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The Trump administration announced last week that it's bringing back the federal death penalty. It hasn't been used since 2003. This is both a law enforcement and a political issue as we head into the 2020 election. The political will be on display tomorrow and Wednesday. That's when the Democratic presidential candidates debate and are likely to take questions on the issue. NPR's Ron Elving will be watching. He joins us now.

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You can't open a magazine this summer without seeing stories about swarms of tourists crowding once-serene locales. During an age when everything is relentlessly mediated on social media, NPR's Life Kit wanted to step back for a moment and ask: What is traveling away from home really for? How can it be more meaningful?

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In the latest episode of Future You, check out an armband that lets you control tech devices with your mind. This is not a brain implant or even a headset. It's an armband that reads neuron activity to let you move objects in digital space. Then it goes further, giving you mental control of physical robots too. Think "the Force" from Star Wars.

It's almost summer, and if time and resources allow, a time to get away.

NPR is putting together a how-to guide — in podcast form — for navigating the social dynamics of travel. How do you get enough downtime on a trip, if you're an introvert? How do you deal with group dynamics when traveling? We will use your stories for a new NPR Life Kit podcast.

So tell us, what have you learned to do to make travel meaningful, despite different personality types? Or tell us about a time the group dynamics didn't work out.

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Communicating through your thoughts alone is possible — with a little technical assistance.

Tuca & Bertie is an adult animation that centers on a brassy, colorful toucan (voiced by Tiffany Haddish) and her neurotic best frien

A total of four Korean entertainers have abruptly retired from the industry this week, in a widening scandal linking the glossy world of K-pop with a series of seedy sex crimes. The biggest players — Seungri, of the influential all-male group Big Bang, and the 29-year-old singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young — have both apologized to the public for their involvement in twin, interlocking cases of exploitation of women.

Evacuee Roxanne Peters had planned to prepare food tomorrow, for Thanksgiving dinner.

"I was celebrating at two different houses. We were invited to two different places, and I was cooking, you know, potluck," she said.

Both those homes burned to the ground in the historic Camp Fire. The scale of the fire's destruction is so spread out that very little of the towns of Paradise, Magalia and Concow remain. So far, the fire scorched 230 square miles — an area the size of Chicago.

"I'll be giving thanks this year that we made it out alive," Peters says.

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