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Metropolis: 3/21/15

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:16pm

KCRW's Jason Bentley spins the latest music from Rob Garza, ODESZA, Kygo and more in this EDM mix.

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Torres, 'Sprinter'

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:11pm

On the dizzying title track from her career-making new album, Torres sings of flailing against confinement like a talented but rebellious teen while the track rises and falls like a pubescent mood.

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U.S. Will Slow Down Withdrawal Of Troops From Afghanistan

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:03pm

In a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, President Obama says Afghanistan "remains a very dangerous place," and the size of the U.S. troop presence in 2016 is yet to be decided.

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With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:50pm

Cuban baseball has been struggling. A lack of money means facilities are in disrepair. Defections mean some of the best players have left. But new relations with the U.S. may mean new opportunities.

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'American Crime': A Series Packed With 'Emotional Honesty' About Race

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:39pm

The show revolves around a murder case in which nearly all the characters are part victim and part aggressor. Creator John Ridley and actor Benito Martinez explain.

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James Corden Hits Late-Night TV With His Own Skill Set And Mindset

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:39pm

The Late Late Show with James Corden fills the post-David Letterman time slot on CBS. TV critic David Bianculli says that based on first impressions, Corden will "settle in nicely."

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From A Congresswoman To A 'Queen,' Girl's Dress-Up Photo Series Rolls On

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:33pm

Photos of 5-year-old Lily Bushelle dressed up as heroines of African-American history have gone viral. Her family is finding new icons to help continue their series.

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James Corden Nods To Talk Show Tradition With CBS's 'Late Late Show'

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:53pm

British comic actor James Corden took over CBS's Late Late Show on Monday with a star-studded debut. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says he offered a touch of talk show tradition with a modern feel.

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James Corden Is The New Face of 'The Late Late Show'

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:50pm

TV critic Eric Deggans says that James Cordens first night hosting "The Late Late Show" was a blast from the past.

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Britain's 'Greatest Complainer' Doesn't Get Mad, He Gets Even

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:40pm

Jasper Griegson is a complaint expert and wrote over 5,000 complaint letters on behalf of readers of the British newspaper, The Daily Express.

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House Panel Releases Video Of Secret Service Barricade Incident

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:40pm

The panel angrily questions Secret Service Director Joe Clancy about why additional videos of the March 4 incident near the White House weren't preserved and made available.

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Americans' Love Of Diet Soda Fizzing Out

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:33pm

Diet sodas hit peak sales in 2009. Sales are expected to decline by a third by 2019 from the 2009 peak.

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Retired Detroit Firefighters Battle Cancer And Medicals Bills

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:25pm

Retired firefighters who made it through decades of running into burning buildings and the city's bankruptcy are now facing the burden of medical bills.

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Why There's A Big Battle Brewing Over The Lean Meat In Your Diet

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:01pm

Should the government recommend lean meat as part of a healthy diet? That's emerged as a political flashpoint. The panel working on federal guidelines says the evidence on lean meat is muddled.

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Here Comes 'The X-Files,' Back For More Mulder, More Scully, And More

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:42am

Fox has announced that its beloved sci-fi series The X-Files will be back for six new episodes from creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

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U.S. Providing Reconnaissance Flights Over Booby-Trapped Tikrit

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:40am

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq has been conducting surveillance flights over the city since March 21 to help uproot militants with the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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Calif. Lawyer Proposes Ballot Initiative To Kill Gays And Lesbians

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:49am

The "Sodomite Suppression Act" is unlikely to get a vote, but it's making waves in the Golden State, where all it takes is $200 and a few hundred thousand signatures to get on a ballot.

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Feds Claim Obamacare Launch Is Hindering Government Transparency

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:31am

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a backlog of some 3,000 FOIA requests and says it may need 10 years or more to dig out from under some large cases.

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Quality-Testing Legal Marijuana: Strong But Not Always Clean

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:22am

Early efforts to test legal marijuana are finding that it's got lots of buzzworthy THC. But it can also have fungus, chemical residue and bacteria. What that means for health and safety isn't clear.

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Even In Nursing, Men Earn More Than Women

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:01am

Almost all registered nurses are women, but men in the profession are paid more, a study finds. The differences were especially startling in outpatient settings and for nurse anesthetists.

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