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First Listen: Nina Kraviz, 'Fabric 91'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 6:00am

The Russian DJ/producer's complex mix for the London nightclub takes a journey through techno's small-town past toward an unreleased future.

First Listen: Zao, 'The Well-Intentioned Virus'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 6:00am

For two decades, the band has maintained a mix of thoughtfulness and savagery unparalleled in metal. This is peak Zao, back with its most feral and fully realized offering in years.

Ginger Rogers And The Case Of The Authorized Editions

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 6:00am

Before modern fan fiction, there were the Whitman Authorized Editions — a series of mystery novels from the 1940s and 50s that "starred" real movie stars, like Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney.

In Make-A-Wish Request, Leukemia Patient Asks To Blow Stuff Up

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 5:23am

Luckily for the 12-year-old boy from Australia, the federal police like to blow things up. His two-day extravaganza included a mock-hostage crisis, and he got to blast through doors and brick walls.

Coming Soon To Your Local Cinema In India: Court-Mandated Patriotism

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:30am

The Indian Supreme Court has handed down an interim order mandating that cinemas across the country play the national anthem — and the audience must stand for it — before every feature film.

Resolution Aims To Keep Trump's Businesses From Being A Conflict

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Steve Inskeep talks with Sen. Ben Cardin about potential conflicts of interest. The Maryland Democrat introduced a resolution requiring Trump to divest from his businesses or use a blind trust.

Colombia Plane Ran Out Of Fuel Before It Crashed Near Medellin

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Authorities also released audio of the conversation between the pilot and the airport's communications tower during the doomed plane's final moments on Monday. Only six of 77 people aboard survived.

Ex-Defense Secretary Cohen On Foreign Policy Challenges Facing Trump

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Steve Inskeep talks to William Cohen, former Defense secretary under President Clinton, about the various security challenges the president-elect and his yet to be named Defense secretary will face.

S.C. Jury Deliberates Case Of Ex-Police Officer Who Killed Motorist

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Jurors in Charleston, S.C. are deliberating the fate of former police officer Michael Slager. He's accused of murder after shooting Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, as he fled after a traffic stop.

Russia Rustles Up Cowboys To Help Beef Up Demand For Steaks

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

A Russia company is trying to build an American-style beef steak industry from scratch. To make it work, it has to import everything from the cows, to the feed — right down to importing American cowboys.

GAO Report: Student Loan Forgiveness Will Cost Nearly $200 Billion

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

The federal government is set to forgive more than $180 billion in student loan debt over the next few decades. That's according to a report out this week from the Government Accountability Office.

Rep. Bustos Recruited To Help Improve Democrats' Message

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has fended off a challenge to her long leadership reign. Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Cheri Bustos, who Pelosi invited to join the Democratic leadership.

Despite Criticism Of Candidate Trump, Romney Leads For Secretary Of State

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Trump's team says the secretary of State search has been narrowed to four candidates. Steve Inskeep talks to Katie Packer, who was deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

Amid Economic Crisis, Mongolians Risk Their Lives For Do-It-Yourself Mining

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:05am

Mining once boomed in Mongolia but as commodity prices fell, the economy tanked and companies went bankrupt. Unemployed men are taking over abandoned coal mines to extract what's left. Some have died.

North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:04am

When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.

Army Contests NPR Investigation Of Dismissed Soldiers In 'Misleading' Report

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:04am

The report, which contends commanders fairly dismissed thousands of soldiers who returned from war with mental health issues or brain injuries, did not review 19,000 of those troops.

Boston's Christmas Tree Tradition Rooted In A Canadian Thank You

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:03am

Boston's Christmas tree is a thank you gift from Canada for help the city provided a century ago, a reminder not just that it's time to get into the holiday spirit but also what that's really about.

'A Poem For Peter' Recalls One Unforgettable 'Snowy Day'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:03am

In 1962, Peter — an African-American boy exploring his neighborhood after a snowstorm — broke the color barrier in mainstream children's publishing. A new book pays tribute to author Ezra Jack Keats.

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