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'The Founder': Michael Keaton Brings A Ruthless Ray Kroc To Life, With Relish

3 hours 47 min ago

As the businessman who built a network of McDonald's franchises while nastily — and gleefully — disenfranchising his business partners, Keaton exudes a sleazy brio.

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At A Va. Planned Parenthood Clinic, Practitioners Worry For Their Patients

3 hours 49 min ago

After Donald Trump's inauguration, Republican lawmakers once again plan to try to end federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood. Abortions are among the health services the nonprofit provides.

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Hear Arcade Fire's New Song With Mavis Staples, 'I Give You Power'

3 hours 59 min ago

Just in time for Friday's inauguration, Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples team up to deliver a message for all elected officials: "I give you power / I can take it away."

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How 'Positive Thinking' Helped Propel Trump To The Presidency

4 hours 20 min ago

A book, The Power of Positive Thinking, and the pastor who wrote it had a tremendous influence on Donald Trump growing up. NPR takes a look at how the philosophy will influence him as president.

In New York, A Trump Supporter Eagerly Awaits Inauguration Day

4 hours 20 min ago

An enthusiastic Trump supporter in northern New York says he can't wait for the incoming president to find a replacement for Obamacare that provides health coverage for all Americans.

'The Atlantic' Writer Argues Obama Confronted Pitfalls Of Fact-Based Foreign Policy

4 hours 20 min ago

The Obama foreign policy team was built around expert knowledge about international situations and cerebral policies on projecting American power. Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution writes in The Atlantic that deep knowledge and optimism were no match for real life conflicts like the war in Syria.

Ohio Republican Leader Shares Her Hopes For Trump Presidency

4 hours 20 min ago

A day ahead of the inauguration, NPR's Robert Siegel reconnects with Tracey Winbush of Youngstown, Ohio. She is vice chair of the GOP in Mahoning Valley and an avid Trump supporter. She talks about her hopes for the president-elect and what promises she will hold him to.

Sundance Film Festival Kicks Off In Park City, Utah

4 hours 20 min ago

The Sundance Film Festival begins Thursday night in Park City, Utah. Some of the themes that have emerged for this year's festival include climate change, Syria and coming-of-age films.

White Sox Prospect Michael Kopech Throws 110-MPH Fastball

4 hours 20 min ago

On Tuesday, a tweet surfaced showing White Sox prospect Michael Kopech throwing a 110 mph fastball. Although not thrown in a traditional setting, the video has turned heads in the baseball world. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Jonathan Hock, director of the documentary, Fastball, about the pitch and its history.

Trump Prepares To Take Office Under Appearances Of Unpredictability

4 hours 20 min ago

Donald Trump takes office with a populist approach to domestic policy and an isolationist approach to foreign policy.

British Ambassador To U.S. Responds To Brexit Plan

4 hours 20 min ago

NPR'S Robert Siegel speaks with Kim Darroch, the British ambassador to the U.S., about Prime Minister Theresa May's vision for Brexit.

Dozens Of Firefighters Killed In Tehran Building Collapse

4 hours 20 min ago

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Thomas Erdbrink, the New York Times Tehran bureau chief, about the firefighters killed in the collapse of one of Tehran's best known high rise buildings.

American Airstrikes Destroy Group Of ISIS Military Camps In Libya

4 hours 20 min ago

American B-2 stealth bombers destroyed a nest of ISIS military camps in Libya late Wednesday, the Pentagon said. It's the latest in a long series of American airstrikes designed to set back the progress of the terror group's efforts to spread from its home base in Iraq and Syria. Libya has been in chaos since U.S. and European militaries helped depose its onetime ruler without replacing him with a viable new government.

Trump Treasury Nominee Defends Role In Foreclosure Crisis

4 hours 20 min ago

Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump's pick for treasury secretary, said the bank he ran did what it could to minimize foreclosures during the financial crisis. He also defended his use of offshore accounts for hedge fund clients, while acknowledging the need to close loopholes. Mnuchin also told lawmakers he thinks the Internal Revenue Service needs a bigger staff and better technology.

Hollywood Grapples With TV In The Age Of Trump

4 hours 20 min ago

As Donald Trump's inauguration approaches, Hollywood faces the question of how this polarizing president might affect its work — and how to tell politically charged stories for a divided audience.

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In U.S. Ethics Chief, An Unlikely Gadfly To Trump

4 hours 20 min ago

Next week, leaders of the House Oversight Committee are expected to meet with the director of the Office of Government Ethics, who has been under fire for admonishing Trump to divest his businesses.

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Trump Talks Up His Luxury Hotel; Ethics Expert Pounces

4 hours 22 min ago

The president-elect went to his new luxury hotel in Washington on the day before his inauguration. He called his property "gorgeous." An ethics expert warns against coming ethical violations.

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Radical Imagination: Jazz And Social Justice

5 hours 8 min ago

The Transformations Suite is Samora Pinderhughes' ambitious new work combining music, words and visuals — inspired by African-American resistance and protest movements.

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Western Union Will Pay $586 Million For Aiding In Wire Fraud, Other Violations

5 hours 35 min ago

The global money service company admitted it had acted criminally by "willfully failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program" and assisting people committing wire fraud.

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WATCH: Rick Perry Jokes He Hopes Senator Is As Much Fun 'As You Were On Your Couch'

5 hours 48 min ago

Trump's nominee for energy secretary and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, a former comedian, shared a moment of levity during Perry's confirmation hearing when Perry made an unintended double-entendre.

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