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Several cities across the U.S. have seen a sharp rise in shooting incidents. Today, the White House announced that federal strike forces are going to partner with local police to deal with this in five cities, including New York. But how should communities that have strained relationships with law enforcement deal with gun violence? Some activists in New York say more policing is not the right answer. NPR's Jasmine Garsd reports.

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In an interview with Variety last week, the creators of the HBO Max adult animated series Harley Quinn revealed that a scene depicting Batman performing oral sex on Catwoman was blocked by DC Entertainment because "heroes don't do that."

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Just a warning - this next conversation contains adult content, descriptions of sex acts and popular comic book characters. This may not be suitable for children.

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And finally today, you know Kevin Hart as a comedian whose standup shows fill stadiums around the country, as an actor and producer whose films like "Jumanji" fill the theaters, and as a pitchman starring in commercials on 24/7. And now one of the hardest working men in show biz has another title to add to his resume, kids book author, with his new title aimed at the middle school set. It's called "Marcus Makes A Movie," and Kevin Hart is with us now to tell us more about it. Mr. Hart, welcome. Thank you so much for joining us.

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And finally today, you know Kevin Hart as a comedian whose standup shows fill stadiums around the country, as an actor and producer whose films like "Jumanji" fill the theaters, and as a pitchman starring in commercials on 24/7. And now one of the hardest working men in show biz has another title to add to his resume, kids book author, with his new title aimed at the middle school set. It's called "Marcus Makes A Movie," and Kevin Hart is with us now to tell us more about it. Mr. Hart, welcome. Thank you so much for joining us.

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And finally today, you know Kevin Hart as a comedian whose standup shows fill stadiums around the country, as an actor and producer whose films like "Jumanji" fill the theaters, and as a pitchman starring in commercials on 24/7. And now one of the hardest working men in show biz has another title to add to his resume, kids book author, with his new title aimed at the middle school set. It's called "Marcus Makes A Movie," and Kevin Hart is with us now to tell us more about it. Mr. Hart, welcome. Thank you so much for joining us.

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Your Life Advice For NPR's 50th Birthday

Jun 19, 2021

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As you may have heard, NPR is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, and in honor of that milestone, we've asked listeners to share life advice and lessons they've learned over 50 years.

TONI JONES: My name is Toni Jones (ph).

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If you want to extort millions of dollars from a large U.S. company, you can't do it alone. It takes a village. A village of hackers with advanced computer skills, who hang out on the Dark Web, and most likely live in Russia.

"Ransomware has become a huge business, and as in any business, in order to scale it, they're coming up with innovative models." said Dmitri Alperovitch, head of the technology group Silverado Policy Accelerator in Washington.

The pandemic has taken a massive toll on people's mental health. But a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms what many of us are seeing and feeling in our own lives: The impact has been particularly devastating for parents and unpaid caregivers of adults.

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A large sinkhole has been growing at a farm in Mexico since May. It's already swallowed a house, and two dogs had to be rescued from the hole last week.

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Geneva is crawling with spies right now, says a longtime CIA veteran.

Intelligence agents from the U.S. and Russia are out in force as President Biden prepares to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, says Daniel Hoffman. Hoffman served as CIA station chief in Moscow for five years, and had assignments elsewhere in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia.

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