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Tony Award-Winning 'Fun Home' Is Staged Across The Country

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:20am

The show tells cartoonist Alison Bechdel's story of growing up in a small Pennsylvania town and becoming aware that she is a lesbian.

Top Stories: Police Body Cam Study Shows No Effects; Senate Budget Plan

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:09am

Also: White House Chief of Staff Kelly is criticized by the congresswoman he criticized; losses from California fires could exceed $1 billion; and supporters clap a lot online for China's president.

Week In Politics: Trump Defends Call To Gold Star Family, Gives Puerto Rico Response An 'A Plus'

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:06am

MSNBC's José Díaz-Balart and NPR's Domenico Montanaro join Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young to review the week in politics.

Mailbag: Interviews That Hit And Missed The Mark

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:44am

Listeners praise fact-checking in one interview, criticize lack of pushback in another.

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'I'm Just Trying To Make Myself Laugh': 'New Yorker' Artist Shares His Cover Stories

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:00am

Barry Blitt's new book features some of the cartoonist's most memorable and merciless work, including his 2008 drawing of Barack and Michelle Obama fist-bumping in the Oval Office.

(Image credit: The New Yorker via bado-badosblog.blogspot.com)

The Thistle And Shamrock: New Fall Sounds

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:00am

Tune into some great new sounds from artists on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 9:30am

That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras.

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At Ojai Music Festival, Vijay Iyer Showcases Improvisation

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 9:19am

As music director for the distinguished festival, Iyer united jazz and classical artists with a passion for spontaneity.

(Image credit: Barbara Rigon/Ojai Music Festival)

How 'The Con' Almost Broke Tegan And Sara

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 9:11am

Ten years ago, the making of Tegan and Sara's fifth album — and divided reactions to it — created a rift between the twins that nearly tore them apart but eventually showed them a way forward.

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William Eggleston's Secret World Of 'Musik'

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 8:46am

Watch a short film about the revered artist who liberated color photography in the 1970s. Now, at age 78, his lifelong passion for music is revealed in his very first album release.

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Chris Stapleton Returns — Already — With 'Millionaire'

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 8:15am

From his forthcoming third album, From a Room: Volume 2, the singer cooks up a slow-and-easy country-soul take on Kevin Welch's 2001 song "Millionaire."

(Image credit: Andy Barron/Courtesy of the artist)

Why It's So Hard To Turn The Lights Back On In Puerto Rico

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 8:08am

Almost a month after Hurricane Maria made landfall, most of the island is still without electricity. Officials have estimated it could be months before power is restored.

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Federal Judge Will Not Void Guilty Ruling On Arpaio, Despite Trump's Pardon

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 7:10am

Citing legal precedents, Bolton said that while a pardon removes the threat of punishment, it does not "blot out guilt."

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Tokyo Governor Hopes Her New 'Party Of Hope' Will Shake Up Japanese Politics

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 6:54am

Yuriko Koike, the best known woman in Japanese politics, started a new party ahead of Sunday's snap election for parliament. But it's having trouble distinguishing itself from the ruling party.

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Tokyo Governor Shakes Up Japanese Elections With Her New Party

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 6:54am

Voters have just days left to decide which house candidates they'll support in a snap general election. Japanese politics are usually tame but the charismatic governor of Tokyo gave things a jolt.

Politics In The News: Gen. Kelly And Ex-Presidents Obama And Bush

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 6:53am

Chief of Staff John Kelly made an emotional defense of the president's conversations with gold star families. Will it quell criticism? Steve Inskeep talks to Johan Goldberg of the National Review.

China's Leader Gave A Speech This Week That Came In At 3.5 Hours

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 6:39am

For Chinese listeners, there was one response. The Chinese digital company Tencent made a game of it. It's called "Excellent Speech: Clap for Xi Jinpeng."

Do You Care If Your Fish Dinner Was Raised Humanely? Animal Advocates Say You Should

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 6:00am

Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in how livestock are raised in recent years. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that.

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FBI Anti-Sex Trafficking Operation Rescues 84 Minors

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 5:35am

The bureau said the 11th annual Operation Cross Country recovered one 3-month-old girl and that the average age of the victims was 15.

Milwaukee Race Officials Misjudge Marathon Route

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 5:21am

The marathon wasn't really a marathon — the race course came up about a mile short. Believe it or not this happened last year too — except the course was too long.

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