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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: 'Terminator Genisys'

12 min 7 sec ago

Contributors Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek break down the latest in the many-tentacled franchise that continues to employ its indispensable central action hero.

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Excellent: Harry Shearer To Return To 'The Simpsons' Cast

12 min 37 sec ago

The man who provides the voice of Mr. Burns and many other characters had threatened to leave the show, which is heading into its 27th season.

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Malaysia Freezes Bank Accounts Amid Report Of Cash Transfers To Premier

24 min 37 sec ago

Authorities investigating the troubled state investment fund traced nearly $700 million into Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

27 min 49 sec ago

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.

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Filmmaker And Speech Pathologist Weigh In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

27 min 49 sec ago

In Do I Sound Gay?, director David Thorpe searches for the origin of the so-called "gay voice" and documents his own attempts (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay."

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Air Force F-16 Collides With Cessna In Midair Close To Charleston, S.C.

52 min 37 sec ago

The fighter jet was based at Shaw Air Force Base and had been flying close to Joint Base Charleston at the time of the collision. The F-16 pilot safely ejected.

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Song Premiere: Sharkmuffin, 'Mondays'

1 hour 17 min ago

Ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel powers the Brooklyn glam/garage trio in a surging, shredding kiss-off song.

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All Songs Rewind: The Legacy Of The '90s

1 hour 47 min ago

While Bob Boilen's out, Katie Presley and All Songs intern Julian Ring are replaying their favorite episodes of the podcast. Today: A look back at the '90s.

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Why Films About Musicians Leave So Much Music Off Screen

1 hour 51 min ago

Films about music — including documentaries about Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone and Kurt Cobain — tend to focus on everything surrounding the ineffable art without delving deeply into its core.

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What Newly-Unsealed Testimony Could Mean For Bill Cosby And His Accusers

1 hour 54 min ago

In sworn court testimony from a 2005 lawsuit that was unsealed yesterday, Cosby admitted to obtaining sedatives to use on women.

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Sanctuary City Laws: What They Do And Don't Support

2 hours 3 min ago

San Francisco's status as a "sanctuary city" is in the spotlight after an immigrant with a long rap sheet allegedly killed a woman.

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Starbucks Is Raising Its Drink Prices

2 hours 7 min ago

The price of raw coffee is going down, but Starbucks is raising its prices due to higher rents and wages, it says.

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Heroin Use Surges, Especially Among Women And Whites

2 hours 8 min ago

All told, more than half a million Americans used heroin in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That represents a nearly 150 percent increase since 2007.

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Reddit CEO Says 'We Screwed Up.' Now What?

2 hours 14 min ago

Re/code's Kara Swisher explains what prompted the apology and what might be next for Ellen Pao and the site.

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Above The Law, A Militia Threatens To Push Burundi To The Brink

2 hours 25 min ago

They like to cast themselves as Boy Scouts, but dress as police and often resort to violence to quell dissent in the run-up to a controversial election. A rare interview with one militia member.

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Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

2 hours 32 min ago

Fast-food restaurants are often demonized as the epitome of unhealthiness. But a study suggests sit-down joints may be no better when it comes to sodium, saturated fat and the risk of overeating.

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How One Israeli Educator Turned His School Around

2 hours 44 min ago

A high school perched on a steep mountain in Israel has made a remarkable turnaround.

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Wolf Alice On World Cafe

2 hours 49 min ago

The U.K. rock band performs three of its sweetly ferocious songs live in the studio.

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Obama Administration Aims To Expand Access To Solar Power

2 hours 59 min ago

The White House is announcing a series of moves, including installing more solar energy units in federally subsidized housing, low cost loans for homeowners and a program to help renters.

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World Cafe Presents: Saun & Starr

3 hours 33 min ago

At Philadelphia's NON-COMMvention, Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe take backup singers' moves and dance them to center stage.

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