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Pyongyang Releases 2 U.S. Citizens Who Were Held For Months

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 4:01am

Two Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea have returned to the U.S. They were freed after Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went to North Korea to negotiate their release.

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Burger King Opens Restaurants In India

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report on Burger King opening restaurants in India.

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Near Old Border Of East Germany, A Reminder Of Despair

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 4:01am

The Berlin Wall divided many German families, and their anguish was visible at the "Palace of Tears," the nickname for the Berlin railway station that was the main crossing between East and West.

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Confirmation Of Mexican Students' Deaths Touches Off Protests

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 4:01am

Violent protests broke out over news that the students had been killed, burned and their remains tossed in a river. The announcement that the case was solved didn't quelled public outcry.

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Examining Complications To U.S. Goals In Syria

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 4:01am

A U.S.-led coalition is targeting Islamic State militants. Obama says he's not trying to "solve" Syria's war, a far cry from efforts made to negotiate an end to the war or build up the rebellion.

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Obama Leaves Election Results Behind, Travels To Asia

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 4:01am

President Obama is in Beijing — kicking off a week-long trip that will also take him to Burma and Australia. The overseas trip comes on the heels of last week's domestic drubbing for the Democrats.

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Preview: George W. Bush Talks About Politics And His New Book

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 3:30am

Former President George W. Bush sat down with NPR's David Greene to discuss a book he's written about his father, the other ex-President Bush. This week, we'll hear their conversation.

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Ebola Today Could Mean Illiteracy Tomorrow In West Africa

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 2:06am

Millions of children aren't going to school because of Ebola. The fear is that some kids will never return to class. For others, the time off means putting their career dreams on hold.

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If Literature's Great Characters Could Text, They'd Charm Your Pantalets Off

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 2:05am

Texts from Jane Eyre imagines a Mr. Rochester who worries over his "attic wife" and a super flirty Scarlett O'Hara: "did you know that pantalets are out this year[?] that's why I'm not wearing any :)"

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Want To Grow These Apples? You'll Have To Join The Club

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 2:04am

New brands are reshaping the apple aisle of supermarkets. Many are "club apples" --varieties that are controlled and managed by select groups of farmers..

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Combining The DNA Of Three People Raises Ethical Questions

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 2:03am

Scientists in England are ready to do something that's never been done before — combine the DNA of two women and one man to create embryos that don't carry hereditary mitochondrial disorders.

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Whether Green With Envy Or Tickled Pink: We Live In A Color-Coded World

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 2:02am

Red means stop; green means go. You live in a red state or a blue state. Elizabeth Blair kicks off NPR's color series with a look at the way color organizes our lives — in ways we don't even realize.

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Why The Caged Bird Raps

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 2:02am

Caged Bird Songs pairs some of the late Maya Angelou's poems and lyrics to hip-hop beats — but producer Shawn Rivera says the rhythms were already there.

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First Listen: Thompson, 'Family'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:03pm

Thompson gathers many branches of a formidable family tree that includes Richard, Linda, Teddy, Kami and several musicians not named Thompson.

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First Listen: Andy Stott, 'Faith In Strangers'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:03pm

The Manchester electronic producer alternates between ethereal beauty and viscous sludge, and with vocal assistance from Alison Skidmore, glints of light keep poking through the darkness.

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First Listen: Mr. Gnome, 'The Heart Of A Dark Star'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:03pm

Whether its songs are bleak and primal, grandiose or seductively dreamy, the Cleveland duo delights in searching for the unexpected.

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First Listen: Bryan Ferry, 'Avonmore'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:03pm

The Roxy Music singer channels his classic work while still sounding fresh. Ferry's sound remains full, clear and direct, with intricate layers of instruments shifting in and out of focus.

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First Listen: Robert Wyatt, 'Different Every Time'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:00pm

A double-length set provides an ambitious introduction to the prog-rock legend. Selections include songs from Wyatt's bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole, solo work and unlikely collaborations.

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Phil Crane, Former Illinois Congressman, Dies At 84

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 7:18pm

Crane, a member of the House of Representatives for 35 years, was a history professor before he became a politician. The conservative Republican advocated for a smaller federal government.

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