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    • The Yellowstone Supervolcano Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

    • By: Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Yellowstone National Park sits squarely over a giant, active volcano. This requires attention.

    "The Yellowstone Supervolcano Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen" is from the April 20, 2018 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • New Research Identifies a ‘Sea of Despair’ Among White, Working-Class Americans

    • By: Joel Achenbach, Dan Keating
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton say the early mortality spike in this midlife group is not easing.

    "New Research Identifies a ‘Sea of Despair’ Among White, Working-Class Americans" is from the March 23, 2017 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and Dan Keating and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • FEMA Director Says Harvey Is Probably the Worst Disaster in Texas History

    • By: Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    William “Brock” Long, newly installed as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in an interview a few weeks ago that there was one thing that worried him most when it comes to natural disasters: “You know what’s keeping me up at night? This country has not been hit by a major hurricane since 2005.”

    "FEMA Director Says Harvey Is Probably the Worst Disaster in Texas History" is from the August 27, 2017 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • An Opioid Epidemic Is What Happens When Pain Is Treated Only With Pills

    • By: Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The United States is in the midst of a massive opioid epidemic, as The Washington Post and other news organizations have documented extensively. In 2015, more than 33,000 people died from overdoses of opioids, meaning prescription painkillers, heroin, fentanyl or any combination. That easily keeps pace here with fatal motor vehicle accidents and gun-related deaths.

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    • To Prevent Disease, Ethicists Approve Creation of Embryos with Three Genetic Parents

    • By: Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    "To Prevent Disease, Ethicists Approve Creation of Embryos with Three Genetic Parents" is from the National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • These Presidents All Said They Were Going to Change America. How'd That Work Out?

    • By: Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 13 mins
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    He had been echoing Jefferson promiscuously for days. Jefferson had won the first “change election” in American history, in 1800 — federalists out, “republicans” in — and now Clinton had ended 12 years of Republican occupation of the White House. He had journeyed to Washington from Monticello, recreating Jefferson’s trip 191 years earlier, this time in a bus with a license plate reading “Hope 1.”

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    • Cosmic Breakthrough: Physicists Detect Gravitational Waves from Violent Black-Hole Merger

    • By: Joel Achenbach, Rachel Feltman
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 11 mins
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    "Cosmic Breakthrough: Physicists Detect Gravitational Waves from Violent Black-Hole Merger" is from the US section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach, Rachel Feltman and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • How Trump Could Really Disrupt NASA and the Space Program

    • By: Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The Trump people are taking over NASA, and it’s hard to predict how this will play out for the agency's human spaceflight program. That’s in part because the usual rules of partisanship and ideology don’t apply in outer space. Above the stratosphere, there’s no left and right. (If anything, things are somewhat reversed, because a lot of Republicans support Big Government human spaceflight projects, as we’ll discuss in a moment.) Moreover, the president-elect hasn’t said much about space, and space wasn’t an issue in his campaign, either.

    "How Trump Could Really Disrupt NASA and the Space Program" is from the January 03, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Harsh Truth about Mars Water and NASA's 'Journey to Mars'

    • By: Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 6 mins
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    "The Harsh Truth about Mars Water and NASA's 'Journey to Mars'" is from the October 01, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • NASA Under Trump Is Still Waiting for Marching (and Launching) Orders

    • By: Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 3 mins
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    NASA employees are waiting to find out whether they'll be told to send astronauts back to the moon. They hear rumors that the Trump administration will try to strip the agency of its Earth Science research. Most of all they are wondering who their new administrator will be. Their leader for nearly eight years, Gen. Charles Bolden, said his farewell this month, and Trump has not nominated a replacement. The name that keeps surfacing as a top candidate is Rep. Jim Bridenstine.

    "NASA Under Trump Is Still Waiting for Marching (and Launching) Orders" is from the January 25, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • In Just One Year, Nearly 1.3 Million Americans Needed Hospital Care for Opioid-Related Issues

    • By: Joel Achenbach, Dan Keating
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year.

