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The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same As 'Mad Men' Winds Down

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:05am

AMC's award-winning drama Mad Men returns for its final seven episodes Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these last few installments explore how little people change, even in tumultuous times.

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March Employment Report Expected To Show Continued Job Growth

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:44am

Over the past year, the economy has added more than 200,000 jobs each month. That level of job creation hasn't happened since a 13-month run that began in 1994.

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Al-Shabab Militants Cross Border To Storm University In Kenya

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:50am

Gunmen have attacked a university in eastern Kenya, killing at least 14 people. The militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility. NPR's Gregory Warner offers the latest from Nairobi.

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From One Comedian To Another: You Should Try Politics

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 6:11am

Late-night TV host David Letterman, who's retiring soon, doesn't like the religious freedom law in Indiana. Comedian-turned-senator Al Franken proposed Letterman move home and run for the U.S. Senate.

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Did You Remember Wednesday Was April Fools' Day?

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 5:55am

Britain's Guardian was out with an edible edition. Then there was a 1-day promotion that was for real. Burger King in Japan sold flamed-grilled cologne. A bottle cost about $40 and included a burger.

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Baptist Pastor: Religious Liberty Law Permits Denial Of Some Services

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:01am

Indiana Governor Mike Pence last week signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. Since then, it's been the subject of a national debate over whether it enables discrimination against the LGBT community. For many, the bill's wording is the problem. Steve Inskeep talks to Baptist pastor Tim Overton, of Muncie, who advocated before the legislature for the measure.

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Menendez 'Outraged' By His Indictment On Corruption Charges

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:01am

The indictment alleges that Robert Menendez abused his office to benefit a Florida eye doctor who was the senator's friend and donor. Menendez has always maintained his innocence.

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Southern Baptist Minister: Religious Liberty Law Permits Denial Of Some Services

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:01am

Indiana's religious freedom law is the subject of national debate, and for many its wording is a problem. Steve Inskeep talks to the Rev. Tim Overton of Muncie, who is in favor of the measure.

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Shiite Militias Move Into A Sunni City: What Happens Next?

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:01am

Forces from the Iraqi army, police and militias are clearing out the self-styled Islamic State, or ISIS, in Tikrit. Many of the fighters are Shiites, and they're moving into a Sunni city.

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11 Ex-Atlanta Public School Employees Found Guilty In Cheating Scandal

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:01am

They were found guilty of conspiracy when they switched student test scores. The verdicts close a dark chapter for the school system and the city of Atlanta.

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What's Changed Since The First Religious Liberty Law Was Passed In 1993?

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:01am

When the first Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed in 1993, the vote in Congress was nearly unanimous. We examine how religious freedom laws have become so controversial.

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Arkansas Governor Asks Lawmakers To Rework Religious Liberty Bill

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:01am

Critics say the bill, like another recently passed in Indiana, will make it easier to discriminate against gays and lesbians. The bill has generated strong opposition from the business community

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Anti-ISIS Fighters Come Together To Retake Iraqi City Of Tikrit

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:01am

A motley collection of forces is in the process of clearing out the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS. There's Iraqi army and police and there's also irregular forces — militias.

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After Nazi Plunder, A Quest To Bring The 'Woman In Gold' Home

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:03am

The new movie Woman In Gold tells the true story of Maria Altmann, who fought her way to the Supreme Court to force the Austrian government to give back a painting of her aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer.

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The Two Filmmakers Behind The Who

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:02am

In 1960s London, Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp approached a young band to be the subjects of their first film. As a new documentary explains, they ended up managing rock royalty.

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Huge Scandal At Top Of Petrobras Trickles Down, With Devastating Effect

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:01am

Tens of thousands of people are suffering after losing their jobs in the wake of wide-scale corruption at Brazil's state oil company. Scores of politicians and executives have been implicated.

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More African-Americans Support Carrying Legal Guns For Self-Defense

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:00am

African-Americans are changing their minds about guns, and Detroit's black police chief supports responsible concealed-carry. Still, some remain convinced that having a gun will lead to problems.

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In Bhutto's 'Crescent Moon,' Pakistan 'Demands A Sacrifice From Its People'

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:00am

Fatima Bhutto is a member of the one of the most famous families in Pakistan. Her novel, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, is about Pakistan's remote tribal regions, where loyalties are very divided.

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When Wal-Mart Comes To Town, What Does It Mean For Workers?

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 2:59am

Wal-Mart has long been criticized for low pay and erratic work schedules. So when the retailer arrives in a community, it stirs controversy — but it also brings jobs and low prices.

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Colorado Lawmakers Don't Want Marijuana Going To People On Welfare

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 6:14am

Colorado legalized marijuana, but lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would prevent people from using welfare debit cards at marijuana dispensaries.

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