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In Louisville, A Young Conductor Seeks To Challenge And Delight

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:22am

At 28, Teddy Abrams is the youngest-ever music director of the Louisville Orchestra. He speaks with Rachel Martin about the task of making classical music at once accessible and provocative.

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As China Cracks Down On Cultural Fringe, Indie Rock Finds A Home In Beijing

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:17am

U.S. economist Michael Pettis, an expert on China's economy and professor at Beijing University, is also a key figure nurturing a distinct American sound in Beijing's avant-garde music scene.

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A Tiny School District Reaches Far And Wide For New Teachers

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:13am

Across the country, school districts are struggling to find new teachers. One rural town in Colorado is reaching outside the 50 states.

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Behind The Founding Foodie, A French-Trained Chef Bound By Slavery

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 4:37pm

James Hemings, Thomas Jefferson's chef, had skills surpassing any other American cook of his era. Training in Paris, he glimpsed a world where black men were free — and respected. Then he came home.

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For One Colts Fan, Deflategate Has Been A Great Way To Pump Merchandise

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 4:09pm

Long after the New England Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts, in a game known best for its deflated footballs, a Colts fan is still getting his sweet revenge: by selling novelty foam hats.

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In Bringing 'Goosebumps' To The Big Screen, Jack Black Gets His Creepy On

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 4:06pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Black about playing R.L. Stine, the beloved children's horror author, in the new Goosebumps movie.

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Amid Violence In Israel, Parents Seek Difficult Solutions Across The Divide

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 4:06pm

The recent violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank has claimed lives of children and young adults. Israeli and Palestinian parents who lost children in separate conflicts discuss their peace efforts.

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A U.S. Policy Shift In Afghanistan — And What It Means For The Future

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 4:06pm

Michel Martin speaks with Abderrahim Foukara, the Washington bureau chief for Al-Jazeera Arabic, about President Obama's plan to leave 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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The View From The Barbershop: Democrats, DFS And 'Playboy,' Oh My

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 4:06pm

NPR's Michel Matin gets the weekly rundown on Democratic presidential nominees, the recent government crackdown on daily fantasy sports and Playboy's decision to cut nude photos.

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Beyond 'Aunt Jemima': A Taste Of African-American Culinary Heritage

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 4:06pm

History has largely forgotten the lives and thoughts of the black chefs who helped define American cooking. But there's a tantalizing glimpse in food writer Toni Tipton-Martin's cookbook collection.

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Three Investment Gurus Share Their Model Portfolios

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 3:05pm

How do some of the most respected investors on the planet think Americans should be investing their money? NPR talked to three about what a retirement portfolio should look like.

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'El Chapo' Guzmán Escapes From Authorities, But Suffers Injuries

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 1:56pm

Joaquín Guzmán became Mexico's most wanted drug trafficker after he escaped from a maximum-security prison. Authorities said they had found Guzmán but he escaped again.

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Can a Cancer Drug Reverse Parkinson's Disease and Dementia?

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 1:18pm

People with Parkinson's and related forms of dementia improved dramatically when they took a leukemia drug called nilotinib. Researchers say the drug seems to help brain cells eliminate toxins.

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The Good Listener: What's The Matter With Canada?

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 12:57pm

Why do so many of Canada's most successful musicians shy away from acknowledging their home country?

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