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An Iranian oil tanker that's been at the center of a diplomatic drama between the United States and Iran is back on the move six weeks after being seized off the coast of Gibraltar.

The Grace 1 was seized by British authorities in July at the request of the U.S. due to suspicions that it was bringing oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.

Movie: 'Hair Love'

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The new animated short, follows the story of an African-American father trying to do his daughter's hair. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with creator Matthew A. Cherry about the story.

Under pressure in his country and abroad, Brazil's president is using military resources to fight fires in the Amazon and take action against those setting them.

Movie: 'Jawline'

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NPR's Michel Martin speaks with filmmaker Liza Mandelup about her latest movie, which follows a teenage boy in rural Tennessee as he strives to become a social media influencer.

At a cancer treatment center in Iran's capital of Tehran, a doctor's fight to treat her cancer patients has become harder. As U.S. sanctions sink in, the flow of medicine and medical supplies in Iran appears to have slowed — and the reasons are difficult to pin down.

Dr. Mastaneh Sanei, an oncologist at the Roshana Cancer Center, says she's treating patients without the benefits of consistently functioning equipment and a reliable supply of drugs.

With the right treatment, she says, "you may not cure these patients, but they have the chance to prolong survival."

After a stretch of relative peace in Hong Kong, a standoff between protesters and riot police became violent again on Saturday.

Police fired tear gas after pro-democracy demonstrators blocked roads with barricades made of bamboo sticks and hurled bricks, in the district of Kwun Tong.

In a statement, police said protesters paralyzed traffic and affected emergency services in the area near a police station.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

President Trump arrived in France for the annual Group of Seven summit, with the flagging global economy and ongoing trade war with China framing his visit, and the meeting potentially further exposing deep rifts between the U.S. and other countries over trade and climate change.

Just before leaving Washington, D.C., on Friday, Trump increased tariffs on Chinese imports and threatened to force all American companies to leave China. Upon arriving in Biarritz early Saturday, Trump said via Twitter that he had the authority to do so.


I'm old enough to have lived through a number of revolutions in pop music, and I pretty much missed all of them while listening to my scratched-up original Broadway cast album of "Pippin."

BILL KURTIS: One of the...


KURTIS: One of the things Peter is utterly oblivious to was the rise of the Beastie Boys, the New York-based trio who helped to popularize hip-hop with their albums from the '80s and '90s.

BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis, and here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.


Thank you, Bill.


SAGAL: Thanks, everybody. Thank you so much. Now, we are trying to make up for all the lovely summer days we wasted staring at our phones by revisiting some great moments from the recent past, which we were only able to experience the first time because our phones were dead.


If there was ever an audience to whom I didn't need to explain what "Doctor Who" is, I am looking at it.


SAGAL: Now, one of the actors who played Doctor Who is Matt Smith, who also plays the young Prince Philip on the hit TV show "The Crown."

BILL KURTIS: Peter began our interview earlier this year by asking him which show had the most obsessive fans.


MATT SMITH: There's only one winner...

SAGAL: Yeah.

SMITH: ..."Doctor Who..."

SAGAL: Yeah.

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Sometimes there's a song so important to you it almost becomes a part of your identity, your signature song. Sue Cochrane, a former judge from Minneapolis, has one.


Tariffs And The Footwear Industry

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China and the U.S. have added more heat to the trade war. President Trump announced the U.S. would increase tariffs on two classes of goods from China an additional 5%. That's in response to $75 billion worth of tariffs that China levied earlier this week.

NAHJ President On Returning Fox News Money

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The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is giving back money. The organization is returning more than $16,000 because it's from Fox News. NAHJ President Hugo Balta announced the decision and joins us now. Thanks so much for being with us.

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SAOIRSE-MONICA JACKSON: (As Erin) It's about The Troubles in a political sense but also about my own troubles in a personal sense.


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Joan Shelley is a musician. Musicians write love songs. It comes with the territory.


JOAN SHELLEY: (Singing) Here on this night. Here on this floor. Everything I call mine I want to rot with yours.

It's flu shot season. Signs alerting and urging you to get a flu shot now may be up at your pharmacy or workplace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over 6 months old get a flu shot by the end of October, so the vaccine can begin to work before the influenza season begins.

Nailed It: Bringing Science Into Nail Art

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Of all the things I love about being a girl, I love doing nail art the most. But I'm also a scientist, and scientists aren't usually associated with perfectly manicured nails. Nail art became my way of debunking some common stereotypes, including those that associate scientists with being cold or unapproachable.

I got into nail art four years ago after a friend of mine bought a beginner nail art kit. It contained one metal plate with various nail-sized designs etched on the surface – animals, flowers, food – along with nail polish, a scraper and a silicone stamper.

When Temperatures Rise, So Do Health Problems

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A little Shakespeare came to mind during a recent shift in the Boston emergency room where I work.

"Good Mercutio, let's retire," Romeo's cousin Benvolio says. "The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, and, if we meet, we shall not 'scape a brawl."

It was hot in Boston, too, and people were brawling. The steamy summer months always seem to bring more than their fair share of violence.

But the ER was full of more than just brawlers. Heart attacks, strokes, respiratory problems — the heat appeared to make everything worse.

When Lisa and Dan Macheca bought a century-old Methodist church in St. Louis back in 2004, they didn't think much about the cost of heating the place.

Then the first heating bill arrived: $5,000 for a single month.

"I felt like crying," Lisa Macheca said. "Like, 'Oh my gosh, what have I gotten myself into?' "