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First Listen: Grandaddy, 'Last Place'

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:00pm

It's rare for a band to make a comeback album like Last Place that stands up alongside its best work.

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First Listen: Ibibio Sound Machine, 'Uyai'

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:00pm

Nigerian singer Eno Williams has crafted a collection of irresistible, multidimensional anthems that reach far beyond the borders of geography, music and emotion.

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First Listen: Chicano Batman, 'Freedom Is Free'

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:00pm

The Los Angeles band's distinct sound includes touches of Rio de Janeiro's tropicalia, Lima's cumbia, and American soul and funk.

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First Listen: Talaboman, 'The Night Land'

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:00pm

John Talabot and Axel Boman's first album together produces feedback drones, new age psychedelia, and leftfield house.

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First Listen: Blanck Mass, 'World Eater'

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:00pm

Benjamin John Power's noisier impulses mask a symphonic scope of veritable Vangelis proportions.

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Lawsuit Accuses Milwaukee Police Of Abusive Stop And Frisk Practices

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:46pm

The plaintiffs say random stops are up, and unfairly focus on blacks and Latinos. The police chief says his force doesn't have a practice of stop and frisk, and citizen complaints are down.

Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance On Transgender Bathroom Use

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 7:02pm

The Trump administration withdrew guidance offering legal protections to transgender students who want to use the bathroom that conforms with their gender identity.

Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Rule On Transgender Students' Bathroom Use

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 6:36pm

The administration will not direct public schools to allow students to use facilities that match their gender identities. It notes the primary role of state and local districts in education policy.

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After Slavery, Searching For Loved Ones In Wanted Ads

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 5:37pm

In the Civil War's waning years, African-Americans trying to find lost loved ones used classified ads in newspapers. More than 900 of these notices are now accessible via an online database.

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After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 5:03pm

For the first African-American woman in space, her path to spaceflight and beyond includes trying to pave the way for more girls of color to follow in her footsteps.

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Protesters Leave Dakota Access Pipeline Area; Some Stay And Are Arrested

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 5:03pm

The governor of North Dakota had set Wednesday as the evacuation deadline for the largest protest camp. The Trump administration is allowing the pipeline to be built, despite the protests.

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With Protests, Both Obama And Trump White Houses Saw 'Manufactured' Anger

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 4:48pm

Congressional town halls were overtaken with protests in the first year of Barack Obama's term, too. They weren't taken all that seriously, at first, but developed into a wave at the ballot box.

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What's New In Those DHS Memos On Immigration Enforcement?

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 4:40pm

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security released two memos laying out the Trump administration's plans for detaining and deporting more people. The changes in policy could affect millions.

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Episode 654: When The Boats Arrive

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 4:26pm

In the span of a few months in 1980, more than 100,000 Cuban immigrants arrived in Miami. So what happened to Florida's economy with all these new people coming in? And what can we learn from it?

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Floods in San Jose Push 14,000 People Out Of Their Homes

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 4:17pm

Residents were ordered to evacuate overnight after creeks and reservoirs flooded, and won't be allowed home for at least another day.

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In Israel, Some Wonder Where The Outrage Is Over U.S. Anti-Semitic Acts

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 4:02pm

Some Israelis criticize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for offering a less forceful response to anti-Semitic acts in the U.S. than elsewhere. Some say he wants to keep pressure off President Trump.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Preview

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:49pm

This week, Bob Mondello joins us for our annual Oscars Omnibus: We talk nominees we haven't got around to yet, and look in on some of the hottest races.

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Key Moments In The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:28pm

An overview of multiple legal challenges and protests since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considered approving a section of the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

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Syrian Country Band Criticizes Trump's Travel Ban In New Song

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

There's a country music band based in Istanbul with Syrians and Americans. Their latest tune is about President Trump's immigration order.

Kenya's Censorship King: Head Of Film Board Accused Of Overstepping

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

Ezekiel Mutua is the head of Kenya's film board. He's really just supposed to rate films and other media. But over the past year, he has undertaken a censorship crusade expanding his mandate into the Internet, music and even forcing the cancellation of a lesbian speed-dating event.

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