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Spoleto Backstage: Piccolo Spoleto; 'Pay No Attention To The Girl'; 'Letter To A Friend In Gaza'

On this episode of Spoleto Backstage , we learn about this year's Piccolo Spoleto Festival from Scott Watson, director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the city of Charleston, and violinist Yuriy Bekker, concertmaster for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Host Adam Parker speaks with stage director David Herskovitz about his innovative new play, "Pay No Attention to the Girl." And filmmaker Amos Gitai joins us with a preview of his multimedia performance "Letter to a Friend in Gaza."

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Kenneth Feinberg has been called on to tackle the emotionally grueling job of figuring out the monetary value of victims' lives following a slew of tragedies. And now, a federal judge in California has appointed the prominent attorney to do it again.

This time, Feinberg will serve as mediator for court-mandated settlement talks between Bayer and people who say the company's glysophate-based weedkiller, Roundup, gave them cancer, The Associated Press reports.

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Saudi siblings Lina and Walid Alhathloul check their phones constantly for any mention of their sister on social media. They have already done four interviews on the day of the PEN awards and sit down for a fifth, because, they say, this is the only way to help their sister, 29-year-old jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul.

"We want to raise awareness," says Lina Alhathloul, a lawyer living in exile in Belgium.

The leader of Britain's House of Commons has quit — the latest sign of growing pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to step down amid deep dissatisfaction with her handling of Brexit.

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Heather Williams, an Iran intelligence expert at the Rand Corporation, for context on the current situation between the U.S. and Iran.

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with White House spokesperson Adam Kennedy about the president's remarks Wednesday about refusing to work with Democrats on policy until "phony investigations" are done.

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with David Lapan, a former DHS spokesman and retired marine, about possible presidential pardons coming for U.S. servicemen convicted of war crimes.

Democrats on Capitol Hill clashed with the acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Wednesday over the deaths of five migrant children, who died after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

The investigation into the racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page was inconclusive, but school officials knew of the photo before his election and did not go public.

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Is your phone listening to you?

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It's a spooky feeling: You're discussing a TV show or a pair of shoes or whatever with a friend, then you open Instagram and see an ad for the exact thing you were just talking about. But it's not like your phone is listening ... right? Plus: How delivery apps are changing the restaurant business and the legacy of Grumpy Cat.

Donald Trump says auto imports from Japan and the E.U. threaten the U.S.'s national security. SAT participants will now get an "adversity score," but they won't know what it is. Plus, we travel to Denmark, where top chefs are developing the foods of the future. Rollie pollies, anyone?

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The age of fraud

May 17, 2019

Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio kicks off the special series "Brains and Losses," which looks at the financial vulnerability of an aging population. Then, more than 40 states are now suing Oxycontin maker Purdue.

Today's show is sponsored by Indeed and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

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