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California Proposition Re-evaluates Approach To Crime

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

California's Proposition 47 would make several nonviolent crimes into misdemeanors, like forgery, drug possession for personal use, and petty theft. The idea is to reduce the number of people incarcerated in the state. The move is part of a backlash against the state's three-strikes-you're-out law, passed 20 years ago.

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What Ferguson, Mo., Could Learn From A Small Michigan Town

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Eleven years ago, Benton Harbor, Mich., was a lot like Ferguson, Mo. It was a small town where racial tension with police reached a boiling point. Afterward there were promises of change for the city.

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'You Cannot Go Back': Annie Lennox On 'Nostalgia'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:00am

The singer and activist tackles jazz standards, including "Strange Fruit" and others, on her new album. Here, she and NPR's Steve Inskeep discuss how she connects with the present through the past.

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Winners And Losers of The Fall TV Season Begin to Emerge

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:40pm

One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:23am

Many have tried and failed with this kind of payment option before. But Apple's launch is bigger, with more financial institutions' support, and consumers may be more security-conscious.

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Beijing Marathoners Powered Through Thick Smog

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:07am

Before Sunday's Beijing Marathon, smog levels were 12 times above what is considered safe for humans. But organizers refused to cancel. Instead, they handed out sponges to clean exposed skin.

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Don't Sing It: San Francisco Giants Will 'Never Be Royals'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:59am

With the World Series starts Tuesday: the Giants vs. the Kansas City Royals. Supporting their Giants, San Francisco radio stations banned the Lorde song, "Royals."

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The Look Of Power: How Women Have Dressed For Success

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

Just as women were entering the corporate workplace in big numbers, the shapeless power suit emerged. Over time, the "power look" changed. How do women project power in the modern office?

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Surprising Draft To Watered-Down Report: This Year's Vatican Synod

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

Roman Catholic bishops have wrapped up their two-week meeting at the Vatican about family issues. Rarely has a synod attracted such attention. Among the more controversial issues were how to deal with gays and with divorced and remarried Catholics.

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Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

Campaigning against gay marriage used to help Republicans win elections — but now GOP candidates in tight races are backing away from mentioning social issues on the stump.

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This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

This midterm cycle, more than half the ads from so-called outside groups are being paid for by secret donors. That means voters will never know who's paying tens of millions of dollars for those ads.

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'Little Dancer' Musical Imagines The Story Behind Degas' Mysterious Muse

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.

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Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

Schizophrenia typically starts in the late teens or early 20s. But if you could stop that first psychotic break, could you stop the mental illness in its tracks? Some doctors think so.

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Catholic Synod Highlights Divisions, Sets Stage For Future Battles

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

Roman Catholic bishops openly addressed hot-button topics that included questions about gays and Catholics who are divorced or remarried. Rarely has a synod attracted such attention.

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Ebola In Church: A Reverend's Quarantine Spreads The Word

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

There's one place in Monrovia where people continue to gather together despite the threat of Ebola: Sunday church service. One reverend knows firsthand how the smallest mistake can be deadly.

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Nigeria Joins Senegal In Gaining 'Ebola-Free' Status

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:15am

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about how Nigeria and Senegal were able to rid their countries of Ebola, despite the ongoing outbreak in West Africa.

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Indonesia Swears In President Who Ran On Promise Of Change

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:15am

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Jakarta for the inauguration of Indonesia's new president, Joko Widodo, on Monday. Steve Inskeep talks with the Financial Times' Indonesia correspondent Ben Bland about the new president, known as Jokowi, and the challenges he faces as he takes office.

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N.H. Senate Race Becomes Focal Point For Both Parties

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:15am

Incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen had maintained a lead over the Republican field throughout the year in the swing state. But Republican Scott Brown, former Massachusetts senator, has closed the gap since his nomination in September.

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Starring In 'Fury': The Horrors That People Are Capable Of In War

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:15am

The WWII drama Fury is about a U.S. sergeant and his five-man crew taking a tank on a mission behind enemy lines. Critic Kenneth Turan reviews the film, directed by David Ayer and starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.

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Ebola In Church: A Reverend's Quarantine Spreads The Word

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:34pm

There's one place in Monrovia where people continue to gather together despite the threat of Ebola: Sunday church service. One reverend knows firsthand how the smallest mistake can be deadly.

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