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Alarm Raised Over President's Choice For USDA Top Science Job: He's No Scientist

As President Donald Trump continues to fill political appointments, his nomination for the top science job at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is raising unique concerns. Trump has chosen Iowan Sam Clovis to be undersecretary of agriculture for research, education and economics. Clovis served as a fighter pilot in the Air Force, has a doctorate in public administration, and taught economics at Morningside College in Sioux City. Sioux City is also where he gained a following as a...

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At least seven people were wounded by a man with a knife who went on a stabbing rampage in the northern Russian city of Surgut.

No one was killed in the attack in the central Siberian city, but four people were in serious condition, according to state-run Tass news agency, which cited a regional health official.

Islamic State says the man — shot dead by police — was a "soldier" of the extremist group. However, Russian authorities say psychiatric information on the assailant is being sought, suggesting they believe the claim by ISIS may be opportunistic.

President Trump will skip the annual Kennedy Center Honors this year to allow the "artists to celebrate without any political distraction," the White House said Saturday.

Three of the five artists set to be honored had either expressed a specific intent to boycott the traditional White House reception before the event or were said to be considering it.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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August 2017: StoryCorps in Iowa

Iowa Public Radio will host the StoryCorps MobileBooth at Cowles Commons in Des Moines August 3 - September 1. Here's how to get involved!

This summer, IPR is examining the impact of HF 517, as well as other gun issues.

We'll talk about so-called "stand your ground" provisions, how they're being received by communities of color and how gun owners are training in self defense and gun safety.

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Featured Release This Week From Broken Social Scene + Studio One Tracks Top 30 Playlist

Broken Social Scene is a true musical collective, with as many as nineteen members involved in any given project or performance. Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning formed Broken Social Scene in Toronto in 1999. Most of the other members (such as Leslie Feist, Jason Collett, and Emily Haines) have their own separate groups and projects. With so many different players and instruments involved, the group's orchestrated and sometimes experimental music has at times been categorized as baroque pop....

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A French Pianist Powerhouse

“For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe…the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.” That’s what one Washington Post critic was inspired to write after attending a concert featuring the dynamic young pianist Lise de la Salle. Another exclaimed, “She might just be the most exciting young artist in classical music right now.” A native of France, Ms. de la Salle first came to international attention in 2005, at the age of 16, with...

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