With Government Shut Down, Science Idles

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. IRA FLATOW, HOST: This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. If you go to the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and you want to know how the flu season is progressing, you get this warning: The information on this website may not be up to date. The transactions submitted via the website may not be processed and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. With the federal...

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Media Mavens Merci Bouquet Honoree

This week's Bouquet goes to community servants: Helene Leonard and husband, Gene Stilwell! Together they founded Stages Creative Drama Workshop on the East End in 1994!

Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller say they take no position on what Paul Manafort's prison sentence should be, but say President Trump's former campaign chairman acted in "bold" fashion to commit a multitude of crimes.

Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced next month after pleading guilty in a Washington, D.C. court last year to charges of conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

The Politics Of Humanitarian Aid

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Dr. Paul Spiegel of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health tells NPR's Michel Martin how humanitarian aid has been used — or withheld — for political purposes in past conflicts.

Hollywood Culture Post-Weinstein

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Just in time for Oscar weekend, NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Kim Masters, editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter, about the culture in Hollywood post-Harvey Weinstein.

Violence broke out at the border between Venezuela and Colombia. Venezuelan troops fired tear gas and stopped crowds trying to bring humanitarian aid across the border.

Vote-counting has started in Nigeria's much-anticipated election, a week after it was postponed by election officials who blamed logistical challenges.

The country's 73 million voters will choose between dozens of presidential candidates, including incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking a second term to take the country to the "next level."

After long days picking leaves on tea plantations in India's remote northeast, some laborers like to relax with a glass of cheap, strong, locally-brewed liquor. Most can't afford the brand-name stuff.

But Indian authorities say at least 93 people have died and some 200 others are hospitalized after drinking tainted alcohol there in recent days. Some are in critical condition.

United Methodist Church leaders are meeting in St. Louis beginning Saturday to decide whether to lift a ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex weddings.

The topic has become increasingly contentious in recent years, as more United Methodist clergy have come out as gay. United Methodists are among the last mainline Protestant denominations to address the issue, and some worry it could cause a major rift in the church.

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For much of the week, cable news chyrons breathlessly touted the possible release of the Mueller report. Well, here at NPR, we don't have chyrons. We got something better, senior politics editor Ron Elving. Ron, thanks so much for being with us.

The Poets Of Fishing Gather In Oregon

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This weekend, fisherman and fishing women gather in Astoria, Ore., as they do once a year, to appreciate the compositions of BJ Leiderman, who writes our theme music, and to read and perform their own poetry. Melanie Sevcenko has the story.

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