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'Patriots Day': A Painful, Painstaking Depiction Of The Boston Marathon Bombing

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:00pm

The third collaboration between director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg offers a detail-rich and nuanced examination of the 2013 bombing and its chaotic aftermath.

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'Claire In Motion,' Movie In Stasis

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:00pm

Betsy Brandt plays a woman whose husband goes missing in this underwritten, willfully ambiguous film from writer-directors Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell.

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Obama To End Policy Granting Residency To Cubans Arriving In U.S.

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:57pm

The U.S. government is ending its decades-old policy known as "wet foot, dry foot," that extended residency in the U.S. for Cubans who arrive on U.S. shores without a visa.

'365 Days Of Tacos' Highlights A Staple Of San Antonio Culture

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:32pm

It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Mike Sutter, food critic for the San Antonio Express-News, about his "365 Days of Tacos" series where he reports on a different taco joint every day for a year. So far, he's found that tacos have become a staple of the city and culture.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Report Outlines Abuses By Debt Collectors

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:32pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday is releasing a new report about abuses in the debt collection industry. This comes as the CFPB is crafting new rules to crack down on those practices.

Rep. Mike Pompeo Questioned By Senate Panel In Bid To Become CIA Director

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:32pm

Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become President-elect Trump's director of the CIA. Pompeo is expected to face questioning about the role Russia played in meddling in the U.S. presidential election, the war against ISIS and other challenges. He is expected to be confirmed.

Obama Awards Biden Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:32pm

President Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday. Obama said he was awarding it to "my brother."

Rep. Steve King Pushes Ahead On Obamacare Repeal Before Replacement

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:32pm

On the first day of this Congress, Rep. Steve King of Iowa introduced a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. Now some Republicans say they want to wait until there's a replacement plan. NPR's Audie Cornish asks Rep. King why he wants to push ahead on repeal first.

NPR/Ipsos Poll Reveals What Americans Know About The Affordable Care Act

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:32pm

An NPR/Ipsos poll shows that almost half of Americans, including Democrats, don't know the Affordable Care Act reduced the number of people without insurance.

How A Grieving Father Created The Model For Anti-Terror Lawsuits

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:32pm

After Steve Flatow's daughter was killed in a terror attack, he wanted justice. He embarked on a legal quest to get the right to sue a country: Iran. His case opened the doors to a new technique for deterring terror funding, but it also interfered with the U.S. government's diplomatic efforts.

In A Surprise Send-Off, President Obama Awards Biden Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:22pm

Calling Biden "the best vice president America's ever had" and a "lion of American history," Obama gave his White House partner the nation's highest civilian honor in an emotional ceremony.

Trump Urges People To 'Buy L.L.Bean' Amid Boycott Threat

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 2:50pm

Linda Bean, co-owner of the family-owned outdoor retailer, says she gave money to PACs supporting Trump. Her political stance spurred calls for an L.L. Bean boycott under the hashtag #Grabyourwallet.

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Ex-Spy Who Reportedly Assembled Trump Dossier Appears To Be In Hiding

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 2:03pm

The dossier lists unverified allegations about Donald Trump, claiming Russia has evidence as blackmail material. News outlets have identified former MI6 officer Christopher Steele as the author.

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As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 2:01pm

After years of drought, California is getting drenched with rains. Some scientists and farmers are testing a way to capture that water by filling the state's depleted groundwater aquifers.

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The Chargers Say Goodbye To San Diego, Bolt To LA

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:59pm

The team will begin the 2017 season in Los Angeles, but tough talk between its owner and San Diego made the move unsurprising. But that didn't stop the Internet from giving the team a little ribbing.

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Read The Smog-Inspired Poem That China Can't Stop Talking About

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:36pm

It's written from the perspective of lung cancer. And it's striking a chord on social media.

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Scientists Have Twisted Molecules Into The Tightest Knot Ever

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:06pm

This new knot has eight crossings, far more than previous molecular knots. The "rope" is very short — just 192 atoms long, or 500 times smaller than a red blood cell.

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DOJ Watchdog To Review Pre-Election Conduct Of FBI, Other Justice Officials

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:00pm

U.S. investigators say they will examine whether public statements by FBI chief James Comey on the Clinton email investigation ran afoul of policies that caution officials on influencing an election.

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Baltimore Announces Post-Freddie Gray Policing Improvements

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:52pm

In August the U.S. Department of Justice found that Baltimore police were unlawfully stopping and arresting people in poor, African-American neighborhoods.

DJ Sessions: From Acoustic To House

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:40pm

KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to share a range of new music, including picks from Sidibe and Jim James.




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