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A Parisian Finds Her Place In A Rarely Seen Part Of 'Girlhood'

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:04pm

The coming-of-age drama about a black teenager in a poor Paris suburb takes some unexpected turns, but struggles to define why they progress as they do.

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Join Us Tonight to Talk About The "Whiteness of Public Radio Voice"

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:00pm

In a widely circulated piece, Chenjerai Kumanyika, who is black, wonders if he has to sound "white" to make it on public radio. We're taking the conversation to Twitter tonight. Join us:#PubRadioVoice

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To Protect His Son, Father Pushes School To Bar Unimmunized Kids

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:59pm

Melissa Block talks to Carl Krawitt, whose son Rhett is in remission from leukemia but still cannot be vaccinated for measles. Rhett attends school in Marin County Calif., where nearly seven percent of students are not vaccinated. Mr. Krawitt has asked the local superintendent of schools to "require immunization as a condition of attendance."

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Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:59pm

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History Professor Paul Kramer.

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Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:56pm

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.

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Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:54pm

Facebook, YouTube and other sites are being asked to do more to stop terrorists, yet are also being asked to let some of the propaganda remain to help officials track jihadis.

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U.S. Report On Spending In Afghanistan Classified For First Time

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:51pm

The latest quarterly report on U.S. spending in Afghanistan was released on Thursday. Conspicuously missing were figures on how more than $50 billion is being spent on training and equipping Afghan military and police forces. Those figures have been classified for the first time in years of such reporting and the general who ordered keeping them secret says it's to keep enemies from sharpening their attacks. Key senators disagree.

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Girls Get Good Grades But Still Need Help. As For Boys ... SOS!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:42pm

A study shows that girls do better in math, science and reading than boys in just about every country. So boys clearly need help to success in school. But so do girls.

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The Stray Birds On Mountain Stage

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:26pm

The band draws on the rich traditions of American folk music while still sounding modern.

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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:46pm

January's roundup features music from Panda Bear, Father John Misty, Waxahatchee and more.

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Report: The Increasingly Unequal States Of America

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:39pm

A new report finds the expanding income gap between most American workers and the top one percent persists. Even in a state with good wage growth, elite incomes climb faster.

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British Fighters 'Escort' Russian Bombers Near U.K. Airspace

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:35pm

A pair of Russian "Bear" bombers flew alarmingly close to British airspace on Wednesday. London has asked Moscow to explain the incident.

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In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:21pm

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

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Gunman Reportedly Kills 3 U.S. Contractors In Attack At Kabul Airport

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:02pm

Three Americans who were working as contractors in Afghanistan died in a gunman's attack at Kabul's international airport complex Thursday, according to the AP.

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DJ Sessions: Go Deadhead

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:50pm

The Grateful Dead celebrates 50 years since the band's start this year.

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McCain Calls Protesters 'Low-Life Scum' At Senate Hearing

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:49pm

The anti-war demonstrators were shouting at former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who was attending a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on global security challenges.

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Tensions Escalating On Israel's Northern Borders

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:40pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is blaming Iran for the violent flare ups along the Lebanese and Syrian border areas.

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Editor Picks Religions For The First Norton Anthology of World Religions

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:39pm

The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Editor Jack Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.

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Red Fox Sighting In Yosemite Is First In Nearly 100 Years

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:35pm

A Sierra Nevada red fox was spotted in Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly a century, by a motion-sensitive camera.

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All Songs At 15: On Hearing Sufjan Stevens For The First Time

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:27pm

This week in our Throwback Thursday we share a favorite memory: the day we first heard Sufjan Stevens.

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