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Encore Plus: Who Is A Good Immigrant, Anyway?

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:15am

Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead.

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Oscars So Black...At Least, In Documentaries

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:15am

Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead.

Ten Thousand Writers... and Two Intrepid Podcast Hosts

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:15am

Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead.

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The Horror, The Horror: "Get Out" And The Place of Race in Scary Movies

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:15am

Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead.

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Listen: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Doubles Down On Afro-Cuban Connection

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:00am

The musical connection between Cuba and New Orleans, which runs deeper than many listeners realize, forms a strong subtext on the next Preservation Hall Jazz Band album, So It Is.

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'A Horse Walks Into A Bar,' And A Bad Comedy Set Proves Revelatory

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:00am

David Grossman's unsettling new novel takes place over the course of a two-hour comedy set, as what seems like just a bad performance evolves into something truly strange, painful and urgent.

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Songs We Love: Jason Eady, 'Barabbas'

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:00am

The rising alt-country troubadour gives a biblical underdog a rare shot at the spotlight in this clear-eyed anthem of renewal.

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'Top Chef' Is Delivering A Satisfying Season Right On Time

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 8:57am

If you need a lift and a bit of diversion, it's not too late to enjoy the last two episodes of an awfully satisfying season of Top Chef.

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Fight For Mosul Moves Westward And Centers On City's Airport

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 8:35am

Inside western Mosul, a resident tells NPR that ISIS has forced residents to knock holes in their houses to create tunnels for the militants to use.

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SpaceX Cargo Craft Is Now In Space Station's Grip, One Day After Aborted Docking

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:06am

NASA had originally planned for the Dragon craft to reach the space station three days ago. It's carrying crew supplies and a range of scientific experiments.

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NHL's Arizona Coyotes Want Fans To Stop 'The Wave'

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:06am

The NHL team tweeted: "Attention fans in 112: We don't do the wave here."

German City Council Wants Meat At Vegetarian Festival

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:02am

An environmental group is holding a vegetarian festival on Earth Day. But members of the German city's council want the group to serve local meat at the event.

Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:00am

Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people's main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.

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This Trip Through 'The Alps' Is A Little Bit Bumpy

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:00am

Stephen O'Shea's quirky travelogue is packed with facts and history, but it's marred by a few odd choices — for example, why visit the famed skiing town of Val d'Isère at the height of summer?

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5 Million English Language Learners: A Vast Pool Of Talent, At Risk

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 5:00am

The number of English language learners in public schools is nearing 5 million. Many are struggling academically, despite well-intentioned efforts to help them learn English.

Trump's Election Drives More Women To Consider Running For Office

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:21am

One group that helps train female candidates says applications for its programs are up 87 percent since Election Day.

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Trump's Plan To Hire 15,000 Border Patrol And ICE Agents Won't Be Easy

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:12am

Applicants have to go through "extreme vetting" including a grueling polygraph exam. In the past, Customs and Border Protection has had trouble retaining agents.

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Sen. McCain Makes Unannounced Trip To Syria To Meet With U.S. Forces

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:51am

John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, went to Syria last week to discuss the campaign for defeating militants from the Islamic State.

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Former DOJ Official On The Future Of Transgender Student Policies

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

The Trump administration has rescinded Obama administration guidance on transgender students and bathrooms. Rachel Martin talks with Vanita Gupta, who was one of the architects of the Obama policy.

CPAC In The Trump Era

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

The Conservative Political Action Conference starts Thursday. Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union, which hosts the event, talks with Rachel Martin about Trump's brand of conservatism.

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