited for the human diet than our more conventional sources of animal meat.  Crickets have all the essential amino acids, it’s very high quality protein.” 

Zoe Anton says the younger someone is, the more receptive they are to eating a cricket.

“One of my friends’ two-and-a-half-year-olds, when we gave some to her to try, she just started taking handfuls and stuffing them into her face. And then when we did a little test between crickets and her Cheerios, she chose the crickets every single time.” 

So let’s go back to the Audubon Society, where we left Joyce Baker ready to try her first cricket.

“Someone should hold my hand," says Baker, resignedly.

“Don’t look at it! Yeah, there you go,” coaches Anton.

“Num num num num…it tastes a little like sunflower seeds. It’s tasty!” exclaims Baker.

I ask her if she's now a convert.  

“Ahh…well, I’m very curious about how it’d be when it’s ground up into smoothies.”

“Or your next batch of cupcakes.”

“Right, exactly, I’ll surprise people!  They’ll say, “Oh, you put some nuts in this time.” “Noooo, just a few little bugs.” 

Other Audubon Society members liked them, too.  One woman declined, telling the Craft Cricket founders she’d just brushed her teeth. 

Miller and Anton say they’ll keep pushing the benefits of crickets. 

A tell-tale sign of a convert is a sticker they hand people after a successful sample…it simply reads, “I EAT BUGS.”

As a hurry-up execution schedule plays out in Arkansas this week, the U.S. Supreme Court and Arkansas Supreme Court have stepped in to block two of the eight executions initially scheduled for an 11-day period.

In the 1950s, television producer Albert Freedman captivated audiences with his carefully crafted game show Twenty-One, which had been foundering before he helped turn it into the most popular program in the country.