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The VA Will Now Pay For Fertility Treatment For Wounded Vets

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 8:32pm

Congress has reversed a law passed in 1992 that prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs from paying for IVF for veterans and their families, after mounting political pressure.

Episode 727: You Asked For It, Again

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 8:21pm

New show! You asked us questions about the economy and oddities in your world. We answer.

The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 7:52pm

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

Police Release Videos Of Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man in El Cajon, Calif.

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 7:06pm

After days of progressively larger and angrier protests in a San Diego suburb, local officials released surveillance and witness video in an effort to bring calm.

Gary Johnson Is Probably The Healthiest Candidate For President

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 5:58pm

The 63-year-old Libertarian presidential nominee has run 17 marathons and four Ironman Triathlons. He doesn't drink or smoke cigarettes, though his doctor doesn't address his past marijuana use.

In Year Since Water Crisis Began, Flint Struggles In Pipe Replacement Efforts

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 4:48pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Laura Sullivan, a professor of mechanical engineering at Kettering University, about the difficulties in replacing thousands of lead pipes that contaminated water in Flint.

Lee Musiker On Piano Jazz

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 4:18pm

The award-winning conductor, pianist and composer performs "Fascinating Rhythm" and other standards with Marian McPartland.

Carnegie Deli Says It Is Closing Down Its Landmark NYC Restaurant

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 4:13pm

As news of the closing rippled far beyond the deli's home turf in Manhattan Friday, hundreds of people responded with sadness and disbelief.

Italian Police Recover Stolen Van Gogh Paintings

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

Anti-mafia police in Naples, Italy, recovered two priceless Van Gogh paintings stolen from a museum in Amsterdam in 2002. The museum reported the find on its website and says the paintings are in "relatively good condition."

Funeral Held For Former Israeli Leader And Founding Father Shimon Peres

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Nahum Barnea, a columnist for the Israeli paper, Yedioth Ahronoth, who attended the funeral of elder statesman Shimon Peres, who was one of Israel's last surviving founders.

Obama Delivers Speech At Funeral For Former Israeli President Shimon Peres

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

President Obama spoke at the funeral for former Israeli president and founding father Shimon Peres, saying Peres' dream of peace with the Palestinians should stay alive.

Donald Trump Hints At Attacking Hillary Clinton Over Husband's Affairs

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

Donald Trump has been hinting at attacking Hillary Clinton over her husband's past indiscretions, which carries serious risk for the GOP nominee.

Candidates Shift Focus To Early Voting In Swing States

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

Early voting is now well underway and as many as 40 percent of American voters are expected to cast a ballot before Election Day. That's meant big changes for campaigns and candidates.

Flint Couple Celebrates Anniversary By Replacing Lead Tainted Pipes

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

It has been a year since a county health department in Michigan warned residents in Flint to stop drinking their tap water because it was full of lead from corroded pipes. Thousands of lines need to be replaced; the city estimates that fewer than 200 pipes have been fixed so far. But this week, there was good news for Keri Webber and her family. Private donors came up with the money to replace her line, and a crew showed up to do so on the morning of her 25th wedding anniversary.

Bon Iver's Latest Is A Soulful Mix Of Wood And Microchips

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

22, A Million is a radical — but logical — departure from Justin Vernon's past work. Music critic Will Hermes thinks it's the most compelling record he's heard all year.

'Working' Then And Now: A Hotel Piano Player Frustrated By His Future

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

Hots Michaels was interviewed by Studs Terkel while entertaining guests at the Hotel Sherman, where he worked for decades. This is part of our series Working Then and Now from Radio Diaries.

Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Took Unlikely Path To Hollywood Royalty

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood knows tough times. A single mom at 17 who once worked at a French fry factory to make ends meet is Hollywood royalty today. A favorite of director Tim Burton, Atwood is now costume designer for his adaptation of the darkly comic, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and the upcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Montreal Bans Pit Bull Dog Ownership After Deadly Attack

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

Montreal joins the list of cities and countries banning people from owning pit bull dogs. Bronwen Dickey, a journalist and author on pit bulls, talks about why bans like Montreal's come from misleading studies and cultural stereotypes.

Chicago Fans Infected With Playoff Fever As Cubs Enter Postseason

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

Chicago Cubs fans are both wary and excited as their team heads into baseball playoffs next week with the best record in the major leagues. The Cubs haven't been to the World Series since 1945 and haven't won since 1908.

Platform Check: Candidates Signal Support Of New Gun Restrictions

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

In their first debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both signaled they would support some new restrictions on gun ownership. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to UCLA School of Law professor Adam Winkler about where the candidates stand on gun policy.




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