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Syrian Country Band Criticizes Trump's Travel Ban In New Song

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

There's a country music band based in Istanbul with Syrians and Americans. Their latest tune is about President Trump's immigration order.

Kenya's Censorship King: Head Of Film Board Accused Of Overstepping

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

Ezekiel Mutua is the head of Kenya's film board. He's really just supposed to rate films and other media. But over the past year, he has undertaken a censorship crusade expanding his mandate into the Internet, music and even forcing the cancellation of a lesbian speed-dating event.

Late Night TV Shows Take Aim At Trump, Score Well In Ratings

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

Late night TV shows heavy on sharp satire of President Donald Trump are scoring well in the ratings. NPR takes a look at the phenomenon.

Deadline Passes For Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters To Leave

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

The deadline has passed for protesters of the Dakota Access oil pipeline to clear the camp they have inhabited for months. The camp is expected to be flooded in the coming days, and the pipeline is nearly complete.

Mall Of America Searches For Writer-In-Residence

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

The Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minn., is the largest mall in the United States, and it is now looking for a writer-in-residence.

Supreme Court Rules Racial Testimony Influenced Inmate's Death Sentence

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Texas inmate who argued that he received a death sentence because an expert told the jury that he was more likely to be violent in the future because he's black.

Breaking Down The Nearly 11 Million Unauthorized Immigrants In The U.S.

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

The number of immigrants staying in the U.S. illegally is estimated to be around 11 million. But demographers say that figure may become harder to track as President Trump ramps up deportations.

Homeland Security Wants To Hire Thousands More Border Agents

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

The Department of Homeland Security wants to hire thousands more immigration and border security agents to help implement the administration's goals. But that's easier said than done.

Career CIA Analyst Ned Price Quits Rather Than Serve Trump Administration

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

Ned Price worked at the CIA from 2006 until last week. He says he quit because, "I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional." NPR talks to Price about his decision and asks whether others may follow.

Members Of Congress Face Angry Constituents At Town Halls

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

Members of Congress are back home this week, and many are getting an earful from angry constituents and demonstrators worried about efforts to repeal Obamacare, among other issues.

David Bowie, The 1975 Win Big At The BRIT Awards

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 2:32pm

The Grammy Awards' looser, goofier cousin took over the O2 Arena in London to celebrate the year in British music.

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Citing 'Racial Stereotype,' Supreme Court Says Texas Inmate Can Appeal Death Sentence

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:43pm

Chief Justice John Roberts calls the case "a perfect storm" of circumstances that culminated in a lower court "making a decision on life or death on the basis of race."

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Journalist: Trump Is 'Openly Dismissive' Of The Intelligence World

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:00pm

Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times says that when it comes to national security, President Trump "doesn't trust the civilian national security establishment and they don't trust him."

How One Kansas Town Is Remembering A Group Of Unlikely Settlers

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:52pm

In the 1880s, a train line carried a group of unaccompanied children from New York to small towns in the Midwest.

From George Washington To Barack Obama, Tracing The Evolution Of Presidential Secrecy

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:40pm

Author Mary Graham joins us to discuss how presidents have struggled with what to keep secret from the American people and what to reveal.

Low-Income PoCs Still Don't Trust The Police, But Would Work With Them

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:34pm

While the majority of residents in high-crime, high-poverty areas have a negative view of the police, they're also willing to work with law enforcement to make communities safer.

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A Tale Of Two Retailers: Wal-Mart And Macy's

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:34pm

Wal-Mart announced Tuesday that its online sales grew at a faster pace than Amazon's in the fourth quarter.

How 3 American Families Went Off The Grid In Search Of A Simpler Life

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:20pm

In his book "The Unsettlers," author Mark Sundeen follows three families of modern homesteaders who've taken radical steps to live differently.

I Draw Slow On Mountain Stage

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:14pm

The Dublin roots band finds new, folky grooves in old-time Appalachian song. Hear its debut Mountain Stage performance.

(Image credit: Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage)

Powerful El Niño Washes Away Record Amount Of West Coast Shoreline

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:12pm

Researchers studied beaches from California to Washington, and found that shorelines retreated 76 percent more than usual last winter.

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