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In Syria, What Role Should The U.S. Play In Raqqa?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:00am

U.S. airstrikes helped U.S.-backed forces oust ISIS from the Syrian city. Steve Inskeep talks to James Jeffrey, former ambassador to Iraq and Turkey, who says the U.S. will have to stay engaged there.

The Economic Backdrop To China's Crackdown On Civil Society

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:00am

Since Xi Jinping took power five years ago, he's led an unprecedented crackdown on lawyers, NGOs, academics, and journalists. Civil society in China is in a state of panic, and information is more tightly controlled by the party than it's been since the Mao years.

Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal To Stabilize ACA Insurance Markets

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:00am

Senators leading bipartisan health care talks say they've reached a deal. It aims to stabilize the individual market. Intermountain Healthcare CEO Dr. Marc Harrison gives his thoughts on the deal.

Age-Defying Athletes May Provide Clues For The Rest Of Us

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:00am

From Tom Brady to Venus Williams to baseball's Ichiro Suzuki, elite athletes are playing past their supposed primes. Are there lessons they can teach average people about exercise and health?

Numbers Disagree With Trump Golf Course Claim Of 'Millions To Charity'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:00am

NPR's "Embedded" podcast team, examined charitable giving by Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles. It found the organization appears to have fallen short of its bold claims of philanthropic giving.

NFL Owners And Players Discuss Anthem Protests, No Resolution Yet

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:00am

NFL owners and players met at league headquarters on Tuesday but failed to resolve the contentious issue of national anthem protests. David Greene talks to Jesse Washington of ESPN's "The Undefeated."

California Wildfires Further Burden The State's Housing Crisis

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:00am

Thousands are displaced by the northern California fires — sleeping in hotels, shelters or on couches of friends and relatives. They're facing a long period of uncertainty about where to call home.

Cokie Roberts On The History Of U.S. Relations With Iran

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump's handling of the Iran nuclear agreement prompted listener questions about the history of the U.S. relationship with Iran. In "Ask Cokie," commentator Cokie Roberts has the answers.

Morning News Brief: Health Care Deal, Travel Ban Blocked

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:00am

Senators have reached a bipartisan deal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act insurance markets for two years. President Trump has embraced it, but other GOP leaders have not. Trump's third executive order restricting travel from some countries to the U.S. was to go into effect on Wednesday but a federal judge in Hawaii has blocked it.

'A Major Distraction': Is A Mega-Deal Like Amazon's HQ2 Always Worth It?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:52am

Amazon's unmatched promise of 50,000 well-paying jobs has red carpets rolling out across the U.S. — but also some soul-searching: How much should communities subsidize wealthy American corporations?

(Image credit: Jordan Stead/Amazon)

A Third Of California's Fire Evacuees Still Waiting To Go Home

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:43am

Some 34,000 of the 100,000 people forced to flee the blazes are still under evacuation orders. Authorities they were getting close to containing the largest of the fires in northern California.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

A Year Of Love And Struggle In A New High School

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:00am

When this new, boys-only, public school in Washington D.C. opened its doors in August 2016 to a class of roughly 100 freshmen of color, NPR and Education Week were there. All. Year.

(Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR)

Democrats To Attorney General Sessions: Don't Duck Our Questions

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:00am

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify at a Senate oversight hearing Wednesday. Lawmakers have questions about his contacts with Russia and his reversals on civil rights positions.

(Image credit: Sait Serkan Gurbuz/AP)

Officers Fired After Forcible Removal Of United Airlines Passenger

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 2:13am

David Dao, a 69-year-old Kentucky doctor was injured as he was dragged from a United Express flight in April. Video taken by fellow passengers went viral, sparking outrage.

(Image credit: Kiichiro Sato/AP)

Amazon Studios Fires Top Exec Roy Price Following Harassment Allegations

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:44am

Price was suspended last week after producer Isa Hackett, who works on the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, said he had "repeatedly and persistently" propositioned her.

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NFL And Players Meet, But Punt On Anthem Controversy

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:21am

There were hopes that an NFL meeting would bring some clarity in the league's policy that says players "should" stand during the traditional pregame performance of 'The Star-Spangled Banner."

(Image credit: Michael Conroy/AP)

Amid The Horrors Of Wildfire, A Tale Of Survival And Singed Whiskers

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:48pm

As the toll from the Northern California fires continues to mount, with dozens of lives lost and hundreds of homes destroyed, small stories of hope continue to surface.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Josh Weil)

Report Blames Pilot In Deadly Balloon Crash, But Also Points Finger At FAA

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:13pm

Investigators found the pilot was impaired by medical conditions and drugs including Valium, oxycodone and Benadryl. The FAA doesn't require medical certification for commercial balloon operators.

(Image credit: Aaron M. Sprecher/AFP/Getty Images)

Efforts To Rewrite NAFTA Not Going Well; Next Round of Talks Delayed

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:55pm

For months, the United States, Canada and Mexico have been trying to rewrite terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement. But White House demands have led to frustrations that may threaten NAFTA.

(Image credit: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

MLB Rallies To Help Boy Whose Baseball Collection Was Destroyed By Fire

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:38pm

As thousands of Californians take stock of the damage caused by wildfires, one nine-year-old boy's story has at least half of the teams in Major League Baseball chipping in.

(Image credit: Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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