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In 'Last Flag Flying,' The Horror of War Is Brought Home — Literally

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:00pm

In this Richard Linklater dramedy, three Vietnam War veterans "embark on an endlessly digressive road trip at once uproarious and rife with detours of the soul."

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'Thor: Ragnarok' Is Hela Good

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:00pm

The comic sensibility of director Taika Waititi — and a lush, airbrushed-van visual aesthetic — make this the funniest and prettiest Marvel film yet.

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Fats Domino: The Founding Father Of Rock 'N' Roll

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:52pm

Fats Domino: The Founding Father Of Rock 'N' Roll

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In Puerto Rico, A Couple Of Hours Of 'Normal' During The World Series

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:36pm

In San Juan, dozens of Puerto Ricans from all walks of life pulled up lawn chairs and stools in the middle of the street to watch the final game between the Houston Astros and the L.A. Dodgers.

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An Argentine City Mourns 5 Friends Killed In New York Truck Attack

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:29pm

The men were enjoying a reunion visit to New York City and had just biked through Central Park when a truck driver mowed them down Tuesday. Three other people died and 12 more were injured.

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On Thin Ice: Walruses Threatened After U.S. Declines To List As Endangered

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:19pm

The Trump administration refused last month to put the Pacific walrus on the endangered species list, spelling a "death sentence" for the species that lives in the seas between Alaska and Russia.

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How The Trump Administration Is Running The Department Of Agriculture

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Today, President Trump's controversial pick for the top scientist position with USDA, Sam Clovis, pulled out of consideration for the job. Journalist Michael Lewis had been reporting on the Department of Agriculture under the Trump administration before Thursday. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Lewis about his article and how the Trump administration is running the department.

'Thor: Ragnarok' Pokes Fun At Itself While Being The Best Thor Film Yet

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Marvel's hammer-throwing superhero is back in Thor: Ragnarok. NPR's Bob Mondello says there are whole worlds at stake in the latest film, and Thor gets some help from the Hulk and his sibling-rival, Loki.

Houston Celebrates First-Ever World Series Win After Astros Clinch Championship

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Houston is celebrating its first-ever World Series victory after a thrilling conclusion to the baseball season against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The victory energized residents still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey's flooding.

How Should We Build And Design Cities To Make It Tougher For Terrorists To Hurt People?

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

This week's terror attack in Manhattan prompts a question: Can a city do anything to stop a truck attack? NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with architect Thomas Vonier about how we can better design big cities to make it harder for terrorists to harm people.

Special Counsel Mueller Warns That Manafort And Gates Pose A Flight Risk

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is warning that Paul Manafort and Rick Gates pose a flight risk and is asking a judge to impose strict bail conditions on both of them. Gates and Manafort appeared before federal court on Thursday.

Trump's Public Comments In Tweets Could Affect Legal Cases

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Norman Reimer, the executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers about whether Trump's tweets about ongoing cases, including Tuesday's terror attack in New York City, could complicate those cases.

How Facebook's Ads Could Change Following The Russian Debacle

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Facebook's celebrity executives — Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg — were not on Capitol Hill yesterday when Congress grilled the company's top lawyer about incendiary Russian ads on the platform. Instead, they were on an earnings call with investors announcing a 79 percent jump in profits, fueled by the company's dominance in online advertising. NPR's Aarti Shahani looks at how advertising is the key to Facebook's success and how that may change following the Russian debacle.

Why A Chinese Company Invested Billions Of Dollars In The U.S.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

A mysterious Chinese company has invested billions of dollars in the U.S. during a two-year span. Planet Money reporters dig into the background of the HNA group, and what they find illustrates vast fault lines in China's economy.

Federal Terrorism Charges Filed Against Suspect In NYC Terror Attack

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

The latest from New York, where prosecutors have filed federal terrorism charges against the suspect in Tuesday's terror attack. Mayor Bill de Blasio says he should "rot in prison for the rest of his life."

Not All Republicans On Board With Proposed Tax Plan

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

The Republicans rolled out their tax plan on Thursday, but not every Republican is on board. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks to Congressman Leonard Lance, R-N.J., about why he isn't satisfied.

Republican Tax Bill Would Provide Big Cuts, But Target Popular Breaks

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

House Republicans released their long-awaited bill to overhaul the nation's tax code on Thursday. The bill would provide big cuts in the tax rates for most individuals and businesses. But it also takes aim at eliminating or rolling back some popular tax breaks.

Looking For A Home When Your Name Is Hispanic And Finding Discrimination Instead

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Nearly a third of Latinos say they've experienced discrimination when seeking housing, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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