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Titus Andronicus On World Cafe

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:34pm

Hear the New Jersey band perform songs from its new punk opera, The Most Lamentable Tragedy.

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What To Do With California's Mentally Ill Defendants?

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:20pm

Jail is too dangerous for many defendants found incompetent to stand trial because of illnesses like schizophrenia, judges say. But psychiatric hospitals are now overcrowded and violent, too.

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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad Visits Moscow In First Trip Since War Began

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:18pm

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has visited Moscow in his first trip outside his country since the war began there nearly five years ago. Russian President Vladimir Putin told him that Russia's military intervention in Syria will lead to a political solution, which will keep Assad in power.

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An Odd Group Of 5: Roommates Welcome Syrian Refugee Into Toledo, Ohio, Home

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:18pm

The house on Alvin Street in Toledo, Ohio, has five roommates. Four of them are American students or recent graduates, and the fifth is a 22-year-old butcher from Syria who barely speaks any English. Yet somehow they get along. Mohammed's family remains at a refugee camp in Jordan, waiting for visas.

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Family Of 31-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Police Officer Demands Answers

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:18pm

Details are still emerging of a police shooting in Florida's Palm Beach County over the weekend, which left 31-year-old Corey Jones dead. Jones was shot by an undercover police officer on a highway.

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Obama Shares Plans To Tackle Heroin Epidemic In West Virginia

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:18pm

President Obama traveled to West Virginia to talk about prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction Wednesday.

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Prairie View, Texas, Reflects On History Of Racism After Police Incidents

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:18pm

Prairie View, Texas, has seen a couple of racially charged incidents involving law enforcement recently. The arrest and later death of Sandra Bland in police custody gained national attention, as did the arrest of a city councilman outside a college reunion party.

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Justice Scalia: 'Wouldn't Surprise Me' If Supreme Court Strikes Down Death Penalty

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:18pm

Ohio joins the growing list of states that have put death sentences on hold because of problems getting execution drugs. Justice Antonin Scalia told an audience Tuesday he wouldn't be surprised if the Supreme Court eventually strikes down capital punishment.

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Ben Carson Book Tour Blurs The Line Between Business And Politics

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:18pm

Ben Carson has put his presidential campaign on hold and will spend the next two weeks on a book tour.

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Rep. Dent: Paul Ryan Must Explain 'Mathematical Reality' Of Speaker Race

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:18pm

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan has announced he is open to serving as speaker of the house. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Rep. Charlie Dent, a Pennsylvania Republican, about the future of the House.

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Many Alabama Lawmakers Use Personal Email To Conduct Official Business

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:18pm

Turns out Hillary Clinton isn't the only government official with an email issue. Many state lawmakers use personal accounts to do official business, including those in Alabama.

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Joe Biden Announces Decision Not To Run For President In Rose Garden Speech

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:18pm

Joe Biden said Wednesday the window has closed for him to run for president. And with those words in a Rose Garden address, Vice President Biden took himself out of the running for president.

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Calif. Hospital Struggles To Control Patient-On-Patient Violence

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:18pm

Part one of this series explored how the violence at Napa State Psychiatric Hospital affects staff at the facility. In part two, NPR reports on patients who are victims of assault by other patients.

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What Happens When The Price Of Free Goes Up? YouTube's About To Find Out

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:07pm

YouTube has long suggested it may try to charge for its content. The new subscription service "Red" hopes to lure users with exclusive content from top stars, offline access to music and other perks.

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