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World Leaders Gobble Up M&Ms Imprinted With U.N. Goals

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:22am

Tens of thousands of the customized candies were handed out at this week's U.N. General Assembly, printed with reminders about fighting poverty, climate change and global diseases.

(Image credit: Josh Loock/NPR)

Erdogan Speech Triggers Physical Confrontations At Turkish-American Event In NYC

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:18am

As security personnel grappled with protesters, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paused onstage before blaming the interruption on "a few impertinent hall terrorists."

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In Mexico, Day 4 Of Search For Earthquake Survivors

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:11am

Univision's Maria Elena Salinas updates Here & Now's Robin Young on the recovery efforts in Mexico City after this week's deadly earthquake.

(Legally) Selling Weed While Black

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:11am

As Oakland's legal cannabis industry grows, the biggest players seem to have two things in common: They're white, and they have lots of money.

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Amadou & Mariam On World Cafe

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:07am

Amadou and Mariam are two blind musicians from Mali who met, fell in love with each other's musicianship and became global Afropop sensations. The duo performs music from its new album, La Confusion.

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North Korean Leader Warns 'Deranged' Trump Will 'Pay Dearly' For Threats

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:06am

NPR's Domenico Montanaro joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to survey the week in politics.

North Korea Says Pacific Test Of Nuclear Warhead Is Possible

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:05am

The threat is the latest in a tit-for-tat between President Trump and the North Korean leader. In a tweet on Friday, the president said Kim Jong Un "will be tested as never before!"

(Image credit: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

Dave Douglas On Piano Jazz

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:35am

Hear the boundary-pushing trumpeter play a tribute to Mary Lou Williams with host Marian McPartland in this 2000 episode.

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Far-Right German Party Could Lead Opposition After Sunday's Election

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 9:41am

Polls show the Alternative fuer Deutschland (Alternative for Germany) party is in third place and poised to lead the opposition in Parliament. Here's what to know about its agenda and prospects.

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AMA Bonus: Hear Tank And The Bangas' Full Set

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 9:39am

Tank and the Bangas played more music for us than we could fit into the final cut of our show, so here's a special bonus podcast with the band's entire four-song set!

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Giant Claw's Mecha-Chamber Music Will Rewire Your Senses

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 9:24am

Keith Rankin's biomorphic compositions are covered in steel, but made with a beating heart... you know, like RoboCop. Sabrina Ratté creates surreal digital vistas for "Soft Channel 006."

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Do Letters Show You How They Sound?

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 8:43am

It is a principle of most modern thought about language that the relation between signs and meanings is arbitrary. But a new study finds a connection between sounds and ink on "paper," says Alva Noë.

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Shilpa Ray Takes Us Nightclubbing In New York With 'Door Girl'

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 8:42am

The new album from longtime New Yorker is full of sharp, spirited storytelling in the traditions of Lou Reed and Ray Davies. Shilpa Ray explains Door Girl, track by track.

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Bomba Estereo: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 8:19am

Bomba Estereo is not known as a hushed band. Member Simon Mejia said this Tiny Desk performance was the group's quietest, a stripped-down treatment that illustrates the inherent quality of the music.

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What To Know About The Independence Referendum In Iraqi Kurdistan

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 8:11am

In a referendum scheduled for Monday, Kurds are expected to vote in favor of separating from Iraq. International opposition to the referendum is overwhelming.

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Top Stories: Russian Meddling In Social Media; Uber Loses London License

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 8:08am

Also: A man is charged with attempted murder in the London subway bombing; hurricane conditions arrive in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and it snows in the Sierra Nevadas on the last day of summer.

Songs We Love: Dego & Kaidi, 'Treasure Beach'

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 8:00am

From jungle to broken beat to "future jazz," the two producers' individual and shared history is foundational to much of London's dance music.

(Image credit: Alex Zalewska/Courtesy of the artist)

On 'Gemini,' Macklemore Chooses Personal Deliverance Over Politics

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 7:36am

After a career built on mainstream hits and being a voice for social justice, Macklemore says he had to prioritize his happiness again.

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Why A Potential 'Free Speech Week' At Berkeley Is Causing A Stir

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 7:06am

Organized by a conservative student publication and right-wing activist Milo Yiannopoulos, the event is a response to what they see as university efforts to shut down conservative speakers on campus.

(Image credit: Seth Wenig/AP)

Germans Head To The Polls On Sunday, Merkel Expected To Win Another Term

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 6:32am

The federal election this weekend will ultimately decided if Angela Merkel wins a fourth term as chancellor. Merkel is expected to win, but the rise of a right-wing party could complicate her future.

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