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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:09pm

When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:09pm

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.

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Indian Shopkeepers Greet Wal-Mart's Expansion Plans With Protests

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:53pm

"Wal-Mart, come to your senses"! the protesters shouted. These vendors and hawkers are not happy that the retail giant plans to open 50 more stores.

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Mike Nichols: Remembering The Ellipses After The Story Ends

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:35pm

We consider the work of writer-director-performer Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday.

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Sleater-Kinney 2.0: The Band Talks About Its First Album In 10 Years

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:30pm

Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss join Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to discuss the band's new album, No Cities To Love.

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The CIA Wants To Delete Old Email; Critics Say 'Not So Fast'

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:29pm

The CIA plan calls for deleting the email of almost all employees after they leave the agency. But opponents say this would erase too many important documents. The example they cite: Edward Snowden.

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FIFA To Review World Cup Corruption Report

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:07pm

The decision reopens for scrutiny the mechanism by which Russia and Qatar were awarded the tournament in 2018 and 2022. The two countries were cleared last week of corruption in their winning bids.

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Legendary Director Mike Nichols Dies At 83

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:50pm

NPR's Eric Deggans has this remembrance of one of the most honored and successful directors in entertainment.

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So Just What Is An 'Executive Action,' Anyway?

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:43pm

President Obama is preparing to take executive action on immigration. But some people are calling it an executive order. Turns out, there's a big difference between the two terms.

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Anger, Protests Grow Over Mexico's 43 Missing Students

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:40pm

The protesters' rallying cry: "Ya me canse" or "ya me canse del miedo" — I've had enough, I've had enough fear.

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NBA's First Openly Gay Player Retires

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:35pm

Jason Collins discusses his basketball career and his decision to retire at age 35 from the National Basketball Association.

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Are We Making Pop Music More Bland?

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:20pm

Derek Thompson of The Atlantic argues that today's data-driven record industry is making pop music more repetitive.

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Jeb Bush Stands Firm On Common Core But Softens Tone

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:18pm

Other potential GOP candidates side with Tea Party-backed opposition to the education standards, but the former Florida governor is not backing away from his longstanding support.

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Nora Jane Struthers, 'The Same Road'

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:10pm

"The Same Road" is the first offering from Nora Jane Struthers' next album, and shows off her band's propulsive new direction. Rooted in bluegrass, Struthers is a serious woman with a light heart.

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NPR Music Presents A Screening Of 'Wild Combination: A Portrait Of Arthur Russell'

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:59am

Come watch a documentary on the life and music of the avant-garde and disco composer Arthur Russell's life — and stick around for a discussion with musicians and friends.

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With Open Enrollment Underway, Colorado Targets Uninsured

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:45am

John Daley of Colorado Public Radio explains that the push is on to sign up even more people under the Affordable Care Act.

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4 Reasons Why 'Scandal' Is A Telenovela. And A Good One

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:43am

ABC's Scandal is so much more than a prime-time television drama — it's a stealth telenovela.

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With Several Dead, Buffalo Struggles With Massive Snowfall

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:40am

Another 2 to 3 feet of snow is expected to fall in the Buffalo area today, on top of the 5 feet already on the ground in some areas.

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Iraq War Vet Wins National Book Award For Fiction

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:35am

The judges described the short stories in Phil Klay's collection "Redeployment" as brutal, piercing and sometimes darkly funny.

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Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:20am

Watch a great little TED-Ed video that lays out the scientific evidence.

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