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At Baltimore Mosque, Obama Tells Muslims: You're Part Of America Too

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

President Obama on Wednesday visited a U.S. mosque for the first time in his presidency. That has left some Muslims asking: What took so long?

U.S. To Send More Heavy Military Equipment To Eastern Europe

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

The U.S. plans to substantially increase its military equipment in Europe, sending more heavy weapons to Europe's eastern borders. Evelyn Farkas, a former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russia, tells Mary Louise Kelly that it is a bold move against Russia.

Journalist James Foley's Beheading By ISIS Told In HBO's 'Jim'

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Brian Oakes about his documentary "Jim: The James Foley Story," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to wide acclaim. Foley was a correspondent in Syria when he was abducted in 2012. In 2014, members of the Islamic State released a video showing Foley's beheading.

Oregon's New Site To Explore: Valhalla

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

Most of the Earth surface has been explored: the continents have been mapped, the poles conquered and the mountains climbed. But what if we were to tell you there's a natural wonder only 60 miles from Portland, Oregon, that has never been documented — until now. Its unofficial name is Valhalla, a deep and narrow slot canyon.

Former Drug CEO Expected To Not Answer House Panel's Questions

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

Martin Shkreli is to appear before a House panel Thursday for a hearing on drug prices. Shkreli's company purchased the life-saving drug Daraprim, and then raised the price by 5,000 percent.

USDA Imposes Stricter Limit On Salmonella Bacteria In Poultry Products

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

The USDA says it will prevent 50,000 cases of illness each year. Skeptics say the agency needs to take a different approach to the salmonella problem because the current one has not worked very well.

Unpaid Water Bills In Flint Could Hinder Repairs

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

Michigan's governor wants to spend $30 million to pay water bills in Flint. A class action lawsuit is seeking 5 times that in refunds and damages for people who paid for lead-tainted drinking water.

On The Streets Of Tehran, Searching For Signs Of Economic Improvement

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

Steve Inskeep takes the metro through Tehran — meeting ordinary Iranians along the way. Many are skeptical about whether recent sanctions relief will improve their standards of living any time soon.

NASA Mission: Orion's Next Step

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

The space agency hopes the Orion capsule, which has been transported to the Kennedy Space Center, will one day take astronauts to the moon and Mars. The program, however, faces budget challenges.

Former Drug CEO Not Expected To Answer House Panel's Questions

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

Martin Shkreli is to appear before a House panel Thursday for a hearing on drug prices. Shkreli's company purchased the life-saving drug Daraprim, and then raised the price by 5,000 percent.

Smokers In Italy Face Steep New Fines

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

New laws take effect this week aimed at curbing Italy's love of smoking. To check on how enforcement is going, Mary Louise Kelly talks to Salvatore Barberi a native Roman and tour guide.

Clinton, Sanders To Face Off In Democratic Debate In New Hampshire

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

The Democratic presidential candidates will debate one another Thursday night. We got a preview when they both took questions from the audience at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire Wednesday night.

Research Explores Consequences Of Revealing Embarrassing Details

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

Revealing embarrassing information is often better than withholding it. Research finds that people distrust withholders of details more than they dislike revealers of unsavory information.

Offering A 'Flawless Experience' Puts Chefs In A Pressure Cooker

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:01am

Chef Eric Ziebold discusses the high-stakes world of luxe cuisine in the wake of the death of Benoit Violier, a French Swiss chef who many said was the best in the world.

Signs of 'Marco-mentum' for Rubio In New Hampshire

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:00am

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is drawing big crowds in New Hampshire, where he's not just eyeing Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, but also hoping to wrap up after a strong showing in Iowa.

Bob Elliott, Of Comedy Team Bob And Ray, Dies At 92

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:26am

For nearly 45 years, until the death of Elliott's comedy partner Ray Goulding, Bob and Ray entertained millions of radio listeners and television viewers.

First Listen: Wynonna & The Big Noise, 'Wynonna & The Big Noise'

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:00pm

On her first album in 13 years, one of country's supreme redheads lays bare the joy that is her most potent gift as a vocalist.

First Listen: The Suffers, 'The Suffers'

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:00pm

The Houston band's sound is steeped in what it calls "Gulf Coast Soul," but it also channels ska, Southern hip-hop, classic soul, rock 'n' roll and especially reggae.

First Listen: Vince Gill, 'Down To My Last Bad Habit'

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:00pm

Gill can't be surpassed at fully formed feeling, which is what makes him one of country music's greatest and most graceful romantics.

First Listen: Rokia Traoré, 'Né So'

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:00pm

The Malian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist returns with a gorgeous album focused on the idea of home.




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