NPR daily: Dramatic State of the Union

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Top Story:  National Public Radio examines the “Dramatic State of the Union” speech and its reaction from Congress.

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by Korva Coleman and Suzette Lohmeyer

First Up

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rips a copy of President Trump's speech after he delivered the State of the Union address at the Capitol on Tuesday.
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Here’s what we’re following today.
Surprising and dramatic are two words that describe President Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. From the president awarding popular conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripping up her copy of the speech, here are six of the highlights.

With 71% of results released from the Iowa Democratic caucuses, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg is barely leading Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. As Democratic Party officials and election security experts dissect how the system failed Monday in Iowa, concerns are growing that similar failures could occur elsewhere.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that “a wind of madness is sweeping the globe,” citing violent conflict, instability, global warming and faltering economic conditions. 
He lamented countries who disrespect U.N. resolutions “before the ink is dry.”

In quarantined Wuhan, China, admission to a hospital requires a diagnosis of the new coronavirus. But screening kits are in short supply and hospitals are short of beds.

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Today’s Listens

"I mean for a cross-dresser selling folk music, I was like, if I can sell that, plugging the guitars in isn't going to be that farfetched," Trixie Mattel says of her third album, Barbara.
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Trixie Mattel, the 2018 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, talks with NPR’s Ari Shapiro about changing up her style and the influence of Barbie dolls on her album and life story. (Listening time, 8:03 or read the story)

Businesses that specialize in disaster preparedness are booming in response to coronavirus fears. (Listening time, 2:22)

The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest is here! We can’t wait to discover even more great music this year and look forward to meeting our winner. Could it be you? (Listening time, 3:13 or read the story)

The Picture Show

Orthodox Jewish women are increasingly joining a custom called Daf Yomi, Hebrew for "daily page," which involves reading a page a day of the Talmud, a centuries-old, multivolume collection of rabbinic teachings, debates and interpretations of Judaism. Here women read the last pages of the cycle at their first women's mass Talmud celebration in Jerusalem in January.
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Among devout Orthodox Jews, the intense study of the Talmud is no longer just a man’s world. Women are increasingly delving into this central religious work, and American expats in Israel are at the forefront of the trend.

Before You Go

Davon Artis holds a pair of Kobe 6 Grinch shoes, released in 2010. The shoes more than doubled in value within hours of Bryant's death.
Austin Cross/KPCC
  • Merchandise featuring basketball icon Kobe Bryant is selling fast, following his death in a helicopter crash. Not everyone who can is cashing in.
  • Edible receipts are one way some German bakeries are fighting paper waste. Geschmackvoll!
  • NPR’s Life Kit spoke to world-renowned psychologist and mindfulness teacher Tara Brach about how to live in the present.
L. Carol Ritchie contributed to this report.

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