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What Art, And The Game 'Telephone,' Teach Us About Copying

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:11pm

The basic phenomenon of speaking, expressing meaning in words — and also that of copying or recording what we hear — is laid bare before our eyes by artist Alvin Lucier, says commentator Alva Noë.

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In Iraq, Anbar Province Remains Fiercely Contested

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:07pm

Over the last few weeks, Islamic State fighters in Iraq have been on the offensive in Anbar province, just west of Baghdad. We look at the latest on efforts to drive back the extremists.

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Retracing Ebola's Steps

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:04pm

A look back at how the Ebola outbreak got to where it is today.

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A Correction And Call For Your Questions About Ebola

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:04pm

We issue a correction about a story on the teacher's union in Philadelphia and ask for listener questions about Ebola.

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Week In Politics: Midterm Elections, Ebola

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:04pm

Audie Cornish talks to political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Amy Holmes, anchor of The Hotlist on TheBlaze.com, about the politics of the Ebola crisis and midterm elections.

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New 'Ebola Czar' Has Political, Not Public Health, Background

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:04pm

The White House named a longtime Democratic insider to be the so-called Ebola czar on Friday. Just who is Ron Klain and will his appointment make a difference, good or bad?

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Drop In Unemployment Raises Debate On Optimal Rate

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:04pm

Now that unemployment has slipped below 6 percent, there's renewed interest in what the Federal Reserve's target for joblessness should be. Some economists worry that inflation will resurface.

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California Nurses' Union Pulls Ebola Into Contract Talks

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:04pm

Ebola training, staffing and protective gear are bargaining chips as nurses in California hammer out a new contract with Kaiser Permanente. Their requests mirror the concerns of nurses nationwide.

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In Brazil, Conservationists Worried New Congress Could Harm Amazon

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:04pm

The make up of Brazil's new legislative body will have a big impact on the world because of a surge in the so-called ruralist bloc and their track record on environmental protections in the Amazon.

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Families Of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Skeptical Of Boko Haram Truce

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:04pm

The Nigerian military announced on Friday that it had reached a truce with Boko Haram militants. The agreement includes the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped six months ago.

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Citing Previous Rulings, Federal Judge Throws Out Arizona Gay Marriage Ban

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:35pm

The decision was only four pages long and said the Appeals court and the Supreme Court have given clear guidance that bans of this type are unconstitutional.

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Spike In ER, Hospital Use Short-Lived After Calif. Medicaid Expansion

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:02pm

Previous research found that going on Medicaid increased a poor person's use of costly emergency room visits. Now an analysis suggests that initial spike in ER visits quickly tapers off.

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The Brutalities Of War Bring Surprising Angles To 'Fury'

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:51pm

Brad Pitt stars in a war movie that contemplates the horrors of war, but also the horrors that the men who fight it may commit.

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'Birdman' Follows A Film Actor Frantic To Prove Himself Onstage

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:48pm

The choreography by Alejandro Iñárritu, who directed 21 Grams and Babel, will wow you. But the story about a washed-up actor about to bring off his Broadway debut is an "empty masterwork."

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:48pm

The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." His new book is An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

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At London's Tincan, Eating Canned Fish Is The Height Of Luxury

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:44pm

One of the city's newest restaurants aims to elevate canned fish to an object of desire. There's no kitchen and no chef. The owners argue that tinned goods can be a greener gourmet choice.

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Charenee Wade On 'Song Travels'

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:43pm

The vocalist performs jazz classics, including "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and "Blue Monk," in a session with host Michael Feinstein.

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The New Vocabulary Of Urban Education

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:32pm

The names that many big-city schools, teachers and students use to describe themselves are changing. Exhibit A: New Orleans.

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Cassandra Wilson On Piano Jazz

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:19pm

In 1999, host Marian McPartland welcomed the vocalist in for an hour of jazz standards, including "Surrey With The Fringe On Top" and "Old Devil Moon."

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Florida 'Loud Music' Shooter Michael Dunn Gets Life In Prison

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:10pm

Dunn was convicted earlier this month in a second trial for the fatal shooting of black teenager Jordan Davis in 2012.

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