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Six Words: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

The Confederate flag is a sign of bigotry to some. For others, says reporter Jesse Dukes, it symbolizes family heritage and defiance — but also what he calls a "willful innocence" about U.S. history.

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Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dies

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Oscar de la Renta died at the age of 82 on Monday. Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan about the designer's legacy.

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California Proposition Re-evaluates Approach To Crime

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

California's Proposition 47 would make several nonviolent crimes into misdemeanors, like forgery, drug possession for personal use, and petty theft. The idea is to reduce the number of people incarcerated in the state. The move is part of a backlash against the state's three-strikes-you're-out law, passed 20 years ago.

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What Ferguson, Mo., Could Learn From A Small Michigan Town

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Eleven years ago, Benton Harbor, Mich., was a lot like Ferguson, Mo. It was a small town where racial tension with police reached a boiling point. Afterward there were promises of change for the city.

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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:03am

From our panel of public-radio hosts to you: a hand-picked sampler of free downloads, including new music from Son Little, Ty Segall, Rome Fortune, Kaytranada, Allo Darlin' and more.

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Reports: Fashion Icon Oscar De La Renta Dies After Long Cancer Fight

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:45pm

Fashion designer Oscar de La Renta, 82, died Monday after a decade-long battle with cancer, The New York Times and other media outlets report.

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Unrest In Ferguson May Speed Up Decline Of Real Estate

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:48pm

Many in the city are worried about its future, and there's speculation there will be a "mass migration" should violence erupt again. But some residents remain committed to the city.

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CDC Announces New Guidelines For Health Care Workers Treating Ebola Patients

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:40pm

The new guidelines call for a site supervisor, who makes sure healthcare workers put on and remove their personal protective equipment correctly.

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This Past September Ranks As Hottest On Record, NOAA Says

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:03pm

The agency says if 2014 continues to be this hot, it's on pace to be the hottest year on record.

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When Reassuring Isn't: Cruise's Needless Rush To Test For Ebola

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:47pm

Officials in Galveston, Texas, meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say the rush (which included a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter) was needlessly alarming.

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Toyota Becomes Latest Automaker To Issue Recalls Over Faulty Airbags

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:52pm

Since 2008, almost 16 million vehicles have been recalled over worries that airbags might explode if exposed to high humidity for long periods of time.

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Tunisia's Emerging Tech Sector Hampered By Old Policies

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:44pm

When Tunisia's young people protested in 2011, they had one key demand: jobs. Now, despite new political leadership, that demand remains unmet — even in tech, the sector that offers the most promise.

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From Sizzling Fajitas, To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:44pm

Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.

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'You Cannot Go Back': Annie Lennox On 'Nostalgia'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:37pm

The singer and activist tackles jazz standards, including "Strange Fruit" and others, on her new album. Here, she and NPR's Steve Inskeep discuss how she connects with the present through the past.

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Parkinson's Drugs Can Be A Gateway To Sin

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:16pm

Researchers call for stronger safety warnings on drugs called dopamine agonists because they can trigger self-destructive, obsessional behavior in some people.

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Anthony D'Amato: Tiny Desk Concert

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:07pm

D'Amato's new album The Shipwreck From The Shore can feel Motown-y, garage-y and Springsteen-y, and all that production serves his songs well. But here the Tiny Desk, his music is sparer.

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'Lila' Sets The Stage For Marilynn Robinson's Earlier Works

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:53pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Lila, a new novel from Marilynne Robinson that is a prequel to her earlier books and has been shortlisted for the National Book Award.

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Remembering The '69 World Series And The Miracle Mets

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:53pm

The Kansas City Royals are the surprise team in the World Series, which reminded NPR's Brian Naylor of the series he attended 45 years ago, when the Miracle New York Mets upset the favored Baltimore Orioles.

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A Tight Race Emerges To Fill Seat Left By Iowa's Sen. Harkin

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:53pm

Longtime Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin is retiring. Host Robert Siegel profiles the close midterm race to replace him and one voting group that could sway the election: women voters.

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Turkey Opens Border For Iraqis Seeking To Fight ISIS

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:53pm

Turkey says it will allow passage for Iraqi Kurdish fighters seeking to join Syrian Kurds battling the Islamic State. This comes after the United States dropped supplies to combatants in the border town of Kobani.

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