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Somos Afro-Latino

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:05pm

To start our episode on Afro-Latino life, we hear first-person thoughts from four Afro-Latinos on their identity and experience, and on how Afro-Latinos are represented.

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New Generation Of Saudi Royals In Line To Run Country

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:49pm

For 62 years, Saudi Arabia has been ruled by sons of the founder of the Kingdom, Abdul Aziz. Robert Siegel talks to Middle East specialist Joseph Braude about Saudi succession.

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Study Finds Huge Disparities In Costs Of Common Surgeries

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:41pm

Robert Siegel talks to Maureen Sullivan, senior vice president of strategic services and chief strategy officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which did the study.

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When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:35pm

For the first half of the 20th century, Tin Pan Alley songwriters like Irving Berlin and the Gershwins dominated pop music. By the the 1950s, tastes had changed, and the music changed with them.

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International Criminal Court To Try Former Child Soldier With War Crimes

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:35pm

The international criminal court in the Hague was founded to prosecute those who commit war crimes — particularly the crime of abducting and conscripting children as soldiers. But for the first time in that court's 15 year history, it's putting on trial a man who was once a victim of that same crime.

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U.S.-Cuba Talks First Step In Long Process Of Restoring Relations

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:35pm

U.S. diplomats have wrapped up two days of talks with Cuban officials — the highest-level meeting in 35 years. The aim is to start talking through how to restore diplomatic relations following the historic warming of ties announced last month by President Obama and President Raul Castro.

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Paris Attacks Refocus Attention On Homegrown Terrorist Threats

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:35pm

Thousands of European men and women have traveled to Syria to fight, and some have returned home — possibly battle hardened. The concern is that they haven't come back to resume their lives, but instead have been dispatched by al Qaida or the so-called Islamic State to attack the West.

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Investigation Into Paris Attack Leads Authorities To Spain

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:35pm

In the wake of attacks in Paris, part of the investigation into terror cells in Europe has led to Spain. One of the Paris gunmen, Amedy Coulibaly, is believed to have visited Madrid in the days before he burst into a kosher market, killing four people.

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Sundance A Lab For Changing Models In Film, TV

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:35pm

Audie Cornish speaks with film reporter Steve Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times about the trends, breakouts and mood at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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Week In Politics: State Of The Union, Iran, Israel

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:35pm

Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss President Obama's State of the Union address, Vice President Biden's future, and the U.S.' relationships with Iran and Israel.

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U.S. Careful Amid Turmoil And Transition In Yemen, Saudi Arabia

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:35pm

The White House is facing uncertainty in the wake of political turmoil in Yemen and political transition in Saudi Arabia.

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DNA Exonerates Man Who Served Nearly 40 Years For Murder

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:30pm

Joseph Sledge, now 70, spent 37 years in prison for a crime that a three-judge panel said today he did not commit.

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Iowa Freedom Summit Looks Something Like 2016 Is Underway

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:23pm

Republican presidential contenders have converged in Des Moines for the Iowa Freedom Summit, an event hosted by conservative lightning rod Steve King.

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Why Would Marco Rubio Run For President? Why Wouldn't He?

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:19pm

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is putting out the word that he is pushing ahead with a 2016 presidential run.

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After The Slaughter, A Pakistani School Seeks To Heal

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:16pm

In northwest Pakistan, a school has reopened after last month's Taliban attack that killed more than 130. Most all of the survivors chose to come back, but the healing will take years, they say.

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'American Sniper' Exposes Unresolved Issues About The Iraq War

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:13pm

American Sniper, based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has been a surprise hit at the box office. But as NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports, some say the movie misrepresents Kyle and glorifies war.

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Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:06pm

As vessels become more porous, researchers say, they allow toxins in the bloodstream to reach, and damage, delicate brain cells and raise the risk for dementia.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of January 22, 2015

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:03pm

After obsessively observing a "perfect couple" every day on her commute, Rachel Watson sees something dark that forces her to get involved. Paula Hawkin's The Girl on the Train debuts at No. 2.

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For The Saudis, A Smooth Succession At A Difficult Moment

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:21pm

The royal family carried out the transition to a new monarch without a hitch. Still, the region is facing unprecedented turmoil and King Salman assumes the monarchy with several major challenges.

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Could The Battle Over 'Redskins' Change Trademark Law?

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:18pm

Advocates hope that the Department of Justice's involvement in a lawsuit is a crucial step in ending trademark protection for the Washington football team's name.

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