Up First: Titan implosion; 1 year after Roe; Evan Gershkovich's appeal rejected
Today's top news
All five passengers in the Titan submersible died in a "catastrophic implosion," according to the U.S. Coast Guard. They found debris near the bow of the Titanic, with no evidence of a collision.
Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. Since then, more than a dozen states have enacted abortion restrictions. The issue of abortion has upended the nation's political landscape.
The FDA has approved the first gene therapy for muscular dystrophy, an incurable disease. The agency rejected a request to make it available for all children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common form of the disease. The therapy is restricted to patients aged four and five until more safety evidence is available.
A Russian court rejected an appeal from Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich yesterday and refused to release him from pretrial detention. Gershkovich was arrested in March on espionage charges. The U.S. says he's being wrongfully detained. Gershkovich's parents traveled to Russia to attend the hearing.
From our hosts
Debbie Elliott is guest hosting Morning Edition. As NPR's national correspondent, she covers the latest news and politics and is attuned to her native South's rich culture and history.
Guest-hosting Morning Edition this week gave me the pleasure of talking with Paul Janeway, frontman of the soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones. I've been following them for more than a decade after my friend, Birmingham restauranteur Pardis Stitt, told me about a rising local band
Janeway grew up in a rural Alabama town where church was the epicenter. He always dreamed of becoming a preacher but wound up a singer-songwriter. I think watching him perform live is almost like being in church. "It's like a lot more accepting church, and loving church," he says. "And a lot more cursing."
He wrote some of the songs for the band's new album, "Angels in Science Fiction," after he found out he was going to become a father during the pandemic. The music is more subtle and reflective than the raucous soul the eight-piece band is known for. Janeway says it's the closest they're going to get to a folk record.
Check out what NPR is watching, reading and listening to this weekend:
Movies: Disney and Pixar's Elemental is full of the studio's usual imaginative visuals and dives into the immigrant family experience.
TV: NPR critic Eric Deggans calls Nick Fury Marvel's "baddest dude NOT in a cape" in Secret Invasion. The series is available on Disney+.
Books: Garrett Neiman's Rich White Men: What It Takes to Uproot the Old Boys' Club and Transform America makes a compelling argument that inequality harms us all.
Music: If you've got a summer road trip planned, you're in luck: Pop Culture Happy Hour host Stephen Thompson and NPR Music contributor Marissa Lorusso have three songs perfect for your drive.
Games: Final Fantasy XVI's focus on action and storytelling makes it one of Square Enix's strongest outings since the turn of the century.
Quiz: Test your news knowledge and beware of trick questions on NPR's weekly news quiz.
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