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Tokyo Governor Shakes Up Japanese Elections With Her New Party

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 6:54am

Voters have just days left to decide which house candidates they'll support in a snap general election. Japanese politics are usually tame but the charismatic governor of Tokyo gave things a jolt.

Politics In The News: Gen. Kelly And Ex-Presidents Obama And Bush

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 6:53am

Chief of Staff John Kelly made an emotional defense of the president's conversations with gold star families. Will it quell criticism? Steve Inskeep talks to Johan Goldberg of the National Review.

China's Leader Gave A Speech This Week That Came In At 3.5 Hours

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 6:39am

For Chinese listeners, there was one response. The Chinese digital company Tencent made a game of it. It's called "Excellent Speech: Clap for Xi Jinpeng."

Milwaukee Race Officials Misjudge Marathon Route

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 5:21am

The marathon wasn't really a marathon — the race course came up about a mile short. Believe it or not this happened last year too — except the course was too long.

Movie Review: 'Only The Brave' And 'Lady Bird'

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks with film reviewer Claudia Puig, president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, about "Only the Brave" and "Lady Bird."

Iran Nuclear Deal Was Tangled Badly From The Start, Sen. Risch Says

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

Congress must decide whether to remain party to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal or impose sanctions and void the deal. Rachel Martin talks to Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho about what plans are moving forward.

St. Louis Police Scrutinized Over Tactics Used To Disperse Crowds

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

Protests continue throughout St. Louis more than a month after a judge acquitted a white police officer of first degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of a black man.

Rep. Tom Cole Weighs In On Bipartisan Health Plan

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

A bipartisan health care deal was introduced in the Senate. While there's a chance it could pass there, it faces a tougher time in the House. Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma.

Bad-Mouthing Opponents Likely Spur Them On To Win, Research Shows

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

Researchers say that trash-talking can motivate people to outperform their opponents. This happens for tasks that involve effort, but not creativity.

Iran Nuclear Deal Is Not Renegotiable, Iran's Ambassador To The U.N. Says

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Iran's ambassador to the U.N. Gholamali Khoshroo, who says the nuclear deal his country signed cannot be re-negotiated, despite President Trump's call for changes.

#MeToo Campaign Encourages More Women To Say 'Me Too'

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

Women from across the country are identifying with the #MeToo campaign. Julie Martin, of western Kentucky, was encouraged to speak up about a topic not usually discussed in her rural community.

Allegations Of Sexual Harassment Against Movie Mogul Spark Global Conversation

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

In California, women involved in politics signed a letter calling out a culture of sexual harassment. Rachel Martin talks to Rebecca Luby who was the controller for the state's Republican Party.

Morning News Brief

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

The White House remains bogged down in a controversy surrounding a call President Trump made to a military widow. And near San Diego, the administration is constructing prototypes of what the border wall would like. Officials will select their favorite design. It's up to Congress to fund the project.

Obama Travels To Virginia To Campaign For Democrat's Gubernatorial Candidate

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

Nine months after leaving office, former President Barack Obama is back campaigning for Democrats. He was in Virginia Thursday night for gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam.

Gabrielle Union Gets Real In 'We're Going To Need More Wine'

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 3:58am

Union has graced screens big and small since the '90s. Now she's written a frank, funny essay collection that's not just a celebrity tell-all (though she does dish on Heath Ledger's dreaminess).

(Image credit: Michael Lavine)

The Day A Texas School Held A Funeral For The Spanish Language

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 3:58am

Two women remember a day in the 1950s when their elementary school in Marfa,Texas, banned speaking Spanish on campus in a ceremony called the "burial of Mr. Spanish."

(Image credit: Sarah Vasquez For StoryCorps)

30-Foot Border Wall Prototypes Erected In San Diego Borderlands

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 7:33am

While the mockups are massive, it's anybody's guess whether they'll ever get built.

(Image credit: Bill Wechter for NPR)

U.S. Prisons Hope Card Games Will Lead To Clues In Unsolved Cases

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:46am

Oklahoma is replacing the playing cards sold in the prison canteens with new decks featuring the faces of victims from unsolved homicides. Other states have similar programs and the idea is working.

Puerto Rico's Governor Is In Washington To Meet With Trump

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:45am

Parts of Puerto Rico look as if the hurricane struck yesterday, not last month. Gov. Ricardo Rossello is in Washington to speak with members of Congress. He'll also meet with President Trump.

Details Of Bipartisan Health Insurance Plan Come Into Focus

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:44am

Text of legislation, obtained by NPR, offers ways to fix the Affordable Care Act that some Republicans and Democrats favor. Whether it ever becomes law, is a different question.

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