How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx
How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx

Deadly Train Crash In Mexico City; Gates Divorce; NPR's 50 Favorite Songs Of 1971

Email sent: May 4, 2021 9:33am
Plus, COVID-19 vaccine rates are lagging at rural hospitals.
by Jill Hudson

First Up

Emergency personnel work to search for accident survivors after a raised subway track collapsed Monday night in Mexico City, Mexico.
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An elevated train derailed in Mexico City after a concrete overpass it was crossing collapsed Monday night. At least 23 people were killed and dozens more were injured and transferred to nearby hospitals

Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates, announced on Monday that they are splitting after 27 years of marriage. Read about it here.

Puerto Rican boxer Felix Verdejo was arrested on Sunday for kidnapping and murdering a woman who was pregnant with his child. More details can be found here

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Today's Listens

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing in Washington on Feb. 24. Warren's latest book is called Persist.
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In her new book, Persist, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren returns to the call for transformational change that was her rallying cry in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. Warren says she's looking for change, which happens when we talk about our stories — from sexual harassment to child care troubles. Hear the discussion or read the accompanying story

Independent outlets that challenge the official line are coming under increasing pressure in Russia. But one Russian TV channel is taking Kremlin propaganda head on. You can listen here
Medical workers with Delta Health Center prepare to vaccinate people in Leland, Miss., last week. In some places, rural hospital workers have been slow to get the vaccine themselves.
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When it comes to persuading people to get a COVID-19 vaccine, health care professionals are influential. But in some rural communities, hospital staff themselves are hanging back. Listen here or read the story.

Last month, a man traveling from Guyana was arrested at an airport in New York after allegedly smuggling 35 live finches that had been stuffed into hair curlers. He was bringing the birds to compete in elaborate and secretive songbird battles in parks around Queens. Listen here

Before You Go

Marvin Gaye's hit record "What's Going On" encapsulates the political turmoil of 1971 while also inspiring hope for change.
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  • Critics widely consider 1971 one of the best years in music history. These are NPR's 50 favorite songs of that year, as selected by our member stations.
  • Epic Games, the maker of the hit video game "Fortnite," brought Apple to federal court Monday for the start of what is expected to be a weeks-long blockbuster trial
  • Join us May 24-27 for the virtual How I Built This Summit, hosted by Guy Raz, to hear extraordinary interviews with some of the most iconic names in the entrepreneurial world and group networking sessions to help you build and grow your support system. Learn more and buy tickets here:

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