NPR News Newsletter: John Dean Testifies; Big Papi Shot; Tony Award Winners

Published by NPR News on June 10th, 2019 12:11pm. 18 views.

Plus, the 'Sesame Street' Tiny Desk concert is finally here.
by Korva Coleman and Jill Hudson
First Up
Retired Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz looks at the large television screen last June at Fenway Park in Boston.
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Here’s what we’re following today.

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is recovering after being shot in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Police say a motorcycle-riding gunman shot Ortiz from behind at an outdoor bar in Santo Domingo. The suspected gunman was caught after onlookers captured and beat him.

The former White House counsel to President Richard Nixon will visit the House Judiciary Committee today. John Dean will testify in the first of several hearings that will examine the findings of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

A construction crane in Dallas smashed through an apartment building Sunday, killing at least one person and injuring five others. The crane buckled in winds up to 70 mph and fell onto the apartment building.

The Raytheon and United Technologies are merging in a behemoth all-stock deal expected to have nearly $74 billion in annual sales. The new company would be the world’s second-largest defense and aerospace company — second only to Boeing, according to Forbes rankings.

Hundreds of thousands filled Hong Kong's streets on Sunday to protest China’s controversial extradition bill. The bill would let criminal suspects be sent to places where Hong Kong has no extradition deal, such as mainland China.

Today's Video
Sesame Street’s delightful Tiny Desk concert.
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Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Grover, Rosita, Count von Count, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and other surprise guests visited NPR's headquarters to celebrate Sesame Street's 50 years of love, learning and joy.

Digging Deeper
The mothers who fought to radically reimagine welfare.
At its height, the National Welfare Rights Organization had more than 25,000 dues-paying members. Some people have called it "the largest black feminist organization in American history."
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Black women have long been used as symbols in debates over welfare, but a movement of poor black women who fought to radically redefine aid to the poor as a guaranteed right has been mostly forgotten. At its height in the late 1960s, the National Welfare Rights Organization had more than 25,000 dues-paying members. Some people have called it "the largest black feminist organization in American history."

But their outspokenness and nonconformist goals rankled white feminists and liberals, while their particular brand of feminism, centered on autonomy and determination for poor black mothers, rejected the masculine posture of the Black Power movement. Even their ostensible allies didn't quite know what to make of them.

Today's Listen
Can you reshape your brain’s response to pain?
Jeannine sorts through a binder of writing assignments from her therapy. In keeping a journal about her past experiences with pain, she noticed that the pain symptoms began when she was around 8 — a time of escalating family trauma at home.
Jessica Pons for NPR

Most of us think of pain as something that comes after a physical injury, accident or illness. But researchers are learning that, in some people, there can be another source of chronic pain. Repeated exposure to psychological trauma, or deep anxiety or depression — especially in childhood — can leave a physical imprint on the brain that can make some people more vulnerable to debilitating pain. (Listening time, 6:30)

Before You Go
The cast of Hadestown performed at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, as the show won eight awards.
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  • It was a big night for the musical Hadestown and the Irish play The Ferryman at this year's Tony Awards. The musicals Tootsie and Oklahoma! also picked up multiple awards.
  • Houston rapper Bushwick Bill, a founding member of the pioneering rap crew Geto Boys, died on Sunday at age 52.
  • Barcelona’s unfinished Gaudí Basilica has finally gotten a building license 137 years after construction began.

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