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Syrian Government Releases American Held For Four Years

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:29am

Kevin Dawes was seized in Syria in 2012. The government never acknowledged holding him, but has now freed him after lengthy negotiations, according to U.S. officials.

Bernie Sanders Accepts An Invitation From The Vatican

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:20am

Bernie Sanders plans to attend a Vatican conference about social, economic and environmental issues next week. Sanders says he's a "big, big fan of the pope" for "talking about the idolatry of money."

2 Dead At Lackland Air Force Base In Texas, Sheriff's Office Says

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:12am

News of fatalities comes after reports of an active shooter at the military facility near San Antonio. The lockdown at the base has since been lifted.

Some Relationship Advice From Pope Francis

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:01am

In his new exhortation, "The Joy of Love," Francis addresses marriage, sex and love. For a 79-year-old man who has taken a lifelong vow of celibacy, the pontiff has some pretty solid tips.

Good News For Procrastinators: 3 Extra Days To File Taxes

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 9:52am

This is all because of an overlap of federal and state holidays with the usual April 15 IRS deadline.

Mothers: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 9:36am

Mothers' members chose a few of their slowest, most languid and fragile songs to perform in the NPR Music offices.

His Songs Were Carved In Stone: Patterson Hood Remembers Merle Haggard

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 9:27am

Haggard, who died April 6, was singularly rebellious and rootless, and his songs are a graduate course in everything timeless and true about music, says the Drive-By Truckers singer.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Best Bad Movies And A Punishing Quiz

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 8:39am

On this week's show, original PCHH panelist Trey Graham returns to chat about bad movies and to be less humiliated than the rest of us by a quiz about pop culture returns.

Moondog's 'Behold' With A French Twist

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 8:00am

A pair of French new music ensembles lovingly recreates songs by the iconoclastic New York street composer and poet who called himself Moondog.

Terrace Martin: 'I Believe You Should Be Yourself'

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 8:00am

"My job is only to be a servant of the community, and just to inspire. That's it. That's my whole job, and I know that."

Monkey Malaria Creeps Closer To Being A Major Human Threat

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 7:55am

A new paper raises concerns about possible changes in the parasite behind the strain, putting us at greater risk.

Top Stories: Pope Francis Issues Treatise On The Family; 4 Fed Chairs Talk Together

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 7:45am

Also: A major payday lender is charged in a federal racketeering case; the Arizona legislature bars journalists without background checks; and the last American Idol winner is crowned.

Go Ahead, Call A Random Swede

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 6:15am

As a way to encourage communication between people from different countries, Sweden invited people from all over the world to call a number which would connect them to random Swede.

TV Debates Light On Political Money Talk

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 6:13am

The presidential candidates and superPACS have raised a combined total of around $1 billion, but only three candidates have talked about repairing the campaign finance system, new analysis shows.

Will It Play In Peoria? 'Morning Edition' Hopes So

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 6:11am

The line, made famous by Groucho Marx, dates to Vaudeville. Peoria was a good test — crowds were known for being hard to please. Morning Edition broadcasts live on Friday from Peoria.

Research Finds Poor Outcomes For Students Who Retake Courses Online

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 6:02am

A new study says that 69 percent of Chicago high school students earned Ds or Fs when retaking algebra on computers.

An Ancient Route Rolls On: Questions For Peter Frankopan, Author Of 'The Silk Roads'

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 6:00am

It's been centuries since camel caravans crisscrossed Eurasia along the Silk Roads. But historian Peter Frankopan's new book puts the fabled roads at the center of a new view of world history.

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