    "In Just One Year, Nearly 1.3 Million Americans Needed Hospital Care for Opioid-Related Issues" is from the June 20, 2017 To Your Health section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and Dan Keating and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Wave of Addiction Linked to Fentanyl Worsens as Drugs, Distribution, Evolve

    • By: Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Michelle MacLeod died in a tough part of town known as the Tree Streets, where many of the streets have names like Ash, Palm, Chestnut and Walnut. Kevin Manchester, who provided the fentanyl that killed her, lived on Pine.

    "Wave of Addiction Linked to Fentanyl Worsens as Drugs, Distribution, Evolve" is from the October 24, 2017 Health section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • FBI Searches for Motive in San Bernardino Rampage as Obama Says It Is 'Possible' It Was Terrorism

    • By: Missy Ryan, Mark Berman, Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 10 mins
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    "FBI Searches for Motive in San Bernardino Rampage as Obama Says It Is 'Possible' It Was Terrorism" is from the Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by By Missy Ryan, Mark Berman and Joel Achenbach and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Hot, Isolated, and Running out of Supplies, Parts of Puerto Rico Near Desperation

    • By: Samantha Schmidt, Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
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    In the heat and humidity here in the central mountains, Meryanne Aldea fanned her bedridden mother with a piece of cardboard Sunday as the ailing woman lay on her side, relieving a large ulcer in her back.

    "Hot, Isolated, and Running out of Supplies, Parts of Puerto Rico Near Desperation" is from the September 24, 2017 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Samantha Schmidt and Joel Achenbach and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Secret Harvard Meeting on Synthetic Human Genomes Incites Ethics Debate

    • By: Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 3 mins
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    "Secret Harvard Meeting on Synthetic Human Genomes Incites Ethics Debate" is from the May 13, 2016, National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • Nate Slams Mississippi as the 4th Hurricane in An Extraordinary Year to Make Landfall in the U.S.

    • By: Joel Achenbach, Patricia Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Hurricane Nate lashed coastal Mississippi on Sunday morning, causing power outages and some flooding before racing north and weakening rapidly into a tropical depression.

    "Nate Slams Mississippi as the 4th Hurricane in An Extraordinary Year to Make Landfall in the U.S." is from the October 08, 2017 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and Patricia Sullivan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Life Expectancy Is up Sharply for Blacks and Hispanics; Whites Are Lagging

    • By: Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 6 mins
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    "Life Expectancy Is up Sharply for Blacks and Hispanics; Whites Are Lagging" is from the June 03, 2016, National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • A Group of Middle-Aged Whites in the U.S. Is Dying at a Startling Rate

    • By: Lenny Bernstein, Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 6 mins
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    "A Group of Middle-Aged Whites in the U.S. Is Dying at a Startling Rate" is from the November 04, 2015 Wild Card section of The Washington Post. It was written by Lenny Bernstein and Joel Achenbach and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • After Pennsylvania Man Confesses to Role in Slaying of Missing Four, Questions Remain in the Case

    • By: Joel Achenbach, Mark Berman
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 6 mins
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    The mysterious case of the missing men — all between the ages of 19 and 22 — has transfixed this region since all four vanished last week. Even as the investigation stretched on for days, centering on a farm not far from the Delaware River, the Bucks County district attorney said he clung to hope that the men would be found alive.

    "After Pennsylvania Man Confesses to Role in Slaying of Missing Four, Questions Remain in the Case" is from the July 14, 2017 Post Nation section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and Mark Berman and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • An Addiction Crisis Along 'The Backbone of America'

    • By: Joel Achenbach
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 9 mins
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    The young woman sat on a city bench in Athens, Ohio, smoking a Marlboro. She told me her name is Keri, she’s 29, and she has a 10-year-old daughter and a history of drug addiction and mood disorders. She’d just been to a court hearing to get custody of her child. Bad as things are for her, they used to be worse, she said.

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