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Orquesta Akokán, Echoes Of A Cuban Past Recorded In Havana

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 9:32am

New album from Daptone Records recalls the glorious past of Cuban big band music recorded in an historic studio in Havana, Cuba.

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Why Does Nature Love To Blow Things Up?

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 9:32am

Supernova, volcanoes and all those other explosions are not just awesome sights: They are all essential players in cosmic evolution, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Self-Immolation Rises As Desperate Tunisians Seek Escape From Poverty

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 9:10am

When a fruit seller set himself on fire, it helped spark a revolution in Tunisia seven years ago. Since then, the suicide method has grown more common, especially among young, unemployed men.

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U.S. Military Advantage Over Russia And China 'Eroding,' Pentagon Says

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 9:00am

In the first update of the National Defense Strategy since 2014, the Pentagon is putting more focus on Russia and China, the "primary concern in U.S. national security," as opposed to terrorism.

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President Trump: 'Shutdown Coming?'

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 8:34am

Senate Democrats say they will oppose the GOP's stopgap funding bill to avert a government shutdown, raising the likelihood of the first partial government shutdown since 2013.

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Pope Francis Accuses Bishop's Critics Of Slander, Riling Sex Abuse Victims In Chile

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 8:25am

On the last day of his visit to Chile, Pope Francis set the simmering resentment that some hold against the Catholic Church to a full boil.

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Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus Pierces Her Own Privilege

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 8:15am

"I couldn't not speak about whiteness in my work," Garbus says of her new record as Tune-Yards. She breaks down the themes and self-examinations behind I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life.

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Clock Ticks Down Toward A Midnight Government Shutdown

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:45am

Rachel Martin talks to Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, about the chances of a government shutdown Friday night. NPR's Susan Davis weighs in on the conversation.

Stansfield Turner, Who Headed CIA Under Carter, Dies At 94

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:32am

The Navy admiral tapped by President Carter to lead the spy agency conducted a controversial downsizing of risky clandestine operations — a move that angered many in the intelligence community.

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Prosecutor Releases New Details In Case Involving 'Shackled' Siblings

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:26am

Days after Louise and David Turpin's 13 children were found malnourished and some shackled to furniture, the California couple have been charged with torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.

DREAMers Caught Up In Efforts To Keep The Government Open

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:24am

Steve Inskeep asks Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland if he's willing to let the government shut down to secure promises on immigration overhaul. NPR's Susan Davis weighs in on the topic.

Amadou and Mariam: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:02am

The Malian musicians, who've been playing together for nearly 40 years, bring some of the most lyrical melodies and joyful sounds we've ever had at the Tiny Desk.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:00am

The gang takes a look at Amy Sherman-Palladino's award-winning comedy, starring Rachel Brosnahan as a '50s housewife-turned-comedian. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Elvis Collector Auctions Dixie Cup Allegedly Used By The King

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:57am

The crumpled blue-and-white Dixie cup was snagged by a fan in 1956, after Elvis Presley performed at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion. The auction closes Sunday. Bids already have surpassed $1,200.

Friendly Skies: Pope Marries Couple On A Plane Over Chile

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:40am

The couple had planned to tie the knot next months but their Catholic church was destroyed in a massive earthquake. The pontiff asked if they'd like him to marry them right then? They agreed.

In Tunisia, Self-Immolation Has Become A Common Form Of Suicide

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

Seven years ago a Tunisian fruit seller set himself on fire in protest. The uprisings he helped start have long faded but self-immolation has taken hold as an act of desperation among Tunisians.

Why Are We Only Learning About Stormy Daniels Now?, 'Post's' Farhi Writes

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Paul Farhi of The Washington Post about media coverage of Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006.

Trump Visits Pa. County That Has A Special Election In March

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

President Trump visited southwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday, an area dominated by the coal industry which is feeling positive after his first year in office.

House Bill To Keep Government Open Passes After Deal With Freedom Caucus

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

If Congress does not pass a spending bill, the government shuts down Friday night. Rachel Martin talks to Republican Congressman Tom Garrett of Virginia, a member of the Freedom Caucus.

Anti-Abortion Activist Wants Trump To Recommit To Campaign Pledges

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

Rachel Martin talks to Kristan Hawkins, president of the anti-abortion group Students for Life America, about what she wants to hear from President Trump when he addresses the March for Life rally Friday.




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