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In Las Vegas, Obama Sells His Immigration Plan

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

President Obama has begun to try to sell the American public on his controversial executive action on immigration. He started Friday, with a visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas.

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Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs'

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.

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London's Mayor Calls U.S. Tax Bill 'Outrageous'

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

NPR's Scott Simon explains the controversy London Mayor Boris Johnson waded into recently. He's a U.S. citizen, and the Internal Revenue Service says he owes them taxes.

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Tensions In Ferguson Simmer As Grand Jury Meets

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

A grand jury decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson will face charges for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. may be near. The grand jury met behind closed doors Friday.

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National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:50am

It's illegal to dig wild ginseng out of national park land. But it sells for thousands of dollars overseas, so poachers find it hard to resist.

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Tech Week: Uber Under Fire, The Vision Behind Google's Lollipop

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:49am

Uber's CEO apologizes after a senior executive suggested the company would dig up dirt on journalists critical of the booming ride-sharing firm. And we give the new Android OS a close look.

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Remembering 'Comic Meteor' Mike Nichols

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:48am

NPR's Scott Simon remembers actor, director, and comedian Mike Nichols. Critics sometimes carped that they couldn't find a unifying theme to his work, but Nichols had fun doing different things.

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You Might Be Surprised When You Take Your Temperature

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:33am

Ebola has made us all obsessed with body temperature. 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is normal, right? But what about 98.2? Or 99? And how high and low can you go on the thermometer and survive?

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Wealthy Arabs Flock To Pakistan To Kill The Bustards

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:32am

The Houbara bustard, a large bird whose numbers are declining, migrates to Pakistan every winter. Rich Arabs follow close behind and hunt them in large numbers. Some Pakistanis say this must stop.

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In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 1:03am

Two composers became instrument builders to score the film, set in the pioneer days of the American West. "We both knew what the movie sounded like. We just had to find it," Tommy Lee Jones says.

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Bryan Adams Celebrates The Classics On New Covers Album

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 1:03am

The Canadian musician leaves the singing of his songs to karaoke stars around the world, and instead goes for hits by Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and others on Tracks Of My Years.

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Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Spreads To Its Capital

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:22pm

Madagascar reports hundreds of plague cases each year. Health officials are concerned that this year's outbreak could grow rapidly now that it has reached a densely-populated city.

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Buffalo Blizzard Brings Odd NFL Game: Free, And Far From Home

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:30pm

Monday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets is being played in Michigan, and tickets are being given away at no charge. Some Bills players began their trips on snowmobiles.

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Episode 474: The North Korea Files

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 6:57pm

We got a stack of letters from American citizens who wanted to buy stuff from North Korea. On today's show, we try to figure out who sent the letters, and why.

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Sabiduría: Mentorship

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 5:57pm

Words of wisdom come from a mentor and mentee at a writing program, who tell us what they've both given and taken from each other.

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Paying Taxes While Undocumented

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 5:57pm

It's a misconception that undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes. Reporter Sarah Reynolds breaks down how non-citizens pay taxes, and how it affects their legal standing.

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Violentology

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 5:57pm

The peace talks to end the Colombian conflict don't get a lot of U.S. coverage. Photojournalist Stephen Ferry talks about a conflict that runs deeper than the war on drugs.

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Grandma's Nice Truck

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 5:57pm

Cory Spotted Bear, a Native American resident of North Dakota, has found a silver lining to the boom in fracking — many members of his community who never had money have benefited.

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Taking Tattoos Off

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 5:57pm

By changing your skin, you can change your life. We meet a young man who's going through the long and painful process of getting his tattoos removed.

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Co-ops in Cuba

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 5:57pm

Cuba is moving one step closer to a free market. For the first time since the revolution, the government is allowing workers to form and run their own business cooperatives.

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