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Spirit Guide: Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020

For International Holocaust Remembrance Day, WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper sat down with two scholars from the University of Tennessee to talk about their research into European Jews and the Holocaust. Helene Sinnreich is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of The Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies. Marilyn Kallet is Professor Emerti of Creative Writing and Knoxville’s Poet Laureate.

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The State Department has denied NPR's diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen permission to fly with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on a trip to Ukraine. NPR is protesting that decision in a letter.

Updated at 5:40 p.m. ET

NPR is asking the State Department to explain its decision to deny an NPR reporter press credentials to travel with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on an upcoming trip to Europe, NPR President and CEO John Lansing announced Tuesday.

"We have sought clarification from the State Department regarding Michele Kelemen being dropped" from the trip, Lansing wrote in an email to employees. He added, "We have also asked what it means for future trips."

A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Jamaica, Cuba and the Caymans on Tuesday, startling people as far away as Miami and prompting official tsunami alerts for a large area of the Caribbean that were later withdrawn.

The quake, initially reported as 7.3-magnitude before being upgraded, was centered 86 miles northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 87 miles west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba, at a depth of just 6 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at 2:10 p.m. ET.

The world is being flooded with perhaps unfamiliar words and phrases in coverage of the newly discovered coronavirus — starting with the very word "coronavirus." (see below for definition).

Bust Times In A Former Wyoming Coal Boomtown

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Gillette, Wyo. once produced 40% of all U.S. coal, but is now losing half its jobs as coal demand plummets. A nearby town survived a bust in the 1950s and offers lessons.

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Star Wars has been translated into a Navajo language, and now the viral song sensation "Baby Shark" gets the treatment as language preservationists seek to keep the ancient native tongue Diné in use. KNAU's Zac Ziegler reports.

The Syrian military, backed by Russia, is advancing further into the last rebel-held province of Syria, threatening a catastrophe for the millions of people there.

Not even Gary Bettman knew the name of the first black hockey player in the National Hockey League when he became league commissioner in 1993.

Bettman has since hired Willie O'Ree, who broke the NHL's color barrier when he skated for the Boston Bruins in 1958, as a league ambassador, part of what the league is doing to make its game more diverse.

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Charles Lieber, the chair of Harvard University's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has been arrested and criminally charged with making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the U.S. Defense Department about his ties to a Chinese government program to recruit foreign scientists and researchers.


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