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Iraqi Forces Ready For Effort To Retake Western Mosul

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

The Islamic State still controls the western side of Mosul in Iraq. Now Iraqi forces backed by U.S. air power are preparing to retake that part of the city.

Pence And Mattis Commit To NATO, But Ask Europe For More Help

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis talked at the Munich Security Conference this week. They reinforced the U.S. commitment to NATO and asked other countries to spend more.

'Heed The Protests' Over Obamacare, 'National Review' Editor Says

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

Rich Lowry of the National Review has some advice for GOP leaders. He tells Scott Simon about similarities he sees between recent protests at town hall meetings and the early days of the Tea Party.

Squirrel Foils Attempted Theft

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

Idaho isn't always a hot bed for news. But this week a pet squirrel scared off a would-be burglar trying to break into a gun safe.

Anonymous Leaks Gain New Prominence In Trump-Era Journalism

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

Many of the revelations about the new administration have come from leaks. Journalism outlets have taken various approaches to dealing with the onslaught of information.

The Long Relationship Of The Director And Composer From 'La La Land'

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

La La Land is the third collaboration between writer and director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz. Their first was actually a senior thesis that was released to critical acclaim.

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Life Inches Back To Normal In East Mosul, But Worries Remain

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

As Iraqi and U.S. forces plan to attack ISIS on the western side of the city of Mosul, residents are trying to restart their lives in the freed eastern side of the city. Not everyone feels safe.

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Oddisee's 'The Iceberg' Has A Trove Of Stories Beneath Its Surface

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

The hip-hop artist spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about visiting Syrian refugees, getting detained at airports and what a person's shoes can tell you about cultural difference.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Exhibition Celebrates Merce Cunningham And His Choreography Of Chance

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

Cunningham was always looking for new ways to move — that's why he used "chance operations" (rolling dice or tossing coins) to put a piece together.

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When Their Food Ran Out, These Reindeer Kept Digging

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

Reindeer are thought to face a grim future as climate change threatens lichen, a key winter food source. But on one Alaskan island, reindeer have found a new food source, making scientists hopeful.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Paul Melovidov)

Why This High School Band Is Only Buying Music From Composers Of Color

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

Often, high School band music is composed by white men. So this school is seeking out music from women and composers of color who are writing music, but aren't being published at the same rate.

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The State Of U.S.-Russian Relations

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

As reports emerge about links between Trump aides and Russia, Scott Simon speaks with Jane Harman, president of the Wilson Center, about the current relationship between the two countries.

U.S. Rivals Test Trump, And So Far The Response Is Restrained

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 5:12am

Iran and North Korea have fired off missiles. A Russian spy ship floats off the U.S. coast. To date, President Trump's reaction has been very much from the traditional foreign policy playbook.

(Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

Seminole Patchwork: Admiration And Appropriation

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 5:01am

Native American symbols have long caught the eye of non-Native fashion designers. But when it comes to Seminole patchwork designs, where is the line between inspiration and appropriation?

(Image credit: Courtesy of Will O'Leary)

Pence Seeks To Reassure Nervous European Allies, Vows U.S. Commitment To NATO

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 4:55am

In his first overseas trip as vice president, Mike Pence said the U.S. "strongly supports" NATO, even as he scolded member countries for not contributing enough funding to military capability.

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Why Oh Why Is There Phlegm?

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 4:00am

Having a cold or a flu is unpleasant enough without suffering the indignity of phlegm. But those gobs of goo are there for a reason.

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Episode 755: The Phone At The End Of The World

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:47pm

A charismatic populist president wanted to boost manufacturing and create jobs. She told companies, 'if you want to sell your stuff here, you have to build it here.' This is what happened.

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With 'Fake News,' Trump Moves From Alternative Facts To Alternative Language

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 7:27pm

The phrase is a threat to democracy, as a Republican strategist and a left-leaning linguist both explain to NPR.

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First-Ever Tracker Of Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans Launched

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 5:03pm

After years of declining numbers, hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are rising exponentially. But good statistics are hard to come by.

(Image credit: Adam Rountree/AP)

Trudy Pitts On Piano Jazz

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 4:32pm

The organist performs Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" with Marian McPartland in this 1992 session.

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